Economic Advisor to Fiji (Contract)

Program Management Worldwide


WRI intends to award a consultant a one year reimbursable contract for developing financial models to support the business case for climate-related projects. This contract position can be located in Fiji or remotely. 

Scope of Work and Deliverables/Outputs
The economic advisor will support the government in:

  • Identifying low-carbon and/or climate resilient shovel ready projects for investment, building off Fiji’s available investment plans;
  • Developing financial models to support the business case for selected climate-related projects;
  • Supporting responsible ministries on greening and fine-tuning the country’s economic recovery packages to ensure alignment with the country’s sustainable development and climate change goals;
  • Supporting responsible ministries and statutory bodies to incorporate Fiji’s updated NDC into their strategic plans and policies considering the economic drawbacks and other relevant repercussions caused by the COVID pandemic; and
  • Coordinating development partner support for both COVID-19 and climate (in line with existing NDC Partnership Plans / Investment Plans where they exist).

Duties and Deliverables

The economic advisor will be responsible for working with the government to:

  • Assist in conceptualizing of project concept notes for climate projects in Fiji, building upon the Climate Finance Country Program, Fiji NDC Investment Plan, and the National Adaptation Plan.
  • Develop comprehensive financial models for selected projects.
  • Facilitate discussions with representatives of relevant local and international development organizations, banking and financial institutions and other public and private entities to gather insights and recommendations for developing the low-carbon and climate-resilient projects and guiding the country’s economic recovery
  • Periodically update the NDCP focal points and NDC Partnership Secretariat on the interventions carried out and the developments, challenges and lessons learned on the government’s implementation of its recovery
  • Prepare inputs and documentation as requested by the Focal Points in relation to the activities carried out in line with this
  • Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by the focal points and the NDC Partnership Support
  • Provide quarterly progress reports and a final synthesis report to the NDC Partnership Support Unit highlighting key interventions, exchanges and consultations, and other progress made on undertaking the duties and responsibilities in this TOR 

Consultant Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in finance, business, environmental economics, environmental management, or related fields
  • At least 10 years of experience in national or international public, or private sector institutions.
  • Experience with developing climate projects
  • Experience with conducting relevant financial analysis/modeling
  • Fluency in English

Evaluation and Selection

The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all applications submitted in response to this posting: 

  • The extent to which the applicant’s proposal fulfills WRI’s stated requirements as set out in this posting
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience with similar projects
  • Overall cost of the applicant’s proposal 

The consultant offering the best overall value will be selected. For this position, non-price aspects are considered to be more important than price. 

Compliance Requirements: WRI receives funding from a variety of sources, including governments and other non-governmental organizations. In addition to WRI’s standard contract terms, certain funder conditions may apply.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume through the WRI careers portal. 

Program Overview

The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions working to mobilize support and achieve ambitious climate goals while enhancing sustainable development. Through our Partnership, members leverage their resources and expertise to provide countries with the tools they need to implement their NDCs and combat climate change to build a better future. Hosted by WRI and the UNFCCC Secretariat, the NDC Partnership has members in all regions of the world, with staff in Washington, DC, and Bonn, Germany.

Through the special economic advisor, countries can receive the support they need to incorporate these considerations into their COVID-19 response. Fiji seeks an advisor with skills and experience in project development and financial modeling. While the entire world is facing the COVID-19 global pandemic and countries are preparing emergency response measures and stimulus packages, Fiji is looking at various options for responding to the dual climate and COVID crisis. The government seeks assistance in turning ideas into fully developed climate projects in line with the country’s NDC commitments.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

 We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

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