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Program Manager - Sustainable Forestry

Reference 081510  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Town/City Jakarta
Salary Range Dependent on Experience
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 08/08/2008
Company Name International Finance Corporation
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Job #:081510
Title:Program Manager - Sustainable Forestry
Job Stream:Technical Assistance & Advisory Services
Location:Jakarta, Indonesia
Close Date:08-Aug-2008

Background / General description:

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.  IFC promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC offers investment products and advisory services to private sector and government clients.  The Program Manager, Sustainable Forestry position in Indonesia involves developing a major advisory services program, but also entails significant collaboration with investment colleagues.   IFC s strategy in Indonesia is to combine investments and advisory services to improve the policy environment for doing business, expand access to finance for currently underserved firms and households, strengthen socially and environmentally sustainable supply chains to benefit large numbers of smallholders and SMEs (e.g., agribusiness and forestry), and build sustainable infrastructure, especially in rural areas.  Addressing the challenge of climate change forms the foundation of the Sustainable Forestry program, and is also a strategic thread that is woven throughout all IFC s programs in Indonesia.   Indonesia is currently the world s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and land use change (e.g. deforestation, destruction of peat lands) account for the overwhelming majority of those emissions.  In addition, the country s fossil fuel emissions are expected to triple over the next 25 years. The Sustainable Forestry program will draw on IFC s substantial global experience to foster the adoption of appropriate sustainable forest management standards by industry groups and to work with firms to demonstrate the “business case” for adopting those standards.    IFC s Sustainable Forestry program builds on the belief that constructively engaging the private sector is the key to finding a solution to Indonesia s deforestation crisis before it is too late.  The program will define an influential niche in the crowded Indonesian forestry landscape, with a focus on IFC s core mandate of building private sector capacity to promote sustainable forestry practices in Indonesia.  This approach complements many others active in the sector, who tend to focus on grassroots development strategies and the enforcement of government regulations.    The Position: The Program Manager will develop IFC s Sustainable Forestry program in Indonesia – a major pillar of the advisory services program.  In addition, the Program Manager will serve as the Indonesia champion for integrating environmentally sustainable and socially responsible approaches across all of IFC s work in the country.

Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of IFC s Sustainable Forestry program in Indonesia;
  • Manage the program including developing and delivering detailed work plans, budgets, and output for the program, monitoring and reporting on the impact and effectiveness of the program activities;
  • Manage and build the capacity of a small team of experts and project managers, and leverage a much larger pool of internal IFC and other Indonesian and international expertise;
  • Design, manage, coordinate, and monitor subcontracts and consultancies and provide general supervision, guidance and mentoring to program staffs under his/her supervision;
  • Provide strategic leadership and mainstream environmental and social concerns across all IFC programs to promote its inclusion from business strategy to project implementation;
  • Support the investment program by working with IFC investment officers and environmental and social specialists to help clients identify opportunities in the sustainable forest management or broader climate change arena in Indonesia;
  • Actively engage in networking activities, internally and externally, related to forestry, sustainability and climate change issues. This work to be undertaken within the context of the region s management matrix and through IFC s existing sustainability knowledge network and forestry community of practice. Sharing of knowledge of relevant systems, processes, issues and resources at the national (Indonesian) level for the private sector is a key focus;
  • Systematically capture and share lessons learned across the organization and ensure synergy with other advisory business lines;
  • Present IFC Indonesia s forestry activities at external events in order to exchange lessons learned and build/ maintain professional contacts;
  • Develop close working relationships with relevant World Bank and IFC staff and other key actors for sustainable forest management in Indonesia;
  • Participate as a core member of the IFC Indonesia management team.
  • Selection Criteria:

  • Ten or more years of relevant experience working in/with the private sector to advance issues of sustainable development;
  • Advance degree in Business, Management or Finance with additional academic background in forestry, natural resource management or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrated experience in program management, including strategy and business planning, budget and staff management, supervision as well as monitoring and evaluation; and building internal and external support within an organization;
  • Ability to integrate a team with different skills and responsibility areas under a common vision and create an environment conducive to teamwork, openness, continuous learning and innovation;
  • Strong client and results orientation as proven by a track record of concrete achievements;
  • Good network within field of forestry and market-based sustainability solutions;
  • Excellent written and oral communications, including presentation skills. Ability to organize, analyze and interpret data in policy settings;
  • Ability to establish credibility among private sector clients and partners through technical competence and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Meet wide managerial selection criteria – selecting, coaching and appraising staff; planning and managing staff to achieve quality results; encouraging innovation in an open team-based environment; inspiring trust; and influencing and resolving differences across organizational boundaries. Desirable
  • Internationally competitive Indonesian candidates are encouraged to apply;
  • Prior experience of living and working in Indonesia or South East Asia, and skill in Bahasa Indonesia would be a plus. Position is based in Jakarta. All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. No telephone calls, faxes or mail will be accepted. Please note that ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted.
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