Senior AFOLU Advisor

Thailand
Apply by 15 December 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 November 2018

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department:

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team for Asia Eurasia, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview:

Pact is recruiting a Senior AFOLU Advisor for a USAID project that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by catalyzing private finance to upscale and drive investment in the agriculture, forestry, and other land-use sector toward low-emission yet profitable business models. The project supports countries in Asia to scale-up low-emission land management best practices through the development of a pipeline of investible projects and businesses in the sustainable landscapes sector, increased private sector investments into sustainable, low-emissions land management businesses, and improved capacity of sustainable landscapes stakeholders.

The Senior AFOLU Advisor will provide leadership and direction on climate smart agriculture, forestry, global climate change mitigation and adaptation, and low emissions development strategy issues related to sustainable landscapes. The Senior AFOLU Advisor should demonstrate sufficient professional experience to effectively provide technical leadership and direction for delivering technical assistance to companies designing and implementing sustainable landscapes activities that are profitable, enhance sustainable land management, and contribute to reducing emissions. He/she will contribute to ensuring successful functioning of project activities, including working with the Chief of Party and team members to ensure overall quality of project planning, production of annual work plans, operating budgets, etc. Occasional travel to Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam is expected for this position.

This position will close on December 7, 2018

Key Responsibilities:

Pipeline development

  • Strategically plan and lead pipeline development process, including, but not limited to: evaluation, planning/implementing due diligence, drafting and negotiating of terms of references for memorandum of agreement, development of SOWs for technical assistance, and coordination with Financial Advisors to secure financing and deal structuring for the businesses in the pipeline.
  • Provide expert assistance and thought leadership to support business development and work with other technical staff to identify promising business models and enterprises in sustainable and economically viable agriculture, forestry, and other land use sectors.
  • Manage development of database of experts and supervise sustainable landscapes technical staff, consultants, and partners across Southeast Asia region to develop pipeline and deliver technical assistance.
  • Design in coordination with team members strategies, craft low- emission strategies for businesses using tailored tools and/or methodologies and technologies.

Partnership creation and coordination

  • Build productive partnerships with the potential to sustain and scale up low emission land use investments.
  • Support activities with internal and external partners to enable USAID Green Invest Asia to develop relationships and secure business opportunities with prospective partners. This may include, but is not limited to, support for the preparation of market research, knowledge products, and delivery of presentations in conferences.

Program management

  • Contribute to the preparation and submission of annual work plans and periodic progress reports and assist with monitoring relevant program indicators and evaluating program results.

Basic Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, environmental policy, natural resource economics, climate change mitigation or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in sustainable landscapes, natural resource management, forestry, value chain development, agriculture, REDD+ and carbon finance, low emissions development strategy, or related experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of partners, including government officials, private sector companies, financial institutions, and other key stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel to targeted Southeast Asian countries.
  • Sufficient relevant experience in Southeast Asia to perform effectively under complex national and regional operating environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in a Southeast Asian regional language.
  • Experience developing partnerships with private sector actors
  • Knowledge of Southeast Asian environmental/natural resource policy and practice.
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in Southeast Asia.
  • Demonstrated competence in project management, with knowledge of USAID policies and procedures.
  • Prior experience working on programs in relevant areas such as sustainable natural resource management, sustainable landscapes, agriculture, private sector investment or related field.

This position will close on December 7, 2018

Application Requirements:

Please include these in your application (preferably in one document):

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Three references



Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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