Morocco Senior Officer, Designing Article 6 Policy Approaches (DAPA) Program
Morocco (United States of America)
Morocco Senior Officer, Designing Article 6 Policy Approaches (DAPA) Program
The Morocco Senior Officer will be present in country and lead the implementation of the DAPA Program activities in Morocco with support and guidance from GGGI's Carbon Pricing Unit and GGGI's Morocco Country Team.
S/he will be the recognized focal point for the project in Morocco and will have overall responsibility of implementation of the project on the ground. S/he will provide day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally to ensure impactful delivery of the project and its outputs.
While direct experience in international carbon trading is not necessarily required, s/he will be required to quickly absorb and apply sufficient technical knowledge on Article 6 concepts, requirements, frameworks and approaches to the local context in Morocco.
The position is initially funded for 18 months but may be extended subject to additional funding availability.
Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth" which targets key aspects of economic performance such as poverty reduction and job creation, as well as social inclusion and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies and bankable projects that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and the private sector to help build economies that achieve strong growth and are less carbon intensive, more resilient to climate change, and more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources.
Launched in July 2019, the Designing Article 6 Policy Approaches (DAPA) program funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment supports GGGI Member and partner countries to increase climate ambition through the receipt of carbon finance. This will be achieved by supporting them to engage in international carbon transactions through the design of policy approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. These policy approaches are aimed at being wider and more encompassing than the historic project-based carbon markets, leading to the transformational change needed to reach the Paris Agreement goals.
The Scoping Phase of the program was successfully completed in mid-2020 and work will now move forward with the Design Phase, in which the program will continue to work with selected countries’ governments to shape policy approaches that are implementable and additional to the countries’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitments. A portion of the emission reductions generated by the policy approach would then be traded as Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) with the associated corresponding adjustments for carbon finance. The program will also work with key government stakeholders to identify and address needs around the Article 6 governance frameworks required to enable an international transaction under the Paris Agreement.
- Lead the the implementation of the Design Phase in Morocco, in close coordination with the Carbon Pricing Unit (based in Seoul) and the GGGI Morocco Country Team (based in Rabat).
- Ensure effective and efficient delivery of results.
- Provide technical input to deliver the required outputs in collaboration with the Carbon Pricing Unit.
- Engage closely with local stakeholders in collaboration with the GGGI Morocco Country Team.
- Ensure quality monitoring and evaluation, timely submission of donor reports and deliverables, regularly evaluate project results, and guide project implementation to achieve maximum impact.
- Assess effectiveness of program activities and recommmend improvements to meet key milestones for the program.
- Ensure that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across the DAPA program and GGGI more widely.
- Work closely with the Carbon Pricing Unit to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of the project.
- Work closely with the Carbon Pricing Unit to develop technical knowledge of Article 6 requirements, frameworks and approaches.
- Work closely with the GGGI Morocco Country Team to understand the local context, including GGGI's role in Morocco.
- Develop and foster strong relationships with key government stakeholders, leading the day-to-day communication (supported by the GGGI Morocco Country Team).
- Work closely with government partners in designing of the policy approach and enabling framework, recognizing the importance of government buy-in and ownership.
- Maintain active flexibility through professional relations with key stakeholders to capture and integrate their changing needs and manage expectations.
- Deliver high quality project outputs (in both English and French) on time and within budget that meet program objectives, donor requirements and government requirements.
- Quickly absorb and apply sufficient technical knowledge on Article 6 concepts, requirements, frameworks and approaches.
- Lead the design of policy approach, crediting and governance frameworks in Morocco that meet Article 6 requirements and are relevant to the Moroccan institutional context.
- Plan and co-deliver capacity building events (in both French and English) that introduce key Article 6 concepts and options to key government and other stakeholders.
- Support regulatory impact assessments by collecting relevant data and information and engaging with local stakeholders.
- Support the process of negotiation and signing of key agreements with government.
- Lead the planning and facilitation of key project workshops and meetings with key stakeholders in Morocco.
- Clear and timely reporting on project delivery as required by the Funding Agreement and Operational Guidelines.
- Advanced degree (master's) relevant to climate action and/or policy implementation, background in energy an advantage.
- At least eight years of experience in project development, policy implementation, program management or other relevant fields.
- Experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies. Specific experience with Government of Morocco a distinct advantage.
- Understanding of the Paris Agreement, international carbon markets, and/or Article 6 is an advantage.
- Experience of requirements and procedures of bilateral donors/organizations or multilateral organizations.
- Experience in organizing consultations, validation meetings, workshops and capacity building events.
- Experience working in developing countries, with experience in Morocco an advantage.
- Strategic thinker and solutions-oriented, with good ability to multitask and work in a matrix environment.
- Ability to review, synthesize information and produce high quality reports.
- Ability to establish priorities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.
- Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
- An excellent command of spoken and written English and French.
- Skills in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point)
- Able to think strategically and in close collaboration with others.
- Ability to absorb and understand technical information and relay it to others.
- Detail-oriented striving for quality and consistency in all outputs and communications.
- Output-oriented, demonstrating creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial drive.
- Problem solver, able to find and implement solutions
- Highly organized and able to effectively and efficiently multi-task and prioritize.
- Excellent communication (both written and oral) and facilitation skills.
- Comfortable working both in a team and independently.
- Understand and actively supports GGGI's mission, vision and values.
- Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
- Excels at problem solving, ask questions and seeks support when needed, shares easily information and knowledge with others both internally as externally.
- Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
- Strong ability to work independently and/or remotely, while maintaining productivity.
- Be able to lead and manage a project independently, while knowing when to seek advice and liaise closely with the Carbon Pricing Unit.
- The position is initially for an 18-month term but may be extended subject to funding availability.
- The chosen candidate is expected to be based in Rabat, Morocco.
- The successful candidate will have a dual reporting line within the matrix organizational structure of GGGI, to the Head of Carbon Pricing Unit based in Seoul and the Regional Director for Africa based in Addis Ababa. Further clarification will be provided upon appointment.
- For more information on GGGI's terms and conditions (allowances, health care, education etc.) please familiarize yourself with GGGI's Rules and Regulations that can be found here: https://gggi.org/policy-documents/.