Consultant to support the climate change agenda in Suriname and Guyana with the Climate Change Division

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Considering the 2015 Paris Agreement and the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Climate Change Division partners with stakeholders within the IDB Group and across Latin America and the Caribbean to mobilize resources, implement programs, generate and disseminate knowledge, and help build institutions to achieve low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

To this end, the CSD/CCS Division has been actively implementing and supporting the execution of climate change programs in Latin America and the Caribbean including the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).  The FCPF is a global partnership focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The Bank is also collaborating on supporting the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) updates in the region through the Bank’s NDC Invest program and the mainstreaming of climate change considerations into development planning.  

The Bank seeks a Climate Change Specialist to work on the monitoring and technical activities related to the design, implementation, management and mainstreaming of climate change in programming in Suriname and Guyana.


The team’s mission:


The Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector (CSD) advises Management on climate change and sustainable development and develops overall Bank policies, strategies, operational guidelines and programs in these areas. It is also responsible for conducting relevant sector research, analytical work, best sector practices and case studies on climate change and sustainability and provides specialized technical sector support to climate change and sustainability-related operations and activities.


What you’ll do:

  • Help manage a climate change mainstreaming program in Suriname
  • Help manage an NDC Update program in Suriname
  • Support and help guide the implementation of a FCPF Guyana project
  • Provide technical input to the design, preparation and implementation of climate change related operations and non-financial products across a variety of sectors in Suriname and Guyana that respond to countries and stakeholder needs.
  • Participate in IDB projects including adaptation/mitigation components, providing inputs in the stages of design, structuring and implementation
  • Collaborate and negotiate with stakeholders, executing agencies and other IDB departments
  • Support any other related activities required by the Climate Change Division of the IDB.

What you’ll need:


Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.

Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.

Education:  Master's degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Natural Resource Management or relevant disciplines, execution and management of operations related to development and climate change.

Experience: At least 5 years of relevant professional experience. Working or academic experience with issues related to climate change resilience and environmental sustainability will be strongly preferred. Experience with implementation of projects in Latin-America and the Caribbean region is highly desirable. Experience working with multilateral institutions and preparing projects including both for the public and private sector on climate change, ideally with international sources of climate finance is desirable.

  • Must have an advanced understanding of climate change and sustainability issues in the Caribbean region;
  • Must have an in-depth understanding of monitoring and/or implementing REDD+ projects;
  • Must have an advanced understanding of climate financing.

Languages:  Fluent in English. Competency in Dutch will be an asset.


Core and Technical Competencies:


Excellent communication skills, including written and oral forms; proven ability to communicate complex concepts and prepare reports that are clear, concise and meaningful; Ability to develop, analyze and articulate project issues and identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations; Analytic capacity and ability to assess project outputs and relevant findings; Good team player, self-starter, ability to work under limited supervision and maintain good relationships internally and externally to the Bank.


Opportunity Summary: 


Type of contract: Consultant Full Time.

Length of contract: 19 months

Location: COF, Suriname

Responsible person: Climate Change Senior Specialist CSD/CCS, has the overall responsibility for the coordination.

Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.  


Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.


We encourage women, afro-descendants, people of indigenous origins, and persons with disabilities to apply.


About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.


Additional Information

  • External Opening Date: Jul 17, 2019
  • External Closing Date: Jul 30, 2019
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