Water and Climate Internship
Duration: minimum 3 months
Start Date: April/May 2019
Supervisor: Anjali Lohani, Programme Specialist – Climate & Water
GWP’s vision is a water secure world. To realise this vision GWP supports countries to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. This is pursued by promoting Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), a cross-sectoral policy approach designed to replace the traditional, fragmented sectoral approach that has led to poor services and unsustainable resource use. As a means to achieving long-term impact towards water security, GWP seeks to influence water governance processes through the promotion of IWRM principles. Policy development, strategic planning, legislative change, investment planning and transboundary agreements are examples of such processes and it is here that GWP actively contributes both inside and outside the ‘water box’ at the global, regional, national and subnational levels.
Hydro-climatic data & analysis tools
Experience from around the world demonstrates that sustainable water management can only be realized with rigorous evidence-based decision making. That in turn requires a solid information base, and reliable water data is a vital pre-requisite for this. As such, water data is an essential, strategic investment in managing humankind’s most vital resource. Investments in water data have been shown to yield positive financial returns, via significant mitigation of disaster risk, improvements in water use efficiency and cost-effective design of water infrastructure. A vast number of water data sources and analytical tools exist at global, regional, and national levels. However, their potential for decision-making for water resources management, investment prioritization and design, and accessing investment finance remains largely untapped. Further, in the context of a changing climate, with shifting weather patterns and increasing uncertainty, analytical tools calibrated with past data are no longer accurate guides; adaptation planning and project preparation must take approaches that take this into consideration, and build in flexibility in infrastructure and institutions to be useful in a changing climate.
The global climate finance architecture is complex and continues to evolve. Funds flow through multilateral channels – both within and outside of the UNFCCC financial mechanisms – and increasingly through bilateral, as well as through regional and national climate change channels and funds. Monitoring the flows of climate finance is difficult, as there is no agreed definition of what constitutes climate finance or consistent accounting rules. The wide range of climate finance mechanisms continues to challenge coordination. But efforts to increase inclusiveness and complementarity as well as to simplify access continue.
An understanding and capacity gap
Countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America have identified lacking understanding of both water data sources and analytical tools, as well as evolving sources of climate finance, and eligibility and procedures for accessing these as barriers to prioritization of climate resilience-building water investments, investment design, and access of finance to implement investments. Further, short-term reliance on external support for discrete investment preparation has resulted in forgone opportunities to build embedded country capacity on both knowledge and capacity fronts.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF)
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) serves as the only body among the UNFCCC’s financing mechanisms that is dedicated solely to addressing the climate crisis. The GCF is specifically mandated to promote country-driven, climate-resilient, and low-carbon development. It is expected to become a primary channel through which international public climate finance will flow over time.
To access support from the GCF for climate resilience water projects, countries need to present projects designed for impact – reflected through country-prioritized project ideas, compelling climate rationales, and comprehensive funding proposals.
Strengthening national capacity and coordination
GWP supports a suite of activities aimed towards strengthening national capacity and coordination to prepare high quality water projects and access climate finance. These include, but are not limited to, regional workshops on capacity building, national level facilitation to advance adaptation planning and investment preparation, and cross-country and cross-regional knowledge and experience sharing.
This internship will support development of background documents and training modules as part of the preparation for a project preparation and climate finance workshop in Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) in July 2019. It will also support facilitation of regional communities of practice in Africa and Asia, among countries requesting continued capacity strengthening and knowledge exchange, with the aim of preparing high quality water Projects.
- Technical handout on Water Data & Analysis Tools
A technical handout providing an overview of climate data sources, and analytical methods and tools for a workshop in Latin America will be prepared. The technical handout will include but not be limited to:
- Climate data and tools relevant to water resources management and development
- Water data, tools and models
- Socio-economic data and analytical tools to articulate incremental costs imposed by climate change and climate adaptation-specific solutions
- Regional institutions and mechanisms in Latin America with technical Resources
2. A background note on financing of water and climate investments in Latin America
A background note on the landscape of financing options for resilience-building water investments in Latin America will be prepared to support the targeted participants in identifying co-financing options for GCF projects. The background paper will include but not be limited to:
- Pan-LAC climate finance landscape, providing an analytical review of climate finance channels in its sub-regions (multilateral, bilateral, regional, national, and private, as described above) describing the characteristics, target, specific geographical or thematic conditions, and access modalities
- Trends and recommendations, providing an understanding on how climate financing is likely to evolve in LAC and what would be the best way for countries to access to these funds
- Pan-LAC overview of public and private sector financing options for water investments, which could co-finance GCF funded water Projects
3. General project management support in preparation to the July LAC workshop
4. Mobilizing Communities of Practice in Africa and Asia
Communities of Practice targeted to strengthen adaptation planning and project preparation have emerged out of regional workshops in Africa and Asia in 2018. Mobilizing these communities of practice will include, among other tasks:
- Preparing monthly newsletters to facilitate knowledge dissemination and experience sharing among members
- Development of briefs that capture success stories and lessons learned, and associated bite-sized digital communication
Qualifications (in addition to standard GWP intern requirements)
- Academic training in water/environmental engineering, hydrology, climate science, political economy required
- Experience working on water, climate, development highly favorable
- Proficiency in Spanish a HUGE plus
- Writing sample required
Last day to apply is 10 March 2019. Questions can be directed to Internship@gwp.org. Please note - applications are only accepted through the online application system and not via e-mail.