October 23, 2017
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.
WBCSD is seeking a Manager to develop two sector guides: for the Buildings and Construction sector; and the Utility sector. This work is supported by the We Mean Business (WMB) Coalition and will involve WMB partners – in particular, partners of the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi).
Science-Based Targets for companies to align with climate science
Setting Science-Based Targets (SBT) has become an attractive action for companies to proof that their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets are compliant with the Paris Agreement. The initiative has had a strong uptake from progressive companies across different sectors. However, for mainstream players to commit to SBT, sectoral guides are needed. Their lack is perceived by different sectors as the main barrier for SBT implementation and wider adoption.
WBCSD is seeking a manager to develop two sector guides: for the Buildings and Construction sector; and the Utility sector. This work is supported by the We Mean Business (WMB) Coalition and will involve WMB partners – in particular, partners of the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi).
For Buildings and Construction: the work is positioned under the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC). WBCSD co-chairs this project with WorldGBC. The manager will spend approx. 75% of his/her time on the B&C sector guide due to the complexity and multiple stakeholders of the building value chain involved.
For Utilities: the manager will spend the remaining 25% of his/her time on this sector, working with WBCSD members to make the business case for setting SBT in the power sector and develop language/messaging that appeals to utilities.
The Manager will report to the Director, Sustainable Buildings & Cities, and the Director Climate & Energy. The Manager will:
- Manage the process of developing the two sector guides with partners (coordination of webinars and meetings, agenda setting, drafting the guides, progress reporting, consultation with all involved stakeholders, decision-preparation);
- Disseminate and promote the guides with companies from WBCSD and beyond;
- Liaise with partners (WMB and GABC) to secure participation in the stakeholders’ consultation process
- Communicate project status and progress to internal and external audiences.
Required competencies include
- Master’s university degree in a discipline related to Sustainability, Environment, Energy, Building science, Engineering or any relevant disciplines.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience, maximum 10 years’ experience.
- Good familiarity with Science-Based Targets, GHG protocol and reporting.
- Evidence of successfully facilitating projects and activities with many diverse stakeholders and their interests.
- Evidence of successfully managing competing priorities and ad hoc demands simultaneously, setting priorities, identifying and proactively addressing problems, working to deadlines.
- Capacity to be assertive and take initiative when appropriate.
- Excellent communicator across languages and cultures both in person and in writing.
- Good team spirit and the ability to build, nurture, and work effectively in teams of partners/stakeholders.
- Fluency in English.
This is a full-time position for a period of one year in the first instance (with possibility of extension subject to funding) and based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The WBCSD will organize the Swiss working permit application for the successful candidate and this process is simplified for candidates who are Swiss or EU nationals, or currently holders of a valid Swiss working permit. Other candidates should be aware that a working permit is subject to approval by the Swiss authorities.
Please also note that the WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.
The WBCSD offers a flexible working environment and the chance to join a team of professionals who share the motivation to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.