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REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR (M/F)

Yangon (Myanmar)

Recruiting Organization

GERES – Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity - is a French non-profit NGO created in 1976 after the first Oil Shock. Today, more than 200 staffs work on innovative and sustainable development projects in France and in 12 developing countries.

Environmental conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, reducing energy poverty, and improving livelihood of the poor are the main focus areas for GERES. The GERES team is particularly involved in the implementation of engineering solutions for development and providing specific technical expertise.

Activities include conducting energy efficiency programs, providing decentralized energy services for local economic development, supporting and developing renewable energies and promoting low carbon development models and Climate Change adaptation measures. These activities are always implemented in partnership with local stakeholders and communities on the basis of collaborative experience sharing.

In Southeast Asia, GERES has been working for several years in close collaboration with a variety of partners to address the issue of non-sustainable woodfuels consumption in the domestic and industrial sectors.

Position summary

Position title

Regional Development Coordinator

Line Supervisor

Southeast Asia Regional Director

Subordinates

N/A

Duty station

Yangon, Myanmar

Purposes

In Southeast Asia, GERES brings more than 20 years of experience in sustainable firewood production and consumption, including Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) with Community Forests, agroforestry, nursery establishment, Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) and enrichment planting pilots, in-depth research on woodfuels consumption patterns in Cambodia and their impacts on forest.

More recently, GERES started to address the issue of non-sustainable woodfuel consumption in the industrial sector and has been working on models and financial mechanisms to promote sustainable thermal energy generation in the garment sector. However, funding remains scarce and GERES faces difficulties to pursue its missions within its current settings (few small-scale projects, limited resources to maintain international experts’ positions).

Under the supervision of the Southeast Asia Regional Director, the Regional Development Coordinator will drive the development of GERES’s project portfolio in Southeast Asia, with a strong need to secure funding for new interventions to start by the end of 2019. Depending on the success of the development strategy and the operationalisation of new projects, some perspective could exist within GERES for the regional development coordinator after one year.

The coordinator will work in close collaboration with the country representatives in Cambodia and Myanmar and with the Quality and Partnerships Manager in HQ.

Important note: in 2018, GERES has initiated a global strategic work on its core fields of expertise and cross-cutting approaches, which shall contribute to identify and formulate new interventions relevant to the Southeast Asia region, building on GERES’s expertise at the global level. In this perspective, the Regional Development Coordinator will proactively look for interactions with key experts from the GERES Expertise Unit (GEX) and within other regions.

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the Regional Development Coordinator include:

  • To prospect development opportunities, lead the design of new interventions and support fund raising;

  • To raise GERES’s profile and contribute to increase its visibility at the regional level, promote its expertise and build strategic partnerships.

Regional scope: Myanmar, Cambodia + exploratory countries: Lao PDR, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

Specific activities

Main Responsibility

Specific Activities

Inception

(3 months maximum)

In order to be capable of being a relevant interlocutor for partners and donors, quickly get to know the global and regional background and key stakes for GERES’s development in the region.

Key areas to cover:

  • GERES works and expertise at the global level.

  • country priorities and National strategies related to rural energy access, renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change.

  • main donors’ country strategies in the region, who does what, who are the main players and where are the synergies with other interventions (stakeholders mapping).

Prospection and fund raising

Contribute to designing a development strategy for the region over a 12-months period

Undertake prospective missions in the region, meet relevant stakeholders and identify partnership opportunities and relevant interventions.

Explore and identify relevant funding opportunities, consistent with GERES mandates and expertise (including consultancies works)

Lead the origination and the design of new projects, either alone or in partnership with other actors, from design to full proposal with international quality standards

Contribute to the negotiation of contracts and agreements with potential donors and clients.

Profile raising and visibility

Contribute to the development of user friendly material to present and promote GERES’s expertise.

Identify and attend relevant events where there is an opportunity to raise GERES’s profile. Participate as a speaker when possible.

Develop strong technical partnerships with key institutions to compliment and build GERES’s expertise, including but not limited to academic institutions and research centres and make sure they identify GERES as a relevant partner.

Build close and trustful relationships with key financial partners and make sure they identify GERES as a relevant partner.

Identify strong local partners showing good complementarities with GERES and build trustful relationships to allow collaborative work on future project design.

Others

When relevant, and upon request from their hierarchy, contribute to collective works for the regional or the global development of GERES.

expected results

At least 2 significant funding agreements signed (minimum 1 million USD each).

Deliverables

ü Regional development strategy over a 1-year period (in collaboration with the Regional Director)

ü Stakeholders mapping

ü Exploratory missions’ reports

ü Detailed analysis of the guidelines of identified calls for proposals to support decision making

ü Project ideas notes, concept notes, full project proposals

ü User friendly communications material to promote GERES’s expertise

ü Updated contact database and other partnerships monitoring tools

Qualifications

Education & Training

· Master degree (Engineer) in environment, energy (preferably biomass), climate and/or forestry.

Experience

· Minimum 10 years’ experience in development projects related to environment conservation, rural development and/or climate change.

· Experience in representation & networking.

· Experience in project design and proposal writing and project cycle management (PCM).

· Knowledge of Natural resource management, Energy, Climate Change, Economic development stakes in developing countries is a plus

Professional Skills

· Excellent inter-personal skills, leadership, networking and representation capacities

· Fluent in English (speaking and writing)

· Planning and organizing, strategic thinking

· Autonomous and able to operate independently

· Team player with capacity to work in a multicultural environment

· MS Office

Personal Qualities

· Social mind-set, out-going

· Driven towards high impact and quality interventions

· Tolerant to high workload picks

· Willing to take regular travels in the region

Conditions

· Status: French fixed term contract (CDDU) of 12 months

· Paid leaves: 26 days per entire year

· Other advantages: Monthly living allowance (420 USD), health coverage and contingency insurance, unemployment and retirement insurances (adapted for non-French nationalities), repatriation insurance

· Travel : 1 return tickets per year between Home country and Mongolia to take & quit the position

· Position based in Yangon with regular trips in the region

To apply, register your candidacy (CV + LM) on the following web page: http://job.geres.eu/?action=ref&id=54

Or go directly on our website www.geres.eu, within page About us / Recruitment.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: GERES - Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-05

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