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National Climate Finance Advisers

Location: Countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Regions
Closing date: 8 February 2018
Contract duration: One year with the potential for extension
Fee: £55,000 plus allowances and benefits

Evidence indicates 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 refresh a pool of consultants to be considered for National Climate Finance Adviser opportunities, scheduled to take place in numerous Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Caribbean regions. Any future assignments would be for an initial 12-month period.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Adviser will have overall responsibility for the main activities of Capacity Building; Knowledge Management; and Stakeholder Engagement and Communication

NOTE: Full details of these activities are provided in the Terms of reference, but 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 post-graduate 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 climate policy development and management of projects in the area of climate change, energy, forestry, biodiversity, agriculture and technical assistance initiatives.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Developing country experience, 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/refer to the terms of reference below for full details about this role.

We should receive your application by 17:00 GMT on 8 February 2018.  

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

Apply online Terms of reference