Global Sector Lead - Renewable Energy
republic of korea
Global Sector Lead - Renewable Energy
GGGI provides technical advisory services to its member countries to accelerate their adoption of renewable energy both by putting in place an enabling policy environment and by helping to develop investment projects that attract green and climate finance. This includes, for example, the development of a national renewable energy strategy in some countries, a national energy efficiency strategy in others, and more focused policy advice on, for example, the use of RE auctions as a policy option. In terms of investment projects GGGI has developed small to medium scale solar and solar + battery projects; rooftop-solar projects; biomass waste to energy projects; and energy efficiency projects to the point of proven investor commitment.
The Global Sector Lead shall oversee the development and execution of all sectoral engagements at country, regional, and global levels. The Sector Lead is responsible for, among others, (a) development of the GGGI strategy and business plan for the renewable energy sector, (b) strategic advice on GGGI’s portfolio of energy policy and investment projects informed by anticipated market trends, relevant policy, standards and regulations, and sector knowledge, (c) contributing to the development and content of knowledge sharing and capacity development engagements, and (d) expanding and strengthening the institute’s knowledge network and international presence.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Development of an overall GGGI strategy and business plan for the energy sector by identifying strategic areas for GGGI engagement that reflect policy environments, business models, and market realities in the countries where is GGGI operating.
- Integration of GGGI’s sector strategy into sectoral engagements by leading their effective integration with country programs at the divisional level, to provide: (1) focused policy advice; and (2) development of investment projects
- Contributing to the development and contents of knowledge sharing and capacity development engagements in line with country needs and corporate goals, and through effectively utilizing forums of GGGI membership and partners.
- Expanding and strengthening the institute’s international relevance through strategic engagement of external stakeholders/partners, with the aim of (among others) securing GGGI’s active participation in major inter-organizational and regional forums and promoting the organization’s work.
Strategic Management of Thematic Programs
Lead Effective Integration with Country Programs
- Oversee the planning and delivery of sectoral interventions in countries through close coordination with Heads of Programs and Country Representatives.
- Identify opportunities for initiating, expanding, and/or scaling sectoral interventions.
Ensure the Relevance and Continuity of Thematic Portfolio
- Guide and refine the formulation and/or revision GGGI’s Thematic Strategy for Renewable Energy.
- Provide policy support and subject matter expertise to GGGI client countries via country programs
- Align the sectoral portfolio periodically and through consultation to reflect corporate objectives, country demands, and major international trends
- Ensure the strategic relevance of sectoral activities in the renewable energy portfolio, such as the development of novel initiatives and phasing out of outdated ones.
Establish a Process for the Systematic Utilization and Sharing of Thematic Knowledge
- Strengthen the division’s role as a solution provider by developing and operationalizing a systematic process for sectoral knowledge uptake.
Thematic Portfolio Management
- Contribute to the GGGI strategy and business plan for the energy sector identifying and refining a niche for GGGI value-add in renewable energy.
- Providing policy, technical and financial / investment advice to country programs in the area of renewable energy.
- Providing ideas and guidance to country programs, help build tools and products with a view to replicability, policy/investment analysis, financing advisory and capacity development.
- Providing policy advice to GGGI client countries and/or relevant counterparts on renewable energy development matters.
- Developing standardized approaches and methods to renewable energy work to define the niche for GGGI.
- Keeping Management updated of developments in renewable energy and defining GGGI role and involvement.
- Advising and guiding the development of knowledge briefs/working papers, case studies/best practices and other relevant material as appropriate.
- Conducting expert review on projects, including reviewing long-term renewable energy planning frameworks.
- Working with the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division (GGP&I) and the Green Investment Services (GIS) department on the development of service offerings in the renewable energy area, and associated “delivery” methods (i.e. “how” GGGI will engage/what GGGI will do).
- Understand GGGI project cycles and oversee all projects in the sectoral portfolio with respect to their design, execution, and closure.
- Ensure the application of results-based management and quality assurance frameworks and procedures for all projects in the sectoral portfolio.
- Monitor the performance of projects both programmatically and financially to ensure efficient and timely delivery of results.
- Identify actions to be implemented to address non-performance, together with sectoral experts under supervision.
- Establish effective means of communication and cooperation across sectoral areas and with country teams to enhance GGGI’s delivery.
* This person is expected to be the go-to person for all issues related to renewable energy policy.
Financial and Human Resources Management
- Provide results-based planning and performance tracking.
- Provide clear direction and monitor the performance of sectoral experts based on WPB and existing operations frameworks.
- Ensure integrity and accountability of human resources, financial resources, administration, , IT, procurement, and security.
- Provide leadership and mentoring to staff within his/her area of responsibility.
- Contributing to the preparation of corporate communication
- Engaging in interviews with journalists and media persons as needed.
Requirement and Qualification
- An advanced degree (Masters) relevant to green growth policies in general and renewable energy in particular, is a requirement; a specialty in environmental economics, energy (energy infrastructure, sustainable energy technology, energy planning and policy, energy economics, etc.), climate change, or other related disciplines is an asset.
- Relevant professional experience (at least 15 years) that combines intellectual, strategic and managerial leadership in project management, in an international setting with a public or private sector organization - preferably both.
- Must have worked on market-based methods for renewable energy or energy infrastructure; experience with the design and use of results-based financing is a bonus.
Skills, Knowledge, Attributes
- Proven managerial skills to lead a team effectively and deliver expected outputs on time and manage multi-cultural team.
- Willingness to relocate to Seoul, Republic of Korea, and willing and able to travel internationally for several months annually.
- Experience in international organizations working with developing countries is a strength. Proven record of providing policy advisory services to developing countries is a plus.
- Fluency in English is a must, knowledge of another relevant language is an asset.