Senior Program Officer Climate Change

The Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action (the “Coalition”) was established in 2019 and is based around the six Helsinki Principles, which all countries endorse upon joining the Coalition. The World Bank’s Climate Change Group, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), host the Secretariat for the Coalition. The Secretariat brings together people and knowledge from other groups within the World Bank and the IMF in its support for the Coalition’s work. 

Roles And Responsibilities

The Coalition is growing fast and is soon expected to reach 100 member countries. At the same time, members’ expectations towards deepening the Coalition’s work are growing, especially in peer exchange, knowledge sharing, capacity building and impactful policy implementation.

The Senior Program Officer needs to have current technical knowledge of climate finance issues, private sector engagement and financial sector policies, relevant to different country circumstances. They must also be a tactful facilitator of political dialogues, hold excellent relationship and networking skills, be a strong organizer, and be able to offer strategic advice to Co-chairs and members. They will play a multifaceted role, that effectively balances technical service provision with coordinating/organizing workstreams and other Coalition key activities. 

The Senior Program Officer is expected to:

  • Support the design of the Coalition’s work program related to financial sector policies, private sector engagement, mobilization of green financing, blended and transition financing, and supporting the Coalition members and institutional partners (IPs).
  • Lead the implementation of the Coalition’s annual work program on the issues of climate finance, particularly on the topics of private finance mobilization, nature financing, transition finance, adaptation finance, financing of NDCs and long-term strategies, and other relevant aspects of the Coalition workstreams.
  • Coordinate the preparation and execution of relevant Coalition workshops.
  • Lead the production and publication of the Coalition’s knowledge products, papers, and policy briefs, ensuring the quality of the papers and acceptance of the content by members, and including best expertise available from partners.
  • Support preparation and provide technical input into the Coalition’s Ministerial Meetings at WB/IMF Annual Meetings and the COPs (climate and biodiversity), and other relevant fora.
  • Lead matchmaking of members’ peer learning engagements on instruments of climate finance issues, private sector engagement and financial sector policies.
  • Coordinate input into the monthly Deputies Meetings, monthly Newsletter, and regular communication outreach.
  • Manage reporting systems including gathering data and reporting against Coalition’s output and outcome results indicators and supervise preparation of the Annual Report. 
  • Engage with members and IPs and other stakeholders on key themes in the Coalition’s work program to identify opportunities for deeper collaboration and impact.
  • Act as a representative of the Secretariat at the request of the Co-Chairs.

Selection Criteria:

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • Possesses Master’s degree in finance, economics, or similar field relevant to the Coalition’s mission. Prior experience working directly in the finance ministry or with the Coalition.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in environmental/climate finance engaging with relevant stakeholders, such as governments, private sector, multilateral development banks, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, and other organizations in the sustainable finance space.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and facilitating events and trainings on climate finance or related topics with varied stakeholders and audiences.
  • Experience writing papers, briefs and talking points on climate finance topics; having publications on the topic of environmental finance or policy is preferred.
  • Coordination skills and experience liaising and coordinating with different stakeholders and groups (at the global or national level) and proven capacity to explain complex issues to various audiences.
  • Ability to address a range of issues related to climate finance and its relationship to fiscal policy and sustainable development.
  • Demonstrated political awareness and ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and to otherwise cultivate effective, productive client relationships/partnerships. 
  • Demonstrates ability to think strategically, see the big picture, and to rapidly analyze diverse information from varied sources. 
  • Demonstrates ability to manage teams, to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates ability and the necessary organizational skills to take initiative, personal ownership, and accountability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, balance competing demands and achieve agreed-upon results.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English, with publication record on the topic of climate finance