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Director of Climate Finance – Kiribati

  • Full-time, 2-year contract, with the option of a one-year extension
  • Accompanied role with a competitive remuneration and benefits package
  • Applicants from this position may be used to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.

Are you a climate finance expert wanting to be at the forefront of the Pacific’s fight against climate change? A role for a natural collaborator and leader advising government and coordinating investors in climate finance flows to one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts.

The Australia-Pacific Partnership Platform (The Partnerships Platform) is looking for motivated and skilled professionals who are keen to make a difference. We seek passionate staff who work collaboratively to deliver the ideas and advice that will help the countries in which we work meet governance and stability challenges. The Partnership Platform is seeking an experienced and motivated Director of Climate Finance with a proven track record in securing climate change finance, establishing teams, managing projects, and providing strategic advice to government. The ideal candidate is a collaborative, respectful, flexible and resilient technical specialist with a keen focus on climate change, capacity development and an ability to leave sustainable improvements in a complex operating environment.

The Government of Kiribati (GoK) has made significant commitments to building resilience against the threats of Climate Change. This highlights the importance of a strategic approach to accessing global climate finance. The role of Director of Climate Finance within the Kiribati Climate Finance Division, under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, will be responsible for leading and managing the Division to address Kiribati’s climate priority needs.

The areas of focus of the assignment are:

  • Providing strategic and technical advice to the Ministry of Finance and the Government of Kiribati in the continuous development of a strategic approach to accessing climate finance and delivering projects.
  • Leading the Kiribati Climate Finance Division team to develop skills in the management of climate finance projects, from proposals to implementation and reporting.
  • Liaising and coordinating with the Adaptation Fund, Climate Investment Fund, Green Climate Fund and other Official Development Assistance sources of climate finance, as well as implementation partner Global Green Growth Initiative.
  • Lead on the securing of climate finance for Kiribati.
  • Support cross-government coordination in the development and implementation of climate change projects.
  • Support the Finance Minister/Honourable Vice President in his role as Alternative Board Member of the Green Climate Fund.
  • Providing advice and guidance on cross-cutting issues.

The position is an accompanied, 2-year posting with the option to extend for one year. A competitive international standard remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, including housing, and return airfares if required for international candidates.

Click on the link or copy and paste it to access the Candidate Information Pack, including the full Terms of Reference for this position:  http://bit.ly/3FKaIFU

About the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform

The Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by DT Global. It provides Pacific Countries with a suite of flexible, fit-for-purpose options that support broad governance and stability development outcomes.

About the Partner Organisation

The GoK has made significant commitments to building resilience against the threats of climate change. As such, the GoK has established a Climate Finance Division within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED) which focuses on facilitating access to multilateral climate funds including the Green Climate Fund, Climate Investment Fund and Adaptation Fund. This division works within existing structures and coordinates closely with the office of Te Beretenti (the President) as the focal point for Kiribati under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

For more information about MFED, please visit: https://www.mfed.gov.ki/about-us/mission-and-vision

About You

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, respect, resilience and adaptability, and a preparedness to work with limited resources in a challenging environment, this includes the ability to successfully build and manage relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, you will have tertiary qualifications in economics, accounting, public finance, international development or a related discipline, with proven experience in development finance, including demonstrated knowledge of implementation of development projects and emerging environmental issues and challenges. Experience in the Pacific or low-lying atolls will be highly valued, as well-established knowledge of, and networks in, the climate finance ecosystem.

You will be required to demonstrate a strong understanding of, and commitment to Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), child protection and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), anti-corruption and other DFAT safeguarding policies.

About Kiribati

There are inherent opportunities and challenges that come with living and working in developing country contexts, including considerations unique to small island states. Applicants should consider these prior to applying. For further information please go to: https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/kiribati/kiribati-country-brief

Other Information

Applicants (and approved dependents) will need to undergo psychometric and medical screening prior to deployment. Amendments to the position’s terms of reference may be made during the period of the engagement as required.

The Partnerships Platform is committed to increasing the pool of Pacific Island expertise. Suitably qualified people of the Pacific are strongly encouraged to apply.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, including First Nations people, LGBTQIA+, women, gender diverse and people of different abilities.

We can make adjustments during the recruitment process for people with a disability. If required, please contact our recruitment team via email at recruitment@auspacpartnerships.com.au to discuss how we can support you.

We welcome your interest in joining the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform as an Adviser. Please ensure you review the Candidate Information Pack before applying (click the link or copy and paste it into your browser): http://bit.ly/3FKaIFU

Please submit
1) Your CV
2) A cover letter addressing the selection criteria (no more than 250 words per criterion)


Kindly note that applications that do not include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria may not be considered.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE Sunday, 8 January 2023 at 11:59 pm AEST

Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Applicants may be contacted to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.

About DT Global

DT Global is driven by a fundamental commitment to one goal: to work in partnership with communities, governments, and the private sector to deliver innovative, data-driven solutions that transform lives beyond expectations. DT Global—launched in 2019—is built on legacy companies AECOM International Development’s Services Sector, Development Transformations, IMC Worldwide, and Cardno International Development. To fulfil its profit-for-purpose mission, DT Global is a key donor to the DT Institute, an independent not-for-profit organization, in support of DTI’s efforts to test new ideas or expand on donor partner priorities with the aim to improve as many lives as possible.

Our global team of almost 2,500 staff and experts work in over 100 countries. We aim to maximize sustainable development impact across a wide range of practice areas, including Conflict Prevention, Stabilization & Transition; Economic Growth; Environment & Infrastructure; Governance; and Human Development. We meet communities where they are on the development spectrum and help them move to where they want to be. Together, we bring over 60 years of experience, relationships, and technical excellence to improve lives around the world on behalf of our partners, clients, and stakeholders.

DT Global is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. We are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), and bribery prevention. DT Global is an equal-opportunity employer and we encourage women, men, people with diverse backgrounds and people living with disabilities to apply. This program is funded by the Australian Government and Managed by DT Global.

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