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National Climate Finance Advisers

Location: Countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Regions
Closing date: 3 July 2019
Contract duration: One year with the potential for extension

Fee: £55,000 plus allowances and benefits

Evidence shows that Small States and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) suffer disproportionally from the effects of climate change. Their vulnerability is exacerbated by a lack of critical capacity to address those impacts. Although climate finance is being made available to developing countries through a number of international initiatives, these countries often face difficulties in attracting adequate amounts because of their limited capacity to design viable and implementable climate change projects in compliance with funding criteria established by international financial institutions. This was the finding of the 2013 Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is looking to establish a pool of consultants to be considered for National Climate Finance Adviser opportunities, scheduled to take place in numerous Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Caribbean regions. Any future assignments would be for an initial 12-month period.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Climate Finance Adviser will have overall responsibility for the main activities of Capacity Building; Knowledge Management; and Stakeholder Engagement and Communication

NOTE: Full details of these activities are provided in the Terms of reference, but activities under the Terms of Reference will vary depending on the circumstances of the government agency and country where the Adviser is placed. 

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications

  • A post-graduate qualification (Master degree) in any of the following: Climate Change, Environmental Studies/Economics, Natural Resources Management; Energy; Project Management; and Business Studies.


  • At least 8 years of work experience in climate policy development and management of projects in the area of climate change, energy, forestry, biodiversity, agriculture and technical assistance initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in climate finance readiness, grant proposal writing and/or climate change capacity building or technology transfer.
  • Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization, stakeholder relationship building and collaboration with government agencies, donors and/international development partners, and non-government organisations.
  • Developing country experience, particularly in Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions is a strong advantage.


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
  • Knowledge of an additional relevant language is desirable.

Please refer to the terms of reference for full details about this opportunity.

We should receive your application by 17:00 BST on 3 July 2019.  

To be considered, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country and be able to thrive in our multi-cultural environment.

Apply online Terms of reference