Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
announces an open vacancy to the position of Regional Coordination Unit (RCU): Climate Change Specialist
Climate Change Specialist
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
Expected starting date:
Expected duration of assignment:
October 19, 2021
On November 3, 2015, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved an allocation of US$38 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to finance the first phase of the CAMP4ASB regional program. This approved financing includes US$9 million for Tajikistan, US$14 million for Uzbekistan, and US$15 million for regional activities to be implemented by the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (EC-IFAS) with support from the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) for day-to-day regional coordination and implementation.
The Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB) aims to enhance regionally coordinated access to improved climate change knowledge services for key stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, communities, and civil society) in participating Central Asian countries as well as to increased investments and capacity building that, combined, will address climate challenges common to these countries. CAMP4ASB is comprised of three components as follows:
Component 1: Regional Climate Knowledge Services
Component 2: Regional Climate Investment Facility
Component 3: Regional and National Coordination
To strengthen the knowledge and capacity base for climate action and facilitate regional dialogue and multi-stakeholder engagement for an effective climate response at scale
To provide financing and technical assistance to rural communities for climate-smart investments that will generate lessons and experience for scaled-up climate action in priority areas common to all Central Asian countries
For oversight, coordination, and implementation support at regional and national levels
1.1. Strengthening the Information Platform for Central Asia
1.2. Targeted upgrading of climate-related monitoring systems
1.3. Developing methodologies, approaches, and tools for decision support
1.4. Developing knowledge products
1.5. Building capacity
1.6. Setting up a Climate Investment Assessment Mechanism
1.7. Outreach and coalition building
2.1. Investment Financing
2.2. Capacity Building and Community Support
3.1 Regional Coordination
3.2 National Coordination
CAREC as the RCU will provide general Program oversight, oversee implementation of activities implemented at the regional level (including liaising regularly with the NCUs to seek inputs and facilitate consensus on proposed regional activities as well as to receive feedback on their implementation), provide as needed technical support/guidance to the NCUs, review bi-annually a sample of national climate investments to ensure their consistency with guiding investment priorities set by the Regional Steering Committee, to assess lessons learned from investments, and ensure lessons and results from Program activities are systematically disseminated to support participating country planning processes. The RCU will also oversee, together with the NCUs, the Program’s Feedback/Grievance Redress Mechanism. The RCU will support arrangements for the Regional Steering Committee meetings.
Objectives of the Assignment
Climate Change (SS) Specialist will support RCU Coordinator with a content-wise approach in delivering knowledge products, methodologies and capacity building exercises and assuring their quality. CC Specialist will also be responsible for supporting the RCU Coordinator in formulating and submitting regular project progress reports to EC-IFAS and World Bank project manager. Set-up of the climate assessment investments mechanism and close intervention with EC-IFAS in this regard is also part of the assignment.
CC Specialist is expected to begin the assignment on a full-time basis. The assignment will be initially for a period of 1 year. The decision on extension of the contract will be made by the RCU Coordinator in agreement with the Bank.
· At least ten years of relevant working experience in the management of climate change, natural resources, economics and/or environmental projects in an international or regional organization with a good reputation and donor supported activities;
· Good knowledge of climate change science and interventions in Central Asia, with natural resource management, sustainable energy, agriculture, etc.;
· Extensive experience of working with national ministries, government agencies, academia and civil society on issues concerning climate change, natural resource management, sector-based development.
· Master’s degree in a field related to environmental sciences, climate, agriculture, natural resources and/or green economy.
· Applicant must demonstrate enthusiasm for, and commitment, to sustainable development and environmental management;
· Excellent communication and inter-personal skills;
· Excellent team building skills;
· Fluent in English and Russian;
· Ability to think strategically and evidence of problem identification, analysis and offering of solutions;
· Ability and willingness to travel to project-supported areas.
Interested candidates should send the CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than October 19, 2021.
 For more details about the project and description of all components and subcomponents please, refer to the CAMP4ASB Project Appraisal Document (PAD) at http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2015/10/20/090224b083157ebd/2_0/Rendered/PDF/Central0Asia000l0Sea0Basin0Project0.pdf