Senior Climate Change Officer, People’s Republic of China Resident Mission At Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Closing date: Tuesday, 18 July 2023

Reference Number: 230378

Position Level: NS 3

Department: Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department

Division: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division

Location: People’s Republic of China Resident Mission

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Closing Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ADB has an ongoing organizational review which may result in the change of department/group and/or reporting arrangement(s). By proceeding with your application, you acknowledge and accept the possibility of such changes resulting from the organizational review.

This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 (“Recruitment and Appointment’). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants.

This vacancy is a local staff position. It is open only to nationals and residents of People’s Republic of China.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division (SDCD) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) and will be strategically placed in the People’s Republic of China Resident Mission (PRCM) of the East Asia Department (EARD). SDCC provides leadership, innovation, and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work. The SDCD coordinates and provides strategic guidance on ADB’s work on climate change and disaster resilience, and administers climate change and disaster risk management funds.

EARD is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the East Asia region. PRCM was established to assist its Headquarters in the implementation of projects and programs, in project processing, country programming, and economic and sector work. It also coordinates ADB’s activities with other resident diplomatic and donor missions, NGOs, academic institutions, local think tanks, private sector and other members of the civil society.

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Job Purpose

The Senior Climate Change Officer will provide in-depth technical support to the development, implementation and coordination of ADB’s climate change agenda in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)], working with the country team on upstream analysis, Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) development and annual programming, coordinating the activities and outputs of SDCD, compiling and analyzing thematic and sector information, supporting sector teams with project design and monitoring progress of ongoing thematic and sector work related to climate change. The Senior Climate Change Officer will support the design, development, processing, implementation, and evaluation of investment projects and technical assistance related to climate change. She/he will act as focal person in: (i) maintaining an overview of ADB’s climate operations in the PRC, including lending, non-lending, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and non-sovereign work; (ii) the preparation of status reports, briefing papers, speeches, and related materials for senior staff across ADB and Management, and maintenance of partnerships and ADB’s participation in external networks; and (iii) report on relevant work and progress made by ADB on the climate agenda to corporate reports and external stakeholders, where relevant. The staff will also provide support in the tracking and monitoring climate finance in ADB and liaise with other multilateral banks regarding shared initiatives including climate finance and greenhouse gas accounting.

The incumbent will report to the Director, SDCD under direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director, PRC Resident Mission, and will work closely with the regional climate focal staff in ADB’s East Asia Department.


a. Country partnership strategy and country programming

    •  Supports the resident mission to integrate climate adaptation and mitigation considerations into development of the country partnership strategy and annual country programming missions.
    •  Maintains an overview of climate operations in the country, including lending, non-lending, PPP and non-sovereign operations; assists in monitoring ongoing technical assistance projects related to climate change.
    •  Acts as the key person to engage with implementing agencies and ministries on climate change; and connect key government actors with relevant sector teams and SDCD.

b. Investments, Policies, Strategies and Frameworks (Climate Change)

    •  Undertakes research (including policy and sector issues, best practices), data collection, and analyses to support project development, policy and sector work; prepares relevant papers and briefing notes; monitors, compiles, and updates policy and sector initiatives, activities, products, and tools at the national, sub-regional, and regional levels, including projects, programs, roadmaps, guidelines, standards, case studies, and other activities and materials that can provide direction in furthering ADB’s climate change program.
    •  Conducts analysis to address raised issues and provides information on climate change in response to inquiries.
    •  Provides substantial technical inputs in the design, development, processing, implementation, and evaluation of ADB investments and technical assistance on climate change including consultant selection and recruitment and review of consultants’ outputs.
    •  Assists in the development of and monitoring of activities and deliverables under ADB’s climate change strategic framework and corporate results framework.

c. Climate Change Information and Dissemination

    •  Provides technical inputs in preparing speeches, briefing notes and presentation materials for workshops, conferences, meetings, and seminars, including those for senior staff and Management.
    •  Provides technical inputs and disseminates knowledge materials and coordinates with operations and sector and thematic groups for the development of investments and exchange of information related to climate change.
    •  Acts as the key person in carrying out plans for climate change communication and knowledge sharing and capacity building.
    •  Acts as the key person in collecting, reviewing, and maintaining information on climate finance.
    •  Acts as the key person to address external requests and provide critical support in organizing and coordinating events at international foras and/or climate change conferences.
    •  Coordinates with other departments, sector and thematic groups, and other partners in the development and conduct of learning and training activities on climate change. [NCM1]
    •  Provides inputs to support the development and maintenance of the SDCD and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group websites, including related databases.
    •  Ensures the availability, accuracy, and efficiency in retrieving information needed for the analysis, evaluation, formulation, and monitoring of information on climate change including speeches, briefing notes, materials, talking points, and other contents.

d. Operational Support

    •  Provides inputs for the preparation and updating of the climate change work plan and accomplishment reports, including assessment of resource requirements in coordination with relevant colleagues.
    •  Leads the coordination and preparation of inputs to the RD, Sector Group, and CCSD Management Information System, quarterly accomplishment reports, write ups on the three-year rolling work program and ADB annual report.
    •  Participates in internal working groups including SovOps, and whatever may be assigned.

e. Others

    •  Provides day-to-day technical oversight, knowledge sharing and guidance to other National Staff and Administrative Staff.
    •  Performs other duties as may be assigned and reflected in the incumbent’s work plan.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  •  Bachelor’s degree in the fields of environment, climate, economics, engineering, social science, policy, and other related disciplines. preferably with Master’s Degree or equivalent.
  •  At least 8 years relevant experience in climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, climate change policy, climate finance and/or project development work, and at least 4 years supervisory experience
  •  Knowledge of ADB or other multilateral organizations’ products, processes, and systems on project/program processing and other programming activities, an advantage.
  •  Demonstrated strong research, writing and presentation skills.
  •  Effective report-writing and communication skills in English.
  •  Able to liaise and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders of ADB
  •  Able to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive team member.
  •  Excellent presentation and written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  •  Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for NS3.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

This vacancy is a local staff position. It is open only to nationals and residents of People’s Republic of China.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.


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