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The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Projects Directorate (PJ) - Environment & Sustainable Territorial Development Department (ETD) at its headquarters in Luxembourg, an (Senior) Department Climate Advisor. This is a full time position at grade 5/6. The term of this contract will be 4 years Panel interviews are anticipated for March 2020. The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.
Purpose The EIB Group is at the forefront of the EU's quest for carbon neutrality and has committed to mobilise investments on an unprecedented scale to support global climate action. Within the EIB, the Project Directorate (PJ) takes a leading role on the implementation of the EIB climate strategy, being in charge of the due diligence on the quality and soundness of projects and on their compliance with the Bank's sector and horizontal policies. The Projects Directorate is composed of (i) four sector Departments, having each responsibilities for project assessment and lending policies for a specific sector or group of sectors, and (ii) one Safeguards and Quality Management Department, covering all horizontal activities, in particular the Bank's environmental, climate and social policies. The (Senior) Department Climate Advisor (internally referred to as (Senior) Officer) will join the Environment & Sustainable Territorial Development Department (ETD) -- one of the four Sector Departments responsible of the following area: Agriculture, and Rural Development, Water and Waste Water, Urban development and Regional Development. You will advise and guide the sector specialists of the Department on Climate related matters in EIB financed projects during the appraisal and post-signature stages, and ensure the adequate implementation of Climate risk based supervision.
Operating network As part of the Environment & Sustainable Territorial Development Department, you will report to one Head of Division, and work in benefit of all Divisions of the Department. You will work in close contact with the sector specialists in the Department and you will coordinate with the other Department Climate Advisors. You will also closely liaise with the Environment, Climate, and Social Office (ECSO) of the Safeguard and Quality Management Department. You would need to work with a high degree of autonomy, playing a coordinating role between ECSO and the Department sector specialists. You will also represent the EIB at project meetings with promoters and EU/other IFIs as required.
Accountabilities The main responsibilities are:
Safeguard the consistent application of the Bank's Climate Strategy for specific projects in line with the activity of the Department; participate in climate related strategic discussion with other services related to the application of the Bank's strategy;
Identify projects that will contribute towards meeting the Bank's business targets in its various aspects of climate lending;
Interact as the climate representative within and between the Department and ECSO, and any other division, working group or task force at Bank level that is instrumental in implementing the Bank's climate related policies; propose / contribute to climate related cross-sector initiatives;
Coordinate and deliver the annual carbon footprint reporting for the Department in cooperation with ECSO, organise and deliver training on carbon footprinting, stay abreast of and apply developments in the carbon footprinting methodology and ensure methodological consistency within divisions;
Provide hands-on advice to sector specialists on :
Project climate risk, adaptation and mitigation throughout the project cycle;
Climate oriented processes such as the EU Taxonomy, input to sector aspects of the MDB climate guidelines, or Paris Alignment, or other processes linked to the EIB's ambition as a "Climate Bank";
Participate as an expert team member in projects with complex/ high risk climate issues in order to contribute to the climate assessment of the projects;
Ensure the roll out and proper implementation of the Bank's climate risk based system;
Ensure that adequate systems and statistics aimed at reporting on the climate related quality assurance at department level are in place and provided in a timely manner and that project related climate decisions are properly recorded;
Build a knowledge base of all relevant climate related literature and other material for the Department, stay abreast of developments and disseminate the knowledge to Department staff through a variety of means (workshops, trainings, tutorials, etc.).
University degree in e.g. engineering or economics, preferably with additional qualifications linked to environmental or climate science.
At least 5 years of experience combining experience in project preparation or appraisal in a relevant area, and practical experience on how to reflect and implement climate action aspects into projects; experience in the area of Oceans/ Blue economy would be an advantage.
Sound knowledge of international climate policy and the current state of best practice among International Finance Institutions, EU institutions and the UN organisations would be an advantage
Proficiency in standard computer applications
Excellent knowledge of English and/or French (*) and a strong working knowledge of the other. Knowledge of another EU language would be an advantage.
Achievement Drive: Continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals
Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes
Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns
Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation 's needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation 's mission, policies and rules.
(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages We are an equal opportunity employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business. As such, we promote the inclusion of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability (*). Deadline for applications: 4th February 2020 (*). We particularly welcome applications from women and persons with disabilities. #LI-POST