Country Representative, Lao country program
Country Representative, Lao country program
The Country Representative (CR) represents GGGI as the focal point leading the in-country program. The Country Representative will initiate and manage GGGI’s first country program in Lao PDR and establish an office for GGGI in Vientiane. Under the supervision of the Head of Programs, Asia and the Pacific, and building on the scoping work undertaken by the Program Development Unit, the Country Representative has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the country program to achieve the organizational vision, goals and objectives.
The Country Representative is responsible for both the programmatic and operational management of the country program. The Country Representative will lead and direct the operational day to day activities of the country program. S/he represents GGGI with government and international organizations in country and thus act as the focal representative of GGGI in the country for all GGGI related activities, including the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division (GGP&I), Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD) and Office of Thought Leadership (TL). S/he is responsible to ensure cross learning and fertilization of knowledge across GGGI program. On the programmatic side, s/he will take a leading role in conducting the Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA), drafting the Country Planning Framework (CPF), and overseeing the program implementation. On the operational side, s/he is responsible for drafting an operational plan for the Lao PDR office, in response to the specific operational requirements the office accordingly.
S/he represents GGGI with government and international organizations in country and thus act as the focal representative of GGGI in the country for all GGGI related activities from the different divisions. S/he will lead the dialogue with government on membership, the Memorandum of Understanding, the P&I agreement and the host country agreement.
The Country Representative will to also identify resource mobilization opportunities and support the development of in-country resource mobilization strategies and their execution. S/he is responsible for overall financial and human resources.
Country Representative will spend his/her time on country level programming but also spend significant time to inform and contribute to corporate level programming (i.e. contributing to thematic priorities of GGGI, providing strategic inputs in ensuring GGGI remains relevant in country and globally).
Country Program Initiation and Management
- Develop and implement an integrated and quality-assured Biennium Work Plan and Budget that is aligned with the Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
- Deliver results on the ground based on the Work Plan and Budget for respective country program
- Oversee the development and implementation of annual country budgets as per approved WPB
- Develop networks and partnerships with national/regional institutions and lead in country donor collaboration and new project development
- Lead the Green Growth Potential Assessment and the subsequent development of a five-year Country Planning Framework
- Ensures the high quality of documents and outputs produced by the project team on the ground
- Keep abreast of the trends within the donor environment in the Country.
- Undertake responsibilities for new proposal development for funding from earmarked sources, in close consultation with the Head of Programs, Asia and the Pacific, and the Partnerships Unit in HQ.
- Be aware of all donors’ conditionality and monitor adherence GGGI and specific donors’ requirements
Management and Administration
- Provide oversight to all finance and administrative services in line with GGGI financial regulations
- Ensure that adequate internal control mechanisms are in place and review and minimize significant expenditure variances
- Facilitate annual and project-specific audit processes
- Ensure the preparation, accuracy and timely submission of monitoring reports
- Provide Leadership in the development and implementation of the Country Strategy in line with the GGGI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020
- Lead the dialogue with government regarding the membership process, the Memorandum of Understanding, the P&I agreement and the host country agreement
- Facilitate the alignment of country programs to organizational thematic priorities
- Develops networks and partnerships with national and regional institutions
- Lead, direct and mentor the country teams in line with the organizational strategy
- Keep abreast on socio-economic and political changes in the environment and undertake timely strategic review of GGGI’s country program ensuring continued relevance
- Ensure timely implementation of the Laos communications plan as reflected in the WPB
- Ensure that the country program is maintains a coordinated and agreed information exchange internally and externally
- Ensure country program implements GGGI policies, procedures, operational guidelines and standards
- Ensure coordination with other divisions of GGGI for prompt support services.
- Manage technical staff members supporting the country program from the HQ
- Provide leadership support to staff development in country
- Oversee adequate implementation of the performance management system
- Organize regular meetings with the senior management team and all staff for the purpose of exchanging information, coordination and learning
- Ensure that the country team is effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making
- Ensure that the country program is maintaining a coordinated and agreed information exchange internally and externally
- Ensure that key country documents are internally shared with the HQ and agreed upon before communicating to donors
- Ensure that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across the organization
- Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in international development, sustainable development, economics or related field;
- Relevant professional experience (preferably 7-12 years) with managerial and budget responsibilities, in either an international organization, a large multinational business or consultancy, a large non-profit organization or government is a requirement;
- Extensive knowledge in green growth, sustainable development, international development, etc.;
- Familiarity with operating in developing countries is a requirement;
- Fluent written and spoken English is a requirement.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage official development assistance projects and lead a diverse team of consultants/staff;
- Ability to interact and form relationship with high-level government officials and partners;
- Resourceful and able to develop and operationalize strategies to achieve objectives and outcomes;
- Previous work experience in the Lao PDR or South East Asia with strong knowledge of climate change agenda/INDC, and national planning experience are assets.
- Understands and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
- Promotes an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
- Processes and shares information easily and is excellent at problem solving.
- Manages emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolve conflict easily.
- Promotes creativity and innovation among staff.
- Is able to lead, develop, and motivate staff.