Senior Climate Change Specialist, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Organization: Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Country: Saudi Arabia

City: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Office: ISDB Jeddah

Closing date: Tuesday, 3 November 2020

IDB2500 - Senior Climate Change Specialist

Business Unit: Country Programs Complex

Division: Not Applicable

Department: Resilience and Social Development Department

Contract type: Conditional Regular (Indefinite) Employment

Country: Saudi Arabia

Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah

Closing date: 03-Nov-2020

Role Purpose:

To provide advanced level technical and professional expertise in defining and coordinating the IsDB’s Climate Mitigation action and support the Bank to enhance the quality and impact of its adaptation and climate resilient projects and programs. Participate as a team member in the preparation and appraisal of projects and carry out needed GHG accounting for the relevant activities while ensuring incorporation of necessary climate resilience components as appropriate and improve projects sustainability and quality at entry in the relevant sector.

Key Accountabilities (not exhaustive list):

Strategic and Operational Planning and Implementation:

Co-lead various Communities of Practice (CoP) in different sectors with regards to climate mitigation, which entails providing intellectual leadership on positioning the Global Practice (GP) internally and externally in various sectors in relation to climate mitigation.

Take part in project appraisal, design as well as processing and approval process as team member along with relevant regional hub. Lead provision of input on climate change aspects (including climate risk screening and co-benefits identification).

Take part in MCPS formulation with relevant departments at HQ and Regional Hub.

Participate in the development of strategic plans, analytics and other products related to climate mitigation within the climate change division and with other Global Practices in Country Programs Complex.

Contribute to GPs work on climate change, identifying staff and learning needs and setting competencies and standards for their global, regional and country-specific solution areas.

Lead delivery of selected global engagement products on Climate Mitigation, and when needed, directly lead and participate in country dialogues and deliverables (such as NDC support, NAPs, NAMAs, etc.), in addition to capacity building workshops in Member Countries.

Climate Finance and Accounting:

Engage with other MDBs on a harmonized approach/methodology for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting for various sectors. With support from the division and regional focal points, roll out the implementation of the GHG accounting methodology in projects in the sector. In addition, develop operational guidance notes for project teams to account and report to the Bank progress on their CC activities.

Support the development and implementation of the climate finance target for different GPs and Regional Hubs. With the Global Practice and Task Managers in the Regional Hubs, keep track of the commitment and report to/advise the Bank on the progress in meeting the target and adjustments required in the portfolio.

Strategic Partnership:

Work, in coordination with the Climate Change unit and others, on the leading work on sustainability and climate change within the IsDB, and academia, MDBs and other key partners, outside IsDB, on the relevant research/ analysis, events and outreach.

Liaise with the international climate finance institutions, such as Climate Investment Funds (CIF), Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund (GCF) and coordinate fundraising for the relevant IsDB climate change projects. In addition, prepare approach papers, reports and statements on the rationale and activities to be supported by donor funds.

Knowledge Sharing & Innovation:

Track external issues and processes relevant to the best practices in Climate Mitigation in various sectors. Keep abreast of external developments and provide technical support to management on engagement in key external processes on issues of Climate Change and Sustainability. This includes, but not limited to, IsDB partnership with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), other specialized UN agencies on agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), multilateral development banks, bilateral finance institutions.

Participate in forums for knowledge generation, exchange and dissemination on issues of sustainability and climate change across the practice internally (with relevant GPs and regional hubs) as well as in relevant external events.

Academic qualifications:

Tags climate change climate finance climate resilience climate risk communities of practice development banks fundraising green climate fund knowledge sharing project appraisal project management sdgs social development sustainable development sustainable development goals

Bachelor’s degree in Climate Change, Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Engineering or any related field.

Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in implementing climate change projects (of which 4 years are in a developing country context.

Experience working with IFIs/Development Agencies/Multilateral Development Banks preferred.


English (Mandatory)

Arabic (Preferred)

French (Preferred)

Skills & Necessary Knowledge:

Sound knowledge of international climate negotiations policy and the current best practice.

Demonstrated ability to lead or contribute to high-level analytical work and policy dialogue in IsDB Member Countries.

Planning & organizing / project management skills

Analytical thinking

Problem solving

Sound knowledge of Environment/Climate/Carbon Finance.

Report Writing skills.

Presentation Skills.

MS Office skills.