Climate Strategy/Policy Specialist (Senior Economist)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
  
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is implementing a knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) to 
support its developing member countries (DMCs) to expand action on climate change, thereby supporting 
the implementation of ADB’s Strategy 2030 operational priority 3 (OP3) on tackling climate change, 
building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability. The TA 6627-REG: 
Building Institutional Capacity: Delivering Climate Solutions under Operational Priority 3 of Strategy 
2030 is aimed at building institutional capacity through technical support and policy advice to DMCs to: 
(i) develop long-term low-greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and resilient development strategies; (ii) 
mobilize, track and report on climate finance; (iii) enhance management of climate and disaster risks; 
and (iv) ensure national strategies and policies are aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement on 
climate change to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees C (ºC), and pursue efforts to limit 
it to 1.5ºC.

In response to the request submitted by the Government of Tajikistan to the NDC Partnership, ADB aims to 
support Tajikistan in the development of climate-compatible responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 
(COVID-19) pandemic in line with its nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Following consultations 
with the government, ADB will support Tajikistan in the (i) analysis of COVID-19 impacts and 
initial/announced on-going and planned initiatives in relation to national climate and development plans 
and commitments; (ii) development of low-carbon and resilience-building recovery interventions and 
identification of  climate finance sources for their implementation (including national, regional, 
multilateral and private sources); and identification of supporting long-term policy measures, 
institutional changes and/or specific improvements to government’s crisis response and economic recovery 
strategies (including assessment of NDC, National Adaptation Plan (NAP), etc.). Given the scale of the 
crises, and the different phases of recovery, Tajikistan will need to consider a package of recovery 
interventions that does not only provide the required stimulus but also address underlying barriers to 
ensure that actions are sustained. 

ADB responds directly to the expressed need for support by the Government of Tajikistan by engaging an 
International Climate Strategy/Policy Specialist (Senior Economist) to incorporate climate mitigation 
and resilience considerations into its COVID-19 economic recovery planning. 

Scope of Work
  
Analyzing the country’s first wave of planned fiscal responses to COVID-19, the Government of Tajikistan 
is looking to roll out safety net instruments, lending, and other measures, which aim to provide needed 
emergency funds, financial support, subsidies and other government emergency interventions to affected 
and vulnerable sectors.

The International Climate Strategy/Policy Specialist (Senior Economist) will require high level of 
economic analysis, project development expertise and independent research. His/her role will benefit 
fully from his/her proven background and working relationships with the ministries of economy, 
development and finance, and other government agencies in the country and in other DMCs in the region, 
and/or ADB departments, NDC Partnership and other relevant organizations.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
  
The consultant’s work will involve but will not be limited to the following tasks:

i)	Develop a work plan, gather relevant information from key stakeholders to perform preparatory 
analysis to assess country context and development landscape.
ii)	Compare/Assess (and consult ADB, NDC Partnership, government and other stakeholders) 
identified/planned recovery measures and identify framework/methodology for impact assessment.
iii)	Analyze economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in relation to national climate 
and development plans and commitments.
iv)	Identify national projects (through a project pipeline) and assess low-carbon and climate-resilient 
investments/projects that build on economic recovery plans and strategies (such as the NDC).
v)	Map donor funding preferences/priorities, funding gaps; identify potential funding windows; and 
compile best practices from different sectors from different countries to support resources mobilization.
vi)	Provide recommendations for medium-term recovery measures and NDC investment pipelines.
vii)	Analyze different policy options and economic interventions in response to the pandemic and their 
implications to national development.
viii)	Propose specific policy and institutional changes (including measures to address capacity gaps) to 
support long-term transformation and sustainability of recovery measures.
ix)	Serve as resource person/technical expert and conduct, facilitate and participate in consultation 
meetings, dialogues, workshops and other activities with the government, relevant ADB staff and 
development partners, including 8-10 hours per quarter of active participation in the NDC Partnership 
Green Recovery Network.
x)	Support in sharing lessons learned and experiences to other DMCs in Asia and the Pacific.
xi)	Prepare periodic progress reports and a final consultant report summarizing work completed, 
including documentation of meetings/activities attended, coordination with stakeholders, etc. 
xii)	Collaborate and coordinate with, and provide support to other specialists and ADB-funded loan/TA 
(consultant) teams, key DMC representatives, development partners and other stakeholders to ensure 
alignment of TA activities and outputs. 
xiii)	Liaise closely with the TA project management team and relevant staff within SDCC, the operations 
departments, and other ADB departments as well as other consultants engaged under the TA, in the 
accomplishment of outlined outputs and for technical and administrative requirements relating to the TA.
xiv)	Perform other related tasks assigned by the designated officers. 

The assignment is for an international consultant to be engaged for 66 working days on intermittent 
basis over the period 15 March 2021 to 15 March 2022 and based at home office with travels in Dushanbe, 
Tajikistan. With particular reference to COVID-19, any need for international travel shall be assessed 
by ADB and the Consultant using ADB’s advice at the time of travel. Subject to ADB’s approval, the 
Consultant may use remote video technology meetings to replace face to face meetings as considered 
necessary.

The Consultant will report to the Senior Climate Change Officer, SDCD. He/she will prepare the 
deliverables indicated below in performing the tasks outlined above. All reports shall be provided in 
English and formatted using ADB house-style.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
  
The qualifications for the international consultant will include: an advanced university degree in 
public policy, international/climate/public finance, international or environmental economics or other 
related discipline. The consultant must also have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience 
on climate change policy and finance issues. He/She must have excellent familiarity and experience on 
emerging challenges, opportunities and issues related to the United Nations Framework Convention on 
Climate Change, particularly the Paris Agreement and the NDCs. He/She must have in-depth knowledge on 
national planning and strategy and policy development in Tajikistan or in the region, experience in 
national and international public or private sector institutions with special focus on resource 
mobilization, project development and management, crisis response and recovery, and monitoring and 
evaluation. He/She must have strong analytical skills; and proven track record in producing high-quality 
technical reports. He/She must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, fluency 
in Russian and Tajiki language is an asset. Knowledge of ADB’s policies and procedures, particularly 
country strategic programming and dialogue processes, and the project processing cycle, would be an 
advantage.  

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED