The Commonwealth Secretariat through its Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH) supports Commonwealth member countries access climate finance to support their climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience efforts.
The Advisers assist national efforts to access and effectively use international climate finance, with particular focus on developing local capacity and South-South cooperation. The support provided cuts across the development of grant applications and implementation of climate change projects, capacity building – both human and institutional strengthening, as well as cross-Commonwealth cooperation, and sharing of knowledge.
The role of the Commonwealth National Climate Finance Adviser (CNCFA) is to provide support to the government of Gambia to enhance access to climate finance primarily through bankable project proposal development, policy support, human and institutional capacity building, knowledge management and learning and gender and youth mainstreaming.
Responsibilities will include achieving: increased awareness and capacity of key stakeholders (officials and institutions) to develop gender, youth and health inclusive climate change projects; enhanced capacity of national actors to develop and strengthen climate change related policies, strategies and commitments (including for mainstreaming gender and health); increased development of gender, youth and health inclusive project proposals at national level to enhance access to climate finance; and increased knowledge of key stakeholders (including government and non-governmental bodies) on climate funding sources and requirements.
Please refer to the Terms of Reference for full details.
To be considered, you will need to have a post-graduate qualification (Master’s degree) in any of the following: Climate Change, Environmental Studies/ Economics, Natural Resources Management; Energy; Project Management; Business Studies, or any other related subject.
You will need to have at least 8 years of work experience in climate policy development and management of projects in climate change, energy, forestry, biodiversity, agriculture, and technical assistance initiatives. You will also need to have demonstrated knowledge and extensive experience in the climate finance space, including climate finance readiness, grant proposal writing, climate change capacity building or technology transfer. You will need demonstrated experience in resource mobilization, stakeholder relationship building and collaboration with government agencies, donors and/or international development partners, and non-government organisations. Also required is proven experience in developing knowledge products, including analytical pieces, papers, reports and related products. Experience in developing countries in general and demonstrated experience in Africa is required. Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
Please apply for by submitting a cover letter with your CV, outlining your experience and suitability for the role. To be considered you must be a Commonwealth citizen.
Duration: 2 years (with the possibility of extension)