Associate, Climate Finance

  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Salary: Competitive

The Climate Finance Associate will support the Head in the climate finance business development and the delivery of climate finance projects.

The main goal of the E2C2 team is to mainstream its Green Economy Transition (GET) by promoting sustainable energy and resource investments ((investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials efficiency and waste minimisation) throughout the Bank’s operations.

The Climate Finance Associate will support the Head in the climate finance business development and the delivery of climate finance projects.

The role of the Climate Finance and Carbon Market team in the E2C2 department is to support mainstreaming of the GET into the business of the EBRD through policy dialogue and investments. The CFCM team aims to:

  • Create investment climates, through policy dialogue, aligned with the international green and climate policies, in particular the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement
  • Use climate finance and carbon markets to leverage investments towards the EBRD’s GET targets.
  • Ensure access to donor support, in particular multilateral climate finance. 

The pillar works across the E2C2 department which in turn works across the matrix of the EBRD's sector and support teams.

E2C2 makes use of a three complementary lines of work in order to deliver its mission:

  1. collaboration with the EBRD sector teams in implementing the banking transactions;
  2. leading on the provision of technical support to clients and other stakeholders; and
  3. supporting government authorities and other relevant stakeholders at all levels in countries of operations in improving the policy framework to promote sustainable energy and resource use.

 

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Pipeline Development

  • Ensure to be fully up to date with the eligibility criteria and conditions for the key climate finance instruments (GCF, GEF,CIF). Keep an up to date presentation (market overview) on the climate finance and carbon market opportunities.
  • Enable and support the review of the EBRD pipeline, to identify potential leads for climate finance and/or carbon asset potential aligned with the GET objectives
  • Support the development of climate finance funding proposals to the key climate funds,  participate in negotiations on these proposals and assist in the closing of the related funding agreements.

Portfolio Management

Support CMCF Portfolio Management, in close co-operation with operation leaders from banking teams and Direct Cofinancing Unit.

  • Ensure an up to date tracking system for projects under agreement
  • Ensure the meeting of delivery milestones, including drafting reports (active information gathering),
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of related technical co-operation packages
  • Develop and maintain a forecasting approach, so that the delivery of CMCF supported activities can be forecasted and reported in management reports in terms of finance, results and delivery on a monthly basis.

Policy Dialogue

  • Contribute to the policy dialogue, with a focus on climate finance, e.g. by showcasing best practices. An examples is to review and make recommendations on the Paris Agreement transparency framework on the provision of support, so that resulting regulations remain implementable.
  • Review and provide critical comment on policy documents prepared under policy dialogue assignments
  • Identify potential policy dialogue interventions

Communications

  • Support the development of appropriate communications instruments, e.g. presentations, press releases and social media entries

Donor relations

  • Assist the Head CFCM in managing relations with external donors (bilateral and multilateral donors, and climate finance mechanisms) in order to secure co-financing for sustainable energy and resources investments, policy activities and technical cooperation. Particular activities include:
  • Assist the Pillar with regular reviews of policy dialogue TC requirements
  • Assist the E2C2 team and the Department of Co-Finance (DCF) with the identification of suitable donors

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Industrial Business, Engineering, or Society and Technology degree with a focus on Energy & Environmental or Resource Policy
  • Experience in tracking policy and regulatory developments and translation of such into actionable projects.
  • Experience with setting up and using portfolio management tools
  • Experience in managing projects and consultants
  • Experience of communicating complex policy and technical issues to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience in emerging markets, including the transition economies, Turkey, or MENA
  • Experience of development finance, in particular climate finance and/or carbon markets
  • Language/Technical
  • Excellent English, and either Russian, French, Turkish, Arabic would be advantageous
  • Computer literate (advanced Excel/Powerpoint, MS Word)