CFDA - Pakistan Climate Financing Activity
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist
Posted date 18th April, 2024 Last date to apply 3rd May, 2024
Country Pakistan Locations Islamabad
Category Gender
Position 1
Experience 5 years
Status Closed

Program Overview

Chemonics International, a US-based international development firm, is implementing the USAID Climate Finance for Development Accelerator (CFDA). CFDA is accepting applications from qualified professionals for the buy-in activity, the Pakistan Climate Financing Activity (PCFA). PCFA aims to mobilize public and private, domestic and international finance for increasing clean energy generation, clean energy systems’ resilience, and adaptation efforts through policy reform, awareness raising, and targeted activities to enhance the role of the private sector in Pakistan. PCFA has two primary objectives:

Objective 1: De-Risking and Catalyzing Investments in Clean Energy. Under Objective 1, PCFA will support the capacity and linkages for multilateral climate finance proposals for multilateral climate funds (Green Climate Fund, Green Environment Fund, Adaptation Fund). PCFA will build the capacity of relevant ministries in Pakistan for targeted proposal development support, support eligible local entities to become GCF Direct Access Entities (DAEs), and provide a platform for donor coordination. PCFA will also support the private sector, with the goal of building a pipeline of bankable and investable clean energy projects and firms and linking those projects and firms with climate financing.  

Objective 2: Catalyzing Investment in Resilience and Adaptation. Objective 2 aims to unlock and catalyze public and private finance to strengthen the climate resilience of Pakistan’s energy sector, catalyze investment into other sectors for developing climate-resilient infrastructure, and support the country’s National Adaptation Plan. PCFA will focus on improving the enabling conditions for investment, including shifting market incentives towards climate-smart investments, and increasing public funding allocated to achieving adaptation goals. PCFA will also seek to build the capacity of relevant public and private institutions to adapt to climate change through awareness raising.

Chemonics seeks a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist for this activity. Depending on the selected candidate and their availability, this position may be full-time, part-time, or short-term.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with PCFA’s Team Leader, technical leads, and CFDA’s Director of Inclusive Investment to ensure that all procurements are inclusive of GESI considerations
  • Design a scoring methodology/screening tool to evaluate local and international partners against GESI criteria and ensure their commitment to engaging and serving underrepresented and/or marginalized populations as part of investment strategies
  • Review potential partners’ policies and strategies to ensure projects and investments incorporate:
    • Free and informed prior consent
    • Community engagement and consent
    • Land tenure and resource rights
    • Fair and equitable hiring and labor practices
    • Robust and accessible grievance mechanisms where appropriate
    • Workplace conditions in line with local and international labor law and standards
    • Strategies for ensuring gender equality and social equity across the portfolio
  • Sit on evaluation committees and apply a gender lens when assessing prospective partners and projects
  • Where partners require additional support to apply a GESI lens, the GESI Specialist will provide technical advisory support in areas including, but not limited to, climate equity, gender lens investing, inclusive investing, or community engagement
  • The GESI Advisor may also work with PCFA’s private sector partners to build out more robust ESG frameworks and business strategies that more proactively incorporate gender and social inclusion considerations into decision-making
  • Participate in technical team meetings, strategy sessions, and discussions with stakeholders to ensure GESI is integrated across PCFA’s interventions.

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in international development, social science, political science or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of technically relevant work experience in gender and inclusion, with a focus on inclusive investment and gender lens investing on global development projects, including specific experience with indigenous populations and FPIC.
  • Experience working with USAID strongly preferred.
  • Experience providing technical advisory support in evaluating and designing robust ESG frameworks and business strategies that incorporate gender and social inclusion considerations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively both orally and in writing, and deliver presentations, training, and facilitate meetings effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently, as well as in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and project implementation teams.
  • Ability to foster and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation, and exceeding expectations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Advanced English and Fluent Urdu required.

Reporting Position Location

The GESI Specialist will report to the PCFA Team Leader. The position will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Depending on the selected candidate and their availability, this position may be full-time, part-time, or short-term.

Submission Guidelines

Interested applicants should kindly submit a Resume and Cover Letter with the subject line: GESI Specialist PCFA to [email protected] Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.