Climate Public Finance Management Specialist - Bangladesh

ADPC , Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Job Summary

Job Description

ADPC is an intergovernmental regional organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media, and other key stakeholders.

Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.

ADPC Strategy 2020 guides the organization in providing comprehensive risk reduction support to countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC recognizes the importance of examining the linkages between disaster risk management, poverty reduction, gender equality, sustainability, rights-based approaches, climate change and regional cooperation.

For details please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/

B. Background

Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of SAR countries. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters in South Asia incurred estimated damages of US$ 149.27 billion. Public expenditure is under stress by the repeated need to reallocate capital budgets away from long term development planning and towards reconstruction activities in post-disaster environments. For example, since 2005, Pakistan has suffered losses on the order of US$ 16 billion due to natural disasters. In Bangladesh, 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion, or 2.6 per cent of GDP.

To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift towards policies and institutions that enable climate resilient investments. Investing in more resilient infrastructure is both profitable and urgent as disruptions are extremely costly for governments, households and private sector and large ongoing investments in infrastructure assets will have long-lasting repercussions as poor maintenance and natural disasters result in a vulnerable stock.

With the financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC will be implementing a five years’ project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project for South Asia” (CARE). The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments across South Asia. This objective will be achieved through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge exchange for climate resilience and adaptation and mainstreaming of resilience and adaptation in national policies, plans and investments.

Scaling up the climate resilient financing is vital to satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve review of national policies to support in development of climate resilient frameworks in planning and financing.

Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced Climate Public Finance Management Specialist will be required to support in reviewing national reports and frameworks. S/he will be selected on competitive basis following World Bank Procurement Regulations.

The objectives of this consultancy service are to:

· Support in reviewing, updating and the utility of the existing climate change public expenditure review to identify gaps and develop a country action plan for climate and disaster risk-informed investment, appraisal and approval framework

· Provide technical inputs in reviewing relevant documents to highlight gaps in climate resilience initiatives with focus on public expenditure on climate resilience including planning mechanisms and public policy.

· Lead in facilitating cooperation between the Ministry of Finance (MOF), with the Ministry of Planning (MoP), with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and other critical public sector agencies in Bangladesh to identify gaps and develop an action plan for climate and disaster-risk informed investment

C. Statement of Intent

The Climate Public Finance Management Specialist will play an essential role in Bangladesh to ensure National expertise is available with a strong understanding of the country climate public financing systems and support in reviewing frameworks and reports to support in scaling up climate smart investment in the country. The consultant will further support in development of action plans and adaptation plans for climate and disaster risk-informed investments.

The Climate Public Finance Management Specialist will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Note:

It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.

D. Duties and Responsibilities

The Climate Public Finance Specialist shall provide the following:

Technical Review and Support:

· Lead in coordinating the conduct of national events such as the inception meeting, consultations, and workshops in Bangladesh related to Public Finance for climate resilience.

· Lead in review, update and revalidation of the Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR), Climate Financing for Sustainable Development with the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Ministry of Planning (MoP) and the Ministry of Finance and Revenue (MoF) to identify gaps and and challenges leading to the development of a National Policy Dialogue on Climate Change, National Action Plan for Climate and Disaster Risk-Informed Investments, and a Country National Appraisal and Approval Framework for Climate and Disaster Risk Informed Investments

· Lead in the conduct of a fiscal risk analysis by utilizing the Climate Change Fiscal Risk Analysis tool to develop a country action plan for climate-related fiscal risk mitigation measures

· Lead in the development of the Bangladesh Climate Fiscal Framework implementation plan which is to be approved by the Ministry of Finance

Performing other relevant tasks as assigned by the Country Project Lead and Climate Public Finance Management Specialist (Regional).

E. Qualifications

The candidate should at least have:

· A master or equivalent qualification in the field of public finance management, economics, business administration, public accounting or similar area of expertise.

· At least 10 years of experience in the area of public financial management, specifically in budget preparation and execution processes; public expenditure review etc. with a minimum of 8 years of experience dealing with climate public expenditure in Bangladesh

· Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of latest climate policies, frameworks such as the Bangladesh Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, National Adaptation Plans (NAP), Bangladesh Climate Change Financing Framework (BCFF), and other vital compliance and obligatory and non-binding agreements in the country relevant to climate adaptation and resilience.

· Proven experience and understanding in the country public expenditure, finance and fiscal policy processes

· Team work with strong communication skills and capacity to work under pressure and short deadlines

· Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners

· Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet

· Experience in training and capacity building

Excellent English proficiency in oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience.

F. Reporting Relationships

The Climate Public Finance Management Specialist will report to Country Project Lead for the day to day activities and maintain a close coordination with the ADPC’s Country Representative in Bangladesh. The technical oversight will be provided by the Climate Public Finance Management Specialist (Regional) at the Bangkok office through the PIU. The specialist will also coordinate with the other CARE project specialists at the regional and national level to carry out different activities under the project.

G. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 1 year. The consultant’s performance will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

H. Selection Method

The consultant will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s recruitment process and in compliance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

Source: http://www.adpc.net/


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