LEDS Project Manager for Low-Emissions Development in Malawi

UNIT: Ecosystem Services
REPORTS TO: Chief of Party and Winrock Project Manager
Winrock is seeking Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS) Project Manager candidates for the USAID-funded program entitled Protecting Ecosystems and Restoring Forests in Malawi (PERFORM). The program is focused on advancing Malawi’s low-emissions development through a suite of nationally-focused policy and capacity efforts coupled with site-based efforts to reduce deforestation and improve land management. The goal of the project is to assist in ensuring that Malawi’s forest and soil resources are managed more efficiently, equitably, and sustainably. The program is expected to work at the regional, government and community levels, and will involve broad-based policy dialogue and technical capacity building. Winrock is responsible for leading PERFORM’s work on assisting Malawi to develop a low-emissions monitoring and analysis system. The LEDS Project Manager will play a key role in supporting this work and toward ensuring PERFORM delivers lasting results with respect to Malawi’s low-emissions analysis and investment priorities. The LEDS Project Manager will coordinate closely with the Environmental Affairs Department. The position will work in close association with Winrock’s USA-based technical experts in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting and mitigation analysts and will also be responsible for working with EAD to track and pursue opportunities for Malawi to access funding, including the development of public-private partnerships.
  • Lead and coordinate Low Emission Development work taking place under the PERFORM project
  • Support and facilitate improved coordination among Government of Malawi departments for the effective implementation of a national GHG inventory
  • Develop and implement GHG Inventory capacity building, communication, and outreach efforts
    • Assist EAD (GoM Environmental Affairs Department) to develop their capacity to compile, analyze, and conduct quality control and assessments of greenhouse gas accounting information and provide training and support to the agencies responsible for data collected as inputs into GoM national GHG inventory
    • Assist in the development of an annual training program to promote coordination and build understanding of issues surrounding GHG inventory development and monitoring
    • Develop GHG Inventory capacity-building plans specific to Malawian context. Given their overwhelming contribution to total GHG emissions in Malawi, the agricultural and forestry sectors are particularly high priority sectors.
    • Develop and adapt training GHG inventory and Low Emission Development materials
    • Pursue opportunities for sharing LEDS information with regional programs
  • Assist in the development of a GHG Management System
    • Assist Winrock’s technical team and EAD to develop sector specific protocols for data collection, management and storage for priority sectors
    • Together with Winrock’s technical team, train government ministry staff in GHG data collection and baseline establishment
  • Support GoM in Low Emissions Development planning
    • Assist EAD to assess LED, GHG mitigation, and climate change adaptation options
    • Together with PERFORM team, develop and implement capacity building efforts on the use of selected LEDS planning tools
    • Develop tools and/or analytics that can aid in attracting and tracking finance and investment opportunities from public or private sources
  • Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with Winrock’s Home Office.
    • Establish contacts with partners and clients to ensure coordinated implementation of project activities and represent the Winrock Team at key meetings.
    • Work closely with Winrock’s USA-based technical team
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) required in environmental policy, environmental economics, forestry, environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, natural science, sustainable development, climate change related fields or other relevant international development field.
Work Experience:
  • Knowledge of the forestry and agricultural sectors and climate change policies. Willingness to learn these issues and opportunities in the context of Malawi.
  • Minimum five years of combined experience working in forestry, environmental and economic policy, climate change policy, environmental and/or climate change finance, GHG emission accounting, and/or Low Emission Development Strategies.
  • Extensive experience developing training programs and working to build institutional capacity of government counterparts at the national and/or local level
  • Proven understanding of GHG inventories and management systems, or willingness to quickly and independently learn these systems
  • Familiarity with international climate change policy and financing
  • Experience in development of private-public partnerships (preferred)
  • Proven ability to successfully work with key forestry and agricultural sector government agencies, institutes, NGOs and experts (Malawian experience preferred)
  • Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions to forest management issues.
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries.
  • Strong managerial skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written.
  • Excellent computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases).
  • Experience in Malawi (preferred) or surrounding countries
  • Fluency and/or familiarity of Chichewa (desired)
  • Ability to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times

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