Climate Finance Associate, NDC Partnership

Program Management Washington, DC, United States

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC or in Bonn, Germany once restrictions have lifted.

For countries to achieve the mitigation and adaptation commitments outlined in their NDCs, they need access to climate finance. For this reason, the NDC Partnership has identified finance as one of its key focus areas for country engagement and knowledge sharing. The Partnership’s Work Program envisages convening countries around NDC finance issues, publishing case studies and other reports, mobilizing technical assistance and project financing, and proactively engaging with member institutions with expertise in this field.

In this role, you will play a vital role in shaping and executing the Partnership’s upcoming new Finance Strategy. Reporting directly to the Knowledge and Learning Director, you will work closely with staff across the NDC Partnership Support Unit. In addition to the responsibilities outlined below, you will have room for innovative ideas and the opportunity to engage with climate finance stakeholders from the NDC Partnership member countries, development banks, private investors, national and multilateral climate funds, and think tanks. This is a role for a creative, entrepreneurial individual.

Job Responsibilities
Core Responsibilities (80%)

  • Project manage the development and contribute to the implementation of the Partnership’s finance strategy, working in close collaboration with Partnership Steering Committee, the Support Unit management team and the finance team
  • Lead the development of knowledge products to assess needs, gaps in support, best practices and areas to improve the access, management, and coordination of climate finance in Partnership member countries
  • Connect with colleagues from multilateral development banks, donors, private sector organizations and others engaging in mobilizing finance to build coalitions able to drive capital to our members’ climate action
  • Also build links with other organizations and networks that can enhance shared learning with the Partnership. Lead the preparation and implementation of peer exchanges among members on climate finance
  • This includes leading the work of the Partnership’s ‘Green Recovery Network’ on lessons learned from country members who are integrating NDCs into their economic recovery packages, as well as topics such as blended finance, the mobilization of private investors, the establishment of climate funds, climate finance tracking, and others
  • Identify case studies and best practices of countries that have mobilized climate finance in successful or innovative ways
  • You will work with the Head of Knowledge Products to develop these case studies, including writing, managing consultants, and reviewing drafts
  • Lead the launch and periodic update of the Climate Finance Bulletin on the NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal, to present users with a more comprehensive set of climate finance opportunities, including bilateral funding opportunities
  • Oversee the Partnership’s Climate Fund Explorer online platform, including building-out existing fund entries by including additional information
  • Work directly with representatives of development banks, multilateral funds, and other sources of climate finance to ensure that information is accurate and up-to-date
  • Supervise junior staff
Ad-hoc Responsibilities (20%)
  • Develop online and offline communication materials, draft presentations and talking points, support administrative efforts such as organizing meetings and workshops, maintain content on the NDC Partnership Knowledge Portal, and other activities relevant to the NDC Partnership Support Unit’s optimal performance
  • Engage with colleagues across the Support Unit to ensure that insights are shared effectively with and from countries
Job Qualifications
  • Minimum 5 years of full-time work experience in development finance, climate finance, project finance or related fields
  • Master’s degree required (or a Bachelor's degree with 2 years of additional relevant experience)
  • Relevant experience in developing countries will be an asset 
  • Strong knowledge of the climate finance field and of its main actors
  • Experience in a development bank or climate fund a plus
  • Proven experience in developing regional and global knowledge products, including analytical work, reports, learning platforms, and related products
  • Experience in regional or global knowledge and learning platforms and networks will be an advantage
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate with teams from different countries
  • Language abilities in Spanish and/or French (in addition to English) a plus
  • Strong project management skills
  • Capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
  • Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach to climate and development
  • Work authorization in the US or Germany required. WRI cannot provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity. 
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary: $79,000 - $106,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Program Overview
The NDC Partnership is a global coalition that works with national governments, international institutions and civil society, to fast-track climate and development action. To date, the Partnership’s membership is at 193 members and growing, including 114 countries, 43 institutions, and 36 associate members. Through the Partnership, members leverage their resources and expertise to provide countries with the tools they need to implement their NDCs in order to combat climate change and build a better future. In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people. Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate.

WRI Overview 
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