E T Consultant
Job #: req17647
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Closing Date: 6/3/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2021, IFC committed a record $31.5 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
The Gender and Sustainability Solutions Department (CEG) includes approximately 300 staff and consultants. CEG supports IFC’s investment, advisory and upstream departments to manage ESG risks associated with their activities and find solutions to client issues on the basis of our Environmental and Social (E&S) Performance Standards (www.ifc.org/performancestandards) and the Corporate Governance Methodology (www.ifc.org/corporategovernance). CEG further leverages this expertise and operational experience in emerging markets to encourage the effective adoption of these standards by companies and investors across emerging markets. More details can be found at www.ifc.org/sustainability.
The WBG has committed to achieve 85% Paris Alignment (PA) by 2023 and 100% by 2025. As part of this commitment, IFC has developed a Paris Alignment Implementation Plan (August 2021) laying out the approach and responsibilities for this work. To support these efforts, CEG is putting in place a process to integrate climate E&S risk assessments into sectors and projects for which further technical expertise is sought.
CEG is seeking a senior level Climate E&S Risk Extended Term Consultant (ETC) to support integration of PA into projects through providing technical expertise and leadership on E&S climate risk assessment, mitigation and adaptability. The objective of this assignment is also to support awareness-raising and capacity building of CEG members, including mentoring to more junior staff, on this topic.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The senior climate E&S risk consultant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:
• Advise and report to CEG’s Global Support Team leadership on advancing the climate E&S risk assessment program
• Support in developing and rolling out the climate E&S risk management program and the relevant risk evaluation tools within the CEG department
• Coordinate and provide guidance to the climate risk consultants (CRCs) to support regional teams on due diligence of IFC’s proposed investments with respect to climate E&S risk assessment and management including:
o Screening projects for climate E&S risks
o Gathering and analyzing available information
o Advising the project lead E&S specialist in the identification and proposition of appropriate mitigation measures for identified climate E&S risks and impacts
o Producing high-quality work products that clearly and logically frame climate E&S risk and relevant mitigation
o Identifying opportunities for value add in project structure, by providing IFC’s E&S specialists, investment staff and clients guidance in integrating climate risk into E&S Management Systems to ensure compliance with IFC’s PSs.
• Liaise with the Climate Business department (CBD) and the industry departments for all the CEG-relevant activities related to Paris Alignment Implementation Plan.
• Liaise with regional E&S teams and track and report on portfolio-wide client performance regarding climate E&S risk management.
• Contribute to the design and delivery of learning programs and guidance material on climate risk to E&S specialists. This may include gathering information from external sources on best practices, evolving trends and challenges, and emerging players that can be used to create new knowledge and learning products.
• Consolidate and analyze lessons learned during project implementation.
• An academic degree relevant to the position in engineering or sciences. A climate change / climate risk management degree or specialization will be highly advantageous.
• A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, including proven relevant climate change / climate risk management experience.
• Knowledge of IFC’s Sustainability Framework and supporting documents such as Guidance Notes, EHS Guidelines, and other IFC publications on sustainability a plus.
• Strong project management skills.
• Strong research and analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse related data and information. Attention to detail a must.
• Strong organizational skills, with ability to prioritize and deal with frequent and unexpected and work within tight timeframes.
• Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
• Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English is essential. Other language skills a plus.
• Good team player with strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, work effectively in and influence a team, and network effectively across boundaries.