Coordinator, Climate Change

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Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

Position description

This role involves collaborating with stakeholders across the Operations Area to provide technical leadership in climate finance, project structuring, and management of the Bank’s climate action project pipeline and the climate change multilateral/vertical funds to which CDB is accredited, namely the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund (AF).

The Coordinator, Climate Change will provide in-depth technical support and thought leadership to the development, implementation, and coordination of CDB’s climate change agenda The CCC will undertake activities to: (a) address the climate change dimensions of CDB’s policies and strategies; (b) support the consideration of climate change in investment programs and projects of CDB’s clients; and (c) support CDB in mobilizing concessional climate finance for its clients; (d) lead CDB’’s capacity building and knowledge management efforts related to climate change, particularly on climate change adaptation and resilience.   


The duties of the Coordinator, Climate Change will include but not be limited to:

  • Work with operational units and divisions of the Bank to ensure climate resilience considerations are integrated within country strategies, country poverty assessments, CDB’s sector policies, procedures, guidelines, investment projects, and financing modalities.
  • Identify relevant sectors, market opportunities and financing modalities to assist the Bank’s investment operations to increase the Bank’s climate portfolio. 
  • Provide guidance to the design of proposed adaptation and resilience components into investment operations, including assessing climate co-benefit of projects, supporting the tracking and reporting on mitigation and adaptation finance.
  • Participate in the preparation and appraisal of technical assistance and investment projects, providing climate change related technical inputs to all stages of design, structuring, implementation throughout the project cycle. This includes assisting in determining optimal approaches to project design/delivery and identify issues which affect capacity to meet clients’ needs.
  • Lead the day-to-day management of CDB’s engagements with the two main multilateral/vertical funds to which it is accredited: the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund (AF). This will include, inter alia: supporting BMCs and CDB with programme/project origination, preparation, appraisal and approval; supporting timely and effective implementation of GCF and AF-funded programmes/projects, including ensuring that CDB fulfils its reporting obligations and other Accredited Entity requirements in a timely manner; and maintaining and strengthening CDB’s overall organisational relationship with the GCF and AF.
  • Support the preparation and delivery of GCF and AF-related capacity building activities for BMCs on modalities to access and manage concessional resources from these two multilateral/vertical funds for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Work with PD management to mobilise further resources to strengthen CDB’s capacity to support the development and delivery of programmes/projects co-financed by the GCF and AF.
  • Prepare relevant documents, reports and briefing notes; monitor, compile, and update policy and sector initiatives, guidelines and tools, having regard to CDB’s policies and strategies commitments, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, that can guide the advancement of CDB’s climate resilience programme.
  • Contribute to effective coordination of CDB’s strategic engagement related to international negotiations for the climate change as relevant including matters related to loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.
  • Provide technical inputs in the preparation of knowledge products on topics related to climate action and climate finance for internal and external clients, including management reports, publications, policy briefs, blogs, speeches, briefing notes, presentation materials and other knowledge products and knowledge sharing through seminars, workshops etc..
  • Contribute inputs to internal and external technical committee/subcommittee discussions and activities related to climate change action and climate finance.
  • Contribute and advise on the communication of CDB’s climate change efforts to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Assess CDB wide capacity-building needs on climate change and lead the design and implementation of training programs for CDB management and staff to this end. 



The successful candidate should have:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in the fields of climate change, climate finance, environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental engineering, or related discipline.
  • At least of 10 years of relevant professional experience working on climate change and environmental issues particularly in climate change mitigation and adaptation, climate change policy, climate finance and project development work (originating, structuring and bringing to approval) and management, and at least 4 years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong understanding of the broader climate change agenda, particularly in relation to climate change policy and strategy with a focus on developing countries particularly small island developing states
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the international negotiations on climate finance; experience in managing relations with clients, including government agencies and other key stakeholders involved in the project cycle.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with multilateral/vertical funds (e.g. GCF, AF, etc.).
  • Knowledge of multilateral development banks’ products, processes, and systems related to project/program processing and other programming activities is an asset.

Function-specific Competencies

  • Ability to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive team member.
  • Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills in English is required.
  • A strong understanding of the cultural and socio-economic context of particularly the Caribbean, coupled with practical experience working within the region or similar environment, is a valuable asset.
  • Ability to engage with multiple stakeholders, including government, private sector and civil society.


Delivering High Quality Work

Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice.

Displaying Technical Expertise

Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialised knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others.

Acting Strategically

Aligns day-to-day activities around broader organisational goals and objectives; prioritises resources based on the strategic objectives of the organisation; recognises and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the organisation.

Acting Decisively

Moves quickly to make decisions and commits to a clear course of action; comfortable making decisions based on partial information; willing to take risks in order to maintain momentum; shows a strong bias toward action.

Communicating Effectively

Consistently communicates with clarity and thoroughness to optimise audience understanding. Communicates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner. Demonstrates effective speaking and presentation skills.

Driving for Results

Bottom-line oriented and pushes self and others to achieve results. Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate.

Acting as a Champion for Change

Actively identifies problems and opportunities for change and implements solutions where appropriate. Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; and supports people in their efforts to try new things.

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