Senior Climate Change Specialist (Adaptation Fund)

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 16,000 staff located globally. 

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The Adaptation Fund is an innovative financing mechanism set up by the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the purpose of financing concrete climate change adaptation projects and programmes in developing country Parties. At the request of the COP, the GEF is providing secretariat services to the
Adaptation Fund Board (the Board) on an interim basis, through a dedicated team. Since becoming fully operational in 2010, the Board has approved 80 projects/programmes in 59 vulnerable countries, for a total funding of US $532 million.
At the 24th COP of the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland, in 2018, Parties decided that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the landmark Paris Agreement starting 1 January 2019. 
During 2016 and 2017, the Adaptation Fund Board has elaborated a draft medium term strategy that is expected to continue the Fund’s focus on concrete adaptation action implemented through high-quality projects but with added emphasis on innovation and learning/knowledge management. 
The Secretariat is recruiting a Senior Climate Change Specialist to coordinate the Fund’s work on portfolio management and results including on concrete action and innovation. S/he will ensure timely and quality management of the Fund’s portfolio of projects and programmes in line with the Fund’s operational policies and guidelines, and coordinate the work of staff and consultants involved in that work. S/he will have a key role in the strategic management of the work of the Secretariat and be instrumental in operationalizing the medium-term strategy and further developing strategic planning. S/he will have an important role in communicating the Fund’s results to potential donors and supporting resource mobilization efforts.
The Sr Climate Change Specialist will collaborate closely with colleagues in the Secretariat, while interacting with Board members,
accredited Implementing Entities, recipient country focal points, and other stakeholders. S/he will be under the supervision of the Manager of the Secretariat.
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:-
The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following duties and responsibilities: 
• Lead the Fund-level supervision of Results Based Management of the Fund’s portfolio, including coordinating the preparation of Fund’s annual performance reports and conducting portfolio supervision missions.
• Coordinate the review process of project/programme performance reports and various project-related reports and requests submitted by the implementing entities during project/programme implementation;
• Participate in portfolio development, and play key role in operationalization of the medium-term strategy of the Fund in areas of
concrete adaptation action and innovation. This includes the review of project and programme proposals submitted to the Fund, and supervision and technical backstopping of junior staff.
• Work closely with the Manager and another Sr Specialist to further develop the strategic direction of the Fund in the areas of concrete action, innovation and learning/knowledge management, including the implementation and update of the medium-term strategies of the Fund.
• Support as needed the implementation of innovative resource mobilization activities for the Fund.
• Perform managerial tasks as an officer-in-charge on behalf of the Manager during his periods of absence, as needed.
• Take responsible roles in representing the Fund and enhancing public awareness in various fora, including but not limited to, meetings convened under the UNFCCC and its subsidiary bodies, meetings of other climate funds, regional and sub-regional workshops, technical conferences and workshops, and bilateral meetings with governments, implementing agencies and
other stakeholders.
• Establish and maintain a productive dialogue and positive relationships with key stakeholders, including developing country
governments, climate change negotiators, national, regional and multilateral agencies involved in climate finance, think tanks and civil society. 
• Lead and contribute to the preparation of Board documents, strategy and policy documents, talking points, and other materials to support the effective delivery of the Fund portfolio, and the mobilization of additional resources for the fund.
• Support the Manager of the Secretariat in preparing operational guidelines and tools, documents and other assignments as
requested by the Board at its meetings.
• Perform any other task as required by the Manager of the Secretariat.

Selection Criteria

Possesses Master’s degree in natural resources management, social policy, economics, environment or other field relevant to adaptation to climate change, and at least 8 years of relevant experience.
Demonstrates extensive experience in managing effective relations with a wide range of stakeholders (Governments, international organizations, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, developing country partners, NGOs, indigenous groups, scientific communities). 
Ability to address a range of issues related to global environmental management (climate change adaptation and resilience-building would be highly desirable) and its relationship to national sustainable development. 
Demonstrates ability to think strategically and to rapidly analyze diverse information from varied sources. 
Demonstrates ability and the necessary organizational skills to take initiative, personal ownership, and accountability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, balance competing demands and achieve agreed-upon
Sound knowledge of the UNFCCC and international climate finance architecture would be desirable. 
Demonstrated political awareness and ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and to otherwise cultivate effective, productive client relationships/partnerships. 
Excellent oral and written communications and editing skills; strong command of English; knowledge of other languages would be desirable, especially French and Spanish. 
Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.

Deliver Results for Clients
• Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable
• Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients
• Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries
• Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect 
• Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due.  Leverages expertise of all team members to
ensure successful outcomes
• Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG / Adaptation Fund corporate perspective in mind.

Lead and Innovate
• Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions.
• Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG / Adaptation Fund’s values and mission
• Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge
• Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG / Adaptation Fund, clients, and partners 
• Is known across WBG / Adaptation Fund in his/her subject area and is sought out by WBG / Adaptation

Fund colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others.
• Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff.
• Builds networks across the WBG /GEF and as part of external professional groups/networks Make Smart Decisions.
• Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the Adaptation Fund’s strategy.
• Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions.
• Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached.