Climate Finance Specialists (2)

Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)
Midrand, South Africa
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Climate Finance Specialist is a key subject matter expert in the areas of climate resilience, international funding mechanisms and blended finance that support mitigation and adaptation, particularly public and private finance management, in developing countries.

echnical outputs.
1. Scope technical and commercial market potential for sustainable energy, water, transport projects (and others in secondary sectors of the DBSA mandate) in targeted countries and identify opportunities for climate finance
2. Appraisal of new investment and non-investment proposals (early stage screening and due diligence)
3. Preparing appraisal reports for submission to the relevant Committees for approval
4. Credit risk analysis (for loans) and performing detailed analysis of investment opportunities including, commercial analysis, financial modelling and analysis, and institutional analysis
5. Negotiating term sheets with clients
6. Working with the DBSA Coverage division in marketing the Climate Finance Unit product to clients;
7. Conducting Climate Finance diagnostics/appraisal with clients, drafting of appraisal reports
8. Monitor the progress and impact of projects through regular reporting and evaluation of consultants and project performance in conjunction with DBSA Monitoring and Evaluation Unit;
9. Carry out technical due diligence in line with DBSA (and other funding mechanisms including Global Environmental Facility and Green Climate Fund) climate and environment standards, and work with the legal team to ensure contract conditions include necessary guidelines and reporting procedures;
10. Ensure implementation of reporting formats for the Climate portfolio to be used by bank management for Global Environmental Facility and Green Climate Fund ; where possible, gain insight into the portfolio management procedures and data processing to improve decision making;
11. Provide portfolio support for investment projects in using relevant tools for Green House Gas accounting;
12. Provide technical inputs in establishing and managing partnerships and networking initiatives with key players in the climate change space to advance DBSA’s Climate finance agenda;
13. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of banking, financial institutions and related industry knowledge;
14. Develop a strong pipeline of good quality investment and advisory opportunities through anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge;
15. Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to develop specific investment and advisory opportunities;
16. Coordinate closely with social, environmental, advisory and investment colleagues in order to champion DBSA’s value to our clients' businesses, find pragmatic solutions to the specific sector challenges, and achieve sustainable development impact;
Key measurements of outputs.
1. Capital value of funds accessed from Global Environmental Facility, Green Climate Fund andOther for project implementation: blending with DBSA funds (other refers to various available climate financing mechanisms)
2. Capital value of funds accessed from Global Environmental Facility, Green Climate Fund andOther for project preparation
3. Fee income received from Global Environmental Facility, Green Climate Fund andOthers
4. Value of projects catalyzed
5. Accreditation and access to new sources of climate finance.
6. Team behavioural KPI’s

Key Internal Liaison Relationships

1. Client coverage, Project Preparation, Transaction and Financing Operations
2. Infrastructure Delivery and Knowledge Management Committee (IDKC) Manco and IDKC Board
3. Investment Committee and Board Credit and Investment Committee (BCIC)

Key External Liaison Relationships

1. DBSA Clients
2. Global Environmental Facility and Green Climate Fund Focul Point/National Designated Authority (Department of Environmental Affairs)
3. Global Environmental Facility and Green Climate Fund Secretariat
4. Various Climate Change stakeholders

Minimum Requirements:
1. B degree in Finance, Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or Economics with 5 years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A post graduate degree in these fields will be a distinct advantage.
2. Minimum 6 years of work experience in the financial sector with a focus on Climate Financing for energy, water or transport, including the technical and financial aspects energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and investments;
3. Ability to analyse financial statements and conduct financial modelling
4. Must be familiar with, and have the ability to negotiate complex financial transactions
5. Strong credit and risk analysis skills

Desirable Requirements:

1. In-depth understanding of international climate and environment finance policy environment and its relevance to adaptation/resilience in developing country contexts
2. Demonstrate knowledge of climate adaptation and mitigation finance
3. Strong network relations with stakeholders engaged in adaptation finance policy and practice
4. Past experience in lending operations/ investment projects in energy, water or transport sector(s) would be an asset.
5. Past experience in policy dialogue in complex climate change mitigation or adaptation issues would be an asset
6. Past experience in gender policy/ project specific gender action plan development
7. Past experience in developing Monitoring and Evaluations (log frames), project specific experience most desirable
8. Past experience in developing Environmental and Social Impact Assessment reports

Technical Competencies:

1. Written & Verbal Communication
a. Write effective correspondence, prepares reports, statements of circumstance and briefing notes;
b. Has a solid mastery of writing principles such as grammar, sentence construction etc.
c. Able to communicate complex problems or concepts, by making them simple and understandable for others;
d. Is articulate, demonstrates a wide range of vocabulary, and is confident when talking to large/high level

2. Financial Analysis
a. Interprets, analyzes and/or evaluates compliance with applicable legislation, sound regulatory practices and procedures, generally accepted accounting principles, and other such rules and regulations.
b. Demonstrates a thorough knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations, rules, entity/company practices, concepts, and industry issues.
c. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with regulated industries, government officials, administrators, and civic leaders.

3. Business Development
a. Identifies lucrative market opportunities through an excellent understanding and interpretation of sector analyses, including market structure, supply and demand aspects, competitor environment, gap analysis.
b. Actively participates in formulating, developing and implementing the business development strategy/ies to generate new investment opportunities in public and private sector (delivery of infrastructure services).
c. Assesses Project/ Programme Feasibility through interrogation of resource requirements (including financing, capacity, capability and related issues).

4. Negotiation
a. Is able to successfully conclude negotiations which require the development of an emotional as well as factual argument.
b. Is able to develop mutually-beneficial potential solutions.

5. Deal Origination
a. Conducts project identification, conceptualisation and preliminary structuring of projects structuring and value preposition for DBSA.
b. Applies analytical skills to understand the technical, environmental, institutional, financial and legal components of projects to present a structure to prepare the project.
c. Understands the regulatory and policy environments and offers advice in preparing/structuring of projects.

6. Sector Expertise (across water, energy and transport)
a. Draws on knowledge of Climate change policy, political economy, strategy and institutions –
b. Develops insights of the politics, institutions and governance issues related to climate change to serve as a trusted advisor to stakeholders and to shape DBSA sector policies.
c. Understands the International regulatory framework for climate change, including the Paris Agreement, Climate finance and leveraging capital markets; Institutional Assessment; Legislative framework in country for climate change; Institutional capacity building
d. Follows given sector industry dynamics, trends and key players and uses that knowledge to develop sector insights.
e. Draws on sector knowledge and knowledge of the client business to identify unique opportunities to enhance business performance for the client.