Climate Finance Specialist, Asia
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (www.ciat.cgiar.org) is an international scientific organization working to reduce hunger and poverty and improve human health in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture. CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org), a global research partnership working with many partners for a food-secure future.
CIAT has recently launched the Asia Climate Policy Hub (CPH), which aims to support decision-makers in designing and implementing effective climate policies and strategies for the agricultural sector. It offers targeted, science-based and timely advice to key players from the public and private sectors. Countries with on-going CPH collaboration include: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bhutan, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Vietnam. Key institutional partners consist of agriculture ministries and other government agencies, private sector companies, and international organizations including the United Nations and World Bank.
As a key CPH partner, the Food and Agriculture Organization Regional Office for Asia-Pacific (FAO-RAP) recently launched a regional initiative to support South and Southeast Asia countries to develop national climate-smart agriculture (CSA) programs and/or integrate them in existing plans and programs. FAO and CPH are working together to promote CSA investments aligned with the countries’ agriculture-sector priorities under the Paris Agreement, such as their respective Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and global climate finance mechanisms.
The Climate Finance Specialist will join the Climate Policy Hub (CPH), based at the CIAT Asia regional office in Hanoi (Vietnam), and work under the supervision of the CPH leader. She/he will have overall responsibility to provide scientific expertise on channeling investments to support developing country priorities for the agriculture sector under the Paris Agreement, and on developing innovative CSA financing schemes including green bonds, carbon markets, REDD+ and payment for ecosystem services (PES).
The successful candidate will support implementation of the FAO regional project on “Addressing the 2030 Agenda on climate change and food security through climate-smart agriculture” in close consultation with the FAO-RAP Natural Resources Officer (Climate Change).
He/she will provide climate-finance expertise inputs to the wider portfolio of activities undertaken by the CPH staff (10 core members, plus 15 from CIAT Asia’s broader Climate Change team). In addition, he will work on related FAO-RAP initiatives in collaboration with technical officers supporting its Climate Change Task Group.
1. Developing capacity-strengthening strategies for climate finance within CIAT Asia and among CPH partners and stakeholders in Asia:
- Review climate finance sources and models underpinning investment support to agriculture sector priorities for NDCs, particularly innovative financing arrangements and mechanisms for agriculture-specific adaptation and mitigation measures.
- Formulate research agenda on climate finance in Asia, which could potentially expand to cover risk-transfer and insurance mechanisms.
- Prepare policy and investment briefs, analytical reports and research papers on innovative finance options for investment in agriculture adaptation and mitigation.
2. Supporting implementation and coordinating with partners for various climate finance initiatives, primarily through the regional FAO project on “Addressing the 2030 Agenda on climate change and food security through climate-smart agriculture”
- Lead preparation of guidance materials for countries to develop CSA investment strategies linked to their respective NDC priorities and global public-private climate finance mechanisms;
- Provide country-level technical support for national CSA investment strategies assessment, development of national CSA programs, and development of funding proposals/concepts for CSA investments.
3. Providing economics/finance expertise in developing proposals for large scale investment (e.g. Green Climate Fund) to adapt and reduce emissions in the agriculture and land-use sectors.
4. Develop and/or build upon existing stakeholder networks for low-carbon and resilient agriculture, as part of commitments under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
5. Represent CPH/CIAT-Asia/FAO-RAP in international and national forums on climate finance.
1. Master’s degree in finance, economics or other relevant fields.
2. Minimum 2 years of related work experience in the agriculture, finance and/or development sectors; prior engagement with climate issues is an advantage.
3. Broad knowledge on climate finance related mechanisms such as green bonds, social impact bonds, revolving loans, carbon markets and PES.
4. Prior exposure to research-oriented institutional/program work environments.
5. Highly motivated to further enhance professional capacities in climate finance and broader themes in climate adaptation and mitigation for agriculture sector.
6. Willing to travel in the region and to work under tight deadlines and flexible schedules.
7. Excellent command of English, both oral and written.
Terms of employment
The position is internationally recruited with an initial contract of up to two years, subject to a probation period of 6 months, and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources. CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. CIAT is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.
Applicants are invited to send 1) cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications and work responsibilities, and 2) detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Applications should be addressed to the CIAT Human Resources Office, attention Mr. Tomas Solis (T.Solis@cgiar.org) and to Dr. Godefroy Grosjean (G.Grosjean@cgiar.org) and should clearly indicate “Climate Finance Specialist, Asia”.
Closing date for applications: until a suitable candidate is identified.
Pre-application inquiries may be addressed to the CPH leader, Dr. Godefroy Grosjean (firstname.lastname@example.org). We invite you to learn more about us at www.ciat.cgiar.org