Low Carbon Development Project Manager

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Full Time Contract





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The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

Together with other partner organizations such as Sustainable Energy for All, E3G and Mission 2020, as well as partners at national level, CAN will be implementing an innovative project on shifting financial flows in Southeast Asia. It is targeting three strategic countries in the region: the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, where energy demand is growing rapidly and would be met by fossil fuels in a business-as-usual scenario. There is now a window opportunity to set up the right economic incentives and policy frameworks to channel new investments into renewable energy and green infrastructures in these three countries.

The Low Carbon Development Project Manager will work with and under the supervision of the Special Projects Director as well as the other key partners of the project (SEforALL, Mission2020, E3G) and CAN regional and national partners to manage the implementation of this project. This position is on a Full-time contract basis starting as soon as possible, initially funded for 16 months but with possibility of extension. The 4 main outputs of the project are summarized below:

Output I (CM) 

Political economy mapping for the three project coun-tries and related recommen-dations for decision makers, as well as other analytical in-sight to enable informed de-cisions towards low carbon development. 

Output II (CI) 

Three coalitions or net-works have been formed or strengthened in the project countries, to coordinate national and cross-national ef-forts towards advanc-ing low carbon devel-opment. 

Output III (CP) 

One or more policy initiative is embarked upon in at least one of the project coun-tries which intends to shift finance towards low carbon develop-ment. 

Output IV 

Experiences made at the country level and strategic insight gener-ated in support of the country level dialogues are shared globally and made accessible to de-cision makers, including but not limited to the IFIs. 


  • Lead and coordinate the full implementation of the project under the guidance of the project’s Steering Committee and Special Projects Director;
  • Facilitate the set up and coordination of the Steering Committee which will play a monitoring and advisory role over the course of the implementation of the project; coordinate its smooth operation by providing regular inputs and update on the project implementation;
  • Work closely with CAN Regional Node Coordinator and national members and partners; identify partners and ensure agreements are developed and contractual obligations followed;
  • Co-develop detailed overall work plan including per country plans over the course of the 16 months including assigning clear roles and responsibilities and budget ventilation;
  • Contribute to research, analyses and other outputs with other researchers involved in the project;
  • Support the three national focal points to identify key stakeholders (governments, investors, non-state actors) to set up an effective national coalition in each country; providing guidance to ensure the overall implementation of action plans and national level work;
  • Organize and facilitate national dialogues with key stakeholders in each country, in close collaboration with the national focal point;
  • Prepare communication, outreach material and dialogue output summaries for internal and external stakeholders;
  • Support the national focal points to influence national and local legislations to set up the right economic and financial incentives for low carbon development;
  • Liaise with the project team members to summarize lessons learned, disseminate knowledge and amplify messaging around successful stories through media coverage and social media;
  • Liaise with other partners involved on Long-Term Strategies and 2050 pathways to share lessons learned and identify opportunities to leverage the project outputs;
  • Organize events to further leverage the impacts of the project, e.g. during global moments such as the IMF/World Bank Autumn and Spring meetings and COPs;
  • Support SEforAll to coordinate, prepare and submit regular reports on activities and budget as required by donor, and in collaboration with other key partners involved; ensuring successful and timely deliverables, that project plans, budgets and expenditures are continuously monitored and that all policies, guidelines and agreements are meticulously implemented and duly followed; and
  • Support the Special Projects Director in any other tasks as assigned.


  • Very strong experience in project management, budget management, monitoring and evaluation in a decentralized network involving multiple partners;
  • Excellent facilitative skills and cultural sensitivity to forge the establishment of effective coalitions conducive to fruitful and constructive dialogues;
  • Ability to interact with various stakeholders and communicate compelling arguments to high-level decision-makers (policy-makers, investors);
  • Strong ability to develop and deliver successful collaborative strategies and projects across diverse alliances, constituencies and geographies;
  • Outstanding operational and project management skills, including great attention to detail and meticulous assiduity in implementing processes and guidelines;
  • Good team player while able to take initiative, develop and implement new and innovative ideas;
  • Ability and experience working independently and remotely; including significant experience with virtually coordinating teams working in different time-zones and contexts and fostering inclusive, participative work- environments that lead people to develop their potential;
  • Very strong independent work and organizational skills, and ability to deliver under time restraints and pressure and manage competing priorities;
  • Excellent written and oral English skills required; 
  • Knowledge of climate and energy policies, sustainable finance and economics;
  • Preferably experience working on large EU/ Germany funded projects;
  • Ideally good knowledge of the Asia Pacific Region and in particular Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines; knowledge of local languages would be an asset;
  • 10 years of relevant experience;
  • Graduate-level university degree in a relevant field (political science, social sciences, economics, sustainable finance, management, project management, development); 
  • Ability to travel internationally for work assignments. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent written and oral English skills required

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Apply Online OR send a cover letter and resume to can-jobs@climatenetwork.org, with subject: “Low Carbon Development Project Manager” by March 20, 2018. Applications that do not contain both a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, please apply as early as possible. 

Please, no telephone inquiries. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

CAN is an equal opportunity employer.