IDB2389 - Lead Climate Mitigation Specialist

Business Unit: Country Programs Complex
Division: Not Applicable
Department: Resilience and Social Development Department
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 31-Jan-2020

Role Purpose:

To lead and coordinate IDB’s activities related to climate change mitigation and ensure proper design and effective implementation of climate change mitigation activities (projects, knowledge reports, capacity building activities, etc.) Moreover, the jobholder provides relevant expert level advisory, guidance and tools to the hubs, provides enough guidance to assess the technical viability of projects and ensures high quality by applying appropriate quality standards during the projects’ identification, design and appraisal. Furthermore, the role coordinates the work and reviews the deliverables of less experienced team members.


Key Accountabilities (not exhaustive list):

Specific Responsibilities

  • Actively contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Bank’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Co-lead, various Communities of Practice (CoP) in different sectors with regards to climate mitigation, which entails providing intellectual leadership on positioning the Global Practice (GP) internally and externally in various sectors in relation to climate mitigation.
  • Lead and coordinate forums for knowledge generation, exchange and dissemination on issues of sustainability and climate change mitigation across the bank functions (with relevant GPs and regional hubs).
  • Lead and coordinate knowledge generation and advisory on climate change mitigation with external stakeholders of relevance to IDB’s climate action including, but not limited to, member country agencies, IFIs, think tanks, and consultants.
  • Lead/coordinate the development of business plans, analysis and other products related to climate mitigation within the climate change division and  with other Global Practices in the Vice Presidency Country Programs Complex.
  • Contributing to GPs work on climate change; identifying staff and learning needs and setting competencies and standards for their global, region and country-specific solution areas.
  • Lead delivery on selected global engagement products on climate Mitigation, and when needed, directly lead and participate in country dialogues and deliverables (such as NDC support, NAPs, NAMAs, etc.), in addition to capacity building workshops in member countries.
  • Liaise with international climate finance institutions, such as Climate Investment Funds (CIF), Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund (GCF) and coordinate fundraising for relevant IDB climate change projects. In addition, prepare approach papers, reports and statements on the rationale and activities to be supported by donor funds.
  • Track external issues and processes relevant to best practices on climate mitigation in carious sectors: Keep abreast of external developments and provide technical support to management on engagement in key external processes on issues of climate change and sustainability. This includes but not limited to IDB partnership with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), other specialized UN agencies on agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), multilateral development banks, bilateral finance institutions, etc.
  • Lead the IDB engagement with other MDBs on a harmonized approach/methodology for GHG accounting for various sectors. With support from the division and regional focal points, roll out the implementation of the GHG accounting methodology in projects in the sector. In addition, develop operational guidance notes for project teams to account and report to the Bank progress on their CC activities.
  • Support the development and implementation of the climate finance target for different GPs and regional hubs. With the Global Practice and Task Managers in the Regional hubs, keep track of the commitment and report to/advise the Bank on progress in meeting the target, and adjustments required in the portfolio.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with others leading work on sustainability and climate change within the IDB, academia, MDBs and other key partners on relevant research/ analysis, events and outreach.  


Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Climate Change/Environmental Studies / Economics/ Engineering/  or any other related field
  • PhD preferred



  • English (Mandatory)
  • Arabic (Preferred)
  • French (Preferred)

Minimum number of years and nature of experience:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in large-scale environmental and climate change projects and programs.
  • At least 6 years of experience working on development operations and climate advisory services work in a developing country context;
  • Experience with project level GHG assessment, accounting, and the development of climate mitigation measures.
  • Experience with measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of development projects contribution to climate change mitigation (preferred).
  • Sound knowledge of climate finance, international climate negotiations (Conference of the Parties), policy and the current state of best practice among International Finance Institutions and the UN organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead or contribute to high-level analytical work and policy dialogue in IsDB member countries;