UNDP’s Global Environmental Finance unit (UNDP-GEF) is based in UNDP’s Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support to delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Its main focus is on helping countries develop the capacity to fully incorporate environmental sustainability into development. The principal areas of work are in environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, adaptation to climate change, and local governance of resources, including energy.
The Climate Aggregation Platform (CAP) is a new UNDP-GEF project which, in partnership with the Climate Bonds Initiative, seeks to promote the scale-up of financial aggregation – asset backed securities – for small-scale, low-carbon energy assets in developing countries. The project aims to help build in-country pipelines of high-quality, standardised low-carbon energy assets and to develop new low-cost sources of financing, building awareness and trust with investors in this new asset class. In so doing, the project can contribute to improving the lives of citizens in developing countries, bringing about affordable, reliable and clean energy.
The CAP’s activities and value proposition will be formulated in terms of a global offer and an in-country offer:
The project’s central approach to achieving change – embedded throughout its design – is a barrier-removal approach. The project seeks to do this in different ways: addressing information barriers through the project’s global activities; addressing first-mover barriers through its emphasis on first-of-a-kind transactions; and then, within countries, targeting specific barriers to scaling-up via tailored market development activities.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing initial seed-funding to establish the CAP in the form of an initial USD 2 million grant. UNDP and the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), as a Responsible Party to UNDP, will implement the project with an approximate 50/50 split of the initial USD 2 million GEF grant. The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a founding partner of the CAP and is providing co-financing for the in-country initiatives.
The part-time Project Manager will be responsible for the successful execution of the CAP project. The position has both administrative and technical components. Administratively, the Project Manager will lead the day-to-day running of the project; technically, the Project Manager will draw on her/his expertise in finance to guide the project’s direction and activities. The Project Manager will directly manage a Project Assistant providing administrative support, and will also manage additional project consultants. The Project Manager will report to the Energy Finance Specialist, UNDP-GEF, New York.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Manager will have the following responsibilities:
Throughout the above responsibilities, it will be imperative that the Project Manager establishes a strong working partnership with the Climate Bonds Initiative. The UNDP project team will be based in New York, and the Climate Bonds Initiative project team in London. An early priority will be to put in place mechanisms, both formal and informal, to foster a collaborative team spirit, and to ensure open and efficient communications with the Climate Bonds Initiative. The Project Manager can also draw upon the support of the UNDP-GEF team in New York and globally, including UNDP-GEF senior management.
Information on working arrangements
Required Skills and Experience
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