Lead Climate Adaptation Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 July 2018

Job Description

Job Purpose:

To lead and coordinate IDB’s activities related to climate change adaptation and ensure proper design and effective implementation of climate change adaptation and resilience activities (projects, knowledge reports, capacity building activities, etc.) Moreover, the jobholder provides relevant expert level advisory, guidance and tools to the hubs, provides enough guidance to assess the technical viability of projects and ensures high quality by applying appropriate quality standards during the projects’ identification, design and appraisal. Furthermore, the role coordinates the work and reviews the deliverables of less experienced team members

Key Accountabilities (not exhaustive list):

Strategic, Operational Planning

  • Actively contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Bank’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Lead, various Communities of Practice (CoP) in different sectors with regards to climate resilience, which entails providing intellectual leadership on positioning the Global Practice (GP) internally and externally in various sectors in relation to climate adaptation and resilience.
  • Lead the development of business plans, analysis and other products related to climate adaptation and resilience within the climate change division and with other Global Practices in the Vice Presidency Country Programs Complex.
  • Contributing to GPs work on climate change; identifying staff and learning needs and setting competencies and standards for their global, region and country-specific solution areas.
  • Lead delivery on selected global engagement products on climate adaptation and resilience, and when needed, directly lead and participate in country dialogues and deliverables (such as NDC support, NAPs, NAPAs, etc.), in addition to capacity building workshops in member countries.
  • Track external issues and processes relevant to best practices on climate resilience and adaptation metrics in various sectors: Keep abreast of external developments and provide technical support to management on engagement in key external processes on issues of climate change and sustainability. This includes but not limited to IDB partnership with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), other specialized UN agencies on agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), multilateral development banks, bilateral finance institutions, etc.

Finance and accounting

  • Lead the IDB engagement with other MDBs on a harmonized approach/methodology for climate adaptation and climate risk screening for various sectors. With support from the division and regional focal points, ensure the implementation of the best practices in terms of climate adaptation and resilience measures in projects in different sectors. In addition, develop operational guidance notes for project teams to incorporate appropriate adaptation and resilience measures in their projects.
  • Support the development and implementation of climate screening tools for different GPs and regional hubs. With the Global Practice and Task Managers in the Regional hubs, ensure that all bank project portfolio goes through adequate climate risk screening and proofing.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with others leading work on sustainability and climate change within the IDB, academia, MDBs and other key partners on relevant research/ analysis, events and outreach.

Strategic Partnership

  • Liaise with international climate finance institutions, such as Climate Investment Funds (CIF), Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund (GCF) and coordinate fundraising for relevant IDB climate change projects. In addition, prepare approach papers, reports and statements on the rationale and activities to be supported by donor funds.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Lead forums for knowledge generation, exchange and dissemination on issues of sustainability and climate change adaptation and resilience across the bank functions (with relevant GPs and regional hubs).
  • Lead knowledge generation and advisory on climate change resilience and adaptation with external stakeholders of relevance to IDB’s climate action including, but not limited to, member country agencies, IFIs, think tanks, and consultants.
Job Requirements:

Academic qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Climate Change/Environmental Studies / Economics/ Engineering/ Agriculture or any other related field
  • PhD preferred


  • English (Mandatory)
  • Arabic (Preferred)
  • French (Preferred)

Minimum number of years and nature of experience

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in large-scale environmental and climate change projects and programs.
  • At least 6 years of experience working on development operations and climate advisory services work in a developing country context;
  • At least 6 years of experience on climate change adaptation and resilience including work on climate risk screening tools.
  • Experience with climate resilience metrics, and the development of climate adaptation measures.
  • Sound knowledge of international climate negotiations (Conference of the Parties), policy and the current state of best practice among International Finance Institutions and the UN organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead or contribute to high-level analytical work and policy dialogue in IDB member countries;

Job specific competencies

  • MS Office
  • Communication effectiveness (oral and written)
  • Planning & organizing / project management skills
  • Drive for results
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Passion for excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Environment/Climate/Carbon Finance

About the Organization

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is a Multilateral Development Bank established in 1973 with the purpose of fostering economic development and social progress of its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in accordance with the principles of Islamic Finance. The IDB remains amongst the most highly-rated MDBs and the highest in the Muslim World. The ‘AAA’ rating enhances the Bank’s financial capacity to fulfil its development mandate and play a leading role in the development of the Islamic Finance Industry.

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