Climate Change Specialist

Washington, DC, US

Background / General description:

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.
Resources for the GEF Trust Fund, which finances GEF’s programs and projects in the above mentioned areas, are mobilized every four years. Resources for the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) are not subject to replenishment cycles. The LDCF is tasked with financing the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs).
NAPAs use existing information to identify a country’s priorities for adaptation actions. The SCCF supports both long-term and short-term adaptation activities in water resources management, land management, agriculture, health, infrastructure development, fragile ecosystems, including mountainous ecosystems, and integrated coastal zone management.
The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society (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 Convention on Biological Diversity, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Minamata Convention on Mercury. GEF is also a designated financial mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $14.5 billion in grants for over 3,600 projects in over 165 countries. Pledges for GEF activities in the sixth replenishment period of 2014 to 2018, called GEF-6, is approximately $4.3 billion. Through the LDCF and the SCCF the GEF has financed 301 projects worth approximately 1.3 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 (ACS) 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.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Program Management:
•    reviewing proposals for projects, programmatic approaches and enabling activities according to the LDCF and SCCF project review criteria, with a focus on the Africa region, agriculture and food security, community-based adaptation, and proposals requesting resources under multiple trust funds;
•    building the capacity of GEF Agencies on adaptation and accessing funds under the LDCF and the SCCF, and providing support on the proper interpretation and application of GEF policies and Convention guidance, in alignment with other relevant processes, such as UN SDGs, as appropriate.
Relations with Countries, Agencies and other outreach:
•    supporting regular communications with and reporting to members of the LDCF/SCCF Council;
•    support the preparation of analyses and reports upon request of contributing members on matters pertaining to their financial support to the LDCF and the SCCF;
•    liaising with recipient countries and GEF Agencies on matters pertaining to accessing resources and strategic programming under the LDCF and the SCCF, with a focus on the Africa region and francophone countries;
•    providing assistance and guidance to GEF Agencies and member states on the development of project proposals, and on the monitoring of project performance. This may require travel to the region, engaging in policy dialogue, collaborating with the relevant GEF Agencies and other Partners on specific topics, and representing the GEF on various forums.
Portfolio Monitoring, Reporting and Knowledge Management:
•    supporting the development and implementation of results-based management (RBM) under the LDCF and the SCCF;
•    promoting the integration of knowledge management in RBM, operational processes and procedures, as well as stakeholder interactions under the LDCF and the SCCF;
•    identifying and documenting best practices and lessons from adaptation projects financed under the LDCF and the SCCF, in collaboration with GEF Agencies and other stakeholders.
Adaptation Policy:
•    assisting  in the development of policies, strategies, tools and guidelines pertaining to the LDCF and the SCCF for GEF management consideration and LDCF/SCCF Council approval;
•    participating in the development of policies, strategies, tools and guidelines pertaining to the GEF Trust Fund, especially where these are relevant for adaptation, climate resilience, the LDCF and/or the SCCF, as well as relations with the UNFCCC.
•    mainstreaming issues of strategic importance throughout the GEF adaptation programming portfolio, such as gender, and assist in the integration of adaptation and resilience considerations throughout the GEF portfolio at large.
Providing Support on Relations with the UNFCCC:
•    supporting collaboration between the GEF and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), particularly in preparing operational guidance and tools taking into account convention guidance on adaptation, the LDCF and the SCCF;
•    representing the GEF at convention meetings and technical workshops as needed; promoting regular and informed communication about the adaptation program of the GEF under the LDCF and the SCCF within the GEF network and between the GEF and the UNFCCC parties and Secretariat; and (iv) leading or supporting the preparation of the GEF report to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties.

Selection Criteria:

1.    Advanced degree in environmental/natural resource management, economics, and policy, or a closely related field.
2.    5 years of directly relevant national and international experiences.
3.    Demonstrated detailed knowledge on climate change, and adaptation issues as well as relevant UNFCCC negotiations on these issues.  Broad understanding of the practical, scientific, economic, social, and political dimensions of climate change, and technical knowledge of sector issues related to climate change. Competencies in cross-cutting areas, such as ecosystem management, biodiversity, and/or water resource management.  Understanding of relevant UNFCCC negotiations on adaptation, National Communications, Biennial Update Reporting and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) would be an advantage.
4.    Experience in project management and working with developing countries and in dealing with a range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, scientific and technical bodies, developing country counterparts, and NGOs would be an advantage. Experience working in Africa would be an asset.
5.    Ability to collaborate within a highly diverse organization, and work with multidisciplinary teams. Excellent written and verbal English language skills, and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with peers, managers, and external partners.  Knowledge of French or Spanish would also be an advantage.  
6    Experience and/or interest in topics or issues of strategic importance, such as innovative financial instruments, and gender would be desirable.
7.    An understanding of GEF’s policies and operations would be an advantage.

WBG Core Competencies

Deliver Results for Clients
– Adds value by constantly looking for a better way to get more impactful results; sets challenging stretch goals for oneself
– Immerses oneself in client experiences and perspective by asking probing questions to understand unmet needs
– Demonstrates accountability for achieving results that have a development impact and financial, environmental and social sustainability. Identifies and proposes solutions to mitigate and manage risks.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries
– Appropriately involves others in decision making and communicates with key stakeholders
– Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches displaying a sense of mutuality and respect
– Integrates WBG perspective into work

Lead and Innovate
– Contributes new insights to understand situations and develops solutions to resolve complex problems
– Adapts as circumstances require and manages impact of own behavior on others in context of WBG’s values and mission
– Identifies and pursues innovative approaches to resolve issues

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge
– Leverages department’s expertise and body of knowledge across WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions
– Seeks to learn from more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and helps others to learn
– Builds personal and professional networks inside and outside the department unit

Makes Smart Decisions
– Seeks diversity of information and inputs, researches possible solutions, and generates recommended options
– Identifies and understands risks and proposes recommendations