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Associate, Green Economy and Climate Action

Posting Date: 04-Jun-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 21240
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Banking
Dept. / Bus. Group Energy Efficiency & Climate Change
Business Unit EU and Bilateral Green Finance
Contract Type Fixed Term
Contract Length 2 years
Posting End Date 25/06/2021 

The Associate will be part of the EU & Bilateral (EUBL) Green Finance business Unit that undertakes strategic engagement and provides specialist inputs to develop the donor co-financed products that can help implement the Green Economy Transition (GET) initiative of the EBRD.

 

In close collaboration with relevant Departments in the Bank, the EUBL Unit is responsible for engaging with EU institutions and bilateral partners on: 1. climate policy and technical alignment; 2. joint project and business development; 3. structuring of climate and environment related co-financing programmes; and 4. managing a number of technical assistance assignments. The Associate will be responsible for leading and/or coordinating a set of activities within these work streams.

 

EUBL consists of 4 team members and is a part of the 70-strong Green Economy and Climate Action (GECA) department within EBRD. EUBL works hand-in-hand with another GECA Unit that focuses on multilateral climate funds and carbon markets.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Associate Director, Lead EU & Bilateral Green Finance, the Associate will contribute to the following areas or work in a leading or support capacity:

 

Technical and policy alignment

  • Keep fully abreast of relevant EU and other international policy developments that are relevant to international climate finance and to EBRD GET business. Also stay fully abreast of EBRD’s own climate policy initiatives and focus areas such as NDC and LTS development or the development of low carbon sectoral pathways in alignment with Paris Agreement goals.
  • Contribute to EBRD involvement in external technical-financial working groups, such as EEFIG (Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group).
  • Analyse and summarise aspects of EU climate/green policy relevant to GET, providing guidance to other team members on specific topics.
  • Conduct research and data analysis on GET aspects relating to different sectors, countries and stakeholders to help with development of financing proposals and for internal knowledge development.
  • Conduct analysis on concessionality approaches to be applied as part of EBRD donor funded financing instruments.

 

Business Development

  • Liaise internally and externally to analyse project opportunities arising from project development platforms such as the European Battery Alliance, the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking, the EU Raw Materials Alliance and others
  • Enable and support the review of the EBRD pipeline, to identify potential leads for climate finance aligned with the GET objectives. This in relation to existing or upcoming programmes, for example EBRD's Green Innovation Programme which is suported by both Taiwanese TC funds and the EU’s Horizon 2020 facility.
  • Represent, or support others to represent, the Bank in relevant meetings/ committees/ conferences in order to be able to represent the Bank’s GET activities in sufficient detail.

 

Co-financing product development and implementation

  • Keep abreast of relevant climate finance opportunities, including their relevant technical parameters and links with stakeholder policy goals.
  • Coordinate or lead GET-related proposals in development, such as for InvestEU, the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility, the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD+) guarantee instrument, or bilateral donor instruments.
  • Provide early-stage support to operation leaders on donor-funded technical cooperation and investment project preparation. Facilitate implementation of donor facilities, such as by managing internal information and awareness by drafting and updating operational manuals and instruction sheets for teams using the funding.
  • Monitor implementation and provide updates for donors as needed and in coordination with the Bank’s Donor Co-Finance team and other relevant colleagues.
  • Support the programming work within GECA for GET donor funds.

 

Other duties may include supporting the Unit Lead and other colleagues in internal and external matters relating to climate finance and donors e.g. by providing input to reports, strategies and presentations

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion to help address the climate and environmental crises, to work in a highly skilled team at the forefront of climate/green finance and policy and to specifically focus on strategic co-financing and technical collaborations with EU institutions and individual donor partners.

 

Education and Skills

  • Relevant degree such as engineering/ technology, industrial business, environmental/climate sciences, economics, finance or international policies in sustainable development.
  • Good understanding of climate, energy and resource policy and/or technical aspects, preferably with in-depth understanding of one or more specific topics or sectors.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills and experience: ability to develop and manage spreadsheets and incorporate into management reports; ability to draft text for internal process documents, press releases, websites and to fulfil narrative reporting requirements.
  • Computer literate (advanced Excel, MS Office suite).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

 

Required Experience

  • 4+ years in a consulting, finance, engineering, research/policy or comparable environment.
  • Understanding of the EBRD region advantageous.
  • Understanding of the EU institutions and funding landscape advantageous.

 

Desirable Attributes

  • Enjoys working independently and also as part of a team.
  • Good organisational and programme/ project management capacity.
  • Energetic commitment to meeting deadlines and ability to self-motivate.
  • Ability to proactively seek advice and guidance in carrying out tasks effectively, as appropriate.

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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