The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (www.ciat.cgiar.org) is an international 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.
In this context, CIAT recently launched a new initiative the Asia Climate Policy Hub (CPH), which provides socio-economic analysis supporting climate policies for agriculture. By offering targeted, science-based and timely advice to key players from the public and private sectors, the CPH supports decision-makers in designing and implementing effective climate policies and strategies for the agricultural sector. Essentially the CPH strives to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time in an effective format. The work of the CPH is steered by increased engagement with decision-making processes, which helps better anticipating demands and needs from our partners as well as developing new tools and methodologies. In Asia, CIAT supports climate change investment strategy and policy formulation in a number of countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Existing partners are diverse and include e.g. Department of Agriculture (Philippines), FAO, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Vietnam), Mondelez, UN-REDD, the World Bank.
The Climate Finance Expert will join the Climate Policy Hub (CPH). The selected candidate will work hand-in-hand with the rest of the CPH team (roughly 10 people) and the broader Climate Change Team (additional 15 people). She/He will strengthen our work aimed at providing scientific advice to develop innovative financing schemes to transform the agricultural sector including for instance green bonds, carbon markets, REDD+ and payment for ecosystem services.
- Shape a strategy for the development of climate finance capacities within CIAT Asia and develop research agenda on the topic, which could be extended to risk-transfer and insurance mechanisms.
- Develop a network of stakeholders willing to contribute to develop innovative financing mechanisms to move towards a low carbon and resilient agriculture as part of the implementation of commitments under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Contribute to conceptualizing proposals (e.g. from the Green Climate Fund) supporting large scale investments in agriculture to adapt and reduce emissions in the sector.
- Lead coordination with partners for the implementation of pilot financing mechanisms.
- Represent the CPH in global forums on climate finance.
Profile and skills
- Degree in economics, finance or other relevant fields.
- Excellent command of English.
- 5-10 years of work experience working on development and climate issues.
- Proven experience working on climate finance, e.g. GEF, GCF, etc.
- Deep understanding of climate finance related mechanisms such as green bonds, social impact bonds, revolving loans, carbon markets, PES, etc.
- Experience working with the private sector (e.g. PPP) would be a strong advantage.
- Research experience would be an advantage.
- Willingness to travel in the region.
Terms of employment
The position is internationally recruited and will be based at CIAT Regional Office, Hanoi, Vietnam. The initial contract will be for up to one year, subject to a probation period of six (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 a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Godefroy Grosjean (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Closing date for applications: until a suitable candidate is identified.
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