Principal Climate Change Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Manila, Philippines 🇵🇭


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in the region. ADB’s main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

ADB only hires nationals of its 67 member countries.

The position is assigned in the PAOD Division which is responsible for providing leadership to the Pacific Department.

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Job Purpose

The Principal Climate Change Specialist will serve as the focal point for climate change and disaster risk management operations in the Pacific Department (PARD). Lead the identification and conceptualization of opportunities for promoting climate-resilient development and supporting disaster risk finance, preparedness and management in Pacific Developing Member Countries (DMCs). Raise the effectiveness and efficiency of ADB’s operations relating to climate change and disaster risk management in the Pacific by assessing economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of different project alternatives as well as financing modalities. Provide technical advice to project officers and country team leaders on how climate change and disaster risks can be addressed in projects and sector development plans. The position will be based in PAOD and will report to the Director General/Deputy Director General, PARD. The incumbent will supervise other climate change specialists and administrative staff.


  • Monitor and report on PARD climate financing, and ensuring consistency with the climate financing tracking framework as agreed with other MDBs and financing institutions.
  • Coordinate PARD’s engagement with the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), the Green Climate Fund and the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) and other partners on mobilizing resources and technical support for climate change and disaster risk management in the Pacific.
  • Develop partnerships with multilateral and bilateral institutions and the private sector for Pacific DMCs to access financing for climate change and disaster risk management projects.
  • Lead the development and quality enhancement of loans, technical assistance (TAs) activities, and non-lending products and services in sectors relating to climate change and disaster risk management.
  • Work within a framework of broad policies, principles and goals, applying a high degree of autonomy in selection of work methods.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in Economics, Finance, Environmental Economics, Energy/Environmental Policy or other related specialized fields. University degree in Economics, Environmental Economics, Energy/Environmental Policy, combined with specialized knowledge and experience in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • At least 12 years of relevant professional experience with a minimum of 5 years’ experience at senior levels in climate change and/or disaster risk management, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate change policy, climate finance and project development work.
  • Credible expert in field of expertise with recognized ability to lead projects and to share relevant knowledge to benefit PARD staff and the broader ADB community.
  • Experience in applying expertise in an international setting within the in both research (academia/research institutes) and private sector.
  • Experience working in developing countries.
  • Significant expertise within a specific area of ADB’s operations (economic, sector or thematic), or breadth across multiple areas with in-depth knowledge within one area.
  • Project processing and project administration experience preferred.
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills to articulate and represent ADB’s activities and interact effectively with ADB management, staff, and counterparts in other institutions.
  • Able to perform effectively as a mission leader or team lead, exercising supervision, coordination, and planning responsibilities over multi-disciplinary team/unit.
  • Able to mentor team members, providing guidance and advice on project or technical-related matters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5 – 6.

General Considerations

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.