Regional Manager, Africa, P4G

Program Management Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Job Summary 

As the P4G Regional Manager for Africa, you will play a key role in the development and implementation of cutting-edge public-private partnerships to advance market-based solutions to green growth, and in managing the engagement of P4G countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. You will coordinate closely with P4G Global Hub based in Washington, DC, to mobilize the proactive participation of the P4G Africa network in major events such as the P4G Summit and major outputs such as the State of Art Report and P4G Awards. You will also work with international consultants contracted by the P4G Global Hub to provide strategic support on partnership development, as well as P4G global organizational partners including the World Resources Institute (WRI) Africa Regional Country Office to maximize synergies and coordination of effort.  

This is a two-year assignment based in Addis Ababa, with the possibility of extension. The Regional Manager will be housed within the WRI Africa Regional Office. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate the development and implementation of public-private partnerships in support of SDGs within P4G partner countries
    • Engage stakeholders to develop a pipeline of innovative partnerships to create and/or accelerate market-based solutions to advance SDG and NDC implementation based upon national priorities and plans 
    • Support P4G national platforms in convening workshops to promote the P4G Partnership Fund call for proposals and facilitate proposal development 
    • Provide program management and oversight of selected P4G partnerships within the region 
    • Liaise with stakeholders including national government representation in P4G partnerships 
    • Ensure coordination between government ministries on P4G partnerships, the SDGs and NDCs 
  • Facilitate and coordinate partner country engagement in P4G activities 
    • Serve as primary contact between the National Platform, P4G partnerships and Global Hub 
    • Coordinate country participation in P4G events such as: P4G Summit, Board meetings, etc 
    • Coordinate country input on P4G products including P4G State-of-the-Art reports and communications materials 
    • Work with national platforms to develop annual P4G country workplans aligned with global workplan 
    • Build the P4G network in partner countries and with P4G partner organizations 
  • Promote green growth and P4G  
    • Represent P4G in regional events relevant to P4G  
    • Support P4G workshops organized by the National Platforms as appropriate on national engagement on green growth and/or SDG financing

Job Qualifications 

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant, full-time work experience working with the private sector on developing, evaluating, financing or implementing business opportunities 
  • Master’s degree in relevant field, i.e. business, finance, international development, development studies preferred (or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience)
  • International experience across at least two country contexts with specific experience working with developing countries implementing green growth. Experience in Ethiopia and/or Africa a plus. 
  • Experience engaging with government officials of developing countries and working in multi-stakeholder groups, with the private sector, as well as experience working with international development and/or finance agencies 
  • Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in one or more of P4G’s technical sectors is desired. These include: Food and Agriculture, Energy, Water, Cities, and the Circular Economy. 
  • Experience working in challenging, cross-sectoral, multi-cultural, fast-paced environments and ability to work independently are a must. 
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity 
  • Excellent communications and organizational skills required 
  • Fluency in English in written and oral communications required. Fluency in Amharic and French is a plus. 
  • Commitment to P4G Partnership’s mission, values, and approach regarding climate issues. 

Program Overview 

P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a new initiative, commenced in 2018, with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement nationally determined contributions (NDCs). We bring together business, government, and civil society organizations in innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions that help meet humanity’s greatest needs in five key areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. P4G supports partnerships to grow and become global models for sustainable solutions. In addition, through major convening moments such as the P4G Summit as well as our State-of-the-Art report and awards program, we showcase the most innovative partnerships driving sustainable development in the world 

P4G partner countries establish a multi-stakeholder National Platform within their country to pursue the goals of P4G. The primary functions of the national platforms are to facilitate and scale public-private partnerships and coordinate national engagement in P4G to advance sustainable development. 

How to Apply 

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application submission. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, watersustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact. 

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $120 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 900+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.