Position Description

Lead, Clean Skies for Tomorrow Policy
Job category Temporary/Full-time
Group Centre for Global Industries
Location Geneva
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(one-year contract with renewable possibility)  

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 Centre for Global Industries builds and sustains industry communities through an integrated concept of high-level meetings, research networks, task forces and digital collaboration, and drives sectoral world-leading initiatives to advance industry transformation. The Centre for Global Public Goods acts as a system leader and platform for the environment and natural resource security, food security, development finance and sustainable development activities at the Forum.  

Together, the two centres with our partners the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC), Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and We Mean Business (WMB), are building the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) to deliver high climate ambition industry-sector initiatives that help facilitate the transition of hard-to-abate sectors towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Mobility team is seeking a Project Manager to advance the work of the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, which provides a crucial mechanism for top executives and public leaders, across the aviation value chain, to align on a transition to sustainable aviation fuels as part of a meaningful and proactive pathway for the industry to achieve carbon-neutral flying.  

The Clean Skies Coalition was launched in 2019, and has become globally recognised as delivering the evidence-base, leadership commitment, and policy and market-based tools to facilitate the necessary energy transition. The Project Lead will work with the existing Coalition secretariat team to grow the coalition, and specifically work alongside policy-makers to advance adoption of co-designed tools and ambitious action, especially in the lead up to COP26. The position offers room for entrepreneurial spirit and would benefit from a personality that has some experience in coalition building and policy development.  

Reporting lines and interactions

The Project Lead will report to the Head of Aviation, Travel and Tourism, based in New-York City. The Lead will also work closely with the Head of the Mobility Platform, the project leads in the Clean Skies team, as well as with colleagues from the Centre for Global Industries, the Future of Energy, Materials and Infrastructure platform, the Centre for Global Public Goods, the Business Engagement team, as well as industry leads covering related sectors.  

The Coalition, and thus the successful candidate, works in collaboration with secretariat members ETC, RMI, as well as with sector stakeholders from throughout the aviation energy value chain. This includes engaging the wider industry ecosystem of finance and investors, energy suppliers, corporate flyers and governments.

Main responsibilities

  • Advance and secure commitment for the vision, objectives, strategy and deliverables for the initiative with our initiative partners
  • Further build a high ambition community of companies as part of the initiative who want to move faster on both the demand and supply side
  • Ensure the community derives value and meets the objectives of the project
  • Communicate the vision, objectives and desired outcomes about the project with internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain good marketing materials for new partner development or engagement
  • Strengthen community management and proactively create opportunities for engagement of leaders in this space across the Forum’s and MPPs global activities
  • Assist with events planning and logistics for all project-related efforts  

The successful candidate will be assessed on

  • Proven ability to build and manage industry communities and build collaborations across public, private and civil society networks to deliver tangible mission (theory of change) driven impacts
  • Ability to articulate and foster commitment to a joint vision, strategy and work plan with partners and stakeholders as well as implement engagement strategies, incorporating Forum-specific know-how and project management best practices across the team in the different offices and locations
  • Delivery of agreed-upon events and logistics needs, project targets and measurable efforts to deepen engagement with partners
  • Ability to build a core community from existing and new partners that are onboarded to enable a well-integrated initiative, in particular with government entities.
  • Successful collaboration internally and across key partner organizations

Preferred requirements and experience

  • Advanced university degree in economics, engineering, public-policy or other relevant fields
  • At least 7 to 10 years of professional experience; preferably in the aviation or energy sectors or related industries, government and/or international and non-government organizations
  • Project management experience, including multi-stakeholder management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English  

Why work at the Forum

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change.

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