Committed to improving the state of the world

Government Engagement Lead

Location: San Francisco
Job Code: 284
# of openings: 1


The World Economic Forum LLC is committed to improving the state of the world by engaging industry, government and civil society leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the “Center”) in San Francisco is looking for a Government Engagement Lead. The Center aims to co-design policy and governance frameworks that will be piloted by governments and other stakeholders around the world in order to shape the trajectory of emerging technologies so that they benefit society.
The Government Engagement Lead will drive the Center’s efforts to partner with twenty city, state, and national governments from around the world to serve as test beds for the Center’s innovative approaches to policy and governance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with Center leadership and Project Heads in San Francisco, as well as Forum leadership in Geneva, New York, China, and Japan, to identify and prioritize government partners for the Center based on strategic alignment.
• Drive outreach efforts (together with the Forum’s regional teams) to relevant ministries in potential partner governments to explain Center partnership model and value proposition, gauge initial interest, and explore partnership opportunities.
• Track and drive progress of numerous simultaneous partnership discussions.
• Lead drafting and negotiation of partnership MOUs.
• Guide selection, vetting, and on-boarding of fellows/secondees from partner governments.
• Lead continued communication and updates for partner governments, including regular sharing of Center insight and knowledge outputs.
• Lead development of Government Innovators Network to help scale learnings and insights from Center’s pilot projects.
• Contribute to Center work on “agile governance” as a distinct workstream that extracts insights on innovative policymaking from across Center projects, including potentially designing and publishing an Agile Governance Toolkit and other impact-oriented products.
• Design, manage, and coordinate high-level government delegations at the Center, including heads of state.
• Manage participation of government officials in Center and Forum events and workshops.
Qualifications and Skills
• Masters (or higher) degree in Public Policy Management, technology, or similar fields
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in public sector
• Experience crafting public policy on technology (such as regulations, standards, guidelines or other policy tools), ideally inside government
• Deep networks with governments from around the world, particularly G20 countries and successful experience in engaging global leaders from the public sector
• Experience building public-private partnerships, particularly related to pilot projects
• Knowledge of the technology policy ecosystem, including key governing bodies, decision makers, and scholars
• Comfort driving entrepreneurial projects, navigating ambiguity, and being a self-starter
• Excellent organizational skills; able to juggle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously and derive energy from high-pressure work settings
• Proven experience of thriving in multicultural, highly collaborative and flexible work environments
• Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
• Excellent verbal and written language skills in English; verbal proficiency in other languages would be an asset
• Proficient with recent digital platforms

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