Cambodia Project Manager: Mobilising Article 6 Trading Structures (MATS) Program
Cambodia Project Manager: Mobilising Article 6 Trading Structures (MATS) Program
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 a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
In 2019 GGGI signed an earmarked funding program with the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) related to scaling up international carbon trading, as envisaged by the rules to be finalized under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. By opening up these markets, and the resultant flow of transactions, it is envisaged a robust and reliable global price for carbon could eventually be established, something many areas of the private sector have long called for as a way to motivate the transformational change needed to achieve the ambitious goals of Paris. In order to complete any international carbon transactions under the Paris Agreement, at the same time ensuring environmental integrity and avoidance of double counting, a corresponding adjustment must be made.
The Mobilising Article 6 Trading Structures (MATS) program funded by SEA started in early 2020 and has a three-year duration. The intended outcome is real transactions that can be negotiated government to government and / or government to business. During the course of 2020, SEA has selected one activity in the manufacturing sector in Cambodia which will generate emission reductions through resource efficiency which can be structured into an international carbon transaction. This will catalyze greater investment in Cambodia and enable increased ambition in Cambodia's NDC. The program will also support the Government of Cambodia (GoC) to put in place the governance frameworks required to engage in international carbon markets on an ongoing basis.
The MATS Program in Cambodia will complement the existing EU-funded Switch Garment Program which is building capacity in the garment industry through energy management and energy audit training programs, and its strategic sustainability outreach and training program, which will result in increased capability to identify and develop the business case for resource efficiency projects.
Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:
The Project Manager will be present in country and will lead the implementation of the MATS Program activities in Cambodia with support and guidance from GGGI's Carbon Pricing Unit and GGGI's Cambodia Country Team. S/he will be the recognized focal point for the project in Cambodia and will provide day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally to ensure impactful delivery of the project and its outputs. He/She will:
- Work closely with the Carbon Pricing Unit to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of the project.
- 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 Cambodia Country Team.
- Work closely with government partners and private sector in implementing the project, recognizing and the importance of government ownership whilst working to gain their buy-in.
- 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 recommend improvements to meet key milestones for the program.
Scope of Work:
- Deliver high quality project outputs 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.
- Coordinate the design of governance frameworks in Cambodia that meet Article 6 requirements and are relevant to the Cambodian institutional context.
- Plan and co-deliver capacity building events that introduce key Article 6 concepts and options to key government and other stakeholders.
- Support commercial feasibility assessments by collecting relevant information and engaging with local stakeholders.
- Support the process of negotiation and signing of key agreements with government and private sector.
- Plan and facilitate key project workshops and meetings with stakeholders in Cambodia.
- Clear and timely reporting on project delivery as required by the Funding Agreement and Operational Guidelines.
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with GGGI Carbon Pricing Unit, GGGI Cambodia Country Team and key stakeholders. Ensure all stakeholders are and remain satisfied with GGGI's service delivery, contributing positively to GGGI's reputation.
- Close management of the workplan, quickly identifying and communicating delivery issues, and adjusting the workplan as necessary in consultation with the GGGI Carbon Pricing Unit and the GGGI Cambodia Country Team.
- Delivery of activities in the workplan with high quality, within budget and the agreed upon timeline.
- Schedule, plan and facilitate working group meetings and capacity building with key stakeholders;
- Draft key agreements with government and private sector.
- Produce a research report on carbon trading readiness in Cambodia.
- Develop a high-level proposal for Article 6 governance frameworks in Cambodia.
- Source and provide relevant data and information to the GGGI Carbon Pricing Unit and GGGI Country Team as input to the commercial feasibility study.
- Collect, analyze and synthesize relevant data and information on potential emissions reductions and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) requirements.
- Produce project delivery reports as required by the Funding Agreement and Operational Guidelines.
The position is initially for 8 months but may continue for 1 more year upon satisfactory performance and approval of funding.
- Advanced degree (master's) relevant to climate action and/or green investment.
- At least eight years of experience in project development, green investment, program management or other relevant fields.
- Experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies, experience with the Government of Cambodia is an advantage.
- Experience in close engagement with private sector.
- 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 South East Asia an advantage.
- Strategic thinker and solutions-oriented, with good ability to multitask.
- 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.
Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
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