Project Manager

US-NY-New York
Job ID #
2017-3444
HQ / Initiative
Clinton Climate Initiative

About the Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, nearly 35,000 American schools have provided kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 150,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increabeen sed market access; working with partners, more than 8.5 million trees and tree seedlings have planted to strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods; over 600,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises and health and wellbeing programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.

 

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Overview

The Clinton Climate Initiative Islands Energy Program aims to accelerate energy transition in small island nations from fossil fuels to clean energy. The purpose of this position is to develop and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with government, utility and industry partners primarily in the Caribbean; to manage relationships with high-level stakeholders and provide technical assistance to those partners; and to provide project management – including oversight of local on-island coordinators and utilization of cross-functional team members to deliver results and impact.

The Project Manager will be responsible for working with 2-4 partner countries to: i) engage stakeholders and set a vision for energy transition; ii) perform analysis to assess the pathways to accelerate change; iii) assist technical studies, development and preparation of energy projects; (iv) develop procurement materials and identify potential development partners and sources of finance to execute projects; (v) provide proper operations and maintenance of projects; and (vi) report metrics and results internally. The Project Manager will play an active role in providing necessary data to other team members managing budget, metrics, and communications.

 

The employee in this position will act as the key support entity for the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy program and its strategic partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR). The employee interacts with external parties at all levels, including senior government officials, C-level executives, and senior leaders of NGOs and academia to advance significant clean energy projects and help secure project financing for work which aims to make a difference in energy transition in small island nations. The incumbent is expected to travel internationally (approximately 25% of time). Internally, the incumbent reports directly to the Director of Programs and Policy, and works in close coordination with the Senior Program Manager on projects. The employee also engages regularly with staff at RMI-CWR and may, for specific projects, work in close coordination with RMI-CWR staff.

The Project Manager will primarily contribute to the strategic energy planning and projects goals of the Islands Energy program. This will provide significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering economic development by replacing fossil fuels with clean energy.

Responsibilities

Performs both analytical and project management work toward the implementation of renewable energy projects, including:

  • Technical and economic analysis and modeling;
  • Pre-feasibility plans, recommendations, and action plans;
  • Procurement processes and documents;
  • Partnerships with and applications to potential sources of grants, debt and/or equity;
  • Contract negotiation assistance;
  • Project implementation including scheduling, task management and cross organization coordination
  • Works with or oversees technical consultants and contractors where engaged to assist with the above tasks.

 

 

Manages relationships with government officials, utility management and other public or private sector executives in partner countries to convene stakeholders, identify renewable energy projects, assess their potential for success and sustainability, and develop strategies for their implementation.

 

 

Provides strategic guidance to the on-island coordinators who provide local insight and detailed technical and financial advice to these projects. Such oversight might include ensuring that the work delivers on objectives, meets the needs of a government and the Islands Energy Program, and generates actionable and reasonable final recommendations.

 

Collaborates with the Islands Energy team on team metrics reporting, communications, and budget; assists in providing materials for donors, internal reports, information requests, media, and internal sharing of information, materials and practices such as news flow, common challenges, relevant contacts, relevant research, project materials and project models.

 

Maintains and develops general networks of relationships with development organizations, project developers, equipment suppliers and financial institutions and development banks for the purpose of contributing to the knowledge base of the Islands Energy Program and/or to the future development of projects.

 

Coordinate work with the RMI-CWR Islands Program, including the Director of Projects and the Energy Planning team for technical analysis support;

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the positions.

Qualifications

  1. Education:
  • Minimum Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, Policy, Environment, Sustainability, or other related fields;
  • Preferred: Advanced degree in related fields.

 

  1. Work Experience:
  • Minimum Required: 4 years’ experience working in energy engineering, project management in clean energy, finance, management consulting, policy, and/or research area that helped develop relevant skills;
  • Preferred: experience working with high-level government officials and energy/utility industry stakeholders;
  • Preferred: experience working in international development sector, especially small island developing states, or with international partners.

 

  1. Specialized Knowledge Needed For Performance of Job:
  • In-depth knowledge in one or more of the relevant areas: clean energy sector, power system engineering, integrated resource planning, project development, energy policy, energy finance;
  • Preferred: specialized knowledge in one or more of the following energy solutions: energy efficiency, solar PV, microgrids, wind power, energy storage, LNG, biomass, hydropower, GHG emissions calculations, carbon accounting;
  • Preferred: understanding of the utility business including electricity generation, transmission, and distribution.

 

  1. Skills (e.g. Level of Judgment Required, Ability to Direct, Work Independently, Multi-Task, etc.):
  • Drive and ability to work independently, manage own time and schedule, to push projects and initiatives forward;
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills; ability to work with colleagues and partners based outside of the main office;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse sets of individuals in public, private, and non-profit sectors;
  • Able to troubleshoot problems, come up with creative solutions, while also identifying issues which need to be escalated;
  • Strong project management skills, sound judgment, ability to prioritize.

 

  1. Special Skills (e.g. Technical, Advanced):
  • Ability to evaluate technical and economic feasibility of a broad range of clean energy technologies;
  • Strong computer skills, especially Word (advanced), Excel (advanced), and PowerPoint (advanced).

 

  1. Other (Communication Skills, Mechanical Aptitude, Math Skills, Learning Skills, or Other Specific Skills Required):
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to present complex program and technical information concisely and to a wide variety of stakeholders, and ability to lead and facilitate meetings;
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills, including ability to make decisions or recommendations with limited information;
  • Quantitative skills and ability to analyze data, synthesize key findings, and display results effectively;
  • Demonstrated passion and dedication for clean energy, sustainability, climate resilience, international development or social impact;
  • Highly-motivated, with a thirst for knowledge and ability to learn quickly.

 

  1. Additional Comments:
  • Ability to work on occasion in a varying schedule including nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays;
  • Ability to work remotely, given projects will be based in a number of different countries;
  • Willingness to travel internationally (approximately 25% of time).

Physical and Other Requirements

  • General business office or home office environment; must be flexible; a significant amount of travel and working remotely will be required.
  • The Clinton Foundation will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship. Physical and mental health provisions, including availability of a health care structure in the international area of travel, may be drastically different from what the employee is accustomed to, and the Foundation does not offer any health care guarantee in the country of travel.
  • Constant computer work which may require repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and sustained visual and mental applications and demands.
  • Frequent long-distance travel (primarily to specified Caribbean island states, sometimes to developing countries, including rural areas) which may require walking distances, lifting and carrying luggage and boxes (>25 lbs), and prolonged periods of sitting in tight quarters.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Clinton Foundation maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

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