The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Projects Directorate (PJ) – Environment, Climate and Social Office (ECSO), at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a:
(Senior) Gender Specialist
This is a fulltime position at grade 5/6
The role is related to the Green Climate Fund Partnership (GCF)
Appointment will be made on the basis of a fixed term contract of three 3 years
Panel interviews are anticipated for the end of September
The European Investment Bank adopted the EIB Group Gender Strategy on 13th December 2016, building upon an extensive review of and alignment with relevant EU legislation and policy documentation, in particular, the EU’s Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 and the Commission's Joint Staff Working document on Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019. The Strategy, titled "Protect, Impact, Invest: The EIB Group Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment", aims at embedding gender equality and, in particular, women’s economic empowerment in the Group’s activities, covering EIB lending, blending and advisory activity both inside and outside the European Union. It will support the protection of women’s and girls’ rights, enable the EIB to increase its positive impact on gender equality, and help focus support on projects that increase the participation of women in the labour market and economy.
As the largest multilateral provider of climate finance worldwide, EIB is committing at least 25% of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon and climate-resilient growth. In 2017, the EIB became an accredited entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Under said accreditation, the EIB is expected to meaningfully apply its Strategy of Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment under relevant financing applications to the Fund, also to meet the Fund’s requirements concerning gender-related due diligence.
The Environment, Climate & Social Office (ECSO) defines the policy guiding the environmental and social performance of the Bank’s investments, including on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment matters. It further supports sectoral and investment teams in applying this policy in the environmental and social (E&S) assessment of EIB operations.
As Senior Gender Specialist, you will support the implementation the EIB’s gender strategy as well as its future development. You will and support the Bank to enhance the gender-related quality and impact of its activities. In addition to the areas of activity outlined below, you may be called upon to support other relevant ECSO activities, as needed, in agreement with the Head of ECSO.
Joining the current gender specialists in ECSO’s Social Development team, you will report to the Head of Environmental, Climate and Social Policy/ Head of ECSO. You will work under the supervision of the Lead Gender Specialist and in close contact with the other ECSO colleagues, other parts of the Projects Directorate (PJ) as well as with other Directorates, in particular the Operations and the General Secretariat Directorates. Within this role you will liaise as appropriate with ECSO colleagues from all work streams, as well as relevant sector experts, to ensure that synergies are well-captured in the implementation of the Gender Strategy. This is also in line with ECSO’s vision to work in an integrated and holistic manner and use the synergies within the ECSO team whenever possible, e.g. in identifying linkages between the implementation of the Gender Strategy and the Bank’s climate action commitments, biodiversity; conflict-sensitivity; and secure land rights, among others.
- Actively contribute to the implementation of the Bank’s Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
- Provide specialist advice on gendered E&S due diligence and other gender-impact driven business of the Bank pertaining to individual projects or programmes throughout the project cycle, as needed.
- Provide support in the translation of global and regional developments in the gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) agenda, including on gender-lens investing and other financing/blending mechanisms, into EIB’s strategic planning and activities – including by supporting the development of new lines of business, financial instruments and advisory services. To this end, the Specialist will be guided by the Gender Action Plan and, more widely, the implementation of its Strategy.
- Support the development of approaches to promoting GEWE by the Bank’s regional/country teams, as relevant, incl. exploring opportunities to maximize synergies between gender, climate action, green/circular economy, Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF)/CPIC (Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation), disaster risk reduction, poverty, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- In coordination with the Head of ECSO, and ECSO colleagues, as relevant, liaise with other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), Development Financial Institutions (DFIs), European Commission, OECD, UN Women, civil society, etc.
- Produce briefings for EIB’s management on the Bank’s approach to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
- Actively participate as speaker in ECSO’s training and awareness raising programme.
- Actively participate as speaker in external events of relevance for the EIB’s gender equality action.
Specifically on Gender and Climate Action
- Lead work on the emerging EIB flagship initiative on Gender and Climate Action, providing critical content and managing relevant consultancy resources in the process – in close coordination with ECSO’s climate team and relevant colleagues from other Divisions and Directorates.
- Provide EIB senior management with up-to-date information and guidance on conceptual/policy and global/regional trends on Gender and Climate Change and their strategic implications to guide current and future climate action financing by the Bank, in the context of multilateral negotiations/discussions on Gender and Climate Change, including those associated with the UNFCC.
- Map out the gender equality and climate change partnership landscape to ensure optimal strategic partnerships for the EIB.
- Provide related substantive technical-, policy-, and capacity building support to EIB teams in terms of gender and climate change-related resources and advise on the availability and potential-holding use of different climate financing mechanisms and/or mandates.
- Advise and assist on linkages with existing regional and national gender equality and climate change resilience commitments and projects, incl. the sustainable energy and women’s economic empowerment angle.
- Provide support to EIB teams working on the financing and implementation of Gender and Climate Change operations, including those related to adaptation and mitigation (e.g. in renewable / sustainable energy and climate smart livelihoods).
- Support the technical preparation of applications for financing under the EIB’s GCF accreditation, incl. under GEEREF NeXT (successor of GEEREF).
- Oversee knowledge building and sharing on Gender and Climate Change. Research, develop and present briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on Gender and Climate Change.
- Promote the use and improvement of knowledge management mechanisms to share information about gender and climate change related initiatives by the EIB.
- Critically advise on the establishment and maintenance of strategic partnerships with other DFIs, donors, NGOs, the private sector, scientific institutions etc.to support the development of gender equality and climate change strategies and initiatives.
- Liaise with donors and the international climate finance institutions, such as the GCF, in order to consolidate the EIB’s role as a credible international actor in the gender-and-climate-action domain.
- Master’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required. Practical experience with gender action projects would be an advantage.
- Minimum 8 years professional experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment policies and operations.
- Experience with project level gender analysis/impact assessments and gender-enhanced E&S due diligence.
- Technical experience in Gender and Climate Change, whether at the policy or the operational/investment front.
- Sound knowledge of international gender equality and women’s empowerment policy and the current state of best practice among International Finance Institutions, the private sector and the UN institutions.
- Knowledge of and experience in supporting gender-lens investing and key issues would be an advantage given the strong interactions with the Operations team.
- Excellent programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills, excellent knowledge of results based management.
- Previous experience in coordinating complex institutional initiatives or providing secretariat services to special initiatives would be an advantage.
- Excellent analytical skills, incl. evidence of the ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings.
- Demonstrated ability to work in inter-disciplinary contexts.
- Ability to use standard computer tools.
- Effective communication and public speaking ability, as well as networking and influencing skills. Prior experience providing training would be an advantage.
- Excellent knowledge of English or French and a reasonable command of the other, notably in terms of writing skills. Knowledge of any other EU language would be an advantage.
- Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
- Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes.
- Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively and in an inclusive manned with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
- Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules.
We are an equal opportunity employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business. As such, we promote the inclusion of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability (*).
Deadline for applications: 19th July 2018
(*). We particularly welcome applications from women and persons with disabilities.