Climate Policy Research Consultant, Climate Change Division, Inter-American Development Bank – Washington DC

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The Bank seeks a Climate policy post-doctoral research contractual to work in partnership with stakeholders across the IDB Group, Latin America and the Caribbean, and provide excellent technical support in designing, executing, procuring, monitoring and disseminating cutting-edge and relevant research to inform the design of effective and acceptable climate policies in the region.

The Bank seeks a Climate policy post-doctoral research contractual to work in partnership with stakeholders across the IDB Group, Latin America and the Caribbean, and provide excellent technical support in designing, executing, procuring, monitoring and disseminating cutting-edge and relevant research to inform the design of effective and acceptable climate policies in the region in topics including: (i) aligning power expansion plans with NDCs and the transition to zero carbon electricity; and (ii) designing long-term emission reduction pathways that avoid technology lock-ins and stranded assets.

Further work may cover topics such as managing the incidence of environmental policies on workers and consumers; and designing sustainable and robust infrastructure.

The team:

The international climate change agenda will require ambitious policy reforms. During the 21st conference of parties of the UNFCCC and through the resulting Paris Agreement, global leaders have pledged to make efforts to stabilize the increase in global temperature well below 2°C, and preferably below 1.5°C (United Nations, 2015) . These are ambitious targets: they require reaching zero net emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and drastically reduce emissions of other greenhouse gases (GHGs) before the end of the century (Fay et al., 2015; IPCC, 2014) . To implement this long-term goal, countries around the world agreed to submit Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), with plans to reduce GHG emissions domestically, and update and strengthen every five years.

Policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) need to design NDCs and evidence-based climate policies taking into account both the need for rapid and profound changes to decarbonize their economies in time, and the importance of political economy considerations in making reforms successful (Vogt-Schilb and Hallegatte, 2017) .

Even if short-term action leads to significant emission reductions, it is likely to be off-track if it misses key sectors of the economy: those, like public transportation or land use, which are more difficult to decarbonize because low-carbon alternatives are expensive and/or take long to deploy (del Rio Gonzalez, 2008; Vogt-Schilb et al., 2018) . To monitor NDC ambition and implementation in a meaningful way the most advanced countries have relied on long-term decarbonization pathways and sectoral roadmaps (Bataille et al., 2016; Elizondo et al., 2017; IEA, 2015) . However, this information is still very partial or entirely lacking for many LAC countries.

On the other hand, emission reduction policies have substantial potential to create concentrated groups, which may have the political power to block reforms (Trebilcock, 2014) : poor and middle-class households facing higher energy and food prices due to energy subsidy removal or carbon pricing; energy-intensive and trade-exposed companies losing competitiveness due to environmental regulations; powerful lobbyist and workers opposing the phase down of coal-based energy. There is value in informing climate policies with analysis of their impact on those groups, and propose options to avoid or mitigate them, and more generally align emission reduction policies with development goals.

Meanwhile, countries in LAC are vulnerable to climate change impacts. Development gaps have been identified as one of the most important drivers of vulnerability to climate change impacts (IPCC, 2014) . A key challenge for the region is the design and deployment of sustainable infrastructure that will be robust to uncertain climate change impacts.

Skills you’ll need:

Education: Master’s degree or equivalent with at least 10 years of relevant professional experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the fields of Economics, Finance, Engineering, Applied Science or Environmental Studies, or a related discipline. PhD is considered a plus.

Experience: Additionally, you should have at least 5 years of experience in modelling, research, policy analysis, energy, land use, and/or climate change. Knowledge of sector climate issues, climate change policy and institutions globally and in LAC, and/or transition to zero-carbon is appreciated.

Languages: Excellent command of English. Command of Spanish is researched. Portuguese and French a plus.

Core and Technical Competencies: (i) strong data analysis (especially socioeconomic data) and/or modelling skills as reflected in previous work; (ii) excellent written communication skills; (iii) computer programming, especially scripting (e.g., Python) skills; (iv) a demonstrated interest in emission-reduction policy; (v) ability and desire to collaborate with a team of researchers; and (vi) remote sensing, spatial data, and geographic information systems is appreciated but not required.

Opportunity Summary:

Type of contract: Consultant.

Length of contract: Thirty-six (36) months.

Starting date: May 16th, 2018.

Location: IDB Headquarters, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.

Our culture: Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.

About us: At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48 member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

Payment and Conditions: Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may contribute toward travel and moving expenses. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.

Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded

Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the IDB, IDB Invest, or MIF as staff members or Complementary Workforce contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.

Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.

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