Carbon Finance Methodology Specialist

 The World Bank’s Forest and Landscapes (Green) Team (CCGGT) sits in the Climate Change Cross Cutting Solutions Area (CCSA); it manages carbon funds and facilities, worth over $1.3 billion. There are two main carbon funds/facilities:

• The BioCarbon Fund (BioCF), with a capital of over $390 million, is the World Bank administered fund dedicated to forestry and agriculture projects. BioCF projects are designed to sequester carbon in above- and below-ground biomass and soils, ameliorate local environmental conditions and improve rural livelihoods. The BioCF is a pioneer in its field. To-date, the focus has been to generate emission reductions from afforestation/reforestation and agriculture pilots, as well as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The work has led to a valuable body of experience that informs the carbon markets on land use issues and is paving the way for an integrated landscape approach to carbon accounting, measured either though carbon offsets, or associated proxies. Tranches 1 and 2 are closed to projects and new funds, but Tranche 3 (the Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes) has been launched with a focus on large, scaled up integrated activities, with results-based payments.
See more information at www.biocarbonfund.org.
•  The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which became operational in June 2008, is a global partnership focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). The FCPF Readiness Fund assists tropical and subtropical forest countries in developing the systems and policies for REDD+ (“getting ready for REDD+” or “readiness”), while the FCPF Carbon Fund intends to pilot performance-based payments for REDD+ in a limited number of countries. The FCPF has so far selected over 40 REDD+ countries into the partnership.  Current pledged funding to the Facility stands at over $850 million, including approximately $380 million for the Readiness Fund and approximately $470 million for the Carbon Fund. The Readiness Fund provides readiness preparation grants to REDD+ countries (up to $3.8 million each) for the following activities included in the national Readiness Preparation Proposals (R-PPs):
i. preparing a national REDD+ strategy;
ii. establishing a reference level for forest emissions and forest cover;
iii. designing a national REDD+ monitoring system; and
iv. setting up national REDD+ management arrangements.
The Facility Management Team (FMT) is housed in the CCSA and serves as secretariat for the FCPF. More information can be found at http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org.
 
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
 
Duties and Accountability
 
The selected candidate will be part of the BioCF and FCPF FMT and will focus on assisting in the implementation of large scale REDD+ programs focusing primarily on methodological aspects associated with measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of results of emission reduction programs.  Most of the methodological support is expected in the Africa region and some work will be required in other geographic areas.  It is expected that the majority of work will be for the FCPF (70%) and the remainder for BioCF (30%). The duties will include:
 
Portfolio support
Work closely on technical and methodology aspects of REDD+ carbon fund programs to ensure that carbon finance components conform with internationally accepted standards for environmental integrity;  
Innovate and apply aspects of REDD+ projects to large-scale integrated programs, incorporating agriculture or energy into MRV systems as applied to landscapes;
Work closely with operational teams and carbon finance specialists to ensure the implementation of carbon accounting methodologies in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner;
Work closely with operational teams and carbon finance specialists to ensure smooth verification and issuance of Emission Reductions from programs following the emission reduction payment (ERPA) contract;
Support the MRV capacity building during early development of programs as well as during implementation;  assist clients with understanding the MRV approach;
Ensure MRV approaches are compatible with other carbon fund operations in the same jurisdictions; also ensure alignment with any MRV aspects of bilateral REDD+ programs in the same or neighboring jurisdiction.
 
Knowledge generation and dissemination
Generate lessons learned on topics such as forest carbon MRV and carbon accounting in the land use sector;
Participate in training and knowledge dissemination activities in carbon finance for fund stakeholders.
 
Coordination and operations
Act as the CCGGT’s methodology specialist focal point for a number of countries in Africa, which entails liaising with the World Bank’s Global Practice teams in the Africa Region;
Provide technical and methodological support to members of the BioCF & FCPF Facility Management Team on various issues, including review of Readiness Packages, Emission Reductions Program Documents, UNFCCC submissions on land use, etc.
 
The selected candidate will report to the CCGGT Manager and be under the day-to-day supervision of the FCPF and BioCF Coordinator.
 
 
Selection Criteria:
 
Competencies
Client orientation: Proactively addresses client needs. Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs. Anticipates client needs and responds based on clear understanding of needs and concerns. Seeks to understand the World Bank strategies at a global level and within the context of diverse internal and external stakeholders. Asks probing questions to understand the client’s underlying needs; offers solutions to meet those needs. Works to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success. Demonstrates a disposition and willingness to value and adjust to other cultures.
Drive for results: Accepts accountability for work tasks. Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so. Follows up for completion, coordinates with others, and ensures that others with whom he or she is working deliver on time and to quality standards. Aligns own goals and results with WBG results agenda and links targets and goals to development impact and sustainability. Allocates and prioritizes resources to get the job done in the context of the defined goals for highest priority/impact assignments. Identifies and acknowledges risks and actively employs strategies and solutions, working collectively with others to mitigate them. Treats barriers and problems as opportunities and is straightforward in tackling issues that impact the business.
Teamwork (collaboration) and inclusion: Values working in collaboration and respecting views of others. Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output. Fully involves others in the work of the team. Shows respect for different points of view and incorporates into own work program. Contributes as required to the work of others in the department. Understands differences in culture and values and the importance of including others’ views in achieving the strategic goals of the World Bank and its partners. Solicits feedback from others and negotiates and resolves differences in a constructive manner. Works collaboratively and effectively within the Bank’s culture as well as within own and others’ cultures.
Knowledge learning and communication: Shares, seeks out and uses global good practices and operationally relevant knowledge to improve development impact. Uses available resources from within and outside the WBG to build knowledge and acquire new skills. Shares knowledge across the World Bank Group and seeks input and feedback from others. Communicates and presents information and ideas in an organized and clear way and responds to requests to share knowledge with others in a timely and respectful manner. Seeks knowledge related to WBG and subject areas assigned and applies knowledge to own work. Identifies own competencies, biases, and learning gaps and seeks to reduce any gaps. Documents lessons learned from own work and shares within own department and other Bank Group staff as appropriate. Listens and participates; contributes actively in the workplace and delivers information effectively, verbally and in writing. Listens to others and expresses ideas and concerns openly and constructively. Resolves conflict in a respectful, non-personalized and tactful manner in a multicultural context.
Business judgment and analytical decision making: Analyzes available information and makes evidence based ethical decisions. Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Makes good cost/benefit decisions to meet work program objectives. Anticipates problems and potential barriers to achieving results or meeting time demands. Identifies, assesses and ensures that all pertinent stakeholder data is considered in the analysis, giving proper weight to making decisions.
Integrative skills: Is working to develop a broader view across all facets of current sector. Understands core issues and knows where to get additional expertise when needed. Task team member in integrative products and provides analytical written inputs.
Knowledge and experience in development arena: Understands policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process. Able to find relevant information/data and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions and to distill operationally relevant recommendations/lessons from this analysis for clients.
Environmental policy, strategy and institutions: Has a foundational familiarity with environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations relevant to the project or analytical work. Identifies issues which would impact success of these outcomes.
Natural resources management: Has direct experience in natural resources management, including deeper experience in at least one area. Has relevant experience applying this knowledge to projects, analytical work, and other deliverables. Can identify related issues and risks and propose solutions.
 
Other Selection Criteria
Advanced Degree (Master’s) in environmental science, natural resource management/forestry, geography, environmental policy or environmental economics;  
At least 5 years of work experience in relevant sectors, including the environment sector; work experience in international development, development finance, or inter-governmental or global or regional organizations is desirable;
Relevant work experience in the Africa region essential;
Extensive work experience in REDD+, including the practical application of greenhouse gas accounting methodologies in the land use sector;
Familiarity essential with land use projects using a variety of standards including the Clean Development Mechanism, Verified Carbon Standard, or other forest carbon certification standards;
Familiarity with FCPF and BioCF objectives and portfolio, and emerging guidance for pilot programs under the Carbon Fund of the FCPF is desirable;
Experience with the development and application of monitoring tools as applied to REDD+;
Field experience in land use, land-use change and forestry areas is required;
Experience in project design and financing is preferred;
Excellent written and verbal communications skills in both English and French.
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