Climate Finance and Fragility (Short Term Consulting) – United States of America

Duration: September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Number of days: up to 90 days

Type of appointment: Short term consultant

Location: Washington, DC (or remotely)

Project team leader: Lindsey Jones

Please send CV and letter of interest to [email protected] before August 1, 2022

History/organizational context:

Developing countries face an increasingly complex risk landscape, marked by interconnected hazards that threaten to roll back the development gains of the past decades and undermine efforts to end extreme poverty in by 2030. In 2018, the WBG Board approved management proposals to make the Global Crisis Risk Platform (GCRP) fully operational. The GCRP aims to: (i) promote risk-informed investments in crisis prevention and preparedness; and (ii) build institutional capacity for rapid response, particularly when a combination of shocks amplifies impacts or spills over borders.

Housed within the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group of the World Bank, the GCRP Secretariat provides analytical and convening services focused on the interplay of various dimensions of risk, including climate hazards, conflict and violence, food insecurity, health epidemics and macroeconomic risks. – financial shocks. He works closely with the World Bank’s Global Practices (GPs) to support innovation and leverage knowledge and best practices to strengthen how the Bank identifies, monitors and manages risk.

A central area of ​​GCRP’s work is to provide tailored advice to WBG operations on implementing climate action in FCV contexts. Countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Yet challenges related to institutional fragility, poor service delivery and lack of technical and financial resources, among other factors, limit the ability of FCV countries to carry out the major structural changes needed to adapt to the climate crisis. Adaptation is even more limited as FCV countries represent only a fraction of global adaptation finance.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

To support the work of the GCRP on scaling up adaptation finance in FCV-affected contexts, the Secretariat is seeking a consultant to carry out knowledge gathering and synthesis activities in this area. In particular, the consultant will contribute to a series of knowledge products by reviewing existing evidence, surveying experts and developing new conceptual frameworks aimed at building the capacity of FCV stakeholders to access, mobilize and distribute funding from the adaptation.

Under the direction of the team leader, the consultant will:

Review existing evidence on adaptation finance in FCV contexts (20 days)

  • Undertake a systematic review of current literature on barriers and entry points to scaling up adaptation finance in FCV contexts drawing on academic sources and gray literature.
  • Collect data on committed and distributed flows of climate finance in FCV-affected environments across a range of donors and financial instruments (including GEF, AF, GCF, IFC, l IDA, private sector contributions and others).
  • Provide a synthesis of the current state of knowledge regarding key challenges and opportunities for increasing the capacity of FCV stakeholders to access, mobilize and distribute adaptation finance.

Designing an expert survey on priorities for addressing adaptation finance bottlenecks (15 days)

  • Draft and implement an expert survey soliciting input from relevant donors and recipients of adaptation finance (40-50 responses). The survey will gather opinions on common challenges and entry points for scaling up adaptation finance in FCV contexts using a range of quantitative and qualitative inputs.
  • Analyze survey results using descriptive statistics and content analysis to uncover key trends and priorities across stakeholder types and regions.

Developing a framework on scaling up adaptation finance tailored to different FCV contexts (15 days)

  • Work with the TTL to develop a conceptual framework highlighting priority areas for strengthening adaptation finance across the FCV nexus. The framework will provide nuanced guidance on supporting financial delivery in contexts affected by: high-intensity conflict, medium-intensity conflict, high institutional fragility as well as distinct geographic contexts such as small island developing states (SIDS), among others.
  • Conduct key informant interviews with relevant GP experts to understand priority areas for funding for different FCV settings.

Contribute to GCRP knowledge products and outputs (40 days)

  • Draft a discussion paper on barriers and entry points to scaling up adaptation finance in FCV contexts. The document will draw on inputs from all of the systematic review, expert survey and conceptual framework activities listed above. It will provide technical information on priority areas of interest for relevant stakeholders involved in providing adaptation finance in FCV contexts (20-30 pages).
  • Write a knowledge brief, synthesizing findings from the working paper and providing high-level recommendations for donors and recipients of adaptation finance (3-4 pages).
  • Contribute to a series of good practice guides aimed at providing sector advice on scaling up adaptation finance in key areas. These will include step-by-step advice drawing on information gleaned from the evidence review, surveys and interviews with general practice experts. Up to 3 guides will be produced, with topics chosen after the completion of the systematic review and with contributions from the TTL (5-10 pages each)
  • Support GCRP’s broader knowledge and communication activities on adaptation finance in FCV contexts. This includes writing PPTs to summarize research findings, contributing to relevant written findings (including blogs, memoirs, and talking points), and supporting webinars and GCRP outreach events on funding adaptation, in collaboration with other general practitioners.

Selection criteria:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in a related field (e.g. economics, natural resource management, finance, risk management, climate science/policy, political science, security studies).
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience and knowledge of issues related to climate change, FCV, risk finance and/or environmental policy.
  • Knowledge and experience working on adaptation finance instruments is highly desirable, as well as designing and conducting expert solicitation surveys.
  • Proven ability to conduct policy-relevant independent research, translate theory into practical applications, and adapt professional knowledge and technical skills to analyze, diagnose, and propose solutions to climate change and FCV-related policy issues and challenges.
  • Ability to develop and apply conceptual and strategic frameworks, compile policy-relevant briefs and perform data analysis.
  • Applicants who bring direct personal and professional experience and backgrounds from diverse backgrounds affected by FCV or forced displacement are preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and team skills, and the ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced solutions to complex development problems, with a strong customer focus.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent command of oral and written English is required.

How to register

Please send CV and letter of interest to [email protected] before August 1, 2022

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