The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) is actively seeking a Director of a new training institute in Asia. The ideal candidate will have experience working in Asia and building international partnerships, possess expertise in climate change, be technologically savvy, entrepreneurial, and be very comfortable taking initiative without close supervision.
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Type: Full-Time, initial contract through September 2016
Citizenship: Preference will be given to citizens of Asian countries, special preference given to residents of Thailand
Low emission development strategies
Low emission development strategies (LEDS) serve a critical coordinating purpose, integrating economic and climate change planning. Today, throughout Asia and across the rest of the world organizations, cities, and countries are designing and implementing LEDS to harmonize the planning, analysis, and policymaking that together make possible low carbon climate resilient development, or “green growth.”
The growing focus on LEDS will, in the long-term, dramatically increase the demand for skilled practitioners around the world. To enable the emergence of these green growth professionals, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and GHGMI, has launched an important regional training and professional development hub.
The training institute
This training institute is being founded by the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), through the Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program and in coordination with AIT and GHGMI. It is to be hosted physically by AIT Extension in Thailand and virtually by GHGMI. The core function of the training institute will be training delivery via GHGMI’s virtual e-learning campus complemented by in-person instruction in Bangkok and across Asia at AIT satellite campuses and other facilities.
The training institute will deliver a rigorous curriculum of practical coursework focused on building the technical skills necessary to implement private and public sector green growth programs. Its educational programming is of relevance to practitioners in all sectors of the economy and will be delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face and e-learning classroom hours. Balancing accessibility with rigorous technical learning objectives, this program has been tailored to develop the capacity necessary to implement LEDS across Asia.
To fulfill its role as a regional education hub, this new training institute will focus on long-term and will take a cooperative approach, serving as an open platform that other organizations and programs can partner with to help further professional development and institutional capacity building. It will also establish a clear Asian identity, with the expectation that within four years it is able to operate as an independent entity.
Director of training institute
The Director of this new training institute will lead the development of curriculum, resources and delivery of programs, establishing partnerships, new funding sources, and operational systems. The incumbent will work under the USA-based Executive Director of GHGMI, and closely collaborate with the program’s Bangkok-based partners: USAID RDMA, academic and professional units within AIT, and the LEAD program office.
- Provide intellectual and business leadership for Asia GHGMI and the staff from GHGMI, AIT, LEAD, and other partners
- Represent Asia GHGMI to the international climate change community, including but not limited to: international partnerships (e.g., LEDS Global Partnership), national governments, international organizations, and funding agencies
- Act as Asia GHGMI’s official spokesperson for internal and external stakeholders and project partners, including the media
- Oversee the development and implementation of the program’s annual programming and business plan, in consultation with project and national partners
- Manage ongoing day to day operations of Asia GHGMI activities
- Identify and guide initiatives that serve to support Asia GHGMI, as well as counterparts in government, industry, academia civil society, and the media
- Ascertain resource generation opportunities driven by appropriate collaborative project activities
- Write proposals for donor agencies and other potential funders for projects
- A bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA/MS preferred)
- Demonstrated experience working in Asia
- A track record working with international donors
Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics:
- Excellent spoken and written English
- Fluency in at least one Asian language other than English
- Excellent written communication skills
- Demonstrated expertise in starting training centers, program management, and/or setting up organizations
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: carbon management, greenhouse gas inventories, offset projects, climate change policy
- Ability to work across different sectors, and to engage like-minded leaders as partners
- Proven ability to work constructively with diverse stakeholders
- Experience working with national governments and/or international organizations
- Resource mobilization and fundraising experience
- Excellent project management and coordination skills
- Manage multiple projects and deliver products by deadlines
- Marketing and communications experience
- Versatile, personable and flexible in the face of a complex projects
- Communicate and work effectively in a virtual office environment with staff, Board members, and external parties
- Passion for the mission of GHGMI
- Strong ability to take initiative
Compensation and Benefits:
- Salary: commensurate with experience and qualifications
- Vacation: 4 weeks per year
Please send to email@example.com a resume and cover letter that responds specifically to each Responsibilities, Qualifications, and Characteristics bullet. No telephone calls please. Applications will be reviewed immediately.
The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute was established in 2007 with the mission: to address climate change by building and developing a global community of experts with the highest standards of professional practice in measuring, accounting, auditing and managing greenhouse gas emissions; meeting the needs of governments, corporations, and organizations large and small. For more information go to www.ghginstitute.org.
The Institute is a U.S. 501(c)(3) registered charitable nonprofit organization. GHGMI operates as a uniquely virtual organization to minimize its carbon footprint. All staff telecommute from remote or home offices.
GHGMI is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.