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National Climate Finance Adviser

Location: Various locations
Closing date: 7 April 2017

£55,000 per annum, plus generous benefits

Project Background

Numerous studies have indicated that Small States and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are already suffering the impacts of climate change in a disproportional way. Their vulnerability is exacerbated by a lack of critical capacity to address those impacts. Although climate finance is being made available to developing countries through a number of international initiatives, these countries often do not have the capacity to access these funds. This was the finding of the 2013 Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is looking to add candidates to a pool of consultants to be considered for National Climate Finance Adviser opportunities, scheduled to take place in numerous Commonwealth countries. Any future assignments would be for an initial 12-month period.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The National Adviser will have overall responsibility for the following main activities:
  • Capacity Building
  • Enhancing skills and expertise of staff in relevant ministries and organisations to undertake and manage the various tasks associated with the formulation, application and submission of climate finance funding requests.
  • Assess the status and needs of the host government and recommend on how these needs could be met by the Hub or other relevant sources.
  • Supporting the development of initial pipelines of programme and project proposals that align with the initial investment framework and priorities of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
  • Collaborate with national, regional and international organisations in carrying out capacity building activities.
  • Transfer expertise and disseminate knowledge to counterparts within the organisation in which s/he is located, and also with related stakeholder organisations.
  • Assist staff within the organisation in which s/he is located with proposal preparation that responds to/meets the requirements of climate finance donors. 
  • Undertake institutional assessments and support addressing identified gaps or needs for enhanced access to climate finance.
  • Undertake institutional capacity building for ministries and organisations who act as National Designated Authority (NDAs) or focal point for climate finance activities.

Knowledge Management

  • Collect information and develop knowledge products (handbook, guidelines, manual) for use by counterparts and for dissemination to Hub partners;
  • Support information sharing and knowledge exchange with regional, national and sub-national government, civil society and private sector stakeholders.
  • Establish, strengthen and main links for sharing knowledge and experience at national level.

Stakeholder engagement and communication

  • Support NDA or focal points to engage with regional, national and sub-national government, civil society and private sector stakeholders to support national engagement with the GCF and donors;
  • Contribute to the coordination, and communication mechanisms with various climate finance readiness initiatives and donors. 
  • Support the establishment of partnerships between sources of climate finance and the host government; and
  • Support the public communication activities of the Climate Finance Access Hub at the national level.


  • Perform timely administrative functions e.g. completing various activity reports such as monthly/quarterly performance and results reports, expense reports, and trip reports in line with the format outlined by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
  • Undertake other duties and activities as may be mutually agreed from time to time among the host government, Regional Adviser and Hub Coordinator.

NOTE: activities under the Terms of Reference will vary depending on the circumstances of the government agency and country where the Adviser is placed. 

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications

A postgraduate qualification (Master degree) in any of the following: Climate Change, Environmental studies, Natural Resources Management; Energy; Environmental Economics; Project Management; and Business Studies.


  • At least 8 years of work experience in development and management of projects in the area of climate change, energy, forestry, biodiversity, agriculture and technical assistance initiatives.
  • Experience in climate finance readiness, grant proposal writing and/or climate change capacity building or technology transfer.
  • Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization, stakeholder relationship building and collaboration with government agencies, donors and/international development partners, and non-government organisations.
  • Experience in developing countries particularly in Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions is a strong advantage.


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
  • Knowledge of an additional relevant language is desirable.

Please download/read the terms of reference below for full details about this role.

We should receive your application by 17:00 BST on 7 April 2017.  

To be considered, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country and be able to thrive in our multi-cultural environment.

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