Lead Climate Change Specialist, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Thursday, 18 February 2021

Lead Climate Change Specialist

Job #: req10721

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Sustainable Development

Grade: GH

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 2/18/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. GLOBAL PRACTICES & CROSS-CUTTING SOLUTIONS AREAS The 14 GPs are: Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation; Governance; Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment; Poverty & Equity; Education; Health, Nutrition & Population; Social Protection & Jobs; Agriculture; Energy & Extractives; Environment & Natural Resources; Social; Urban, Rural & Resilience; Transport & Digital Development; Water. The 5 CCSAs are Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict & Violence; Gender; Infrastructure, PPPs & Guarantees; Knowledge Management. The new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients so that together we can achieve the twin goals of (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030 and (2) promote shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country. REGIONAL CONTEXT: SOUTH ASIA The South Asia Region (SAR) has the largest concentration of poor people of any region, home to 2 billion people, with over 1 billion living under $2/day. It has had high growth of 6 percent average annual rate in the last 20 years, despite its poverty, conflict, and instability. The WBG is and will continue to be a key development partner in South Asia. The South Asia Region (SAR) strategy is based on three pillars promoting growth, enhancing social inclusion, and strengthening climate/environment. South Asia is home to some of the world’s countries most vulnerable to climate change and disasters. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 million people-- half of the Region’s population-- were affected by one or more climate-related disasters. Now, changing weather patterns are expected to impact directly over 800 million people by 2050 and will continue to burden South Asian countries‘ economies. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters caused by natural hazards in the Region caused damages worth $149.27 billion. World Bank estimates suggest that climate change could bring 62 million people below the extreme poverty line in the SAR by 2030, mostly caused by agricultural impacts. Hotspot areas with an overlap of extreme poverty and high vulnerability (for example, soil salinization in Bangladesh) already exist in the Region. More generally, coastal deltas in the Region are vulnerable to climate change impacts. Current trends in sea level rise could make parts of highly populated coastal areas uninhabitable in the future. On the energy side, the energy mix in the Region relies on coal; road transport is expensive, inefficient, and insufficient, and rapid urbanization continues to offer opportunities for engagement. Energy access remains a challenge in the Region’s rural areas, offering opportunities for decentralized renewables and clean cooking The South Asia Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Unit (SSACD) is a highly decentralized team of about 35 technical professionals who work on strengthening SAR’s climate and disaster resilience through enhancing early warning and disaster preparedness, rapid response to disasters in the Region, including rapid damage assessments, structuring reconstruction efforts. SSACD, in cooperation with other GPs and CMUs, leads on the design of transformative climate action for SAR. This requires partnerships with countries to mobilize additional capital for mitigation and adaptation action in identified different priority actions in different countries. The unit is leading the effort to finalize and then implement the SAR Climate Change Action Plan that will demonstrate and support robust and transformative climate action by SAR countries in the lead-up to the Glasgow Climate Conference of the Parties (CoP) in November 2021 and beyond. SSACD is the responsible unit for supporting SAR teams in achieving the climate co-benefits (CCB) targets, which are counted as the portion of project financing that delivers either mitigation or adaptation benefits to project beneficiaries. SSACD seeks a highly qualified Lead Climate Change Specialist to provide analytical and operational leadership in the context of SSACDs business-lines. The incumbent would be a global thought leader in the climate change field and would be expected to play an influential integrator role both across SSACD business lines as well as linkages to the energy, environment, rural development, carbon, and other climate finance, etc. agendas across different units. DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES: The Lead Climate Change Specialist will report to the Practice Manager, SSACD. S/he will lead the unit’s Climate Change team and will have the following responsibilities:

Taking the lead role in the overall management and development of SSACD’s climate change pipeline of activities (Loans, Grants, AAA, and TA), the achievement of the Region’s climate co-benefit targets, ensuring quality and timely delivery of the team’s activities across the South Asia region. This includes mobilization of a variety of increasingly innovative financing modalities for our clients, including CTF, Adaptation Fund, etc. and new market-based financing. Act as the focal point for the climate change agenda in SSACD and the department and contribute, jointly with staff across the department (including the economics and sectoral units) to the Region’s engagement in this area. Lead on the dissemination and implementation of the SAR Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) TTL for flagship climate change projects/activities in SAR Supporting the inclusion of climate change concerns across the Region’s portfolio by developing close and effective working relationships with other regional units within and outside of the Region Leveraging climate finance for Paris Alignment of Bank operations, including deepening engagement with other GPs to maximize the uptake of climate finance opportunities in operations; Explore and maximize synergies of different climate change initiatives across the GPs and CMUs in coordination with the Climate Change Group and Engaging with the countries in the Region in benefiting from the next generation carbon markets and supporting other GPs in leveraging the emerging carbon markets in their operations. Provide expert advice to client and counterpart organizations and Bank Management concerning national and climate change policy and operational issues. Leading the work on country dialogue and fostering and strengthening internal and external partnerships, with the central climate change units and Vice Presidency, donor countries, the public and private sector, research institutes, etc. Mentoring and providing guidance to junior staff. Working in close collaboration with the DRM team to identify opportunities to further develop the Region’s Climate Change resilience program. Knowledge management - Leading in outreach and knowledge sharing with staff in SAR and across the Bank on good practices emerging from the Climate Change Global Practice and building of Climate Change resilience.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must meet the generic criteria for international level GH

Master’s degree (or equivalent) or above in a relevant or related discipline, e.g., economics, environmental sciences, environmental economics, and other climate change-related fields such as energy, transport, urban development, water, or agriculture and a minimum at least 12 years of global relevant experience. Deep multilateral operational experience is required for example: managing complex lending programs and policy dialog as TTL and/or as technical team member across preparation and implementation or in leading the preparation and dissemination of flagship climate related analytical work. A minimum of at least 12 years relevant professional experience in institutional and policy aspects of climate change policy and management or a related technical field. Direct experience supporting a country to prepare and/or implement its climate change strategy and action plan with an emphasis on mitigation efforts and climate finance mechanisms would be a significant plus. A strong track record in trust fund grant proposal submission and management is required Proven track record in delivering and disseminating complex reports and projects with high analytical rigor, leading and working in multi-disciplinary teams. Strong team building and mentoring skills. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are essential. Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking as well as innovative approaches to climate change challenges.

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