Chief Operating Officer (COO)

We are now seeking to appoint a Chief Operating Officer to deliver and manage the transition of the Taskforce from its current development phase to its market engagement and adoption steady state by the end of 2023. In this role you will oversee and manage all key operational functions. Applications close at 9 am on 9  January 2023.

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is an international sustainable finance initiative launched in June 2021. Following in the footsteps of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the TNFD’s mission is to develop and deliver a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks, which aims to support a shift in global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes and toward nature-positive outcomes.

The Taskforce is led by two Co-Chairs and 40 Taskforce members representing over US$20 trillion in AUM. It is supported by a global network of over 850 institutions in the TNFD Forum and 18 knowledge partners including the world’s leading science bodies, standards bodies and others.

Since its launch, the Taskforce has been endorsed by G7 and G20 leaders and acknowledged as a global priority initiative in the G20 Sustainable Finance Roadmap published in October 2021. At COP26 in Glasgow, global opinion leaders, including Mark Carney, Lord Nicholas Stern and Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta highlighted the importance of the TNFD’s work in the pursuit of nature-positive outcomes, including in the race to net zero emissions.

Funding for the TNFD is provided by governments, and the UN and philanthropic foundations who are represented on the advisory Stewardship Council. For more information, please visit: www.tnfd.global

About the role

We are seeking an experienced Chief Operating Officer to join the TNFD Secretariat to oversee the smooth running the Secretariat operations, directly supporting the Executive Director and Co-Chairs. In this role they support the management and leadership of the TNFD Secretariat team and the overall mission to deliver the Framework by September 2023, and then drive forward global market adoption of the TNFD’s recommendations.

In this role you will lead a small team of project management, finance and administrative staff and be supported by external partners to manage operational functions, such as finance and human resources, and take a lead on managing and reporting to key funders and wider groups within the network. You will oversee all financial, accounting and legal matters, as well as reporting to donors.

Working with the senior team (Co-Chairs, Executive Director, Technical Director), you will deliver and manage the transition of the taskforce from its current development phase to its market engagement and adoption steady state by the end of 2023, as well as supporting the long-term effort to drive market adoption of the TNFD framework. This will include supporting the development of a funding plan and pipeline and building strong governance processes. Funding for the next period has already been secured.

Day-to-day you will support the Executive Director to drive forward the programme and liaise between the various organisations involved in the delivery of the TNFD, working to ensure there is clarity on agreed outcomes, dealing with any resourcing and prioritisation issues as they arise. You will be responsible for co-ordinating and keeping oversight of the activities of TNFD partner organisations, to ensure a joined-up programme of secretariat and partner led activities.

Building strong partnerships is therefore critical to success, and you can expect to manage and co-ordinate inputs from a wide range of stakeholders and members of the Secretariat. A key part of the role will be to act as a sounding board to the Executive Director and other senior members of the team, driving forward agreed goals, as well as developing and challenging plans on their behalf.

It is anticipated that you will help stand up and oversee a new central project co-ordination team who will manage various aspects of the TNFD programme, including those undertaken by other partner organisations. You will also review the current operational structure to ensure the team is set up for future success. This will require excellent project management ability, a pragmatic approach and ability to manage and balance a complex network of stakeholder relationships.

To succeed you will be a pragmatic, results-focused, highly efficient leader and administrator, who is self-starting and able to work at pace. You will need to be comfortable working with partners and colleagues in multiple countries and across different organisations who are working to deliver the outputs of the TNFD. Strong influencing skills will therefore be a key requirement.

You will also need to be able to jump from strategic to operational tasks quickly, willing to cover every aspect of the role. You will be financially astute and be accountable for the financial, legal and governance requirements of the organisation. You will need to be comfortable with making rapid decisions to drive forward delivery, as well as providing strong project management alongside developing longer term strategies.

You will join a high profile and exciting global sustainable finance initiative as part of a globally distributed team. By supporting this work, you will play a part in the global effort to tackle the nature and climate crisis.

This is a hands-on role in a small organisation, it is therefore critical that you are willing to tackle tasks at every level and roll up your sleeves to ensure successful delivery. This role will report to the TNFD Executive Director, Tony Goldner, who is based in Barcelona.

Key duties

You will manage and oversee the day-to-day finance, HR and administrative operations of the Secretariat and drive the forward delivery of strategy. You will define and develop a solid operating framework for financial management, governance and legal matters.

A key part of the role will be the day-to-day co-ordination and troubleshooting to facilitate the operations across the different parts of the Secretariat, ensuring that resources and contributions from partner organisations are well managed. You will work closely with the

Executive Director to execute and operationalise plans and provide day-to-day leadership to specific areas of work. You will also review current operational and governance arrangements and develop these to ensure that they are sufficiently robust to support the future direction of the TNFD and align with requirements for reporting to our funders. An initial key task will be to rapidly work to execute a plan for activities post-September 2023 publication, including the scaling of our market engagement effort and training programme. This will include the identification of resource requirements, appropriate corporate and funding structures. You will need to work closely with current funders and the Stewardship Council to develop a forward fundraising and action plan.

The role will include:

Skills and experience

Strong interpersonal and management skills are critical to success in this role, as well as sound financial management experience. We are a small team, so you must be a self-starter and able to juggle multiple competing priorities.

Essential

Desirable

How to apply

This role is available on an initial fixed-term basis. Secondments are welcome, although will only be considered from organizations and/or firms that are considered neutral to the TNFD’s goals and ambitions.

If you wish to apply, please submit:

Please also indicate your nationality and country of residence when applying.

The closing date for applications is 9 am (GMT) on Monday 9 January 2023. Please submit your application to [email protected]

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