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Job Description: Chief Operations Officer

OneWorld Sustainable Investments (OW) is a sustainable development-consulting organisation focused on adaptive development and resilience building within the context of changing climate and resource constraints (see www.oneworldgroup.co.za). It has offices in Cape Town, South Africa and Brussels, Europe, and operates across Africa and Asia.

OneWorld delivers advisory services, research and thought leadership across four programmes of work: i) Climate Change: Building and applying evidence of climate impacts for development, people and economies to inform inclusive policy strategies and financing solutions; ii) Natural Resources: Advancing governance and sustainable financing for water, land-use, and biodiversity resource development across administrative and political boundaries; iii) Urban Resilience: Facilitating sustainable urban densification, mobility and municipal governance reform for inclusive cities that secure development gains and enhance the lives of all citizens, and; iv) Energy Transitions: Envisioning just transformational pathways and mobilising green economies to deliver low carbon societies where all benefit from the gains.

Our clients and beneficiaries include donors and International Cooperation Partners, African and Asian governments, transboundary institutions such as River Basin Organisations, continental and regional political, economic and trade communities and climate negotiation blocs in developing countries, as well as the private sector – from SMEs to large industry. We work at a science-policy-development interface and provide technical and policy advisory services to our clients and beneficiaries. A particular strength is our ability to bridge public and private interests in navigating the global-local sustainable development agenda.

Purpose

Your main task is to lead and develop the strategic development of OneWorld together with the CEO, the Commercial Director, and OneWorld’s project management team.  You will have the principal role in managing OneWorld’s operations and coordinating the work of the four programmes, including OneWorld’s office in Brussels. The COO is responsible for major OneWorld processes such as the annual Action Plans to implement OneWorld’s current strategy (2018-2023) and OneWorld’s project and financial results reporting.  You will be a primary contact with our clients, and coordinate OneWorld’s approach to our clients and funders where multiple programmes, and/or clients and funders interact.

Your responsibility will also include leadership and staff development and internal planning and reporting processes, both externally and to the Directors. Delivering against OneWorld’s core values – passion, inclusiveness, integrity and quality – through effective teamwork, is very important to us.

You will ensure value is being added to the business by effectively and continuously developing and improving operational effectiveness. through the design, implementation and evolution of business processes and people competencies throughout all of OneWorld’s operations.  You will fulfil an objective role of continually designing, integrating and aligning all business operations processes to meet defined strategic, operating processes and associated revenue targets.

Reporting and Management Structure

The COO will report to the CEO and to the Commercial Director and will be responsible for managing a small team of administrative, technical advisory and research staff. The COO will also be responsible for optimal relationships with and delivery of OneWorld’s Associates and sub-contracting organisations.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and coordinate implementation and follow-up of OneWorld’s Strategy;
  • Lead and coordinate OneWorld’s programme and project operations and activities;
  • Overarching responsibility for OneWorld’s programme and project portfolio management;
  • Manage OneWorld’s annual Action plans, implementing the Strategy, including internal consultative process in preparing and implementing the plans and aligning staff performance management plans against these;
  • Liaise and dialogue with clients and funders to continuously align OneWorld’s delivery with expectations;
  • Oversee knowledge management at OneWorld and coordinate associated activities;
  • Ensure streamlined and optimal business development delivery;
  • Staff responsibility for the project managers responsible for the different programmes, and the OneWorld European office in Brussels;
  • Responsibility for recruitment processes and procedures.

Support the CEO in:

  • Managing, developing and coordinating the overall work and operation of OneWorld;
  • Strategic development of OneWorld;
  • Generating strategic networks of project, financing and delivery partners;
  • Coaching and mentoring of staff;
  • Drafting and presenting reports to the Directors, and to Clients and Funders.

Requirements

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in a field related to sustainable or international development, or areas relevant to OneWorld’s programmes of work. Highly relevant experience coupled with an Honours degree in a relevant field could be considered;
  • At least 10 years leading teams or organisations in sustainable or international development, or equivalent areas
  • Outstanding track record and proven excellence in leading operations and strategic development of project portfolio management
  • Proven record of developing project portfolios, and successful project and programme proposals, for sustainable or international development, or equivalent areas
  • Excellent skills in partnership relations management
  • Proven record in establishing and maintaining networks
  • Solid knowledge in sustainable development and climate change/natural resources/energy transitions/urban resilience
  • Skilled in representing an organisation externally, and a compelling public speaker
  • Ability to inspire an organisational culture marked by trust, accountability, team-building and compliance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Proven ability in decision-making, problem-solving, and creative thinking
  • Substantial knowledge of international development financing
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • More languages (French, Portuguese, Spanish) considered an advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to write publishable papers and reports
  • Flexibility to travel

To apply, please submit a CV and a motivation cover letter that responds directly to the requirements set out in this advert, to recruitment@oneworldgroup.co.za by the 10th January 2020. A recent piece of written work would be helpful in assessing your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Job Description: Senior Consultant

OneWorld Sustainable Investments (OW) is a sustainable development-consulting organisation focused on adaptive development and resilience building within the context of changing climate and resource constraints (see www.oneworldgroup.co.za). It has offices in Cape Town, South Africa and Brussels, Europe, and operates across Africa and Asia.

OneWorld delivers advisory services, research and thought leadership across four programmes of work: i) Climate Change: Building and applying evidence of climate impacts for development, people and economies to inform inclusive policy strategies and financing solutions; ii) Natural Resources: Advancing governance and sustainable financing for water, land-use, and biodiversity resource development across administrative and political boundaries; iii) Urban Resilience: Facilitating sustainable urban densification, mobility and municipal governance reform for inclusive cities that secure development gains and enhance the lives of all citizens, and; iv) Energy Transitions: Envisioning just transformational pathways and mobilising green economies to deliver low carbon societies where all benefit from the gains.

Our clients and beneficiaries include donors and International Cooperation Partners, African and Asian governments, transboundary institutions such as River Basin Organisations, continental and regional political, economic and trade communities and climate negotiation blocs in developing countries, as well as the private sector – from SMEs to large industry. We work at a science-policy-development interface and provide technical and policy advisory services to our clients and beneficiaries. A particular strength is our ability to bridge public and private interests in navigating the global-local sustainable development agenda.

Purpose

A Senior Consultant works with the OneWolrd team providing Technical and Policy Advisor to OneWorld’s clients, funders and beneficiaries. This means providing ongoing scientific and technical, institutional development and capacity building, and global analysis on the key areas of focus in OneWorld’s work and translating this into regional and country needs-based strategies, policies and action plans. The Consultant will additionally be required to integrate, where appropriate, related activities and analyses with other areas of OneWorld’s programmatic work.

Reporting and Management Structure

The Senior Consultant reports to the CEO/Head Advisory Services and will be responsible for leading a small team of researchers and junior technical advisors.

Primary Responsibilities

Working with a team and taking leadership roles on OneWorld projects as appropriate/needed. This includes interrogating existing research, identifying research gaps and leading applied research projects, providing the science policy interface, working with multi-disciplinary teams, writing reports, research briefs and papers, and policy briefs.

The Senior Consultant will be required to:

  • Present at meetings and conferences from time to time, and to publish research outputs
  • Regularly facilitate or co-facilitate project workshops
  • Lead and manage stakeholder engagement and participatory analysis processes
  • Technically support decision makers in applying project research and policy outcomes (e.g. Risk and Vulnerability Maps)
  • Provide technical and strategic support to other OW projects and programmes, outside area of specific specialisation
  • Contribute proactively to OneWorld’s programme and project design and validate/refine OneWorld’s related programmatic approaches
  • Provide technical and strategic support for OneWorld’s business development efforts, particularly in the writing of proposals and project approach/methodology.
  • Provide thought leadership in specialised domain, demonstrated through thought pieces and content creation (for website, the OneWorld Digest, etc.)

Requirements

The following qualifications and skills set requirements apply:

A Masters-plus qualification in Development Studies/Economics or Philosophy, Environmental Science, Sustainable Development or related Social Sciences.

Required skills and experience include:

  • Proven research and policy track record in Development, Climate Change and Resilience, Climate/Environmental Finance; Strategy Development
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills with ability to relay technical concepts and research in an easily understandable and relevant manner
  • Demonstrated ability to write publishable papers and reports
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of African as well as the relevant global institutions (including regional/transboundary) and governments
  • Policy analysis skills
  • English language fluency. French/Portuguese an advantage
  • Flexibility to travel

Key behavioural requirements include:

  • Proven interpersonal/relationship building skills:
  • Flexibility and adaptability to the changing requirements of the projects/business
  • Ability to take project leadership in any of OneWorld’s three programmatic areas of work
  • Team player with ability to lead complex, multi-disciplinary teams
  • Proactive 2-way communication with clients/partners/team members and management that is clear concise and fully understood by all parties
  • Well organized with the ability to effectively plan and prioritise tasks in order to achieve project deadlines
  • Accountable and takes ownership
  • Proactive

To apply, please send a CV that responds directly to the requirements set out in this advert, to recruitment@oneworldgroup.co.za. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Job Description: Research Intern

Job Summary:

OneWorld is a Cape Town-based sustainable development consulting organisation focused on adaptive development within the context of a changing climate and resource constraints. We work at a science-policy-development interface with a view to building resilience to the challenge of climate change in the African region and beyond.

We are looking for a Research Intern to join the OneWorld team. The intern will be expected to provide research and administrative support to existing project work as well as assisting with Business Development through tender tracking and contributing to the development of proposals and reports. As an intern, you can expect to gain valuable insight on the project lifecycle, from inception right through to completion. You will also advance your knowledge and experience in project-based development work in the climate change arena.

Minimum Requirements:

•‘Recent post-graduate students with a Masters degree or in the research phase of their Masters degree. Any application without a Masters degree will not be considered”

• South African nationals, permanent residence holders and/or foreign nationals with a preexisting right to work. Foreign nationals without a valid work or residency permit will not be considered.

• Fluency in English is essential and proficiency in any other of South Africa’s official languages is an advantage.

Required Competencies and Attributes:

• Knowledge of research methodologies, analysis and report-writing

• Proficiency in the Microsoft Office package

• Excellent typing, writing and communication skills

• The ability to process information quickly and multi-task on a variety of different project themes

• Team-player with the ability to self-start and work independently with minimal supervision

Main Duties:
Business Development
• Provide support on research and investigation with regard to OneWorld’s proposals and projects.

• Translate proposal and contract requirements into project references

• Reformatting of CVs and project references • Obtaining and documenting contact lists

Project Support
• Provide support on research and investigation with regard to OneWorld’s projects.

• Develop and implement effective research support and investigation to achieve proposal / project goals.

• Conduct desktop and investigative work.

• Monitor, capture and organise information and data into databases to ensure that strategic and valuable information is easily available.

• Analyses information and data, produces briefing papers and reports to support project goals.

• Keeps abreast of useful information, resources, tools, technical and technological development in related fields to ensure that research capacity is up to date.

• Provides ongoing tracking of trends and insights on OneWorld’s Climate resilience programmatic focus areas; contributes to the development of thought pieces.

If you are interested, please submit a full Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full letter of motivation as to why you wish to pursue a career in the fields that One World covers, a transcript of your university grades, and a pertinent example of your recent written work  to office@oneworldgroup.co.za. An electronic copy of your Master’s dissertation/thesis would also be helpful