India nationals: Climate Change Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment


The Climate Change Specialist will be part of SAUW processing team for proposed urban sector investments
in India, which are likely to be affected by climate change. To achieve projects impact and outcomes in
face of climate change, a good understanding of climate risks, vulnerability, and adaptation and
mitigation measures is required.

The purpose of this assignment is to: (i) prepare focused climate risk and vulnerability assessment
(CRVA); (ii) prepare climate risk assessment and management report (CRAMR); (iii) advise on mitigation
and adaptation measures/strategy; and (iv) provide climate finance accounting. The projects are multi-
sector such as urban roads, water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, bulk water supply and
institutional development programs. The exact scope of the projects will be finalized through detailed
appraisal reports, technical assistant reports, and discussions with concerned project executing and
implementing agencies during preparation.

Scope of Work


(i) The expert will support project processing of Integrated Urban Flood Management for the Chennai-
Kosasthalaiyar Basin Project.
(ii) The expert will conduct an in-depth review and analysis of previous CRVAs, government reports,
scientific literature and other climate change-related studies relevant in understanding likely future
climatic and hydrologic conditions for the projects' area. Scope of work will include inter alia the
review and interpretation of historical climatological and hydrological data and the review of an
appropriate and relevant range of climate change projections at a level suitable to inform detailed
project design. The climate change specialist will conduct field verifications as well as capacity
building on climate change risks, vulnerabilities, mitigation and adaption options, when required. The
specialist will prepare required reports (CRVA, CRAMR, and finance accounting) and make relevant inputs
to other project related documents as needed.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output


Specific tasks will include the following:
(i) Review all available relevant project documents and, in close consultation with the mission leader
and project team, define the scope of the climate risk and vulnerability assessment as required by the
(ii) Collate, organize, and review available baseline biophysical, environmental, demographic,
socioeconomic, and policy data and information relevant to climate risk management within the context of
the project;
(iii) Review existing studies, data, and information on current and projected climate change risks and
vulnerability for the proposed project;
(iv) Identify and discuss the implications of projected climate change impacts and associated
uncertainties for the design and operations of the project;
(v) Coordinate and manage CRVA activities based on the agreed work plan;
(vi) Prepare final CRVA report, through an iterative process of obtaining and addressing review comments
on draft reports from ADB project team;
(vii) Prepare final Climate Risk Assessment and Management Report (CRAMR)
(viii) Lead the assessment of projects vulnerabilities and the associated risks to the structural
components of the project under the "best estimate" and "high case" climate scenarios, including
implications for performance, operation, and maintenance;
(ix) In collaboration with the ADB economist, estimate the incremental costs associated with the
adaptation measures, and elaborate the climate financing accounting for the projects; and
(x) Perform other tasks as deemed necessary to ensure the successful execution of the assignment and

Minimum Qualification Requirements


(i) An advanced university degree, preferably at doctorate level, in civil or environmental engineering
or related discipline;
(ii) At least 10 years of experience encompassing climate change, adaptation planning and practices in
the water supply and/or urban sector, and risk management;
(iii) A strong track record of working in complex and inter-disciplinary research projects;
(iv) Demonstrated skills in effectively communication and interaction with professionals from different
cultural backgrounds and disciplinary fields;
(v) Demonstrated knowledge of, and ideally experience in, the design, operation, and maintenance of
water supply systems and/or urban sector projects.