LOCATION: ISA Headquarters, Gurugram, India
DURATION: 12 months
FEE: £55,000 per annum, plus benefits
CLOSING DATE: 17:00 BST, 18 May 2020
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June 2019 aimed at promoting the development and scaling-up of solar energy within member countries common to both organisations. With 72 countries having ratified the ISA Framework Agreement as of January 2021, of which 34 are Commonwealth Member countries, there exists a significant scope for cooperative efforts.
The role of the Commonwealth Regional Climate Finance Adviser is to provide strategic and technical guidance to strengthen and support the establishment of regional institutional mechanisms and modalities for increased access to climate finance.
Furthermore, the Adviser shall devise and support the implementation of measures for mainstreaming renewable energy transition, particularly solar energy, along with climate resilient practices into regional and national plans along with the enhancement of skills and expertise of staff within key regional organisations.
This role will specifically cater to the needs of the Indo-Pacific region, supporting the advancement of government policies, projects; capacity building, readiness, accreditation and knowledge management, which facilitate enhanced climate action in member countries.
The successful candidate will support and coordinate climate finance mobilisation efforts; enhance capacity of local and regional stakeholders in the climate change space for accessing climate finance; contribute to the knowledge management pillar of Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH); and contribute to the development of policy frameworks and projects for improving inclusive and sustainable energy access including sustainable land management practices.
To be considered for this opportunity, you will need:
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Natural Resource Management, Renewable Energy, Climate Finance or any other closely related field, along with at least 8 years relevant work experience in environment and climate change
- Demonstrated understanding of issues related to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Finance
- Proven record of accomplishment on policy dialogue and cross-institutional collaboration at the highest level, including with representatives of government and non-government partners
- Ability to interact with senior government officials and a wide range of stakeholders including the private sector, and to facilitate discovery and planning processes
- Experience in developing countries strongly desired, experience in Small Island Developing States and other climate vulnerable countries will be an advantage
- Strong conceptual, synthesis and strategic thinking skills, along with excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills
Please apply by clicking the apply button below. You will need to submit a CV and a covering letter.
Please note that we are only able to accept applications from Commonwealth citizens.
About the Organization
The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth, responsible for advancing and achieving the shared goals of the association’s 54 member governments in advancing democracy, development and respect for diversity. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General who, as the Chief Executive of the organisation, is responsible and accountable for overall leadership, management and delivery.