Local recruitment: Climate Change Consultant to Elaborate an Environment and Climate Change Knowledge Database for Suriname

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Suriname 🇸🇷

Background of this search: Climate change is one of the most significant challenges for Suriname. Especially with more than 90% of its population and much of its infrastructure and human activity located along the low-lying coastal strip, Suriname is particularly vulnerable to climate change. It is expected that climate change will significantly impact the sustainability of Suriname’s economic and social well-being. For example, the occurrence of sea-level rise (1m rise by 2100), temperature increase (+0.8 to 2˚C by 2050) and changing precipitation patterns (22 to +14mm/month by 2050) is expected, hence impacting specific productive sectors like that of housing and infrastructure, agriculture, water availability, energy, agriculture, tourism, and health.

Suriname has developed legal and policy frameworks to support the government and stakeholders in addressing climate change and environment-related challenges. First, the country has developed the Five-Year National Development Plan for 2017-2021, which outlines Suriname’s development priorities. The Plan identified the utilization and protection of the environment as one of its priority pillars, and there is some consensus in Suriname on the concept of a “Green Economy.” Still, more studies and data are needed that support decision-making. The National Climate Change Policy, Strategy, and Action Plan (NCCPSAP) for Suriname (2014-2021) has identified the lack of and access to climate change data as a limitation for effective planning and decision making. Thirdly, the Environment Framework Act (S.B. 2020 no. 97) serves as the main instrument to lay down rules for the conservation, management, and protection of a healthy environment. 

The Climate Change Division at the Inter-American Development Bank supports the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment to mainstream climate change into decision making and strengthening its environmental Institutionality. The technical cooperation (TC) “Mainstreaming climate change in Sustainable Decision-Making Tools” was established to support these objectives. Component 2 of this TC aims to establish an institutional strengthening program, including developing a knowledge database system embedded in the National Institute for Environment & Development (NIMOS).

The Climate Change and Environment Knowledge Database can serve as the central platform for cluster-related data/information in Suriname. It will complement current efforts to develop the Suriname National Environmental Information Network (SMIN). The SMIN aims to produce official and formal environmental data and information for national policy and planning. The policymakers could then analyze the environment’s condition and follow trends to determine policy adjustment. They will invest in the needed capacities for better environmental management. By establishing official and uniform information and data in Suriname, the government will also develop a consistent reporting process.

The Climate Change Division is looking for a natural resources/environmental management professional with background in climate change and environmental policy planning and reporting.

The team’s mission: The Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector advises management on said topics and develops overall Bank policies, strategies, operational guidelines and programs in these areas. It is also responsible for conducting relevant sector research, analytical work, best sector practices, case studies on climate change and sustainability and provides specialized technical sector support to climate change and sustainability-related operations and activities.

What you’ll do:  This consultancy’s objective is to contribute to the creation of a Climate Change and Environment Knowledge Database in Suriname. The consultant shall work closely with the IDB,  NIMOS and the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment to obtain and analyze the required information to develop the Climate Change and Environment Knowledge Database. The development of the Database should build up from current efforts in the context of the SMIN. Particular attention should be given to the data gathering protocols and workflows that will ensure the adequate inflow of data/information from the several institutions that comprise the SMIN. The consultant should also provide inputs regarding the IT infrastructure (i.e., cloud space) and technical aspects required to manage the Database. 

The main activities of this consultancy include:

  • Research international best practices and gather examples in climate change and environment knowledge databases, especially in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, which will serve as input for the respective deliverables.
  • Research the current state of development of the SMIN to determine gaps and opportunities in the development of the knowledge database, to create a diagnosis.
  • Create a typology of data required to report to the main international climate change and environmental agreements. A particular focus should be given to the NDC and the National Communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • Create the workflows that will guide the input of information to the database.
  • Create and pilot the data/information submission protocol to cluster information from the institutions comprising the SMIN.
  • Pthe required information technology (IT) digital infrastructure (i.e., cloud space) to accommodate the database, which includes (and is not limited to) data entry, data retrieval, database management, and user-access management (based on the role of the user) as needed for a year.
  • Propose and formalize relations between members of the SMIN to ensure the functioning of the database.
  • Carry out training sessions with stakeholders to improve the capacities on the knowledge database and strengthen the platform’s functioning capabilities.
  • Prepare a report to NIMOS, the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment, and the IDB about the consultancy’s progress and final products. Particular emphasis should be given to the main findings and the recommendations to manage the knowledge database.

Deliverables and Payments timeline:

  • Product 1: A work plan detailing activities, milestones and methodology to carry out all activities.
  • Product 2: A diagnostic report outlining the international best practices in developing a knowledge database (an activity I) and identifying gaps and opportunities to improve the current efforts in the context of the SMIN (activity II).
  • Product 3: A report detailing the data/information typology (activity III) workflows (activity IV), and clustering protocol (activity V). The report should also include the required IT digital infrastructure (i.e., cloud space) to accommodate Database, including costs and providers in Suriname (activity VI).
  • Product 4: A report on the establishment and formalization of relations between members of the SMIN (activity VII) and of the final stakeholder capacity strengthening workshops, which should contain at minimum (activity VIII):
  • The (PowerPoint) presentations or handouts used.
  • List of attendees (not handwritten copies).
  • A list of the comments and feedback on the draft technical report and how these have been addressed in the report.
  • Product 5: A final report consolidating all the consultancy products and including the main findings and recommendations to manage the Database (activity IX).
DeliverableDeadlinePayment Percentage
Product 10.5 months after signing the contract.10%
Product 22 months after signing the contract.20%
Product 36 months after signing the contract.30%
Product 47 months after signing the contract.20%
Product 59 months after signing the contract.20%

The acceptance of deliverables must be given by the IDB when all comments received during the revision process are included in the submitted reports. Upon approval, the IDB will disburse payments.

What you’ll need:

  • Citizenship: You are either a citizen of Suriname or a citizen of one of our 48-member countries with residency or legal permit to work in Suriname.
  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.
  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in computer science, programming, or data science, with fifteen years of work experience in databases, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge and experience on climate change and environmental policy is a plus.
  • Experience: At least fifteen years of demonstrated professional experience in climate change and environmental policy planning and reporting associated with knowledge management will be required. The consultant should have advanced knowledge and experience working in Suriname and a good understanding of environmental governance in the country.
  • Languages: Advanced level of English and good handling of Dutch.

Core and Technical Competencies: Client focused, team player, great communication skills, understanding of the climate change governance in Suriname and advanced level of knowledge of Suriname.

Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract and modality: Products and External Services consultant (PEC).
  • Length of contract: Nine months.
  • Starting date: August 2021.
  • Location: Paramaribo, Suriname.
  • Responsible person: Climate Change Senior Specialist CSD/CCS.
  • Requirements:You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.  

“Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service.”

Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.

About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.Additional Information

  • External Opening Date: Jul 21, 2021
  • External Closing Date: Aug 12, 2021
  • External Contact Email: [email protected]
  • External Contact Name: HR Service Center
  • Job Field: Technical Support