Project Manager – Climate & Energy | WWF

Project Manager – Climate & Energy

Posted on
31 August 2017

Position Information
Position title:             Project Manager – Climate & Energy Unit: Climate & Energy
Directly reports to:     Programme Leader Location:                UAE, Dhabi
Directly reports:     TBA Type of Contract:                Permanent
Date:     29/08/17
Key Responsibilities: Key Performance Indicators:

  • Technical

  • Manage the assigned project effectively, and monitor and report on progress and achievements on a regular basis.
  • Develop and manage project action plans (including technical and operational plans.
  • Implement Project Governance Standards (PGSs) for the assigned project.
  • Develop and review external consultants Terms of Reference and Contracts, and ensure timely and high-quality submission of agreed deliverables and outputs necessary to achieve the project objectives.
  • Undertake research and develop project related concept notes, policy briefings, technical reports and discussion papers.
  • Coordinate and prepare for meetings with partners/stakeholders and relevant committees; and prepare technical materials and stakeholder engagement plans for consultations.
  • Develop a communications strategy for the project working closely with the Communications team, to ensure that messages are communicated to amplify the project’s impact.
  • Provide policy related advice with regard to
  • relevant C&E policies at the national and international level on topics of Energy Efficiency, RE and climate change.
  • Keep abreast with international best practices and regional activities to ensure that the climate and energy solutions that EWS-WWF offers are always relevant to the global and local context.
  • Prepare fundraising proposals working closely with the Business Development team.

  • Leadership

  • Seek the support of team members for tasks related to their responsibilities, and manage project team human resources.
  • Work closely with other members of the C&E team and support delivery of other key C&E projects/initiatives as required.
  • Liaise with partners and technical consultants on relevant topics related to the project.
  • Build strong relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Set SMART objectives and goals for team members and conduct performance review, suggest a development plan for performance improvements.
  • Work closely with other C&E team members and support delivery of other key projects /initiatives as required.

  • Financial

  • Complete the Annual workplan budgets.
  • Ensure the use of approved budget effectively.

  • Compliance

  • Ensure that project complies with EWS-WWF Project Governance Standards and budgetary procedures set by the Operations team.
  • Ensure that project is delivered in line with EWS-WWF values.
  • Complete project M&E requirements in a timely manner.
Required qualifications & Experience

  • Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in relevant field with a strong background in energy/climate/sustainability.
  • Background in transport policy or energy economics and work with government bodies in the UAE or region is desirable.
  • Comfortable dealing with senior government officials and has the ability to build strong relationships.
  • Experience in all aspects of project management (e.g. planning, fundraising, proposal development, monitoring and reporting).
  • Proven track record of successful stakeholder engagement, including persuasion through the use of technical information.

  • Education

  • Post graduate/ Graduate degree in environment, climate, energy, economics or related fields.
EWS-WWF Focus: Acts as a member of EWS-WWF, placing higher priority on EWS-WWF goals than own goals and anticipating the effects of own area’s actions on others to ensure holistic EWS-WWF outcomes.

External Orientation: Looks outwards ensuring WWF stays relevant, continues to anticipate and adapt to external environmental and global trends.

Delivering Quality Outcomes: Establishes stretch goals, plans, using best judgment and takes responsibility for planning to and delivering on outcomes.

Building Working Relationships: Builds collaborative relationships through the understanding and development of other’s and own ideas.

Communicating Effectively: Uses appropriate means of communication to convey messages, seeks input from others and ensures understanding.

Team Leadership: Develops direction and shared purpose, builds a team through coaching to ensure the high performing teams and ensures goals are accomplished.

Change Leadership: Encourages and seeks out innovative solutions through people, transformation and align with the organisation’s strategic plan and brings people on a journey constructively and empathetically.

Managing Resources: Demonstrates an understanding of how the organisation operates financially, can identify and direct toward business opportunities by managing resources.
Skills Required
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and ability to perform under pressure.
  • Excellent proven stakeholder management and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and exceptional teamwork abilities.
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Self-starter and able to prioritise activities accordingly.
  • Set challenging but realistic goals and solve problems effectively.
  • Produce high quality products/services with attention to detail.
  • Supportive, constructive and open to influence in dealing with others.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic (desirable).
  • Diplomatic and solution-oriented
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Very strong technical and analytical skills.
  • A passion for conservation and experience in a not-for-profit environment
Working Relationships

  • Internal

  • Coordinate and work closely with EWS members to achieve over all organisational goals.

  • External

  • Work with local authority and government official to ensure approvals maintained for smooth operations.
  • Work with WWF representatives and provide regular feedbacks and updates about the projects.
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