Climate Change Specialist

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Washington, DC, US


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Objectives of the IDB’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division (CSD/CCS) are to mainstream climate and sustainability across the Bank and catalyze innovative and effective use of technical cooperation and investments for low carbon and resilient transformation within the region. CSD/CCS generates ideas, knowledge, dialogues and programs to support LAC countries and private sector clients with opportunities for low-carbon, climate‑resilient development in the region. CSD/CCS carries out such activities with the support of specialized IDB staff, contractuals, and other consultants.


One of the main working areas within the Division is adaptation to climate change, which has become one of the key topics of discussion in the Climate Change International negotiations under the United Nations Framework. Along these lines, it is in the interest of IDB to respond to current needs of its clients in the region to expand available knowledge on adaptation financing mechanisms, costs and benefits of adaptation measures and better understanding the impacts climate change on key natural resources and human systems.


Moreover, activities on adaptation and resilience lead by or in which CSD/CCS participates, should contribute to and be aligned with current/under preparation Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and IDB Group climate finance goals in 2020. NDCs represent the roadmap that each country will be following for both mitigation and adaptation and as such it is of utmost importance that climate resilient activities financed by IDB contributes also toward the achievement of INDCs goals. In general terms and in collaboration with other sectors of the Bank, main objectives of the work carried out by the division on adaptation and resilience builds upon IDB’s Climate Change Strategy and recently approved Climate Change Sector Framework.


Specifically, the Bank’s target is to promote sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean by mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation actions in its operations. To this end, the following principles will guide possible Bank interventions designed with climate change considerations in mind.


Coordination with sustainable development objectives. The Bank’s interventions will be oriented towards contributing to poverty reduction and equity enhancement goals taking a long-term view consistent with climate-resilient low-carbon development, with particular emphasis on climate change adaptation.


Inter-sector and multisector coordination on various levels. Understanding that responses to tackle climate change and its effects involve various sectors and levels of government, multisector and inter-sector interventions will be promoted.

Incorporation of the climate change variable from the initial stages of the intervention. Considering the need to maximize the efficiency of resource use and to plan work strategically in critical areas for the region, climate change vulnerability and risk considerations will be taken into account, right from projects’ conceptual design, as a starting point for the identification of adaptation measures. The possibilities of contributing to low-carbon development will also be evaluated.


Promotion of financial structures that enable coordination between the public and private sectors. Recognizing the importance of the private sector in the region and its potential role as a catalyst of change and innovation towards green growth, efforts will be made to optimize its participation independently or in cooperation with the public sector on emissions abatement and climate resilience programs.


Capacity strengthening. Bearing in mind that addressing climate issues requires specific technical and institutional capacities, support will be provided to various key national and subnational actors to improve them.


The goal of the Division’s Adaptation operations is to continue supporting LAC countries to reduce identified risks and vulnerability of their priority sectors to climate variability and change and increase their adaptive capacity. This will be achieved with comprehensive programs in sectors such as water, agriculture, disaster risk management, forestry, resource management, energy, transport, health among others. Such programs will be led by sectoral Divisions with the support of CSD/CCS’s supervision as required.


Additionally, during the upcoming year, CSD/CCS will seek to create new or strengthen existing key-partnerships, within and outside IDB, to promote adaptation and resilience to climate change activities and programs in key sectors, including but not limited to the water, natural resources, transport, energy, health sectors.

Consultancy Objective

The objective of this consultancy is to support CSD/CCS in the day-to-day managerial and technical activities related to the preparation, execution and monitoring of adaptation related activities in support to countries’ requests. In addition, and as part of the climate change mainstreaming process within the Bank, this consultancy should also provide support to sectorial teams across the IDB Group in considering resilience from the initial projects’ design phase. Besides technical expertise, it will be critical that the contractual possesses demonstrable understanding of project management, as well as experience in the coordination of multi-sectorial operations and projects developed with governmental and non-governmental clients and other executing institutions.


A further general objective of this consultancy is to support the coordination between KfW Development Bank, DEG and the IDB in potential and ongoing (cross-sectoral) co-financing projects as well as in areas of common strategic interest.

Main Activities

The contractual will support the work of the Division through the following activities:

  • Coordinate and manage information flow on adaptation and climate resilience related issues with other IDB divisions and clients as well as the new private sector of the Bank (IIC).
  • Develop capacities and tools to address climate resilience and mitigation opportunities and risks in relevant IDB Group operations.
  • Support climate risk screening and the development of disaster risk assessment and climate risk reports in high risk projects.
  • Actively participate in the incorporation of climate resilience in the design, preparation, approval, and execution of operation.
  • Identify and facilitate co-financing opportunities between KfW Development Bank, DEG, IIC and IDB for climate resilience projects as well as climate resilience advisory activities in LAC; special attention will be made regarding opportunities related to insurance schemes.
  • Support the climate finance tracking of adaptation operations according to joint MDB methodology and maintain coordination with ESG climate screening process;
  • Support the development and follow-up of strategic plans and partnerships related to adaptation and resilience, and liaise with other agencies and partners under the guidance of supervisor upon guidance of the division chief;
  • Advise on technical and policy-related issues concerning adaptation and resilience and participate in missions to support other sectorial teams as part of the climate change mainstreaming mandate of the division;
  • Support in the identification and mobilization of international climate finance for adaptation, including CIF/PPCR, Green Climate Fund and other available bilateral funds such as NDF or IKI; this includes as requested and in coordination with other divisions of the Bank support in the drafting of project proposals to have access to new and additional funds for adaptation;
  • Lead and provide support in the generation of knowledge products including scientific papers, technical notes, country profiles on adaptation and stimulating knowledge sharing on the topic of adaptation and resilience with other divisions of the Bank (both public and private); this also includes contributions to the IDB website, adaptation platform, project fact sheets, country risk profiles, newsletters among other available tools.
  • Academic Degree/level and years of professional experience: Master’s degree with a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in economics or within an engineering or physical sciences discipline. At least five years of relevant work experience in project management; and least three years of experience working on adaptation and climate resilience issues.
  • Languages: Ability to read, write and speak German, Spanish and English, and other official languages of the Bank if required.
  • Skills
    • Knowledge and relevant work experience in mainstreaming climate change adaptation in sectors such as agriculture, energy, disaster risk management, health, among others.
    • Experience preparing multi-sectorial projects, ideally with international sources of climate change such as CIF, SCCF, AF or others as applicable to climate change.
    • Advanced knowledge on climate change negotiations and financial mechanisms and instruments developed under the Climate Change Convention (e.g. the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund among others). Additional knowledge of latest schemes for climate risk screenings also a plus.
  • Competencies
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, in German and English and ideally in Spanish too.
    • Proven ability to communicate complex concepts and prepare clear, concise and meaningful reports.
    • Ability to apply theory to the specific policy context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.
    • Analytic capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reports.
    • Good team player, self-starter, with the ability to work under minimum supervision and maintain good relationships.
Characteristics of the Consultancy
  • Consultancy Category and Modality: Defined Term Contractual (DTC).
  • Contract Duration: 48 months.
  • Place of work: IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. with travel to the LAC region as required.
  • Supervision: Climate Change Senior Specialist, CSD/CCS
Content and methodology of the supervision: The supervisor will provide the consultant with work assignments, coaching and technical supervision. The consultant and the Supervisor will prepare a work plan, which will include deliverables and outcomes, to be reviewed every semester. CDS/CCS supervisors will make every effort to ensure that the consultant receives progressively‑challenging assignments, in line with her/his abilities. Supervision is aimed at ensuring the candidate’s knowledge of, and substantive contribution to, operational, research and training activities.
Payment and Conditions: Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may contribute toward travel and moving expenses. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.
Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded
Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the Bank as staff members or Complementary Workforce contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.
Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.