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Associate, Green Economy Specialist

Posting Date: 11-May-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 28606
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Environment & Sustainability  
Contract Type Regular 
Contract Length  

 

 

 

 

Purpose of Job

 

The Associate, Green Economy Specialist – MRV is responsible for supporting the development, design and further practical implementation of the Bank’s GET post-signing MRV process, under the guidance of ESD’s Associate Director, MRV lead. The Associate will help introduce and ensure consistent and credible monitoring, reporting and verification of the GET objectives, and associated results, as part of the Bank’s green commitments. The main objective of the post-signing GET MRV is to provide an accurate, credible and comprehensive post-signing monitoring of GET investments, and GET climate and environmental impacts. The outputs of the post-signing GET MRV will provide a basis for better environmental and sustainability reporting, and for quantitative and qualitative impact assessment of the Bank’s GET investments.

 

The Associate will help develop the GET MRV infrastructure and its further operation. The person will provide support and assistance for the review, assessment and verification of project-related GET impacts. This will entail the review of ex ante Paris alignment (PA) and GET attribution projects, as well as leading the definition of Project Monitoring Plans (PMP) ahead of Board approval. The specialist will also support Lead E&S Specialists in the appraisal and monitoring for transactions, supporting the integration of the ESP and green finance monitoring.

 

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

 

  • Contribute to the development of the GET MRV infrastructure, in collaboration with relevant internal counterparts (EAD lead specialists, Monarch Team, Policy delivery teams, Portfolio Management, etc);
  • Research on the EU and global trends, policies and regulations related to climate and environmental finance MRV (e.g. the TCFD, TNFD, the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), ESG reporting, and any other relevant external references); 
  • Build the relationship with other EBRD teams that design, appraise and monitor selected investment projects with a view to increase their impact, with particular emphasis on GET-related aspects;
  • Support environmental and regulatory assessments of results from investment projects, to verify their resulting physical impacts and contribution towards achieving GET objectives;
  • Contribute to the development of GET MRV infrastructure and deployment of adequate analytical tools and methodologies;
  • Support the assessment of ex ante environmental impacts across a wide range of sectors and projects and identify KPIs;
  • When required, support project E&S appraisal and monitoring, including E&S due diligence processes;
  • Support the integration of the ESP and the green finance monitoring processes to achieve synergies and efficiencies.
  • Support the development of Project Monitoring Plans;
  • Screen and track specific project opportunities and advising bankers and ESD specialists on projects that require GHG or GET assessments, in line with the Bank’s policy and guidelines.
  • Guide the EBRD bankers and environmental specialists with defining the scope of GHG and GET assessments and preparing Terms of Reference for environmental and social due diligence consultants;
  • Support the building of required internal and external capacity (including banking and clients) in the implementation of the Bank’s GET MRV processes in line with existing and emerging methodologies; 
  • Contribute on preparation of internal and external reports on the Bank’s GHG approach, methodology and overall performance, in particular for the EBRD annual Sustainability Report.
  • Deliver of specific TC assignments or provide comments to the other teams’ TC work based on identified opportunities for broader environmental reporting and E&S benefits creation at project, sector or country levels.

 

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

 

Knowledge:

  • Understanding of scientific, economic and political dimensions of environmental issues. Ability to apply those to the assessment of EBRD investments, and to guide authorities on the development of appropriate regulations and market mechanisms;
  • Analytical and quantitative skills;
  • Investment projects’ experience and ability to understand credit analysis is an advantage;
  • Familiarity with the EBRD region of operations and the countries of Central and South Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South-Eastern Mediterranean, particularly work or study experience in the region, is an advantage.
  • Understanding of IFI's working environment, policies and procedures, and ability for organisational alignment;

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in teams as well as independently;
  • Effective time management and organisational skills and ability to multi-task without losing attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of an additional language spoken in EBRD countries of operation, is an advantage;
  • Ability to plan and organise work unsupervised;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to operate in a multicultural environment and build effective working relationships with internal/external clients and colleagues;
  • Ability to read and edit code in, at least, a major programming language (e.g. VBS, C, Python, Javascript) will be an advantage.

Experience:

  • Demonstrable track record in one or more of the following areas: (a) resource efficiency; (b) environmental services and industries; (c) climate change mitigation and/or adaptation; (d) natural capital and green infrastructure; gained for example through full-time employment in a relevant financial or governmental institution, regulator, consultancy/company, think tank or academia;
  • Familiarity with the EBRD region of operations and the countries of Central and South Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South-Eastern Mediterranean, particularly work or study experience in the region, is an advantage.
  • Experience with increasing levels of responsibilities in developing and implementing MRV and/ impact investment methodologies and processes.

 

Qualifications:

  • A postgraduate degree in environmental science, engineering or related field.

What is it like to work at the EBRD?

 

Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people's lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in. 

 

The EBRD environment provides you with:

  • Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
  • A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
  • An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital  transformation at the heart of what we do.

 

Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.  As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.


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