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Climate Change Specialist

Job #: req12127
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Environment
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 2 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): French, Spanish, Portuguese - Highly desirable
Closing Date: 6/30/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.  Visit

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a multilateral financial mechanism created in 1991 to provide grant and concessional funds to recipient countries for projects and programs that address biodiversity loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation, degradation of international waters, land and forests, ozone depletion, elimination or reduction of persistent organic pollutants and mercury, all within the framework of sustainable development. 
The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. An independently operating financial organization, GEF is the designated financial mechanism for five international environmental conventions: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the and Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $20 billion in grants for over 4,500 projects in over 170 countries. The seventh replenishment period of 2018 to 2022, called GEF-7, reached a capitalization of approximately $4.1 billion. The eight replenishment cycle (2022-2026) is being negotiated at this time.
The Climate Change Adaptation Program at the GEF is also supported by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), which are designated as part of the operating entity of the financial mechanism for the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC. Through the LDCF and the SCCF, the GEF has financed close to 400 climate adaptation projects and programs worth approximately $1.8 billion.

The GEF Secretariat, construed for administrative purposes as a Vice Presidential Unit (VPU) within the World Bank, has approximately 100 professional and administrative and client support staff. The Secretariat is seeking a Climate Change Specialist to support the GEF Programs Unit with a series of program management, analytical and policy needs.   

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2-year term appointment, renewable against performance standards and business needs.  The selected candidate will report to the GEF Programs Manager.

Duties and Accountabilities
The GEF Secretariat is looking for a dynamic and experienced Climate Change Specialist, with a passion for clean energy, zero-emission mobility, nature-based solutions, and other innovative climate mitigation technologies. The Climate Change Specialist will have a key role in the implementation of the last stages of the GEF-7 cycle and in the operationalization of the investment and programming strategy currently being drafted for the GEF-8 period 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, its role in the context of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, and of the dynamics of a complex set of GEF client countries. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, experience with climate change mitigation (clean technology and/or nature based solutions) projects in developing countries, along with political acumen and the capacity to work effectively on sensitive issues with senior management, the GEF Council, the UNFCCC stakeholders and across different implementing agencies and partners of the GEF.

The Climate Change Specialist will provide support to the GEF Programs Unit and work across regions and thematic focal areas, including on policy issues related to the UNFCCC negotiations, as required. 

Project Review and Regional Team(s) Participation
Reporting to the GPU Director, and under the guidance of the Climate Change Coordinator and the Lead Environmental Specialist, the selected candidate will: 
1. 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, liaising as necessary with GEF Agencies and Countries. Also take part in country dialogues, expanded constituency workshops, and the GEF Country Support Program.
2. Provide guidance on major issues involved in the development of project proposals and assist in overall preparation of work programs to be presented to the GEF Council.
3. Engage in the evaluation, review and monitoring of proposals being developed in sectors including clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and electric mobility, land-use and forestry and other nature-based solutions. This includes the assessment of the estimation of the GHG emission reduction outcomes presented by the project proponents.
4. 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.
5. Participate in the GEF work within Regional Teams on GEF issues, including participation in country dialogues, expanded constituency workshops, and the GEF Country Support Program.  
6. 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.
7. Provide thought leadership across the organization on thematic areas relevant for the GEF-7 Climate Change Mitigation (CCM) Programming Directions  and for the draft CCM Programming Directions for GEF-8 , in particular on electric mobility, clean energy, energy efficiency and/or nature based-solutions.
8. 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.  

Engagement with the UNFCCC policy and negotiation process
Under the guidance of the Lead Environmental Specialist, 
1. Participate in developing and implementing responses to guidance from UNFCCC COP, in particular support to enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement, capacity building, and other relevant elements, and engage in consultations with relevant countries, the UNFCCC, and other related international bodies.
2. Contribute to enhancing collaboration and coordinating among climate funds.
3. Provide quality inputs to the CEO, GPU Director and the GEF Lead Environmental Specialists on country and thematic briefings, talking points, speeches, presentations, and analytical/strategic documents.
4. Support the development and delivery of GEF Reports to the UNFCCC, Council documents related to the UNFCCC processes, engagement plans, and other work products related to the CCM Focal Area, as needed. 
5. Undertake additional duties as required by Director and Manager of the GEF Programs Unit and the GEF Lead Environmental Specialist.

Selection Criteria

• The candidate should possess a master’s with 5 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and 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 architecture, and have experience managing climate change projects and programs, preferably within an international context.
• The candidate should have direct experience with the UNFCCC process as well as in-depth knowledge about UNFCCC subjects of GEF programming relevance.
• 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 clean energy, low carbon transport, nature based solutions, etc. 
• In addition, the following skills would be highly desirable: 
- Experience with GHG emission reductions accounting methodologies.
- Experience with projects and programs in Asia, Latin America and/or Africa. 

Additional Selection Criteria:

• 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.
• 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.

WBG Competencies
Deliver Results for Clients
• Sets challenging goals that align with the organization mission and is always looking to improve
• Understands clients’ most pressing challenges and contributes to solutions
• Takes personal responsibility for producing high quality work, identifying and informing of risks, and delivering results for clients

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries
• Keeps others fully informed to ensure integration and work consistency and displays a sense of mutuality and respect
• Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved
• Seeks and listens to input from others to inform own decision making and openly shares information
• Frames thinking/actions with a WBG corporate perspective in mind

Lead and Innovate
• Applies critical thinking to current approaches, identifies areas for improvement, and tries new solutions that drive results
• Considers own behavior in context of organization’s values and mission and recognizes impact one has on others
• Operates in ambiguity and changing needs and supports others to do the same

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge
• Contributes to the department’s and organization’s body of knowledge by applying lessons learned and expertise
• Actively invests in own knowledge and seeks feedback
• Builds personal and professional networks within and beyond the work group

Makes Smart Decisions
• Seeks and analyzes facts, data and lessons of past experience to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work
• Applies cost/benefit analysis to meet work program objectives
• Contributes to decision making by providing relevant risk-analysis
• Shows initiative when necessary, and makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility

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