Senior Climate Strategy and Policy Specialist

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Beijing, China 🇨🇳

Ref. Number: 21100

Department: Strategy, Policy and Budget Department

Job Type: Global Recruitment

Posting Date: Oct. 28, 2021

Closing Date: Nov. 19, 2021

Senior Climate Strategy and Policy Specialist

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank whose mission is financing the Infrastructure for Tomorrow—infrastructure with sustainability at its core. We began operations in Beijing in January 2016 and have since grown to 104 approved members worldwide. We are capitalized up to USD100 billion and Triple-A-rated by the major international credit rating agencies. Working with partners, AIIB meets clients’ needs by unlocking new capital and investing in infrastructure that is green, technology-enabled and promotes regional connectivity. 

AIIB’s Corporate Strategy highlights that green infrastructure will be a key focus for AIIB’s investment portfolio.  A major component of green infrastructure are projects that support climate change efforts and help members meet their climate change commitments.  AIIB has committed to reaching or surpassing, by 2025, a 50 percent  share of climate finance in its actual financing approvals.  Additionally, AIIB will seek to align its operations to the Paris Agreement and continue to be an active participant in the joint MDB efforts to both increase climate financing and find effective solutions to climate change.

AIIB’s Strategy, Policy and Budget (SPB) Department is responsible for: (i) developing and monitoring the implementation of the Bank’s strategic agenda including its Corporate Strategy and implementation; (ii) developing and overseeing compliance with the Bank’s operational policies and procedures for the Bank’s infrastructure investment portfolio (non-treasury), including environmental, social, procurement and financial management; (iii)coordinating on the Bank’s partnerships and promoting regional cooperation; and (iv) managing the Bank’s administrative budget to support the implementation of the annual business plan and strategic agenda.

The SPB Department is recruiting a Senior Climate Strategy and Policy Specialist. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of AIIB’s strategic approach for climate change. The specialist will undertake activities to: (i) address the climate change dimensions of AIIB’s policies and strategies; (ii) assist in the implementation of AIIB’s Paris Agreement alignment commitment; (iii) support the consideration of climate change in investment programs and projects of sovereign and non-sovereign clients; and (iv) drive AIIB’s capacity building and knowledge management efforts related to climate change and Paris Alignment.  

Responsibilities:

Develop and implement AIIB’ strategic approach to climate change and Paris Alignment while ensuring the Bank’s policies are adhered to and also reflect the Bank’s objectives, including:

  • Support AIIB’s implementation of the joint multilateral development bank (MDB) framework on Paris Alignment, including developing guidance notes and technical notes (i.e. greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting methodology, sector/ thematic studies and assessments, and sectoral guidelines) for Paris Alignment assessment.
  • Support the development of guidelines for designing and implementing mitigation and adaptation measures in investment operations, including the development of initiatives, tools, databases and institutional capacity to screen climate-related risk and of measures to increase climate resilience and reduce vulnerability.
  • Provide technical support to identifying, maximizing and tracking the climate finance of AIIB-funded projects, including assessing the climate cobenefit of projects, supporting the tracking and reporting on mitigation and adaptation finance and monitoring and disclosing GHG emissions from AIIB-funded projects.
  • Prepare climate change-related documents, reports, guidelines, and tools as required by AIIB’s strategies and policies, taking into account AIIB Members’ and AIIB’s commitments, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Assess Bank-wide capacity-building needs on climate change and support the design and implementation of training programs for AIIB management and staff to this end.
  • Coordinate and help maintain key internal climate expertise network; manage and support partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including the MDB Working Group on Climate Finance, Paris Alignment, GHG Accounting, etc.
  • Contribute to the communication of AIIB’s climate change efforts to internal and external stakeholders, including preparing analytical pieces, presentations, talking points, etc.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in climate change policy, environment and natural resource management, economics or a related field.
  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience in relevant climate topics including mobilizing climate finance, climate-related physical and transition risk assessment, climate mitigation and/or adaptation projects, low-carbon and climate-resilient development for developing countries, decarbonization technologies and policies, and strategies for carbon intensive sectors.
  • Detailed knowledge of the UNFCCC process, Paris Agreement, climate finance instruments and mechanisms, and low-carbon and climate resilient development plans and commitments. 
  • Proven track record on policy dialogue and managing cross-institutional collaboration at a high level, including with representatives of government and nongovernment partners.
  • Strong practical experience in applying tools and instruments for mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation, green growth and climate finance into development concerns in investment operations.
  • Detailed understanding and experience with joint MDB climate mitigation and climate adaptation finance tracking and reporting is a plus. 
  • Familiarity with the operations, policies and procedures of international financial institutions, and experience in processing and implementation of projects, is preferable.
  • Results-oriented and proactive, with a demonstrated ability to lead a team as well as be a team player; good attention to detail and ability to communicate well verbally and in writing in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a piece of written analytical work (minimum of 10 pages) alongside the application.

AIIB is committed to diversity, transparency and inclusion. We believe our strength comes from having a team with the right diverse skills, experiences and abilities selected through a merit-based competitive process. We actively encourage applications from people from both within and outside AIIB members, regardless of nationality, religion, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.

Previous experience and qualifications will determine the grade and job title at which successful applicants will enter AIIB.

Join us and help create a prosperous and sustainable Asia while growing your career in a diverse and innovative environment.


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