Project Manager â Renewable Energy Siting
JOB TITLE Project Manager – Renewable Energy Siting
JOB FAMILY Conservation
JOB NUMBER 250009
SALARY GRADE 8
DATE November 2020
ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: A PIONEER IN CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP
This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world—seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature—issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.
Our Mission: The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a million members, is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Our Vision: A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.
The Conservancy Team: We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3,800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 70 countries and all 50 United States. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.
Our Work in India: TNC’s India program was launched in 2015. TNC is registered in India as a not-for-profit Section 8 Company. The team is comprised of 25+ high-performing individuals with an annual operations budget around USD 5.5M. We are focused on eight initiatives that are advancing environmental solutions for some of India’s most pressing challenges. Currently our programs cover six States of India and we are working with more than 15 partner organizations. Both the program and budget are growing at a healthy rate. We are working hard to demonstrate conservation results and achieve early “win-wins” that promote equitable economic development while conserving natural resources for people and nature. We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mind-set where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and civil society to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development. We address challenges to nature with the goal of promoting healthy waters, lands, and oceans and promoting Climate Mitigation and Adaptation. TNC pursues a shared nature-people agenda and is working to demonstrate that conservation and development can be pursued in tandem.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
India has committed to achieving 40% cumulative electric power generation capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 and simultaneously creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 – 3 billion tonnes of CO2e. However, achieving both these goals requires land, which is a limited resource in a country that supports 18% of the world’s population on just 2% of the world’s land area. We along with our partners have developed an online tool that guides decision makers in siting renewable energy projects, by adding selection criteria on land use/type, biodiversity value and suitability for ecological restoration, alongside existing economic and technological criteria. This will help decision makers identify land with lower ecological and social values that is suitable for meeting solar and wind goals., thereby avoiding impacts to sensitive natural areas and reducing land conflicts. With the goal of facilitating meeting a more rapid deployment of renewable energy projects across India. We successfully piloted this effort in the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and are now proposing a Pan-India expansion starting with additional states with high rates of solar and wind development.
To advance this work, we seek a Project Manager-RED (Renewable Energy by Design) to lead our work on Renewable Energy in collaboration with the Conservancy’s subject matter experts on spatial planning and conservation. The Project Manager will be responsible for overall planning, coordination and implementation of this comprehensive program. The daily routine to ensure smooth functioning of the project involves project management, outreach, budget management, fundraising and strategy support. This position is funded for a tenure of three years and reports to the Program Lead – India Lands Program.
The Project Manager-RED is responsible for implementing and achieving the renewable energy by design objectives and will work with members from across TNC, including TNC India, as well as global TNC staff members to support the work on sustainable renewable energy in India. He/she will be responsible for the overall ownership and management of the project to advance sustainable renewable energy initiatives, including raising awareness amongst decision makers about the importance of proactive, landscape-scale renewable energy siting (see examples at www.tncindia.in/siteright/ and https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-priorities/tackle-climate-change/climate-change-stories/site-wind-right/). This includes getting inputs from key stakeholders to inform the design of a siting decision support tool in key states; identifying and advancing steps to institutionalize a smart siting approach (via a policy, financial, or other mechanism) and mainstreaming the adoption and use of the decision-support tool known as SiteRight. This role will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of this project in coordination with the TNC India team (e.g., planning workshops, ensuring progress is on track, etc.).
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
Oversee project management for the sustainable renewable energy siting project in India, managing and adapting the project and related strategy as the project evolves, including:
- Coordinate with the respective team members on various activities which includes agreeing on tasks, deadlines, and provide necessary resources to project members and partners.
- Manage ongoing relationships and engagements with partners and contractors to achieve project deliverables.
- Manage regular convening’s of project working group
- Communicate project activities and progress with TNC India Core Management Team, Philanthropy Team, and other team members as necessary.
- Plan and direct work on protection projects; recruit and supervise staff and interns as needed or as funding is available.
- Manage timelines, budgets, deliverable execution, related communications, and donor and partner reporting.
- Ensure monthly monitoring of budget utilization & secure additional resources needed for Pan-India expansion of SiteRight.
- Manage and ensure high quality final versions of all deliverables related to funded grants.
- Outline scope of future work/strategy to advance sustainable renewable energy work, including key partners, strategies, and gaps.
- Engage in developing long-term goals and deliverables in partnership with the broader TNC team, including supporting strategy and project development and implementations related to renewable energy siting.
Develop and implement a stakeholder outreach plan, including:
- Formulate an outreach plan to get SiteRight and/or its principles adopted among key end-users and implement the plan in coordination with project partner(s)
- Build relationships and hold consultations with identified stakeholders to disseminate the tool, continue to improve its design and functionality, and expand its adoption by key stakeholders.
- Ensure TNC's work on Renewable Energy siting is evident and build broader support on the initiative, externally as well as internally.
Provide technical support to our sustainable renewable energy siting strategy, project, and tool development, including:
- Inform the design of the tool as it is expanded to pan-India based on technical expertise, ensuring that the tool and associated outreach will inform improved siting decisions; determine if the tool should be tailored for different user groups that meet different needs.
- In coordination with the Science Lead, GIS Lead and Ecological Economist support the socio-ecological analysis, development of the tool and associated dissemination materials/strategy.
- Assist with other programmatic needs which may include coordinating stakeholder meetings, preparing presentations and reports related to the broader work on infrastructure siting and lands conservation;
- Additional deliverables may be assigned or adjusted based on the evolution of the program’s strategic conservation work
- The Project Manager-RED should demonstrate strength in at least two of the above areas.
- BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and at least 5 years’ experience in land conservation, real estate, law, business or related field.
- Experience working with a wide range of people, such as landowners, corporate executives and government officials.
- Experience negotiating complex agreements.
- Supervisory experience.
- Experience in developing and managing multiple projects and timelines.
- Experience working with computers, including database management.
- Master’s degree and at least 7+ years of related work experience.
- Working knowledge of current government policies and trends on renewable energy development in India will be highly desirable.
- Experience in renewable energy sector or financial institutions will be highly valued.
- Familiarity with renewable energy regulatory and/or finance environments, as well key individuals working in this space, is a plus
- Demonstrated experience working for, or with, multilateral and bilateral institutions and mobilizing funding support.
- Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
- Venture Capital experience in the fundraising attributes.
- Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
- Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
- Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate effectively in a remote team environment.
- Ability to make sound decisions based on analysis, consultation with others, experience, and judgment.
- Fundraising experience will be an added advantage.
- Experience communicating complex processes and ideas effectively to a variety of audiences within and outside an organization.
- Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.
- Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
- Travel frequently and on short notice, sometimes on weekends.
- Ability to resolve complex problems independently with minimal supervision.
- Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities. Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects in an unstructured environment.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
Builds Relationships Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.
Collaboration & Teamwork Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.
Communicates Authentically Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.
Others Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.
Drives for Results Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.
Leverages Difference Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.
Systems Leadership Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of all genders with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colours, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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