Knowledge and Outreach Manager – Bangkok, Thailand
Organization: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Job Title: Knowledge and Outreach Manager
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Hours and Compensation: full-time (7.5 hours/day), 5 days per week except for Saturdays and Sundays; salary dependent on experience
Application Deadline: none
Position Dates: The term of this position is maximum two years with possible extension subject to fund availability. Considering the time required for attaining a work permit for non-Thai nationals from the Thai authorities, an employment term of one year may be initially offered. A probationary period of three months at the beginning of the term of employment will be also considered for applicants.
Posted On: Dec. 27, 2012
Established in 1998, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is an independent, non-profit environmental policy think-tank, with headquarters based in Japan that goes beyond research to provide practical ways to protect the earth’s environment and to realise greater sustainability and equity in the global community. While the outlook of IGES is global, the principal geographical scope of its activities is the Asia-Pacific region. IGES activities include strategic research, outreach, networking/multi-stakeholder dialogue, and capacity development (http://www.iges.or.jp/).
Since 2003, IGES has been operating a project office in cooperation with the Regional Resources Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) located at the Asian Institute for Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand. In 2011, the project office was upgraded to the IGES Regional Centre located in downtown Bangkok (Patumwan, Bangkok) to strengthen its functions and expand activities under the missions of IGES. IGES Regional Centre is a growing operation unit to respond to the needs of the institute as well as stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region.
The main role of the IGES Regional Centre is to manage three networks that IGES provides secretariat services for, including Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), Network for Integrated Planning and Sustainable Development Strategies in Asia-Pacific Region (SDPlanNet-AP), conduct/implement various region-wide activities including those that each network above has planned and others (ADAPT-Asia project, etc.), and to coordinate collaborative research with international, regional and national organisations and research institutes in the Asia-Pacific region. (http://www.iges.or.jp/en/bangkok/index.html)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Regional Centre based in Bangkok is seeking a dynamic person with strong interest and relevant experience in knowledge management, outreach, communications, and handling external affairs for the position of Knowledge and Outreach Manager.
He or she will be primarily responsible for leading climate change knowledge management and outreach for the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) as well as Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific (ADAPT Asia-Pacific) project.
The former is the first Asia-Pacific region-wide adaptation-specific network launched in 2009 under the initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Network has been rapidly expanding with support from the Government of Japan, Government of Sweden, Asian Development Bank, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by IGES, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Asian Institute of Technology Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT-RRC.AP) along with many other sub-regional and technical partner institutes in Asia and the Pacific under the guidance of the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok.
The latter is a five-year project funded by USAID focusing on capacity development in adaptation project preparation and access to finance and IGES has been leading the knowledge management component since 2011.
The Knowledge and Outreach Manager will be responsible to develop and implement long-term strategies that ensure sustainable knowledge management services that APAN provides in close collaboration with ADAPT Asia-Pacific. The Knowledge and Outreach Manager is expected to elevate knowledge management functions currently carried out by IGES to a higher level. He or she is also expected to contribute to strengthening and advising on outreach activities by the IGES Regional Centre, and to some extent those by IGES’ head office located in Japan.
Under the supervision of the Director of IGES Regional Centre and in communication with APAN’s Regional Hub Coordinator, the Knowledge and Outreach Manager will perform the following duties:
(i) Lead in strengthening knowledge management and outreach through implementing knowledge management components under APAN and ADAPT Asia-Pacific.
(ii) Lead in developing and implementing long-term strategies for sustainable services that contribute to capacity development for climate change adaptation practitioners in Asia and the Pacific through improved web-based knowledge management.
(iii) Lead outreach and communications with donor agencies and partner institutes and contribute to sustainability of APAN’s expanded services and technical assistance in the region. Activities will include developing, editing, and quality assurance of the outreach and knowledge products generated by the above projects; assisting in fundraising; and designing conference/workshop agenda.
(iv) Contribute to designing and developing outreach activities conducted by IGES Regional Centre and provide advice to IGES head office on its related outreach activities.
(v) Carry out any other additional tasks as may be assigned by the Director of IGES Regional Centre as necessary.
(i) Native speaker of English
(ii) At least 5-7 years of experience in web-based knowledge management and outreach from international/regional organizations/initiatives/NGOs in the area of environment or related fields. Experience in operating community of practice and/or knowledge management in climate change adaptation in the region is an asset.
(iii) A Master’s degree in a relevant field is desirable.
(iv) Strong writing/editing skills for quality knowledge products, leadership/teamwork, and good communication/interpersonal skills.
(v) Ability to take up multiple tasks under pressure in accordance with the institute’s regulations/procedures.
(vi) Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
How to Apply
A cover letter, recent CV (with photo), writing samples must be sent by email to the following address. Please kindly indicate salary history and nationality in the above or in a separate document. Reference letter(s) from your supervisor(s) in the past positions (latest preferred) is strongly recommended and must be sent directly by them to the email address below. The position is available now and will remain open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. Additional materials may be requested in time for the interview.
Send your application to: regionalcentre-HR@iges.or.jp