Fund Associate, NDC Partnership

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

The Climate Action Enhancement Package (abbreviated CAEP, pronounced “cap”) is a new offering of the NDC Partnership designed to deliver targeted, fast-track support to countries to enhance the quality, increase the ambition, and implement nationally determined contributions (or NDCs).

The CAEP is designed to catalyze transformational change towards resilient, sustainable, and low-emission development, supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement for member countries of the NDC Partnership.

The CAEP assists developing countries in achieving two overarching objectives:

  1. Enhance NDCs, including by raising ambition, as part of the Paris Agreement’s NDC update process;
  2. Fast-track implementation of NDCs, including by providing in-country technical expertise and capacity building.

The CAEP will allow beneficiary countries to submit updated NDCs to the UNFCCC by 2020 as well as accelerate NDC implementation.

CAEP will deliver support to countries through existing support programs from its institutional and associate members and through a dedicated Technical Assistance Fund that will deploy financing in cases where existing support is not enough to meet needs identified by countries. The Technical Assistance Fund is a pooled funding mechanism with contributions from multiple development partners which will allocate resources to institutional and associate members of the Partnership to respond to NDC updating and implementation requests.

Job Summary

NDC Partnership Support Unit seeks to hire a Fund Specialist who will be supporting end-to end process of CAEP. The Specialist will be an integral part of CAEP team and will support the work of other directors for Country Engagement and Knowledge. You will report to the Deputy Director of Governance, Communications and Special Initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the elaboration of methodology for Calls for Requests for Proposals, develop and strengthen screening criteria for all applications
  • Execute Calls for Requests for Proposals and all relevant activities, from pre-calls to submission of requests for support to of requests
  • Support screening of requests from countries submitted through CAEP’s open Call for Requests for Proposals, ensure minimum compliance, based on agreed methodology
  • Organize regular coordination calls with implementing partners and member countries requesting support ensuring all queries and follow ups are responded to/implemented
  • Prepare all background materials for the design of Terms of Reference for eligible requests ensuring clear division of labor amongst the implementing partners
  • Support consolidation of all responses from institutional and associate members who express interest to provide support
  • Support the preparation of Term Sheets for every request, providing robust justification and comment for approval/rejection
  • Maintain relationships with external partners and country focal points during the Calls for Requests for Proposals cycles
  • Respond to issues affecting the delivery of the CAEP portfolio. Specific tasks include (1) responding to queries from partners in a timely fashion (2) identifying risks that can impact on delivery and developing solutions with the Senior Management of the Support Unit, (3) coordinating with implementing partners –on a regular basis
  • Support the preparation of all background notes for the Steering Committee, ensuring all decisions regarding requests are sufficiently documented and communicated.
  • Conduct additional operational tasks assigned by the Team Leader.

Job Qualifications

  • Five+ years of relevant, full time experience in the field of international development, including in an area such as grant-making, project management, monitoring and evaluation, development finance or policy, or program implementation, and operational activities of development institutions
  • Master’s degree required (or bachelor's degree with two additional years of relevant experience)
  • Professional experience working in the developing world; experience working in the field a plus, including overseeing programs
  • Advanced degree in policy or public administration, economics, international development, business, finance or similarly relevant field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an aptitude for relationship building
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview

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