Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (Systems and Operations)

Job Title: Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (Systems and Operations)

Reports to: Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (SAL)
Liaises with: Liaises with and works closely on a day-to-day level with the Organisational Climate and Environmental Adviser. Liaises with all departments across the organisation.
Job location: Dublin HQ
Pay Band: 5 (€49,167 - €57,843)
Contract: one year fixed term contract with possible extension

Concern Worldwide is Ireland’s largest humanitarian and development agency, working to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people in 24 countries across the world. Concern is hiring an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (Systems and Operations) with a view to supporting the management of the organisational Environment Strategy. Ensuring Concern’s contribution to a sustainable planet and environment is a key recent commitment of the organisation, adding to and building on the many years of our programme work on natural resources management, agriculture, forestry and related interventions. This position is important in ensuring that Concern keeps track of and drives the newer objectives in the strategy that are not part of programmes and to provide technical support to a variety of sustainability and carbon reduction initiatives across the organisation, particularly in the areas of systems and operations. The Coordinator will work very closely with the Climate and Environmental Adviser.

Job Purpose: To coordinate and provide support to the whole organisation on reducing its climate and environmental footprint, acting as coordinator of the Environment Working Group, as well as providing technical expertise and advice in relation to Concern’s systems and operations (e.g. decarbonisation, energy transition, life cycle assessments, circular economy, resource efficiency, sustainable procurement, etc.).

Key Responsibilities:

• To support the SAL Director with the day-to-day work required to advance key actions outlined under the Environment Strategy’s Objectives 3 – 7 (as outlined below):
• To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy and buildings, transport and procurement/logistics in Concern’s head offices as much as possible. This requires support to offices to: identify and prioritise areas for environmental mainstreaming initiatives/carbon reduction actions for proactivity addressing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact.
• To reduce the negative environmental impact of offices, structures and assets in each Concern country of operation through identifying and implementing appropriate measures to reduce emissions. This requires support to offices to: adhere to Concern’s policy and carbon reduction targets, as well as donor requirements.
• To change the behaviours of Concern staff members to ‘greener’ practices through behaviour change methods. This requires: engaging with staff as environmental champions and ensuring that staff understand our commitments and contribute to achieving them.
• To contribute to policy, strategy and implementation changes that create a more sustainable environment and which are balanced with protecting the needs of the poorest people in the world. We will do this through a) bringing our experience and analysis of climate change adaptation and reduction in fragile and conflict affected contexts to the table; and b) communicating our organisational commitment to environmental protection.
• To optimise the offsetting of Concern’s carbon footprint offset, meaning reduced as much as possible while keeping appropriate to mission and resource availability.
• Conducting research into best practice in key areas, drawing out implications and guidance for Concern and ways forward (e.g. policy and donor positions across key topics of decarbonisation, energy transition, life cycle assessments, circular economy, resource efficiency, sustainable procurement, etc.).
• Provide support to the Environment Working Group in terms of drawing up meeting agendas, taking minutes of meetings and following up on actions required and noted.
• Collect relevant information from different parts of Concern to be able to track progress against intended actions and any targets set.
• Distil and consolidate such information into formats useful for the Environment Working Group and various managers, including the Senior Management Team, in enabling clear decision-making.
• Support other Departments in Concern in answering queries from external agencies such as donors, networks and the media in relation to Concern’s actions on climate change and towards a sustainable environment.
• Support the collection, tracking and consolidation of data and information related to the organisational carbon footprint and monitoring this.
• Provide support to any additional necessary actions to support the roll-out of the environment strategy, e.g. hiring of key staff members, induction, preparation of materials for external representation or fundraising etc.

Skills and Experience Required:

Essential: 

• At least Masters’ level degree in an appropriate discipline with experience in sustainability, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental management or other related field.
• At least three years’ experience, either in: a) a climate change mitigation role; b) a pan-organisational coordination role with content complexity; or c) a pan-organisational management role.
• Strong understanding of sustainability, climate change and environmental management and demonstrable experience of providing advisory and practical support in embedding sustainability or environmental management within organisations and projects.  
• Strong knowledge of humanitarian work and issues and how climate change mitigation and environmental issues play out for organisations with a humanitarian mandate.
• A proven capacity to translate information and big ideas into actionable plans.
• Excellent conceptual and analytical skills with strong data analysis and validation skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate technical concepts with non-technical personnel.
• Excellent organisational and multi-tasking skills with strong attention to detail.

Desirable:

• Experience working in an international development and humanitarian organisation, with a further preference of experience of fragile and conflict-affected contexts, since these comprise most of Concern’s operating environments.
• Experience working on climate change adaptation, climate mitigation or environmental issues in a developing country, especially in a fragile and conflict affected context.
• Experience with topic-relevant standards and regulations (Global Reporting Initiative, GHG Protocol Corporate Standards, etc.).
• Ability to work in the French language

To apply:  CVs should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date  

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.

Closing Date:
15/12/2021

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