Green Finance Expert

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Overview:

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff – a force for nature – work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

 

Position Summary:

 

NRDC is seeking a Green Finance Expert to work with the Center for Market Innovation team in our Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and rollout of an international Green Bank Network, with NRDC as a lead partner, and any other NRDC clean energy finance efforts.
  • Provide support and analysis for NRDC’s sustainable infrastructure finance work, including the High Road Infrastructure project.
  • Provide technical expertise to Chile’s and India’s efforts to establish a Green Bank and support opportunities to expand the Green Bank Network to other countries as appropriate, in collaboration with external and internal partners
  • Manage the Green Bank Network website development process in partnership with NRDC communications staff.
  • Lead research and communication materials, including but not limited to reports, PowerPoint presentations, and web content.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a mid-career economist with strong quantitative, analytical and communication skills, with experience in green banks and clean energy investment generally, in particular. In addition, the ideal candidate would have:

  • At least 10 years relevant work experience in financial and economic analysis and at least 1 year experience in the renewable energy industry, preferably solar.
  • Deep understanding of the green bank model and established relationships with green banks in the U. S. and internationally. Familiarity with financial instruments used by green banks.
  • Passionate about data and metrics. Quantitative reasoning skills, including the ability to summarize data into graphical and tabular forms. Advanced excel skills.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple issues, and collaborate and negotiate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent presentation skills. The ability to present, explain and discuss results of analyses to effectively drive fact-based decision making within all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated excellence in both verbal and written communication, including ability to transform complex analytics into a simple, visual, spoken, or written story to influence decision makers.
  • A flexible, can-do attitude with demonstrated ability to excel in a dynamic and fast paced environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines and maintaining superior quality.
  • Masters degree in economics, finance or equivalent.
  • Spanish fluency required, preferably with experience conducting business in Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Experience working with financial institutions a plus.     

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

 

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

 

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For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

Role Objectives

Niger is a big country and classed as the poorest in the world. There are a number of pastoralists and areas that remain water-resource scarce. Society remains very conservative and in many cases women and children are marginalised.

WaterAid entered Niger with the aim of combatting WASH poverty in this difficult environment. Having emerged from its status as a pilot country for WaterAid, the scope of the programme in Niger will shift to a rights-based approach from one that supported a needs-based services—though there is still need for services at quite an important scale. In line with WaterAid’s global shift to an advocacy-based approach this will be achieved as part of a package that brings changes in terms of people-power and government policy.

A country programme strategy exists and the new CD will translate this strategy into operations; covering staffing, resourcing, funding and partnerships—some of which need to be revisited. Some links have been established with government and the new focus will be to strengthen the sector through advocacy, influencing and putting good policies in place.

WaterAid has a good reputation in-country and joint programming with like-minded institutions is needed. Opportunities exist with UNICEF, who have Niger as a priority, and there should also be potential to get the World Bank and AfDB on board.

There are currently seven employees, including three people in the SMT, as well as some contractors. The new CD will be growing the team in phases over the next 18 months; some positions will be upgraded, more programme staff will come in and the full complement of staff is expected to rise to 13.

About you

Likely to be a national of Niger and with experience in the Sahel, you are bilingual in French and English. You have a strong desire to address marginalised communities, particularly women and children, and are able to challenge the status quo in conservative societies. You know how to establish partnerships and can set up joint programming with like-minded institutions. You will be growing the team in phases over the next 18 months; with positions being upgraded, and local staff expected to double.

WaterAid is at the forefront of a movement in iNGOs to abandon the traditional dual-pay systems, sometimes known as expatriate packages, and you share their founders’ ethos of equity.

Essentials

We expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • determined: able to challenge and change conservative thinking in traditional and government settings;
  • operational: able to translate a strategy into operations including staffing, resourcing, funding and partnerships
  • an alliance-builder: able to identify partners and develop strong, mutually-beneficial relationships;
  • an inspirational leader: able to build a credible team, create trust and help people to understand how they can contribute;
  • a change manager: able to lead an organization through changes in focus and priority.

Role Objectives

Niger is a big country and classed as the poorest in the world. There are a number of pastoralists and areas that remain water-resource scarce. Society remains very conservative and in many cases women and children are marginalised.

WaterAid entered Niger with the aim of combatting WASH poverty in this difficult environment. Having emerged from its status as a pilot country for WaterAid, the scope of the programme in Niger will shift to a rights-based approach from one that supported a needs-based services—though there is still need for services at quite an important scale. In line with WaterAid’s global shift to an advocacy-based approach this will be achieved as part of a package that brings changes in terms of people-power and government policy.

A country programme strategy exists and the new CD will translate this strategy into operations; covering staffing, resourcing, funding and partnerships—some of which need to be revisited. Some links have been established with government and the new focus will be to strengthen the sector through advocacy, influencing and putting good policies in place.

WaterAid has a good reputation in-country and joint programming with like-minded institutions is needed. Opportunities exist with UNICEF, who have Niger as a priority, and there should also be potential to get the World Bank and AfDB on board.

There are currently seven employees, including three people in the SMT, as well as some contractors. The new CD will be growing the team in phases over the next 18 months; some positions will be upgraded, more programme staff will come in and the full complement of staff is expected to rise to 13.

About you

Likely to be a national of Niger and with experience in the Sahel, you are bilingual in French and English. You have a strong desire to address marginalised communities, particularly women and children, and are able to challenge the status quo in conservative societies. You know how to establish partnerships and can set up joint programming with like-minded institutions. You will be growing the team in phases over the next 18 months; with positions being upgraded, and local staff expected to double.

WaterAid is at the forefront of a movement in iNGOs to abandon the traditional dual-pay systems, sometimes known as expatriate packages, and you share their founders’ ethos of equity.

Essentials

We expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • determined: able to challenge and change conservative thinking in traditional and government settings;
  • operational: able to translate a strategy into operations including staffing, resourcing, funding and partnerships
  • an alliance-builder: able to identify partners and develop strong, mutually-beneficial relationships;
  • an inspirational leader: able to build a credible team, create trust and help people to understand how they can contribute;
  • a change manager: able to lead an organization through changes in focus and priority.

Role Objectives

Niger is a big country and classed as the poorest in the world. There are a number of pastoralists and areas that remain water-resource scarce. Society remains very conservative and in many cases women and children are marginalised.

WaterAid entered Niger with the aim of combatting WASH poverty in this difficult environment. Having emerged from its status as a pilot country for WaterAid, the scope of the programme in Niger will shift to a rights-based approach from one that supported a needs-based services—though there is still need for services at quite an important scale. In line with WaterAid’s global shift to an advocacy-based approach this will be achieved as part of a package that brings changes in terms of people-power and government policy.

A country programme strategy exists and the new CD will translate this strategy into operations; covering staffing, resourcing, funding and partnerships—some of which need to be revisited. Some links have been established with government and the new focus will be to strengthen the sector through advocacy, influencing and putting good policies in place.

WaterAid has a good reputation in-country and joint programming with like-minded institutions is needed. Opportunities exist with UNICEF, who have Niger as a priority, and there should also be potential to get the World Bank and AfDB on board.

There are currently seven employees, including three people in the SMT, as well as some contractors. The new CD will be growing the team in phases over the next 18 months; some positions will be upgraded, more programme staff will come in and the full complement of staff is expected to rise to 13.

About you

Likely to be a national of Niger and with experience in the Sahel, you are bilingual in French and English. You have a strong desire to address marginalised communities, particularly women and children, and are able to challenge the status quo in conservative societies. You know how to establish partnerships and can set up joint programming with like-minded institutions. You will be growing the team in phases over the next 18 months; with positions being upgraded, and local staff expected to double.

WaterAid is at the forefront of a movement in iNGOs to abandon the traditional dual-pay systems, sometimes known as expatriate packages, and you share their founders’ ethos of equity.

Essentials

We expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • determined: able to challenge and change conservative thinking in traditional and government settings;
  • operational: able to translate a strategy into operations including staffing, resourcing, funding and partnerships
  • an alliance-builder: able to identify partners and develop strong, mutually-beneficial relationships;
  • an inspirational leader: able to build a credible team, create trust and help people to understand how they can contribute;
  • a change manager: able to lead an organization through changes in focus and priority.

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