Position Description

Knowledge Curation Specialist
Job category Temporary/Full-time
Group Platform for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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Knowledge Curation Specialist, Global Plastic Action Partnership
(Maternity Cover)
 
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
 
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
 
Why we are recruiting
The World Economic Forum is host to the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), which is a public-private collaboration platform to help translate political and corporate commitment to address plastic pollution into concrete action plans. GPAP has been established in collaboration with the governments of Canada and United Kingdom, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the World Resources Institute, as well as businesses along the plastics value chain. GPAP harnesses the convening power of the World Economic Forum to bring together governments, businesses and civil society to collaboratively identify and scale solutions to the issue of plastics waste pollution.
 
To achieve its vision to shape a more sustainable and inclusive world through the eradication of plastic pollution; GPAP has focused first on providing a “proof of concept” approach for delivering impact. GPAP has been working on forming a global community of strategic stakeholders while initiating strategic national public-private partnerships that deliver baseline and scenario analyses that support the development of national action plans while providing the opportunity for strategic stakeholders to coordinate action and amplify impact. To-date, GPAP has initiated three National Plastic Action Partnerships (NPAP) – in Ghana, Indonesia and Viet Nam – and aims to launch NPAPs in at least two additional countries in 2021.
 
Each NPAP has been established as a platform designed to bring together a diverse and committed group of stakeholders and decision-makers, providing an opportunity to coordinate action, amplify efforts and catalyse impact to address the plastic waste and pollution crisis.
 
GPAP and the NPAPs are focusing on six impact areas, including: informing policy, unlocking financing, boosting innovation, transforming behaviour, harmonizing metrics, and promoting inclusivity.
 
Reporting lines and interactions
The Knowledge Specialist will be reporting to the Head of Affiliated Programs. The role includes regular collaboration with the GPAP National Coordinators (Indonesia, Ghana, and Viet Nam), team members leading on other knowledge areas, and the broader GPAP team, Consultants supporting research and analysis parts. 
 
Main responsibilities include:
Coordinating and curating knowledge for GPAP “unlocking financing” impact area:
• Supporting the Director of GPAP and the Head of Affiliated Programs in the development of GPAP’s third pillar – catalysing strategic finance. This includes coordinating discussions among financial organisations and crafting the delivery of a framework in support of an enabling environment to attract investments into countries in support of a circular economy for plastics.
• Leveraging Indonesia experience to liaise closely with the NPAP Managers to support them in setting up their financing task force framework. This includes supporting strategy documents, workplans, meeting briefings and coordinating with key knowledge/project partners (e.g. Asian Development Bank, Alliance to End Plastic Waste.)
• Supporting outreach and engagement to key financial institutions with the intention to inform about funding opportunities.
• Supporting the NPAP Managers with the development and launch of Viet Nam and Ghana financing roadmaps
• Consolidating and disseminating key insights and learnings
 
Coordinating and curating knowledge for GPAP “harmonizing metrics” impact area:
• Collaborating with the Pew Charitable Trust team and others to update the current baseline analysis model and to develop a user-friendly guide to utilize the NPAP tool
• Coordinating input from NPAP Managers to update the NPAP tool
• Project managing and partnering with GPAP’s metrics consultant (to be hired in Q4 2020) to optimize the NPAP model for the purpose of running baseline analyses, scenario modelling and progress reviews at the country level
• Supporting the procurement process to hire the metrics consultant and identify digitalisation partner for the tool
• Providing support as needed to NPAP Managers in establishing task forces on metrics and measurement for plastic waste and pollution
• Synthesizing insights and key learnings across the NPAPs
 
Coordinating and curating knowledge for GPAP “transforming behaviour” impact area:
• Collaborating with Head of Affiliated programs to refine strategy on transforming behaviour impact area (eg. identifying priorities with NPAPs and Global Stakeholders)
• Developing approach to identify partners’ behaviour change campaigns and set-up criteria list for campaigns to be amplified and supported
• Identifying other ways in which GPAP can play a transformative role in the space of behaviour change in support of a circular economy for plastics
 
Across the three impact areas above:
• Capturing regularly key progress, announcements and highlights from all NPAPs and their work within the three impact areas and support GPAP’s Communications Specialist in sharing these with the GPAP global community (GPAP monthly newsletter, social media accounts, op-eds on WEF agenda blog, reports, etc.)
• Working closely with existing knowledge/project partners on impact area-related activities and identifying potential new partners who could lead initiatives under the umbrella of GPAP’s financing, behaviour change, and metrics workstreams (in-country or globally).
 
Preferred requirements and experience
• 4-5 years of relevant professional experience in project/program management.
• Excellent stakeholder engagement skills are important as the role requires regular touchpoints and close collaboration with knowledge/project partners and consultants across the globe
• Demonstrated experience working within multi-stakeholder processes and public-private partnerships
• Critical thinking skills and the ability to step back and ask the ‘why’ question
• Analysis and synthesis competencies
• Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of additional languages would be helpful
• Proactive, self-starting, with a positive and constructive attitude towards getting things done
• Good time management skills
• Master’s degree in business administration, economics, public policy, social studies or related field or the equivalent is a plus.
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