Deadline: 19.02.2023

Senior Program Officer – Climate Finance South Asia/

Global center on adaptation

VACANCY TITLE Senior Program Officer, Climate Finance South Asia

LOCATION Dhaka, Bangladesh or Rotterdam, Netherlands


ANTICIPATED START DATE As soon as possible



The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyse action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure shared learning and collaboration for a climate resilient future. Adapting to the impacts of climate change provides a “win-win” for health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth.

GCA is a rapidly growing organization with offices in Abidjan, Beijing, Dhaka, Groningen, and Rotterdam. The work of the GCA elevates the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and facilitates solutions, such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats.

GCA operates through three strategic pillars: I. Global Programs, II. Advocacy and Agenda Setting, and III. Research for Impact. There are six Global Programs, which are managed out of the Headquarters in Rotterdam. These include: 1) Food security, 2) Infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions (NBS), 3) Urban Resilience and Water, 4) Youth and Jobs; 5) Climate Finance, and 6) Locally Led Action. The Global Programs support a range of projects that ultimately aim to ensure that large-scale investments reflect and integrate adaptation solutions.


The Climate Finance Program aims to build the capacity of countries to drive adaptation at a much greater scale by planning differently and accessing the key sources of adaptation finance. In addition, this Program supports the design of innovative public and private financial instruments, ranging from resilience bonds and debt-for-resilience swaps to aggregation mechanisms for adaptation investment assets and monetization of adaptation benefits.

The key themes of the GCA’s current Climate Finance work include:

  • Supporting governments and central banks in mainstreaming climate risks into policies and planning.
  • Scaling up adaptation finance through new and innovative instruments.
  • Driving resilient investment flows, including through enhanced uptake of disclosure of physical climate risks by financial institutions.


GCA seeks an experienced Senior Climate Finance Officer to help deliver the ambitious objective of mainstreaming of adaptation and resilience into the financial systems of Asian countries aiming to significantly increasing the level of finance flowing towards adaptation and resilience. This role will involve supporting the Climate Finance work of the GCA through providing regional support to countries in GCA’s South Asia regional office, in driving strategic direction, active external engagement, cross-theme coordination, and project implementation.


Areas of responsibility
The responsibilities of the Senior Program Officer, Climate Finance, include:

  • Develop a capacity building program, and with practical tools support governments (financial regulators and central banks) and private sector financial intermediaries (banks, investors’ community, private sector companies), in mainstreaming climate risks into policies and investment decision making
  • Support regional dialogues on South Asian financial and fiscal systems among key stakeholders. This would ensure exchange on best practices and experiences with implementing macroeconomic stress testing and scenario analysis, taxonomies, integrating TCFD recommendations and green budget tagging
  • Support the development of Climate Change Public Expenditure Reviews and implementation of methodologies for green budget tagging
  • Participate in the preliminary evaluation of project proposals to assess their feasibility for financial support and/or technical assistance by GCA. This involves the initial screening of projects, carrying out desk reviews, preparing preliminary evaluation notes for presentation to the Workstream Lead and the Regional Director for South Asia
  • Participate in relevant missions with project partners to prepare project appraisal reports, including various financial and risk analysis, development outcome analysis, strategic alignment with GCA goals
  • Develop and review reports, presentations, and project briefs, among others, as well as support to overall outputs of the AAAP Pillars
  • Support the preparation of knowledge products – e.g. policy briefs, news stories, reports – on GCA’s activities and the climate finance workstream, as well as capacity building activities
  • Support the day-to-day implementation of the climate finance workstream, including but not limited to the preparation of project concepts, procurement documents, contract management, planning tools, and progress monitoring and reporting.
  • Perform any additional tasks as assigned.
  • A Master’s or PhD in economics, finance, environmental and social sciences, climate policy or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in the fields of climate change, climate economics, sustainable finance, or a related area, with a focus on climate risk and green fiscal management in Asia
  • Significant experience working in a Multinational Development Bank or international institutions/organization, with recognition in the field of sustainable finance is an asset
  • Experience of successfully delivering complex multi-stakeholder projects to time and within budget
  • Strong management skills to effectively coordinate projects, contracts, and implementation partners, as well as to provide rapid and strategic inputs, ensuring the achievement of technically robust and timely outputs
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders at different technical and strategic levels– senior government officials and other authorities, representatives of multilateral development banks, implementation partners, and so on
  • Experience in developing practical tool, capacity building programs and publications in the fields of climate risk and sustainable financial systems in South Asia.
  • Experience in developing regional dialogs and high-profile events.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency in other languages is an asset.


With our global headquarters in Rotterdam on the world’s largest floating office, and regional offices around the globe, GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will be contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. You will have the opportunity to draw upon the substantial expertise available at GCA and its partner organizations across the world and you will be given an opportunity to support the shaping of international policies and global action on climate change, working at the highest governmental levels and collaborating with governments on all continents.


Please apply at by submitting your CV and cover letter in English before 19 February 2023. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start.


The GCA celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. GCA does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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