Job Vacancies The World Bank
Job Title Senior Climate Change Specialist
Job Family Environment
Job # 110178
Location Washington, DC
Appointment International Hire
Closing Date: Saturday, 26 February 2011
Language Requirements English [Essential]
Background / General description
*** This is a 2-year coterminous Term appointment. Please note that an Open-Ended staff member, if selected, may retain his/her Open-Ended status so long as there is a re-entry guarantee from the releasing department. Otherwise, the appointment will be changed to coterminous upon transfer ***. For your information, an appointment is coterminous if it is 100 percent funded from sources other than the Bank Group’s administrative budget. After one year, the Bank Group may terminate a coterminous appointment if the funding source terminates or reduces the funding for the position. Coterminous service does not count toward the maximum length of a Term appointment. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), a multilateral financial mechanism established in 1991. It provides grants to developing countries for projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. Since its inception as a pilot facility in 1991, GEF has committed $9 billion in grants to over 2,100 projects in more than 160 developing countries and transitional economies. Resources for the GEF Trust Fund, which finances the GEF’s programs and projects, are replenished every four year. Available funding for GEF activities in the period 2010 to 2014 is $4.25 billion (fifth replenishment period). The GEF is open to universal membership, and currently 181 countries are members. It is governed by a Council comprising 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries. An Assembly of all member countries meets every four years at the ministerial level. The GEF is the designated financial mechanism for three international environmental conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. GEF is also a designated financial mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Ten agencies are principally accountable for the execution of GEF projects: the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank (IBRD/IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The GEF Secretariat, construed for administrative purposes as a VPU within the World Bank, has a staff complement of professional and ACS staff of approximately 75. The GEF Secretariat is structured into four teams: Climate and Chemicals, Natural Resources, External Affairs, and Operations and Business Strategy. Each team is led by a team leader, who is accountable to the CEO.
Duties and Accountabilities
1. Lead the development and implementation of the Climate Change Mitigation investment portfolio at the GEF including development of GEF programs, polices and priorities for climate, energy, transport, and land-use and land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) operations.
2. Lead the Climate Change Mitigation Task Force and provide guidance and advice to GEF Agencies, country interlocutors, and other cooperators and contractors.
3. Manage reviews and evaluations of climate change mitigation projects according to GEF business practices. Provide guidance and advice on potential climate change mitigation investments including development, execution and monitoring of the overall portfolio.
4. Manage GEF human, technical and financial resource in accordance with GEF business practices. Serve as Task Team Leader and administer GEF contracts according to operational procedures.
5. Prepare high quality major reports, deliver persuasive oral presentations, and effectively communicate with GEF cooperators and stakeholders.
6. Establish and maintain a productive dialogue and positive relationships with key stakeholders. Represent the GEF at a senior level in international policy, political, scientific, technical and operational forums.
7. Undertake other duties as assigned.
1. Advanced degree in engineering, science, economics, environmental studies, or other field related to energy systems and at least 8 years of relevant experience.
2. Deep knowledge and internationally recognized expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation systems, LULUCF, technology transfer and other dimensions of climate change mitigation. Broad understanding of the practical, scientific, economic, social, and political dimensions of climate change policy, and broad state-of-the-art knowledge of sector issues as they relate to the these problems.
3. Extensive international experience in the field of climate change, technology transfer. energy systems, and LULUCF with at least 4 years of successful experience in complex project operations. Experience in developing countries and in dealing with a range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, scientific and technical bodies, developing country counterparts, and NGOs would be an advantage.
4. Ability to think analytically, strategically, and programmatically is required. Demonstrated small group or team leadership skills is highly desirable.
5. A demonstrated track record in excellent in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of French, Spanish or other UN language would also be an advantage.
6. Ability to work collegially in a multi-cultural team environment in an openly communicative way. Ability to motivate staff, stakeholders and cooperators to achieve GEF goals is highly desirable.
7. An understanding of GEF business practices, policies and operations is essential.
A distinguished track record of managing human, technical and financial resources is very important.
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