Climate Change Specialist

The Secretariat is recruiting a Climate Change Specialist to provide support as well as leadership, as needed, to key activities managed by the Programming team. S/he is expected to have strong technical background and operational experience with projects in developing countries. S/he will support the senior members of the Programming team in coordinating the project/programme review cycle process, PPRC support, and broadly technical and policy work, including, notably project review and work related to Environmental and Social Policy and Gender Policy matters. S/he will be expected to support maintaining key partnerships and flow of information, including at UNFCCC and other relevant fora. S/he will be expected to collaborate within the Programming team as well as with other teams at the Fund, and with external stakeholders, while, at the same time, s/he will be expected to take leadership and work autonomously on specific tasks, as needed.

S/he will report to the Team Leader for Programming.

Duties and Accountabilities

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Under the coordination of the Programming team leader, and in collaboration with other staff, assist the coordination of the project/programme review cycle process, including technical review of proposals, ensuring compliance with Fund policies;
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance to the development of the safeguards policies under the Fund and their operationalization;
  • Support engagement on technical matters with Fund’s implementing entities, Board and AF’s NGO community, as well as other relevant stakeholders, collaborating closely within the Programming team, and other teams of the secretariat, as needed.
  • Provide support to the team, as needed, to enhance operations of the Fund, including improving the proposal handling processes and interface, use of relevant World Bank systems, Fund’s website.
  • Liaise with other teams, such as the Readiness team, KM team, and/or other, as needed, to support capacity building efforts, internal and external, trainings, webinars, knowledge products and other.
  • Support and undertake, as needed, the preparation of PPRC meetings and materials, Board documents (including operational guidelines, tools, reports, and other), other technical outputs, knowledge products, talking points, presentations and other materials to support the effective delivery of the Fund, jointly with the RBM team, innovation team, and other secretariat’s teams, as needed.
  • Liaise, as needed, with the RBM team, innovation team and other teams, on technical matters generally, and safeguards issues specifically.
  • Backstop the senior members of the Programming team during their periods of absence, as needed.
  • Take responsible roles, as needed, in representing the Fund and enhancing public awareness in various fora, including but not limited to, meetings convened under the UNFCCC and its subsidiary bodies, meetings of other climate funds, regional and sub-regional workshops, technical conferences and workshops, and bilateral meetings with governments, implementing agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Support, as needed, productive dialogue and positive relationships with key stakeholders, including developing country governments, climate change negotiators, national, regional and multilateral agencies involved in climate finance, think tanks and civil society.
  • Other tasks as required.

Selection Criteria

  • Possesses Master’s degree or above in international development, natural resources management, social policy, economics, environment or other field relevant to adaptation to climate change, and at least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Has substantial experience in international development, including project experience and operations, including use of environmental and social safeguards. Some field experience in developing countries is preferred.
  • Demonstrates an advanced understanding of climate change, adaptation issues and solutions, and a solid knowledge of the global discourse on climate change, including the UNFCCC process, IPCC reports and other. Demonstrates a good understanding of the relationship of adaptation or resilience to national sustainable development or economic or social development at various scales.
  • Ability to address a range of issues related to global environmental management (climate change adaptation and resilience-building would be highly desirable) and its relationship to national sustainable development.
  • Demonstrates ability to think strategically and to rapidly analyze diverse information from varied sources.
  • Some experience in engagement with and maintaining effective relations with a wide range of stakeholders (Governments, international organizations, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, developing country partners, NGOs, indigenous groups, scientific communities) would be desirable.
  • Demonstrates ability and the necessary organizational skills to take initiative, personal ownership, and accountability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, balance competing demands and achieve agreed-upon results.
  • Demonstrated political awareness and ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations internally and externally.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and editing skills; strong analytical and presentation skills; strong command of English; knowledge of other languages would be desirable, especially French and Spanish.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.


To apply, visit the World Bank Group career page. Submit your application by July 13, 2022.