Climate Finance Specialist , Budapest, Hungary

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest, Hungary

Office: FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Closing date: Thursday, 25 February 2021


Climate Finance Specialist

Job Posting: 15/Feb/2021

Closure Date: 25/Feb/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : REU

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Hungary-Budapest

Duration : Up to 11 Months depending on candidate selected.

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

The FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) in collaboration with the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (CBC) and other FAO divisions assists member countries in policy development, planning and response regarding challenge of climate change. One of the key areas of work is providing support and accelerating countries‘ capacities to access climate finance and share best practices among the countries.

Climate finance refers to local, national or transnational financingdrawn from public, private and alternative sources of financingthat seeks to support mitigation and adaptation actions that will address climate change. Climate financing mechanisms such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Green Climate Fund (GCF), Adaptation Fund (AF) and other bilateral and multilateral climate funds have been established specifically to assist countries to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

FAO is an accredited agency for GEF, GCF and AF. Partnership with GEF exists since more than two decades and its work programme support countries in their efforts to address environmental degradation and poverty. Since 2016 FAO is an accredited entity with GCF with focus on assisting countries in access GCF grants as well as preparing Readiness and Preparatory Support Programmes. Starting in 2020 FAO became a Multilateral Implementing Entity for the AF to develop and implement climate adaptation projects.

There is growing international recognition that the agricultural sectors will play a central role in responding to climate change, as these sectors are among the foremost priorities in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by countries under the UNFCCC. FAO has an important role to play in supporting its Member States to access and utilize climate finance, as evidenced by the growing number of requests from government counterparts

The purpose of this call is to provide REU with a list of qualified candidates which can support its work on climate finance in the region and support member countries in project formulation and implementation.

Reporting Lines

The Climate Finance Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the Regional Programme Leader for Europe and Central Asia and the direct supervision of the Delivery Manager of the Regional Initiative on managing 3 in collaboration with relevant technical officers. When activities are carried out in countries, the consultant will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional office.

Technical Focus

Supporting the development, quality control and effective implementation of FAO’s climate finance portfolio. Provide expertise and coordinate the integrating relevant technical areas required in project formulation and implementation including climate change adaptation/mitigation, disaster risk reduction and other relevant climate investment criteria.

Tasks and responsibilities

Tasks could include but are not limited to:

Provide advice on the climate finance to FAO staff, national counterparts and partners at all levels, in particular to project formulators including facilitating preparation of project concept notes, project documents and national programs

Conceptualize, and prepare training and information materials as well as conceptualizing and implementing capacity development programs related to climate finance methodologies, instruments and programmes for both FAO staff and national stakeholder

Review all types of GEF, GCF, AF and other relevant multilateral and bilateral climate funds project documentation against quality standards and consistency with national priorities (NDC, Aichi targets, others), donors and FAO requirements;
Liaise with relevant FAO and other organizations in developing project proposals or developing capacity building materials;
Participate in country missions for project formulation - from project idea to final appraisal;
Review documents to ensure appropriate quality and consistency;
Coordinate the compilation of all relevant documentation in preparation for project submission;
Maintain the REU climate finance monitoring system contribute to its improvement, ensure integration in corporate monitoring tools and liaise closely with FAO staff in FAO HQ GEF, GCF and AF focal points to ensure appropriate quality control, completeness and timeliness of proposals; and

Any other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in environmental or agricultural sciences, natural resource management, economics or a

Tags agricultural sciences biodiversity building materials capacity development central asia climate change climate change adaptation climate finance continuous improvement disaster risk disaster risk reduction environmental degradation green climate fund knowledge sharing natural resource management project formulation quality control transparency

related appropriate field.

5 years of experience on climate finance and national capacity building.

Working knowledge of English and/or French and Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two, or of Arabic, Chinese or Russian.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Working knowledge of Russian and experience in GCF would be an asset.

Familiarity with UN work

Relevant experience in the review, design, formulation, implementation and evaluation of climate change projects and programmes

Experience in formulation and/or review/appraisal of project proposals

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

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