Job Title: Senior Climate Change Specialist
Organisation: Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Location: Washington DC, USA
Closing Date: 23 September 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Yes
The GEF Secretariat is looking for a dynamic and experienced Senior Climate Change Specialist, with a passion for clean energy, energy efficiency, zero-emission mobility, low-carbon sustainable urban development and other innovative climate mitigation technologies and approaches. The Senior Climate Change Specialist will have a key role in the implementation of the GEF2020 vision, in the context of the GEF-7 cycle and beyond, to support the GEFSEC’s mandate to deliver global environmental benefits by supporting developing countries in their commitments towards several Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The ideal candidate should have a workable understanding of the complexity of the GEF partnership arrangement and of the dynamics of a complex set of GEF client countries. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, experience with designing, financing and/or working on the implementation of climate change mitigation and clean technology projects in developing countries, along with political acumen and the capacity to work effectively on sensitive issues with senior management, the GEF Council and across different implementing agencies and partners of the GEF.
Reporting to the GPU Manager, the Sr. Climate Change Specialist will provide support to the GEF Programs Unit and work across regions and thematic focal areas, as required.
Role and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Manager of the GEF Programs Unit, the selected candidate will:
Participate in one or several Regional Teams and contribute in the continued implementation of the GEF Programs Unit (GPU) business model including country resource programming, updates, and adjustments, including participation in country dialogues, expanded constituency workshops, and the GEF Country Support Program, and liaising as necessary with GEF Agencies and Countries.
Manage the review process for projects and programs to be financed by the GEF Trust Fund. The candidate will particularly focus on proposals being developed under the Climate Change Focal Area, with a specific focus on climate mitigation including sectors such as clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and electric mobility, and other innovative mitigation technologies. The candidate should also possess a good understanding, and preferably good working knowledge, of the application of methodologies for the estimation of the GHG emission reduction outcomes.
Provide upstream, and design stage, guidance to recipient countries and agencies on major issues linked to the development of project proposals and assist in overall preparation of work programs to be presented to the GEF Council.
Support the management of the GEF’s portfolio of ongoing projects through implementation, monitoring, and evaluation activities with GEF Agencies and countries, and contribute to the development of strategies and programs to enhance GEF’s impact.
As required, represent the GEF at a senior level at selected international; political, scientific and operational forums.
Provide cross-support for climate change mitigation activities across other GEF focal areas and programs, including the use of non-grant instruments for financing global environmental benefits.
Provide thought leadership across the organization on thematic areas relevant for the GEF-7 Climate Change Mitigation (CCM) Programming Directions , in particular on electric mobility, clean energy, distributed energy solutions and/or energy efficiency, and provide technical inputs into the development of the climate change mitigation strategy for GEF-8.
Participate, as required, in the political outreach to relevant countries in international fora, with the UNFCCC and other related international instruments.
Provide quality inputs to the CEO and GPU Director on country and thematic briefings, talking points, speeches, background analytical/strategic documents.
Support the design and development of knowledge management products, brochures, outreach and communication material, and provide inputs on the revision of operational processes and procedures, as requested.
Support the development and delivery of GEF reports, Council documents, engagement plans, and other work products related to the Climate Change Mitigation Focal Area, as needed.
Undertake additional duties as required by Director and Manager of the GEF Programs Unit.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
The candidate should possess a Master’s with at least eight years of professional experience, or a Ph.D., with seven years of experience in the field of climate change, natural resources management/environmental sciences, economics, or other relevant discipline.
The candidate should demonstrate an excellent knowledge of global climate change financing landscape, and have experience designing, financing and/or managing climate change projects and programs, preferably within an international/developing countries context.
The candidate should have demonstrable technical skills in the area of clean energy solutions and emission reduction projects, as well as a good track record in structuring, implementing and/or evaluating projects and programs related to one or more of the following areas:
Electric mobility and sustainable urban transportation solutions;
Distributed energy resources and solutions for energy access, including energy storage; and
Integrated energy efficiency solutions, such as district heating and cooling, building retrofits, etc.
In addition to the required skills above, the following skills would be highly desirable:
Experience with GHG emission reductions accounting methodologies;
Experience with integrating climate mitigation solutions, such as low-carbon energy and sustainable transportation, into urban planning processes;
Experience with projects and programs in Asia, Latin America and/or Africa.
Ability to deal with a range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, scientific and technical bodies, private sector entities, developing country counterparts, and NGOs would be an advantage.
Ability to think analytically, strategically, and programmatically.
Excellent technical and working knowledge in various sectors.
Proven record of constructive and positive engagement in leading a program and policy dialogue with client Governments, donors and other stakeholders;
Proven ability to work in teams, both as a team leader and team member
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences. Second language (French, Spanish or Portuguese) is highly desirable.
Ability to work independently on complex tasks on tight deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team player within and across teams.
Ability to work in a multicultural environment in an international setting;
Working knowledge of the operations of the Global Environment Facility and its Agencies is preferable.
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