Posted on :
26 Sep, 2018
26 Sep, 2018
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing private capital in local and international financial markets, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. One of IFC’s priority areas is mainstreaming climate change mitigation and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
IFC aims to support climate-related investments and activities to support the private sector to address climate change. IFC is particularly interested in green buildings, with a focus on supporting the development of green building regulations at national and sub-national level as well as developing voluntary standards and approaches. Through advisory services, targeted financing and direct investment, IFC aims to create a new path for green growth in the built environment.
IFC’s Green Buildings Market Transformation Program
Buildings generate about 15% of GHG emissions and consume about 40% of electricity globally. The built environment is expected to double by 2050 due to population growth and increasing urbanization. Construction of new buildings will lock in inefficient consumption patterns in the developing world for the next 30+ years, if measures are not taken to change these patterns. While numerous barriers are present which inhibit the transformation of new buildings to achieve ‘green’ performance for reduced energy and water needs and reduction in material required for construction, efforts are needed to help transform markets and achieve meaningful reductions in emissions, contributing to climate change mitigation.
In Africa the construction sector is expected to continue to grow, along with rapid urbanization and population growth. In this context, the construction sector presents great opportunity for resource efficiency. Green buildings are buildings which exhibit superior efficiency in energy, water and building material use. Most green design options are cost-effective. They may increase building costs by a few percentage points, but the increased cost is normally recovered in energy and other operating and maintenance savings within three to five years of operation. In addition, many countries are facing real constraints in terms of the availability of energy and water resources and, in the context of growing demand, any effort to reduce the rate of consumption will be viewed as highly desirable.
IFC is leading the implementation of a green building market transformation program through a holistic, four-pronged approach to catalyze the green building market through: (i) advice to local and national governments on regulatory frameworks and green building codes; (ii) advice and investment to builders to construct green buildings (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) design tool); (iii) advice and investment for banks to provide specifically tailored housing and construction finance to support green growth; and (iv), implementation of a green building standard and a voluntary certification program (EDGE certification program). Working on these four fronts, the aim of the program is to educate and incentivize market players to design, purchase and finance resource efficient buildings.
Job Title: Operations Officer
The objective of this assignment is to lead Green Building Market Transformation program implementation in Ghana. It is aimed at accelerating the development of the green building market in the Africa region and specifically in Ghana. Project Management, Relationship Building, Technical support, quality control of products, and knowledge sharing will be keys focus areas of this role.
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The selected person will be based in Ghana and will report to the Green Building Operations Manager in the Climate Business Department. The main role will be to support the implementation of the EDGE voluntary certification system through different activities. This activity will require developing tasks in coordination with the Africa lead out of South Africa, as well as the EDGE team based in Washington DC and in various field offices.
The key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Implement technical training activities on the EDGE certification system;
Support the design and implementation of EDGE capacity building for strategic partners, developers and other key stakeholders;
Support knowledge management activities related to green buildings;
Support the development of training materials for developers, financial institutions, and other key target audiences per specific market including input on quality assurance and materials across the different countries;
Support governments (national and municipal) on the implementation of Green Building aspects of the new building code.
Build Alliances and Strategic partners
Manage IFC’s relationship with EDGE certification providers in Ghana in coordination with other EDGE team members.
Help build the capacity of certification providers in certification delivery, marketing and financial management. Ensure that technical, marketing and operational staff from certification providers are connected with counterparts from EDGE team in DC when needed. Effectively communicate on marketing collateral and technical requirements through written, verbal, and in-person meetings;
Achieve certification targets through working together with the different parties involved in the EDGE certification;
Develop strategic partnerships with other professional institutions that support our objectives;
Liaise closely with other members of the World Bank Group working with policy makers and banks, and advocate for government incentives to support green building certification;
Support communication among different parties.
Creation of EDGE certification ecosystem
Provide smooth logistical preparation and execution of events, seminars, conferences, workshops to promote EDGE;
Lead the development and implementation of a business development plan in partnership with the certification provider. Ensure targets clients and contacts are recorded in the CRM;
Engage with different stakeholders at national and subnational level to find different ways of collaboration and use of EDGE certification as green building tool (incentive development, etc.);
Work with HQ to create a locally relevant marketing and communication plan and implement.
Other related activities
Lead the project management and reporting of the country project including budgets and donor reporting and relationship management;
Liaise with IFC investment staff working with financial institutions and developers in Ghana and other markets to explore investment opportunities in green buildings for the IFC. Work with IFC’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG) to explore green building products and incentives in the region;
Actively participate in staff meetings, lunch and learn series, contributing to create a strong team spirit and a highly collaborative environment;
Work across IFC departments to ensure strategic alignment with investments and IFC 3.0 Priorities;
Coach and mentor junior team members and build team cohesiveness to deliver value to clients;
Ensure high quality standards for tasks managed by self and help enhance quality of other tasks.
• Strong track record working in the real estate sector, including a minimum of 8 years’ relevant and progressively substantive professional experience related to building construction, energy, water and building material efficiency;
• Master’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Environment or Real Estate;
• Experience in building design and analysis of energy and water consumption;
• Solid understanding of sustainable building and sound knowledge of construction sector;
• Demonstrated strong understanding of green building materials, products and technologies. Know-how of EDGE software and certification system is required;
• Behavioral competencies that facilitate dialogue with country partners and country teams, including listening skills, capacity development skills, and ability to adapt advice to the local institutional realities;
• High levels of energy, initiative, resourcefulness, leadership and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to establish and develop relationships, to lead, manage, motivate, and collaborate closely with multi-disciplinary country teams and staff and managers at all levels, and to coordinate efforts across borders and organizational boundaries;
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills and sound business judgment to identify issues and introduce creative and practical solutions;
• Ability to represent IFC externally and to develop and manage relationships with government, media, donors, and other stakeholders;
• Sound business judgment, and project management skills with demonstrated ability to deliver results under stressful timetables and environment;
• Willing and able to undertake frequent international travel.
• Excellent communication skills in English is required. French speaking skills are desirable.
The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The deadline to apply is September 25th