Climate Finance Advisor, Asia-Pacific Region, International Development

October 27 2022
Asia-Pacific Region

Background:

Nathan is a leading provider of analytic and economic consultancy services worldwide. In the past decade, we have implemented more than 120 projects in more than 50 countries leveraging our global presence in Washington DC, London, and India. From improved transparency and deeper stakeholder engagement to more effective policies and more resilient businesses, we deliver results that impact economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. We are passionate about applying our deep analytical expertise and advanced proprietary tools to generate economic solutions tailored to our clients’ unique challenges. Nathan focuses on a range of economic development subject matter areas including Structured Finance & Investment; Trade & Logistics; Economic Policy & Governance; Private Sector Development; Women’s Economic Empowerment.

 

The USAID Activity will support countries in the Asia-Pacific region to identify and facilitate sustainable investments that support national climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, countries in the Asia-Pacific region are particularly exposed, lack sufficient national-level resources, and comparatively less local capacity to effectively adapt to changing climate conditions and increased incidences of natural disasters. The goal of this activity will be to facilitate the mobilization of climate finance and to build the capacity of regional bodies, partner countries, and private sector in the Asia-Pacific region to manage climate finance and to identify and build pipelines of investment opportunities.


Job Description:


The Climate Finance Advisor will provide technical support to Nathan’s project team and advise stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region on climate finance mobilization and climate finance management. This includes supporting national governments in the identification, development, design, and implementation of projects funded by multi-donor climate change funds, including the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund. The Climate Finance Advisor will ensure that projects meet all operational, accreditation, and reporting requirements of the climate change funds and/or private investment. The Climate Finance Advisor will also advise on the mobilization of new and additional funding sources for climate projects, including through foreign direct investment and private sector financial institutions.


KEY RESPOSIBILITIES:  

·Engage with regional and international investors, including banks, non-bank financial institutions, impact investors, and DFI’s, on investment opportunities in climate mitigation and adaptation projects in the Asia-Pacific region

·Support the drafting and/or enhance the quality of investment criteria, budget and procurement plans, and other key aspects of climate finance deals and activities

·Provide technical assistance and coordination support to national governments in the identification, development, design, and implementation of climate projects

·Advise on the development of concept notes and project proposals for climate projects

·Provide technical support, including training, guidance, and information, to government stakeholders on multi-donor trust funds like the GCF

·Support national governments in developing tools, metrics, standards, and capacity to assess, manage, and integrate climate risks into climate projects and climate planning initiatives


Qualifications:

·Master's degrees or higher in finance, investment, environmental studies, climate change, international development, MBA, JD, or related field.

·Minimum 5 years of experience in programs of a similar focus and complexity, on topics such as climate finance, climate adaptation and mitigation, finance, fund management, blended finance, ESG, and climate risk and resilience  

·Experience in project development and/or project management

·Experience facilitating climate finance deals in areas such as infrastructure, energy, SMEs, and financial institutions focused on resilience and investment in climate

·Proven knowledge of climate investment trends in the Asia-Pacific Region and experience working with a variety of stakeholders in the region, including regional bodies, national governments, financial institutions, project sponsors, and civil society organizations

·Proven ability to work effectively with USAID mission staff, host country counterparts, and international donors

·Strong written, oral, and presentation skills

·Ability to live in and travel extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region

Preferred qualifications:

·Experience reviewing and submitting proposals to multi-donor trust funds, such as the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund

·Experience in climate or green finance and knowledge of multilateral development bank procedures

·Solid understanding of USAID rules and regulations governing project compliance, procurement, and financial management

·Experience working in Asia-Pacific or small island countries

·Experience with projects aimed at attracting private sector investment, blended finance, or institutional capital

·Existing relationships with financial institutions operating in the Asia-Pacific region


Nathan is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

Nathan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.


COVID-19 Vaccination Information  

Nathan requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated. If you receive a conditional offer of employment from Nathan, you will be required to provethat you are fully vaccinated for     COVID-19or     receive approval from Nathan for a waiver due to a valid religious or medical reason prior to your start date.  Applicants should not disclose their vaccination status or need for a waiver before receiving a conditional offer of employment.