Manager - Climate Finance Access Network (Fiji)
The Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN) was established to support developing countries in unlocking access to finance to achieve their climate objectives. By cultivating a network of highly trained climate finance advisors, CFAN builds long-lasting capacity in developing countries to (1) identify the sources and instruments for delivering climate finance, (2) establish relationships with climate finance providers, and (3) structure financing for mitigation and adaptation investments. CFAN works across developing countries with a focus on Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.
RMI as the CFAN Network Coordinator is responsible for the operationalization and expanding of the Network, for designing and implementing CFAN’s advisor training program, supporting climate finance advisors working in-country, building long-term country capacity beyond the tenure of CFAN advisors, and facilitating collaboration among CFAN’s institutional members. The growing CFAN’s membership includes 20+ organizations working to improve climate finance access and impact in most vulnerable developing countries.
Individuals of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!
The Manager will serve as the primary project manager and work closely with and under the direction of the CFAN Director and RMI’s Managing Directors to design and execute on the CFAN project in the Pacific Region. The Manager will serve as a project leader responsible for the coordination of CFAN’s portfolio of Pacific countries and partners. In this role, you will:
- Have responsibility for managing CFAN’s Pacific portfolio, which consists of 16 Pacific countries, territories and direct access entities.
- Lead the day-to-day collaboration with CFAN implementing partners in the region. Have expertise and experience in project development and are conversant in one or more additional areas relating to climate finance for SIDS and LDCs.
- You will represent RMI externally at mid-level events and engage with small to mid-sized groups.
- Begin to participate in business development and sometimes have a significant role in that area.
- Contribute to strategy-level conversations about initiatives and RMI.
- Provide country and membership engagement expertise
- Act as the lead relationship manager for the CFAN Pacific portfolio, including liaising directly with CFAN advisor enrollment members, advisors and government focal points.
- As CFAN expands, coordinate engagement across regional portfolios by setting up processes and approaches, including project preparation and development backstopping to advisors.
- Actively contribute to the implementation of CFAN’s state of the art Climate Finance Training Program.
- Develop strategies, case studies, and new modalities for advancing capacity building efforts and lessons learned to support climate finance advisors in accessing and mobilizing climate finance.
- Manage projects to yield breakthrough insights and results
- With senior guidance, shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, timelines, resource and workplans plans, and execute on project reporting.
- Lead and contribute to research efforts and publications by ensuring lessons learned and project outcomes are shared widely.
- Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights.
- Work together with our development team and under the guidance of the CFAN director to develop funding strategies.
- Contribute to reporting related to Pacific activities and results to funders and donors
- Engage RMI geography teams and content experts to identify and integrate knowledge, experience, and expertise into the CFAN strategy and offerings.
- Support the design and development of program strategy.
- Engage with leadership across RMI to achieve the programmatic and project needs of CFAN.
- Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public speaking events.
- Required Qualifications:
- Master’s level degree, equivalent, or higher, in sustainability, environment, economics, international development, geography, or energy-related discipline.
- At least 5+ years of direct relevant experience, particularly in climate finance. Project development experience preferred.
- Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive.
- Demonstrated initiative, accomplishment, and excellent project management skills.
- Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations.
- Excel at stakeholder engagement and relationship building.
- Experience in capacity development, facilitation, and training program development.
- Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
- Experience with and/or knowledge of requirements of multilateral climate funds like the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund, Global Environmental Facility, etc.
- Prior experience in project and portfolio management, or other related fields.
- Experience with professional/peer/learning networks, communities of practice, or other types of collaborative processes to achieve scaled impact or solutions.
- Familiarity with the climate finance landscape, understanding of international climate negotiations is a plus.
- Familiarity with country climate action and commitments, including Nationally Determined Contributions planning processes.
- Ability to write clear and comprehensive text for internal and external audiences
- Success in building coalitions for change, or achieving shared or community priorities or goals.
- Experience working with multi-laterals or other complex national or sub-national partners within the climate finance landscape.
- Experience working internationally, ideally with a diversity of stakeholders.
We are a remote-ready company with team members around the globe. Our beautiful and welcoming offices are available for meetings or focused work, whether you are traveling through or living nearby.
Please note that this position requires you to be located in or near commuting distance of Suva, Fiji.
Start date: January 2023 (possibility to start part time if internally hiring)
We provide you with the essential IT equipment plus a one-time home technology payment and a monthly work from home/commuter allowance to ensure you have a comfortable home office set up and necessary supplies.
We love seeing each other in person! We occasionally gather for shared time together like retreats and learning experiences. Be ready to travel for occasional in-person meetings (and of course, we cover travel costs). Some roles may require more travel, which will be discussed during the hiring process.
Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.
RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. Typically, new Managers join at the minimum to mid salary range of $103,000-$121,000. You would also have an additional 10% bonus target!
We offer a comprehensive benefits package adjusted to regional norms, including (for U.S. employment):
- Medical, dental, vision insurance
- 403b retirement options (5% match immediately)
- Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
- Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)
- Generous paid time off
- Parental leave
- Work from home and commuter allowance
Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.
We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:
- Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
- Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.
- Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders, and constituents within diverse communities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.