Engagement & Communications Manager

Program Management The Hague, Netherlands


Position at World Resources Institute

Job Summary

In this position, you will be responsible for managing and expanding the PACE Leadership network, and are expected to turn new developments and insights as derived from your engagement with the PACE members, knowledge partners, project leads, funders, and hub team into internal and external communication products.

WRI will host the PACE hub and you will report to the PACE director. You will be employed by WRI Europe, subject to WRI oversight and included in WRI’s performance management system. The position is in The Hague, the Netherlands. 

The successful candidate will be energetic, versatile, and experienced in engaging a diverse set of stakeholders, with high-level representatives of the public and private sector. You are able to build out and oversee a membership-based network, recruiting new members from different geographies and sectors while activating existing members to play their part in the transition to a more circular economy. You will be well versed in the challenges and opportunities for global progress towards a circular economy, and are able to turn them into compelling and informative content for different internal and external audiences. In addition, you feel confident engaging with external media. Duration of the position is three years with possibility of extension. Travel will be required.

 Job Responsibilities

You will be coming in at a transitional phase for the PACE Platform and play an important role in building out and balancing member representation in PACE’s Leadership network. Furthermore, you will be instrumental in creating greater visibility of the PACE platform and disseminating its achievements and learnings amongst targeted audiences.

Develop and oversee the PACE engagement strategy (30%):

  • Develop and implement the PACE Leadership pillar strategy including building out and managing the Leadership network, based on the draft 2019 workplan for PACE
  • Prepare annual work plan and budget for the Leadership network engagement activities
  • Create a pipeline of potential Leadership network members by pro-actively identifying and approaching potential new members, ensuring a balanced of representation of different geographies, in particular emerging and developing economies; and of governments, private sector entities, and not-for-profit civil society organizations and international organizations
  • Provide recommendations to the PACE Board on new potential members, based on the network’s membership criteria
  • Oversee the integration of new members into the Leadership network and ensure they understand the expectations set by the network and the opportunities for support and exchange that are being provided
  • Evaluate annually the active engagement of Leadership network members, with a view of ensuring continued network membership is dependent on active participation
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of the landscape of PACE core and affiliate projects, and stay abreast of the circular economy efforts by Leadership network members and other PACE partners, to help identify opportunities and approaches for PACE to collaborate and coordinate both within its internal networks such as its project and knowledge partners, as well as external networks aligned with PACE’s agenda.

Manage the PACE Leadership network and engage members (30%):

  • Serve as the primary contact for Leadership network members, including the knowledge partners, and manage these relationships in a proactive manner that enhances their engagement and coordination within the PACE work program
  • Lead targeted communications and engagement with new and existing the PACE Platform members to move members into taking action within PACE projects and within their organizations
  • Organize, prepare, and conduct regular community calls, that allow for the Leadership network members to stay informed, exchange, and provide recommendations on topics of critical importance to the circular economy
  • Organize targeted convenings and side events for the Leadership network at selected key events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, that will see strong representation of PACE and its Leadership members
  • Develop channels for ensuring key Leadership network members, such as the members represented in the PACE Board as well as the PACE knowledge partners, are proactively helping to shape the PACE agenda around major outreach moments, like the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, and international gatherings such as the World Circular Economy Forum

 Develop and disseminate communication products for internal & external audiences (40%):

  • Develop a communications plan to keep PACE’s internal (Leadership network, PACE Board, PACE Hub, and PACE knowledge partners) audiences informed
  • Develop a communications strategy to position PACE with external audiences
  • Help further develop and populate the PACE website
  • Develop, and manage others to develop, presentations for internal and external audiences
  • Write and edit, and manage others to write and edit material including blog posts, op-eds, and other compelling communications that target various audiences
  • Engage with relevant media and present, facilitate and moderate high-level discussions
  • Leverage new and maintain existing relationships with external partners (governments, private sector, NGOs, international organizations etc.)
  • Support outreach/funding presentations to potential funding partners
  • Support high-priority impact events, media placements and speaking engagements for PACE staff and key partners
  • Build and foster collaborative relationships with communication experts with key PACE stakeholders to encourage global communication efforts around common message
  • Work with the WRI Communications team to pitch stories and respond to media inquiries related to PACE topics

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, or environmental studies; Master's degree preferable
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience, including program leadership, stakeholder engagement, public relations, external communications and/or high-profile donor management
  • Ideally at least 2 years of experience working with the private sector or in a developing country context
  • Track record of building successful networks in complex multi-stakeholder settings
  • Experience managing a large network through a small team
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and with the highest standards of integrity
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of circular economy or related concepts, such as sustainable waste and resource management, desirable
  • Commitment to PACE mission, values, and approach regarding accelerating circular economy
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English; knowledge of a second language, such as Dutch, French, Spanish, or Chinese desirable
  • Ability to travel at least 25% of the time

 How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

PACE Overview

PACE is a public-private collaboration platform and project accelerator that aims to leverage global public-private leadership to accelerate action towards the circular economy. PACE was created and incubated by the World Economic Forum (“the Forum”) in Switzerland. As part of a new phase of development, the work is currently being transitioned across to a formal PACE hub, being established at WRI Europe in the Netherlands.

To date PACE has achieved significant outputs across its three delivery pillars of driving projects, leveraging global leadership to drive action, and capture and disseminate learnings for scale, and has formulated ambitions to scale-up. Funding commitment is partially complete for three-years for the PACE hub to enable further scale and speed.

 The PACE hub will function and operate as an independent unit with its own branding and governed by an independent board. Work will be undertaken by a diverse project team initially comprising of four full-time staff and a number of additional seconded members from across the PACE partner organizations. As funding growth allows, the team will further expand.

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, water, sustainable 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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United 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 of persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.