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Climate Finance Consultant

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Banking and Finance
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-01

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background, and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment promotes integration of innovative approaches in the activities of the Organization, for the sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture. OCB assists FAO Members in their responses towards the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and other natural resources. It provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment. The Office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to UNFCCC, CBD and topics on bioenergy as well as on Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems, ecosystem restoration and green and climate resilient agriculture.

Guided by its new Climate Change Strategy, FAO is scaling up support to developing countries to transition toward sustainable and climate-smart patterns of agricultural development. Such a transition is vital to FAO’s efforts to achieve food security and nutrition for all, and can play an important role in broader international efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In this context, FAO Member States have emphasized the need to scale up public and private investment in climate action. FAO is responding through a variety of avenues, including by prioritizing the development of a project portfolio with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

FAO has established a GCF Team within the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB-GCF Team) to coordinate the development and management of the GCF portfolio. The OCB-GCF Team works in close collaboration with FAO Decentralized Offices and technical staff to identify, develop and deliver high-quality climate investment projects that respond to countries’ priorities as defined in their national climate and sectoral policies and that deliver the type of transformational change sought by the GCF.

The GCF is the largest international climate fund and a critical element of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GCF is mandated to support developing countries raise and realize their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ambitions towards low-emissions climate-resilient pathways. There is growing international recognition that the sectors relevant to FAO mandate (including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other land use sectors) play a central role in responding to climate change, as these sectors are among the foremost priorities in the NDCs submitted by countries under the UNFCCC. FAO, as accredited agency of the GCF, has an important role to play in supporting its Member States to access and utilize GCF resources, as evidenced by the growing number of requests from government counterparts.

Call purpose

The purpose of this call is to provide FAO’s Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) with a roster of qualified candidates who can provide support and guidance during the formulation and implementation processes of GCF projects and programs as indicated below.

Reporting Lines

The Climate Finance Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the GCF Team Leader at OCB. The consultant will work in close collaboration with project formulation and implementation teams, other OCB teams, FAO’s Offices and Streams, and the FAO Representation as well as the relevant FAO regional and sub-regional offices, concerned with the GCF projects and programs.

Technical Focus

Provision of support for FAO’s development of a GCF project portfolio, in particular leading quality assurance support to ensure adherence to GCF requirements and standards.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will engage in the following areas of work, which are not limited to:

Support development of GCF project ideas, concept notes and project proposals, working closely with other relevant FAO staff involved and providing systematic assessment of proposals vis a vis GCF requirements and suggesting revisions to enhance their quality
Coordinate the quality documentation in preparation for proposal submission and for reporting requirements of the approved projects along with GCF and FAO project cycles
Provide guidance on key sources of information and tools for project teams when developing their GCF projects and programs
Develop guidance notes on specific topics as needed for FAO GCF intervention
Review GCF policy documents
Contribute to the updating of GCF related capacity development materials for FAO internal use and for countries and partners, and participate in delivering GCF related trainings
Monitor FAO GCF project pipeline, tracking key metrics and progress on project development
Execute funding liaison functions during formulation and implementation of assigned Funding Proposals and Readiness approved
Participate in country missions for formulation and implementation support of GCF projects


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in environmental, agricultural, policy, or social sciences, natural resource management, economics, engineering or a related appropriate field
One to four years (for CAT C), at least five years (for CAT B) and at least 15 years (for CAT A) of relevant experience in the review, design, formulation, implementation and evaluation of climate finance projects and programmes as well as
in climate change for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sectors and others related to FAO mandate

Working knowledge of English and French and/or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two, or of Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for consultants); working knowledge of English (for PSA)

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in working in multidisciplinary teams with cultural diversity
Extent and relevance of experience in the GCF or other multi-lateral environmental funds

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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