Climate Safeguards Coordinator – Washington, D.C.
Organization: Bank Information Center
Position Title: Climate Safeguards Coordinator
Location: Washington, D.C.
Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Salary commensurate with experience.
Application Deadline: May 8, 2013.
Posted On: April 25, 2013.
The Bank Information Center (BIC) partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social justice and ecological sustainability.
BIC is currently working to strengthen key international environmental and social policy requirements of the World Bank, with the aim of preventing harm to communities and the environment. For the past year, BIC has been regularly convening a group of over 20 CSOs from around the globe to collectively strategize and advocate for stronger environmental and social standards at the World Bank. BIC has helped organize collective civil society submissions to the World Bank on its safeguard policies, primarily related to how the Bank can strengthen its environmental and social standards, including those on climate change mitigation and adaptation. These submissions were endorsed by hundreds of organizations from over 50 countries.
We are looking for a smart, proactive campaigner who will lead our advocacy efforts in pushing for binding climate standards in the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies and its Energy Strategy. The Climate Safeguards Coordinator will report to BIC’s Campaigns Director, and work closely with the rest of BIC’s safeguards team.
Strengthen coalition of CSOs working on climate
1) Reach out to key climate CSO allies, particularly NGOs which may not follow the World Bank closely.
2) Convene regular CSO planning meetings on climate change.
Prepare materials and policy language recommendations related to climate
3) Facilitate the refining of specific policy language recommendations for the appropriate World Bank Policy or Strategy, which detail the binding requirements that the World Bank should adopt on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Work closely with BIC’s team drafting a model policy on environmental and social assessment.
4) Develop briefing materials to educate the U.S. Congress on the World Bank’s role in climate issues.
Advocacy for CSO climate policy recommendations
5) Engage senior World Bank management who are tasked with conducting the environmental standards review and involved in drafting possible climate policy language in the safeguard policies or Energy Strategy.
6) Coordinate with CSO allies, including in Europe, to convince the World Bank Executive Directors to serve as champions for binding climate safeguards at the World Bank.
7) Educate the U.S. House or Senate Appropriations Committee on the World Bank’s role in climate issues.
8) Work closely with other climate groups in sending strong messages through the media to publicly elevate our recommendations.
9) Organize the travel of experts for them to meet directly with key World Bank Executive Directors and Congressional staff to advocate for our climate policy recommendations.
- At least five years of experience in advocacy, working with various stakeholders, and working in a sector related to climate (including energy);
- Strong understanding of climate issues, including related energy sector issues;
- Knowledge of and experience working on international financial institutions, particularly the World Bank and its social and environmental policies and its involvement in the climate/energy sector;
- Strong strategic, analytical, organizing, and communication skills;
- Interest in, and exposure to, international development issues;
- Demonstrated commitment to social change;
- Pro-active, with strong self-motivation;
- Bachelor’s degree (Masters degree strongly preferred);
- Experience in media is preferred.
How to Apply:
Send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and resume/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 8, 2013. Write “Climate Coordinator” in the subject heading. No phone calls please. Due to capacity constraints, BIC will only reply to short-listed candidates.
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