(Associate) Climate Change Adaptation Specialist

European Investment Bank (EIB)

, , LU

The term of this contract will be 4 years.

Panel interviews are anticipated for August 2020.

The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.


The (Associate) Climate Change Adaptation Specialist (internally referred to as (Associate) Officer/ Analyst) will provide technical support and training on managing physical climate risk in EIB projects, as well as measuring, reporting and verification of climate adaptation finance. The Specialist will work closely with the ECSO’s Adaptation Specialists and liaise as appropriate with the project climate advisors to enhance the quality and the impact of EIB climate adaptation and resilience investments. The Specialist will also assist in identifying opportunities for climate adaptation and resilience investments in and outside Europe.

Specific Post Environment

The Environment, Climate and Social Office (ECSO) leads the definition of the Bank’s climate, environmental and social policies and their mainstreaming through the EIB’s activities (e.g. the development of methodologies, guidance material, training and other tools) and supports project teams in the social and environmental due diligence of EIB-financed operations.

Operating Network

Joining a team of Climate Change Specialists, you will report to the Head of Environmental, Climate and Social Policy and you will work on a daily basis under the supervision of the Head of the Climate Unit  and of the Senior Climate Adaptation Specialist. You will closely cooperate with the other parts of the Projects Directorate (PJ) as well as with other Directorates, in particular the Operations, Finance and the General Secretariat Directorates. You will liaise with ECSO colleagues from the Environment and Social work streams, as well as relevant sector authorities, to ensure that all relevant technical expertise is mobilized in support of implementing EIB’s Climate Strategy and in line with ECSO’s vision of working in an integrated and holistic manner and use the synergies within the ECSO team whenever possible.

ECSO’s climate change experts lead and look after the development and implementation of the EIB’s Climate Change Strategy and its related Action Plans, in areas that include climate awareness, mainstreaming, building climate resilience and climate risk management. They also advice project teams through their involvement in pipeline development, technical support with the EIB Climate Risk Assessment System, and validation of climate action attribution. In sector departments, a close link with climate change advisors is key to ensure consistency in climate risk management and climate action reporting. Finally, they develop and organise training and awareness raising events, being a part of ECSO’s Knowledge Sharing Programme.

The post involves policy and procedures drafting, knowledge management and operational tasks. It requires the ability and willingness to travel occasionally.


  • Contribute to the implementation of the EIB’s Climate Strategy, its review and the Bank’s roadmap for aligning operations with the climate change adaptation and resilience goals of the Paris Agreement;
  • Support the effective implementation of the EIB Climate Risk Assessment System, and coordinate the EIB climate risk assessment helpdesk;
  • Provide specialist advice on physical climate risk management pertaining to individual projects or programmes throughout the project cycle;
  • Ensure effective tracking and accurate reporting of the EIB’s climate adaptation finance;
  • Assist in the preparation, design, submission and approval of funding requests for financing from internal and external climate adaptation funds.
  • Provide recommendations on and develop internal guidance on climate change adaptation for EIB operations;
  • Keep abreast of the latest scientific information and conduct research on the impacts of climate change in and outside the EU, associated losses and adaptation solutions in the EIB’s sectors of operations;
  • Conduct research on international and industry standards in climate-resilient development in close cooperation with other EIB services, as appropriate;
  • Provide input to briefings for Bank’s management on our approach to climate adaptation and resilience;
  • Develop training modules and actively participate as trainer in ECSO’s capacity building and awareness raising programmes.


  • University degree in a relevant domain, e.g. engineering, economics, environmental or climate science.
  • At least 3 years of recent relevant professional experience on climate change adaptation in sectors such as agriculture, water supply, transport, energy and urban development in regions of EIB operations.
  • Experience of international practice on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, including sourcing of climate data, dealing with uncertainty and climate risk management in investment decisions.
  • Knowledge of international climate change policy among International Finance Institutions and the UN organisations.
  • Excellent MS Excel skills and ability to use other standard computer tools;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and good command of French (*), including very strong writing skills. Knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage.


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(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank’s working languages.

We are an equal opportunity employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business.  As such, we promote the inclusion of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability (*).