Senior Climate Change Specialist (Climate Change Adaptation)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Manila, , PH

Job Purpose

Provide intellectual leadership in the implementation of ADB’s climate resilience agenda, ensuring enhanced mainstreaming of climate change adaptation (CCA) in country partnership strategies and ADB lending operations including the integration of CCA with elements of disaster risk management (DRM), and in supporting the development and implementation of an ADB strategy for scaling up CCA financing in line with ADB’s $2 billion CCA finance target by 2020. Provide lead support to operations to implement a more proactive approach to CCA including through the provision of upfront support to operations departments for integrating climate risk management at pre-concept stage. Lead the development of high quality and targeted CCA knowledge products, ensuring ADB’s leading edge position among multilateral development banks (MDBs) in mainstreaming science-based CCA. Forge and strengthen the links between the Asia Pacific region and major global CCA policy and research processes including policy discussions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments. Promote multilateral and regional cooperation, particularly on cross regional cooperation initiatives, partnerships and networks on climate change adaptation. Work closely with the thematic and sector groups of relevant thematic and sector groups especially the Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Urban and Water sector groups and the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management thematic group to enhance capacity on CCA implementation and build climate resilience in the countries in the region. Build an effective community of practice on CCA within the Bank. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.

Expected Outcomes

a. Policies, Strategies and Frameworks• Guide the provision of substantive inputs to the development and/or review of the Bank’s CCA strategy.• Coordinate the development of a strategy for scaling up CCA financing in view of ADB’s long term strategic framework for climate change.• Coordinate and support ADB’s lending services for CCA and the capacity development of developing member countries (DMCs) to increase their access to diverse climate resilience solutions and resources.

b. Operational Advice and Support • Provide guidance and support to Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) and operations departments including Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD) to identify potential risks from climate change and develop adaptation interventions at country, regional, sector, and project level.• Assist operations departments in assessing CCA capacities and needs of DMCs and providing support and guidance in identifying opportunities that leverage incentives for increased investment of public and private resources in CCA in DMCs.• Take the lead in supporting operation departments to access climate adaptation funds, including coordination of the adaptation window of ADB’s Climate Change Fund• Ensure consistency in application by operations departments of joint MDB methodology on adaptation finance; coordinate and supervise tracking of adaptation financing.

• Take the lead in providing support to Management and senior staff at key CCA fora and in preparing briefing notes for Management and the Board, as required.• Ensure where possible integration of disaster risk reduction and CCA

c. Knowledge Generation and Sharing• Strengthen global, regional and multilateral partnerships and inter-agency relations and assist in the development of public-private-civil society partnerships on CCA; represent ADB as necessary at key international meetings; and prepare and deliver presentations that highlight ADB’s work on mainstreaming climate risk management into development investment in its DMCs.• Assist in the development of initiatives and programs to support DMCs in implementing their relevant nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change through strategic and scaled up CCA financing.• Enhance ADB’s climate risk management framework, particularly with respect to developing strategic and scaled up CCA financing, and linkage to DRM.• Lead in promoting best practice on CCA and the development and dissemination of knowledge products that further the understanding of issues and solutions pertaining to risks of projected climate change to investments in different sectors.• Lead the identification and implementation of training programs in CCA for ADB staff as part of ADB’s staff development program; organize internal and external training and briefing sessions on relevant topics; and share information on conferences and training opportunities.

d. Staff Supervision• Provide leadership and support to reporting staff.• Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.• Ensure the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff.

Core Competencies

Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Provides supervision to others in completing their technical tasks
  • Called upon for advice and guidance based on expertise gained by working in different countries and organizations
  • Contributes advanced knowledge and expertise to different parts of the Department

Client Orientation

  • Proposes effective services and solutions to staff beyond presenting issues and past challenges
  • Assists colleagues adapt to the cultural and business norms of diverse clients and country situations
  • Gains respect for the breadth and depth of expertise demonstrated in effectively managing diverse clients and country situations
  • Called upon to resolve client situations that may impact their long-term ADB relationship

Achieving Results and Problem Solving

  • Resolves situations where client needs are not being met
  • Shares past experiences from different projects, organizations, and countries to help achieve quality results
  • Ensures that thorough analysis includes current and relevant factors from different countries and contexts
  • Sought out for guidance and experience in overcoming the most challenging situations
  • Draws on long-term relationships with stakeholders to help plan for and achieve results

Working Together

  • Addresses team members not contributing to required standards
  • Commits to delivering timely and high quality work to assist in the team’s success
  • Develops and maintains good internal and external peer and senior level relationships
  • Helps teams understand common features to build rapport and overcome challenges

Communication and Knowledge Sharing

  • Provides stakeholders with the level and quality of information required to achieve outcomes
  • Encourages others to seek long-term solutions to address feedback opposed to focusing on immediate concerns or reactions
  • Uses breath of multi-country and multi-client knowledge to equip clients and staff for more effective outcomes
  • Designs and implements project and program knowledge and services

Innovation and Change

  • Consistently seeks more effective and practical ways for the Departmental delivery of services, products, and processes
  • Proposes new ways to improve the quality and relevance of products and services
  • Includes the core benefits and reasons for change when developing comprehensive change roll out plans
  • Influences and persuades decision makers by presenting business cases supporting the proposed changes


Education Requirements

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Climate Science, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or related fields. University degree in Climate Science, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or related fields, combined with specialized knowledge and experience in climate change adaptation and risk management in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.

Relevant Experience

• Suitability to fulfill the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.• At least 10 years of relevant professional experience working with and/or in DMCs with good knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region.

• International experience working several countries.• Demonstrated understanding of climate risk management framework and its application within a development context.• Demonstrated knowledge and experience of international science and/or policy processes on climate change adaptation. • Proven analytical, conceptual and strategic thinking skills.• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.• Strong interpersonal skills.

Reporting Relationships

• Supervisor: Director, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division• The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent: – Administrative Staff – National Staff

We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive and respectful work environment. Women are especially encouraged to apply.