NDC Partnership Climate Finance Specialist - Copenhagen, Danmark - UNOPS

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    WEC Background: The Water, Environment and Climate (WEC) portfolio, based ...

    WEC Background:

    The Water, Environment and Climate (WEC) portfolio, based in Vienna, and with offices based globally is part of the UNOPS Global Portfolio Office. The Portfolio has built strong partnerships and is effectively managing a portfolio of over 500 million USD over the last 15 years to support key initiatives with fund management, project implementation and administrative support.

    WEC effectively operationalizes partners' agendas with global approaches, as well as regional and country-specific activities focused on climate action, protection and conservation of the environment. Partners profit from WEC's ability to operationalize and/or scale up their important substantive agendas, including in support of key multilateral environmental and climate agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, the Cartagena Convention as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The NDC Partnership:

    The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions collaborating to drive transformational climate action through sustainable development. In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience against the negative effects of a changing climate. The Partnership advances the goals of the Paris Agreement by bringing together nearly 200 countries and institutions in new ways to accelerate NDC implementation and enhance ambition over time. The Partnership's work through 120 partners supporting almost 80 countries produces many examples of impact, lessons learned and ideas for the future. The Partnership is governed by a Steering Committee, co-chaired by two country representatives. The Partnership's work is facilitated by a Support Unit based at World Resources Institute in Washington DC and the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. UNOPS supports the NDC Partnership and its Support Unit through the Water, Environment and Climate (WEC).

    Country Context:

    Cambodia has been a member of the NDC Partnership since 2019. The country's updated NDC seeks to decrease emissions by percent from the business-as-usual scenario by 2030, with half of that reduction concentrated in the Forest and Land Use Sector (FOLU) and the rest primarily in the energy, agriculture, industry, and waste sectors. Cambodia's updated NDC also has a strong adaptation component. The NDC update process was conducted with a bottom-up approach involving 16 line ministries and was supported by the NDC Partnership Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) delivered in part by UNDP and the World Bank. The work's outcomes led to the identification of 130 mitigation, adaptation, and enabling actions across all sectors - forming Cambodia's Partnership Plan - of which 119 were highlighted as priorities. A number of partners are supporting the implementation of the Partnership Plan, including FAO, Germany, GGGI, IRENA, IUCN, Japan, SNV, UNCDF, UNDP, UNESCAP, and UNICEF. Additionally, the World Bank and the UK supported the Government of Cambodia in developing a Long-Term Strategy for Cambodia's Carbon Neutrality (LTS4CN) linked to the NDC. The NDC Partnership continues to support Cambodia on its NDC implementation, including by supporting coordination and resource mobilization.

    *** As this is a Local Position, in order to be eligible, the incumbent should b...
    *** As this is a Local Position, in order to be eligible, the incumbent should be a national of Cambodia or have a valid residence permit in the Country.

    Cambodia's Ministry of Environment has worked with line ministries to identify a long list of projects supporting NDC implementation. The Government is now seeking the support of a Climate Finance Specialist to work in-country to develop a subset of these projects to access international and domestic sources of public and private finance, and structure finance for investment in these projects, and build the capacity of civil servants, supporting line ministries to develop their own project concept notes and ensuring lasting capacity in-country through knowledge transfer to government officials. The Specialist will also be required to provide expert insights on climate finance and external negotiations to the ministry.

    The roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying a pipeline of projects Support the Government to prioritize a subset of projects for development over the short term; Prepare a project pipeline by conducting a preliminary assessment of potential investment projects from the existing longlist and provide recommendations on them in accordance with the requirements of global climate funds and MDBs; Guide and oversee the preparation of the draft project concept papers (to be further developed into full concept papers by the respective MDBs) by local project preparation staff for climate resilient investment projects that MDBs are interested in co-funding with international climate funds, such as the GCF etc.; Assist the government in preparing concept notes to access financing for unfunded priorities in the updated NDC, National Adaptation Plans, Technology Needs Assessments and Long Term-Low Emission Development Strategy; Review the structuring and technical analysis of project concepts and proposals developed by the Ministry of Environment; Analyze financial data and use financial projections to design and recommend suitable financial structures; Perform financial, economic, and regulatory analysis or any relevant (pre-) feasibility assessment throughout project concept and design stages in collaboration with the country teams and government counterparts;
  • Tracking and analyzing funding opportunities Identify and track funding opportunities relevant to the NDC implementation as well as climate-resilient and low-carbon sectoral projects and programs; Facilitate the mobilization of financial and technical resources for the implementation of NDC, NAP, TNA , and LT-LEDS, including the identification of implementing agencies and partners for the developed project concepts; Ensure that project concepts meet the requirements of possible funders, global climate funds, MDBs, as well as bilateral and multilateral development partners, or a combination of those listed here multilateral development partner seeking funding from a global climate fund);
  • Coordination and communication with key stakeholders Support the strengthening of coordination among different agencies and national ministries to accelerate projects through the investment pipeline; Work closely with the Ministry of Environment to participate in external negotiations and discussions with donors, MDBs, Climate Funds, etc.; Engage with partners in the country to link needs to financial resources in accordance with the NDC, NAP, TNA, and LT-LEDS, including by providing the government's inputs on the alignment of partners' country strategies with priorities and gaps identified in the above policy documents;
  • Capacity building, knowledge and learning Design and facilitate in-country capacity building efforts to support transfer of skills and knowledge to local staff in relevant ministries and government offices; Build the capacity of civil servants and supporting line ministries to develop their own project concept considering the requirements and criteria of the international climate funds and MDBs; Strengthen capacities by mentoring and training relevant members of staff on developing bankable projects. Identify capacity needs related to climate financing for implementation of NDC, NAP, TNA and LT-LEDS; Liaise with the Support Unit to access and/or feed into global knowledge products relevant to project development, financing, and resource mobilization; Assist the Support Unit in the identification and dissemination of information on best practices and lessons learned from in-country engagement; Fulfill other tasks when needed.
  • Institutional Arrangement

    The climate finance advisor will be embedded in the Department of Climate Change, General Directorate of Policy and Strategy under the Ministry of Environment. As the leading entity of the national climate agenda, Cambodia's Ministry of Environment coordinates activities related to the fulfilment of climate commitments, including the Nationally Determined Contributions. He/she will support the focal point of the Partnership in climate finance-related issues. The embedded facilitator will implement all tasks under the direct supervision of the Partnerships Development Senior Manager and in collaboration with the NDC Partnership Focal Point in the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He/she will also work in close collaboration with the NDC Partnership Support Unit. He/she will need to bring his/her own laptop to the ministry's duty station.

    This is a retainer national vacancy/position for twelve 12 months period based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for a maximum of 220 working days.

    Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and ex...
    Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

    Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
    Education An advanced degree (Masters or higher) in business, finance...

  • An advanced degree (Masters or higher) in business, finance, law, public policy, public finance, sustainable development, environment management, or a similar relevant field.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline in combination with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

  • Experience


  • At least 5 years of experience working in international development and development finance with a track of structuring, design and implementation of projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, particularly in energy, waste, agriculture, forestry and other land use, and industry.
  • Familiarity with access modalities, project management frameworks, and investment criteria of MDBs and prominent global climate funds such as the GCF, IKI, MAF, GCF, GEF, and/or AF.
  • Willingness and ability to commit to in-country work and travel as required and where possible.
  • Asset

  • Knowledge about the UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement, NDCs and SDGs;
  • Experience in mobilizing resources for the implementation of NDCs.
  • Experience in accessing and structuring finance for climate investments, including technical and financial development, particularly those that engage the private sector and development institutions.

  • Language

  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Excellent language skills in Khmer in writing, speaking, and reading is required.
  • Contract type: ICA / ICS 10 retainerContract level: Local ICA 10Contract durat...
    Contract type: ICA / ICS 10 retainer
    Contract level: Local ICA 10

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