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Free World Bank Course on Gender and Disaster Risk Management

Interested in understanding disaster risk management (DRM) concepts and approaches?

If yes, then this free World Bank course is for you!

Learning outcomes:

  1. The concept of gender, and how gender roles can affect women and men’s risk and resilience to natural hazards;
  2. How women and men manage, respond and experience disasters differently due to gender roles and gender inequalities;
  3. How these differences should be addressed in DRM projects to ensure that women and men benefit equally from them.
  4. Approaches to better design projects to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, and
  5. Case studies that shows how gender equality and women’s empowerment looks like in practice.

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#SustyJob: Senior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer

The African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) is a pan-African multilateral financial institution established in 2001 by African States. ATI was originally launched with the technical and financial support from the World Bank Group and has had more recent support from the African Development Bank. ATI has grown into a market leader for risk mitigation in Africa, establishing itself as Africa’s primary trade and investment insurer and one of Africa’s largest Development Finance Institutions with an outstanding portfolio exceeding US$6bn at year end 2019.

 

ATI is recruiting to fill the position below:

Senior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer

 

Job Description

  • The Senior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer is responsible for developing and overseeing environmental, social and corporate governance policies and procedures, as well as reviewing and appraising proposed underwriting transactions to be socially and environmentally sustainable and comply with ATI safeguarding policies and internationally recognized best practices.
  • The role works with underwriters and clients to define steps necessary to address compliance gaps where they arise from policy and identifies opportunities to add value proactively, beyond compliance and risk mitigation, and contribute to long-term developmental impact and sustainability within Africa.
  • The ESG Officer formulates recommendations and requirements for client action and incorporates these into applicable internal and client-related documentation to facilitate underwriting or financing. The role is responsible for monitoring the environmental, social and governance performance of deals in the ATI portfolio.
  • The Senior Environmental, Social and Governance Officer reports to the Chief Risk Officer within the Risk Department and works closely with external stakeholders to achieve the policy goals of ATI in regards to ESG best practice and standards.

Main Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical expertise on key issues related to environmental and social impact assessment and on sustainability risks in the design, preparation, implementation and supervision of ATI’s operations taking into consideration best industry practices and standards
  • Manage and conduct environmental and social safeguarding due diligence for underwriting
  • Identify all key potential social and environmental impacts and risks of transactions and ensure that their magnitude and significance are well understood by internal underwriters and approvers
  • Ensure that the policyholder understands the applicable ESG policies, guidelines and project-specific requirements, and has the necessary commitment and capacity to manage social and environmental impacts and/or risks adequately and supported by mechanisms that facilitate implementation
  • Work with member countries, donors and other relevant units of the ATI to mobilize technical and financial support to enhance the environmental and social sustainability of operations, adding value to operations, including through external expertise where deemed necessary
  • Conduct consultations with stakeholders in accordance with relevant policies and guidelines and be responsible for reporting on such
  • Report on and disseminate good practices and generated knowledge.

Qualifications & Attributes
Education:

  • An advanced degree (at least Masters or equivalent) in Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences or relevant field.

Experience:

  • At least 6 – 8 years of relevant experience in working with private sector firms across industry sectors (including infrastructure, agribusiness, and/or manufacturing) to identify environmental/social risk and issues and develop mitigation measures to ensure compliance with good international industry practice. Exposure to African and global development institutions and their operational practice will be a desired attribute.

Language Skills:

  • Oral and written professional proficiency in English; in addition French is desirable.

Remuneration
ATI offers a competitive salary and benefits package and a good working environment commensurate with other multilateral organisations.

 

 

How to Apply:
1.  Submit an Application Letter, Personal history form , CV, plus details of your current remuneration package along with details of three referees to recruitment@ati-aca.org with “Job title” as subject of the email

2. Application Closing Date is Saturday, 11th July, 2020 at Midnight Nairobi time

3. ATI will only contact those applicants who are being actively considered for an interview

 

Source: http://www.ati-aca.org/about-us/career-opportunities/
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Tools for Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems

With input from IEMA, this postgraduate-level module introduces you to several tools used to prevent and overcome environmental problems, particularly environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental audits.

The level 7 Certificate of Credit in Tools for Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems is a 20 credit module providing a critical understanding of the sources and nature of environmental problems as well as the key environmental management tools and techniques available to environmental professionals and organisations.

To prevent and overcome environmental problems of any scale, a range of tools will be introduced in the module, in particular, environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental audits which are key environmental management tools with organisations today.

 

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Source: derby.ac.uk
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#SustyJob: Climate Finance Advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria

Nigeria developed an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to achieve the Paris agreement, encompassing five sectors, including: agriculture, power, oil and gas, transport and industry. To fully achieve the conditional targets of the NDC, Nigeria will require substantial finance from national and international resources, from both the private sector and international development institutions. Nigeria has already developed some innovative tools for climate finance, but will require additional resources, instruments and solutions to drive investment toward low-carbon, climate resilient development, as envisioned in its NDC and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, currently being updated to the 2021 to 2023 timeframe.

To mobilize support for implementing its NDC, Nigeria joined the NDC Partnership in November, 2017. In May 2019, the NDC Partnership conducted a scoping mission to Nigeria to elaborate Government needs for NDC implementation and coordinate with partners on their respective support that contributes to NDC and national climate change targets. During this scoping mission, the need for technical assistance to mobilize resources and climate finance for low-carbon, climate resilient projects was highlighted. This TA would build on Nigeria’s progress already made in developing green bonds, engaging the private sector and developing climate finance strategies
for NDC implementation.

With support from the British High Commission and the United Kingdom’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the NDC Partnership will provide a climate finance advisor to the Government of Nigeria to: develop a resource mobilization strategy and climate focused public investment plan and identify and remove barriers for private sector investment toward climate projects that contribute to the NDC. The exact scope and day to day responsibilities of the advisor will be managed directly by the Government of Nigeria. The advisor will report and share progress of work achievements with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP), the Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv), Department of Climate Change (DCC), the NDC Partnership, and the British High Commission in Abuja.

Reporting:
The Climate Finance Advisor will be embedded in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, while also working collaboratively with the Director of the FMEnv-DCC on a day to day basis. The Advisor may also draw on international expertise, as needed, for key activities to be determined through consultation with both Ministries.

Responsibilities/Tasks:
The responsibilities of the Advisor will include activities that are targeted for both Ministries specifically, and cross-cutting.

Under the Federal Ministry of Environment – Department of Climate Change:
1. Support the FMEnv-DCC to strengthen the capacity and institutional arrangement of the Department of Climate Change’s Climate Finance Unit
2. Enhance existing work on the issuance, underwriting and reporting standards of green bonds and other financial instruments with the Green Bond Secretariat (supported by the World Bank)
3. Support the development of a climate finance needs assessment and corresponding
climate finance strategy
4. Support capacity building needs for national experts in salient aspects of climate finance and design and conduct appropriate on-the-job training and coaching
5. Develop “National Protocol for the Issuance of a No-Objection Letter for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Projects by the NDA”, and for other related funds
6. Support national efforts towards accreditation of National Designated Entities for the
Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund and in all other preparatory phases.
7. Support the National delegations to climate change negotiations through preparatory
meetings and capacity strengthening on thematic negotiating issues
Under the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning:
8. Work across line ministries to identify and develop climate financing initiatives, including low-carbon, climate resilient projects that can be readied for finance.
9. Identify and develop solutions to create enabling environments for investment in key
sectors, including agriculture, power, transport, oil and gas, water, waste and industry.
10. Strengthen existing, and formulate new de-risking mechanisms and instruments to support investments in green projects
11. Support mainstreaming of the NDC and related climate projects in the Medium-Term
Expenditure Framework and National Budget.

Cross-cutting activities between FMEnv and FMFBNP:
12. Solicit input from the line Ministries and other expertise from agencies within the
Government and private sector to develop a pipeline green projects, conduct initial due
diligence of project proposals and assessment of bankability, prepare Project Idea Notes
(PINs), identify potential sources of finance including climate finance or blended finance
windows and support the development of suitable funding proposals and proposals to
access project preparation facilities.

13. Undertake an appraisal and support the Government of Nigeria to coordinate and leverage participation in the Climate Finance Accelerator (CFA) program, hosted by the UK Government.

14. Provide support in proposal development and manage opportunities through
dialogues with development partners and ensure efficient coordination of climate
finance support from various sources

15. Develop a multi-institutional climate finance mechanism, which could be a Climate
Finance Advisory Committee that includes the Office of the Accountant General, the Debt
Management Office, the FMFBNP, the FMEnv, the Central Bank of Nigeria and other
public and domestic finance stakeholders.

Qualifications:
• Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills across a range of stakeholders, including senior financial institution or governmental leadership.
• Ability to develop project proposals, including financial strategies for capital improvement projects.
• Proven ability to network and develop partnerships across a range of stakeholders
and track record of managing complex multi-stakeholder strategies and plans.
• Strong understanding of global environment and development issues that influence
resource allocation by governments and development organizations.
• Demonstrated experience in relationship management with senior leaders and
high-level audiences.

Experience:
• Advanced degree and experience in climate change, economics, finance, natural
resources, livelihoods and/or environment.

• Ten+ years professional experience in public and private sectors, ideally related to
infrastructure or project finance or blended financing in development institutions, equity and impact funds, other financial institutions, and advisory firms.

• Three+ years of substantial experience in business development, capital raising, and/or
developing public-private partnerships with a successful track record in climate finance
related activities across multiple contexts in a multi-cultural environment.

• Experience working with government stakeholders in national and/or regional policy
development and implementation in climate change activities.

• Experience across multiple global contexts, and an understanding of international policy debates and challenges in climate finance and economics.

Duration of Engagement:
This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) for up to three years. The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria. The expert will report directly to FMFBNP and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Department of Climate Change.

Proposal Submission:
Candidates must submit:
• Their curriculum vitae (CV);
• A cover letter of no more than one page in English, including daily rate.

Please send application materials, electronically, using the subject line: NDC Partnership
Nigeria Climate Finance Advisor. The CV and cover letter should be sent by 29 May (5pm EST), 2020 to:

• john.heermans@ndcpartnership.org;
• margaretbarihaihi@ndcpartnership.org;
• info@climatechange.gov.ng.

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Results-Based Financing Approaches for Sustainability Professionals

Results-based financing includes a range of financing mechanisms that reward the delivery of outputs or outcomes through incentives.

This World Bank course provides an introduction to results-based financing and the role that results-based approaches can play in the delivery of infrastructure and services.

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Change Management & Business Sustainability

The bitter reality is “there’s no justice in business”.

A phrase my mentor keeps reiterating.

The problem we face is that we haven’t realized that organizations, nations, institutions are actually living things. An organization is likened to a being, it lives and breathes like every normal human. Failing to realize this fact led to the designing and implementation of poor business models that crumbled in times of crisis such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the years, organizations have focused on marketing strategies, systematic processes, technologies, infrastructural development, supply chain modules with the aim of maximizing profits, remaining relevant and most importantly thriving… But you see, marketing strategy, technology, systems, processes, infrastructures all have one common denominator “people” … So how can a business claim to be sustainable when its business model focuses on everything else except the common denominator: “people”.

Processes will fail, current technology will be outdated, marketing strategies will be outwitted, infrastructure will degrade but “people” are the only components that can adapt to the ever changing and unpredictable situations like the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this part of the world, organizations are seen as simply a vehicle to make profits. As much as this statement has a similitude of truth, the fact still remains that organizations are a reflection of the Leader’s “owner’s” philosophy.

So if emphasis is being laid on “cosmetic” sustainability plans than actual sustainable ones that are derived from satisfying all “interested parties”, it’s a no brainier… You have a preview into the philosophy of the business owner.

Apparently the term “interested parties” has been given a new meaning by business owners which is “everybody else except the actual employees” … So employees aren’t really stakeholders, just the goose that lays the golden egg. So why not starve them, exact tremendous workload, cut paychecks and lay them off?

After all you get fruit juice from squeezing fruits hard enough…

The infinite game suggests that we should take pride in designing processes, strategies, technology, systems, infrastructure around people not with the sole intention of maximizing resources for profit but primarily taking care of the people who are tasked with driving these processes.

Taking care of your employees who then in turn take care of the process, this ought to be the philosophy… in reality the employees are the real “business”; they are your first line of defense during unpredictable situations such as the one the world is currently faced with.

Within the liberty of a healthy people-oriented business model, employees possess the uncanny ability to adapt and innovate with respect to the owner’s philosophy. This is how loyalty is created in organizations.

It’s the “Thrive-ability” index: the innate empathetic ability of an organization to unite, survive and thrive during rough times.

Whatever an organization’s business model is predicated upon forms the framework for implementation and its actual business sustainability.

If your current business model is not built around taking care of your people, then you’re going to have a hard time coming out of this pandemic and if you do survive, you’re going to have to claw your way back to relevance as you might have just destroyed your best customers yet “your employees”.

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Want To Step Up Your Organizational Resilience?

Organizational Resilience…… simply put, this is the ability of an organization to absorb and adapt in a changing environment.

We live in a fast changing world: from political instability to changing consumers preferences (and now COVID-19!).

Resilience is key to business sustainability and vital for any business wanting to thrive in an ever-changing world. This has now become a leading strategic imperative for all businesses in today’s dynamic and interconnected world.

ISO’s 22316:2017 standard on Organizational Resilience outlines principles and attributes that organizations can adopt in an attempt to future-proofing business operations.

Organizations should develop a coordinated approach that provides:

— a mandate to ensure its leaders and top management are committed to enhance organizational resilience;

— adequate resources needed to enhance the organization’s resilience;

— appropriate governance structures to achieve the effective coordination of organizational resilience activities;

— mechanisms to ensure investments in resilience activities are appropriate to the organization’s internal and external context;

— systems that support the effective implementation of organizational resilience activities;

— arrangements to evaluate and enhance resilience in support of organizational requirements;

— effective communications to improve understanding and decision making

ISO 22316:2017 Clause 4.2

 

In summary, businesses (regardless of size/nature) should consider:

  1. Being adaptive and responsive to change,
  2. Building appropriate governance systems to ensure accountability in line with corporate visions and values.
  3. Stress testing (as applicable) operational resilience plans and procedures.

 

We are all in this together, and we’d come out strong!

Yours sustainably,

Mfon

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PECB Offers Free Pandemic Preparedness and Response Course

The continuing spread of COVID-19 has impelled businesses across the globe to think strategically about their response in facing the outbreak.
At PECB, global developments are being monitored and a range of precautionary measures have been activated. As the mission is hinged on inspiring trust and benefit the society as a whole, PECB has decided to offer for FREE the Pandemic Preparedness and Response Introduction Training Course material for everyone.
To get free access to the Pandemic Preparedness and Response Introduction Training Course material, please click here and check the steps on the “How to get access to a free online course on PECB Store?” section.
This training material will be available and accessible for everyone, for an indeterminate period of time.
Feel free to share this training course with your colleagues, friends, clients, employees, or anyone that wants to know more about an organizational Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan.
Do stay safe as we #BeatCOVID-19 together…
Sustainably yours,
Mfon
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Greenhouse Gas: Introduction to scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions

Is there any activity that does not generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

I believe it is safe to say that all products, processes, people and organizations generate  GHGs directly or indirectly in our daily living. These are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere (thereby making our planet warmer).

These GHGs include:

  1. Carbon dioxide (CO2): This GHG is mostly generated and released into the atmosphere when you and I burn fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil).
  2. Nitrous oxide (N2O): This is emitted largely during agricultural and industrial activities as well as combustion of fossil fuels just as carbon dioxide.
  3. Methane (CH4): From the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil, methane is generated. Other useful (I say useful because these are renewable energy goldmines) sources of methane are livestock farming and decay of organic waste in landfills.
  4. Fluorinated gases: The other three GHGs are Hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) otherwise classified as Fluorinated gases. These are synthetic, powerful greenhouse gases that are emitted from a variety of industrial processes. These gases are typically emitted in smaller quantities than other GHGs, but because they are potent greenhouse gases, they are sometimes referred to as High Global Warming Potential gases (“High GWP gases”)
SOURCE: US Environmental Protection Agency.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are one of the key sustainability performance indicators that are most requested by stakeholders. In calculating and reducing your carbon footprint, various groups have been influential in defining how we should manage and report our GHG. One of such groups is the GHG protocol which has recorded numerous successes including the establishment of three categories of emissions (Scope 1, Scope 2, Scope 3).

Truth be told, there is a “control” and “influence” dichotomy that we need to understand as well. The whole idea of the separation of GHG emissions into scopes is designed to avoid ‘double-counting’ of emissions, and is also intended to help you categorize GHGs into those that you can control (e.g. Scope 1) versus those that you can influence (e.g. Scope 3). 

Scope 1 are also referred to as Direct GHG, and are defined as ‘emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by your organization’, such as:

  • Stationary Combustion: from the combustion of fossil fuels (e.g. natural gas, fuel oil, propane, etc.) for comfort heating or other industrial applications
  • Mobile Combustion: from the combustion of fossil fuels (e.g. gasoline, diesel) used in the operation of vehicles or other forms of mobile transportation
  • Process Emissions: emissions released during the manufacturing process in specific industry sectors (e.g. cement, iron and steel, ammonia)
  • Fugitive Emissions: unintentional release of GHG from sources including refrigerant systems and natural gas distribution

It is important to state here that for the majority of organizations, the stationary and mobile combustion sources of Scope 1 GHG will be the most relevant.

Scope 2 are also referred to as Energy Indirect GHG, and are defined as ‘emissions from the consumption of purchased electricity, steam, or other sources of energy (e.g. chilled water) generated upstream from the organization’.

Scope 3 are also referred to as Other Indirect GHG, and are defined as ‘emissions that are a consequence of the operations of an organization, but are not directly owned or controlled by the organization’. Scope 3 includes a number of different sources of GHG including employee commuting, business travel, third-party distribution and logistics, production of purchased goods, emissions from the use of sold products, and several more. Based on data from many companies that have conducted comprehensive assessments of their Scope 3 emissions, it is evident that Scope 3 GHG are by far the largest component of most organizations’ carbon footprint.

 

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Every Boardroom needs a C-suite Sustainability position

In a bid to having strategic sustainability plans and programmes, a C-suite position within an organization is pertinent. This personnel would be saddled with the task of being in charge of all “sustainability” programmes across the various functions of the Organisation. It could be an added responsibility to an existing role (for small firms) or a new position with this responsibility (in large corporations).

Normally these responsibilities may rest with the facility manager or HSE manager, who has provided cost effective resource and environmental control as part of the basic services necessary for the company to function. However, as sustainability initiatives have expanded beyond the facility — so has the importance of the position to what is now a C-level executive role.

Organization normally have lots of chiefs — whether it’s chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO) — to indicate positions of senior responsibility for large areas of the organizations’ day-to-day and strategic operations. However, some organizations that are making an explicit commitment to more sustainable business practices have not yet granted the same seniority to the person in charge of those sustainability initiatives. For many organizations, sustainability is seen as being part of other strategic responsibilities such as compliance or environmental health and safety, corporate affairs, marketing, community relations, which precludes the creation of an entirely separate division.

It is our view that organisations that say and do all the right things about sustainability see the need to support sustainability initiatives with a formal high-level position.

Some alternate titles referring to the person in charge of sustainability are:

Director, VP, EVP, or SVP of Sustainability
Environmental policy manager
Director of environment, energy, & safety
Director of social & environmental responsibility
Social & environmental sustainability manager
Chief of environmental health and safety
Certified sustainability administrator

CSM

This position would allow for more firm commitments, disclosures and sustainability reports as to how the company is meeting those commitments. If organisations plan to incorporate sustainable business practices as a core value, then someone should be made responsible and accountable (and rewarded when goals are met/exceeded).

“The best way to predict the future is to design it……”

Buckminister Fuller

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10,000 Actions For Good: The #SDG17 Way

It’s 2020 and it’s officially the Decade of Action!

True to WeForGood community’s mission to bring people together to act on causes they care about, the organisation is launching the 10,000 Actions For Good Campaign a.k.a 10k Actions.

This campaign aims to push for an eruption of actions geared towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (2030 SDGs) in Africa by rewarding and incentivizing change makers. This will be driven through partnerships – Goal 17 – with a key focus to leave no one behind.

Participants are invited to be a part of 10k Actions by signing up at weforgood.org to join our community. If your organisation will like to learn more and partner, please reach out – hello at weforgood.org

Follow WeForGood Internationalto stay tuned for updates!

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#SustyJob: Hub Manager for an Impact Investing Fund

All On Partnerships for Energy Access (‘All On’) was established by Shell as an
independent impact investing fund to work with partners to increase access to
commercial energy products and services for the under-served and un-served offgrid markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta.
All On builds value-driven local and international partnerships to help scale business
models. All On seeks both financial returns and social impact – to provide and/or
improve access-to-energy for millions of households and SMEs.
If you would like to learn more about All On, please visit website: https://www.allon.com/

POSITION SUMMARY
The All On Hub Manager is a senior level position with overall responsibility for the
All On Hub. This responsibility involves setting up and running the All On Hub which
is a facility to support the development of a pipeline of investable, scalable and
sustainable off-grid energy businesses in Nigeria, and creating the ecosystem to
nurture growth of the clean energy sector. You will be responsible for the strategic
direction, management and operations of the Hub.
In this interesting and challenging role, you will make an impact by helping the Hub supported energy access businesses effectively address their gaps and challenges
and prepare them for scaling.
LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Hub management:
a. Oversee the strategy, planning, and operations of the Hub;
b. Drive the execution of the Hub’s three-year operational plan according to
delivery timeline and budget;
c. Build and lead the Hub team comprised of 3 direct reports;
d. Coordinate with the All On Investment, Policy & Partnerships and
Communication teams to maximize organizational synergy;
2. Business support:
a. Overall:
i. Lead quarterly business reviews of all Hub businesses;
ii. Manage the contract and support services provided by the multidiscipline professional service firms, including finance, HR, commercial,
communications, and other functional areas;
iii. Develop and manage (with support from Legal) agreements with the
Hub supported businesses with respect to confidentiality, Intellectual
Property protection etc.;
b. Ideation:
i. Manage the relationships with selected incubation hubs and review
performance against targets;
ii. Participate in the selection process for ideation stage businesses;
iii. Identify and coordinate broader support opportunities for the selected
businesses;
c. Angel:
i. Oversee the execution of the annual All On/USADF Challenge;
ii. Provide structured support to businesses selected through the Challenge;
d. Growth and Market Entry:
i. Promote the services of the Hub;
ii. Build network to identify potential candidates;
iii. Manage the application process;
iv. Provide structured support to selected businesses;
v. Manage the Hub shared working space;
3. Grant management:
a. Serve as main point of contact with donor;
b. Provide all required reporting on grant progress and performance;
c. Maintain dialogue on potential topics of interest and opportunities for joint
promotion of the All On Hub with the donor;
4. External focus:
a. Engage with other donors and investors to leverage their existing support
offerings for Hub supported businesses;
b. Accountable for the development and delivery of the quarterly market update
sessions for the Hub supported businesses;
c. Lead team in the preparation and delivery of quarterly investment readiness
sessions;
d. Manage with support from the All On Communications team the creation and
promotion of the strategic narrative for the Hub supported businesses as
required
e. Maintain an externally informed perspective and commercial mindset on
business opportunities and challenges and prioritize activities that deliver value
for the All On Hub supported businesses
SKILLS
• Stakeholder management, influencing and relationship building skills
• Harness creativity of others and self to generate new approaches to solve highest
priority problems
• Ability to solve a wide range of problems and issues arising in early stage businesses
without being a subject-matter expert
• Getting work done through others
• Manage & support decision making with incomplete data or ambiguity at times
• Understand the sources of value (how businesses make money)
• Advanced written and oral communication skills,

What we need from you:
• First degree in business administration, accounting, finance, mathematics, strategy,
communications, or economics from a reputable tertiary institution. Advanced degree
a plus
• 5-10 years of Incubation hub management, investment management, consulting or
Big 4 experience beneficial
• Prior incubation and/or acceleration hub or startup experience extremely beneficial
• Experience in the energy access sector including working within an energy company –
specifically businesses delivering decentralized renewable energy solutions (e.g. solar
home systems and mini-grids) would be beneficial
• Track record of leadership and consistently delivering high-impact business value
• Passion for closing the energy access gap in Nigeria and dedication to providing support to the businesses that will lead this objective
• Advanced written and oral presentation skills with well laid out, easily understood
analysis and presentations
• High capacity to understand supported businesses’ immediate and long-term needs,
with focus on delivering innovative solutions
• High energy style, flexible and adaptive, with the ability to work well in a fast-paced
environment
• Stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills which are used to achieve
results by influencing and motivating others
• Articulately communicate information and adapts effectively to the audience.
Communicate with clarity and confidence
• Experience of working in or with small businesses Nigeria
What we offer you:
• At All On we’re committed to investing in career development, providing a platform
from which suitable candidates can deliver, create substantial impact, and advance
professionally with a fast-growing organization.
• All On is a company with shared values. Honesty, integrity and respect for people are
integral to everything we do. The company places the highest possible value on the
diversity of our people and our inclusive approach.
• A chance to make a social difference towards increased access to affordable, reliable
and sustainable energy access in Nigeria.
• Remuneration: Competitive based on experience
• Health care for self and immediate family
• A culture of learning and innovation
• Interaction with industry leaders and forward-thinking people

 

How to apply:
• Send cover letter & resume to: All-On-Reception@all-on.com
• Subject of mail: Application for All On Manager Position

Application deadline: 13th January 2020

If no response is received by 31st January 2020, kindly consider your application
unsuccessful.

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Guide to Environmental Sustainability Leadership

The globally accepted framework for environmental sustainability – ISO 14001:2015 – has a key change from the 2004 version. The new standard requires top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the environmental management system.

Digging deeper, we see that clause 5 of the ISO 14001:2015 is a significant innovation as this clause provides guidance needed by organisations in demonstrating leadership and commitment in relation to the environmental sustainability processes. As this is one of the new clauses in the recent high-level structure of all management systems, this clause cuts across all management systems in all disciplines.

In all honesty, this is a unique opportunity to enhance the environmental sustainability system and place the SUSTAINABILITY role at the center of business.

ISO 14001:2015 defines top management as:

“a person or group of people who directs and controls an organisation at the highest level”.

No longer would a “management rep” need to be appointed and the standard states that top management must take accountability for the “effectiveness of the EMS.”

This key requirement of the environmental sustainability framework sets the tone for the whole management system. It is important to note that if the defined scope of an environmental management system is limited to a particular function or section of the organisation, top management will therefore be those who direct and control that particular function or section.

Early implementers and forward-thinking leaders in organisations that have effective environmental sustainability systems are seen to be performing the following (even beyond the systems audit):

• Demonstrating leadership commitment via accountability and active support,
• Ensuring an environmental policy around material issues is established,
• Integrating environmental objectives with core business strategy,
• Outlining roles, responsibilities, resources and authorities for environmental sustainability processes,
• Promoting process approach, risk-based thinking and ensuring continual improvement.

Top Management can demonstrate leadership commitment by:

• Incorporating an environmental sustainability committee;
• Attending and leading environmental sustainability committee meetings;
• Encourage continual improvement and ensure this culture exists as a result of leadership;
• Publish articles and period newsletters relating to environmental performance and environmental management practices internally within the organisation;
• Encouraging employees and other relevant interested parties in improving environmental performance
• Involvement in internal audits of the environmental systems and processes;
• Allocating adequate budgets for environmental initiatives and training;
• Setting and communicating environmental objectives and intended outcomes of the system.

In conclusion, leadership commitment and visible environmental responsibility from top management are critical for the success of environmental sustainability systems and for the achievement of its intended outcomes.

 

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The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About ENVIRONMENTAL RISK

In simple terms, Environmental Risk can be described as all actual or potential threats to environmental resources. This risk category is largely a result of resource consumption, effluents, emissions, wastes, resource depletion, etc., arising out of an organization’s (and/or individual) activities.

With a focus on organizations, planning is critical to determining environmental risk as well as actions needed to address them.

Organizations should have processes in place to determine environmental risk by understanding;

1. Environmental aspects (interactions with the environment),

2. Compliance obligations, and

3. Needs and expectations of interested parties.

Environmental risks can affect any organizations and its ability to achieve its intended business outcomes.

Common pitfalls in managing environmental risk:

• No control of Environmental aspects: lack of environmental controls can make organizational activities impact negatively on the environment. This also results in business risk due to the apparent mismanagement of resources.

• Non-fulfillment of environmental compliance obligations: Many organizations do not consider compliance until the issuance of a demand notice or fine. Though many environmental fines are insignificant in terms of cost, how about cost of “time wasted”, reputation and court cases?

• Little or no consideration of the views, needs and expectation of interested parties: are you aware of the perception/expectations of your stakeholders on your organizations environmental performance?
• Poor preparation for environmental emergencies: Identification of potential environmental incidences as well as preparedness for emergency is key to managing environmental risk.

Although organizations are at liberty to choose environmental risk management approaches, a robust, credible and reliable environmental management system can support the long-term viability of an organization.

ISO 14001 is the international management system standard for environmental management.

Along with the scope and context of the organization, these risks are inputs that are considered in any environmental management system.

The management system approach to managing environmental risk provides a framework for organizations in a bid to fulfilling compliance obligations, environmental policy commitments and achieving its environmental objectives.

 

#SustyJob: Sustainability Manager- KPMG Dubai

KPMG Sustainability supports organizations with sustainability reporting, strategy, circular economy and assurance in the UAE and Oman market. We are looking to hire a manager to support the growth of our practice across the UAE with a focus on and to be located in Dubai supporting companies to respond to sustainability challenges and upcoming legislation.
Within the Sustainability Department, the manager will be responsible for:

  • Project management – day to day management of projects, ensuring quality and liaising with internal and external stakeholders and manage budgets.
  • Business development – support the team with developing new propositions, actively build a network in the UAE & Oman, respond to RfPs
  • Team management – help junior team members develop new skills, monitor their performance, support their development and help manage their career growth.

Performance will be measured on following factors

  • Sales and business development
  • Managing engagements within budget
  • Feedback of team members
  • Feedback of clients (repeat work)

Required skills and knowledge for the role

  • 7+ years of experience within related disciplines
  • 3+ years of Sustainability advisory and verification experience
  • English speaking however (Arabic & English preferred)
  • Experience with ISAE 3000, Integrated Reporting, GRI Standards Reporting Guidelines
  • Ensure that the team reacts and responds to the goals in its day-to-day function
  • Excellent written and oral business communication skills
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated experience with consensus and relationship building
  • Experience and track record in public speaking and media to promote activitites
  • Proven track record in project management
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage sustainability assurance and advisory projects
  • Proven track record in business development
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of clients
  • Evidence of client networking success
  • Oversee the delivery of projects on time, to meet quality and budgetary targets, while striving to exceed client expectations
  • Experience in supporting a team in developing, growing, leading, and inspiring strong teams with a relationship building management style
  • Postgraduate degree or equivalent with extensive related education in this field

Knowledge / Technical Skills

  • Understanding of the following concepts and frameworks:

o Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)o Integrated Reporting (IR)

o International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

o Task Force on Climate Related Disclosures (TCFD)

o Sustainably Development Goals (SDGs)

o United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

o Environment and Social Governance (ESG)

o Occupational Health and Safety Frameworks (OSHA, OSHAD)

o Social Return On Investment (SROI) or equivalent

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