Climate Finance Associate, Knowledge & Learning
Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible.
The Partnership aims to increase alignment, coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.
- Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.
- Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.
- Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources.
We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership. The NDC Partnership Support Unit is a staff of approximately 32 individuals, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.
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 focus areas for knowledge sharing. The Partnership’s Work Program envisages convening countries around NDC finance issues, publishing case studies and other reports, and proactively engaging with member institutions with expertise in this field.
The Climate Finance Associate, Knowledge and Learning is a new position, with the exciting opportunity to help shape the Partnership’s finance strategy. In this role, you will report directly to the Knowledge and Learning Director and will work closely with staff across the NDC Partnership Support Unit, including other finance specialists currently being recruited. In addition to the Job Responsibilities outlined below, you will have room for innovative ideas and will provide 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 position can be located in Washington, DC or Bonn, Germany.
Core Responsibilities (80%)
- Collaborate with the Head of Knowledge Services and help to identify and shape opportunities for peer exchanges on climate finance. You will organize workshops and peer-peer exchanges covering 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.
- Expand the Climate Finance Explorer tool on the NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal to present users with a more comprehensive set of climate finance opportunities, including bilateral funding opportunities. You will build-out existing fund entries by including additional information, and you will interact directly with representatives with development banks, multilateral funds, and other sources of climate finance to ensure that information is accurate and up-to-date.
- Conduct a mapping exercise of expert organizations in climate finance. This will inform the NDC Partnership’s work by identifying organizations’ areas of expertise.
Ad-Hoc Responsibilities (20%)
- Develop online and offline communication materials, 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.
- 3+ years of full-time work experience in a related field
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree required or 2 years additional relevant experience
- Technical knowledge of the climate finance field and of its main actors. Experience in a development bank or climate fund a plus
- Previous experience in climate finance, project finance, or related
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate with teams from different countries
- Capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands in a “start-up” environment
- Experience working in developing countries preferred
- Language abilities in Spanish and/or French (in addition to English) a plus
- Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach to climate and development
- US or EU work authorization required to work in Washington, DC or Bonn, Germany. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
How to Apply
A cover letter, resume, and a writing sample are required. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
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