Green Economy and Climate Action (GECA) Principal Officer at EBRD. 266 views

Posting Date: 13-Oct-2021

Location: Istanbul, TR

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 23124
Office Country Turkey
Office City Istanbul
Division Green Economy & Climate Action
Dept. / Bus. Group Green Economy & Climate Action
Business Unit GET Country Engagement
Contract Type Fixed Term
Contract Length 3 years
Posting End Date 03/11/2021

The Principal, Green Economy and Climate Action (GECA), Turkey, will lead the delivery of the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition (GET) strategy in Turkey. Operating out of the EBRD Resident Office in Istanbul, the Principal will lead the Bank’s green business at the critical interface between the Bank’s decentralised Resident Office (RO) management team and the expertise of the large GECA team in HQ, with the objective of ensuring coordinated delivery of GET investment and policy objectives across multiple public and private sector counterparts. This will contribute to the fulfilment of the EBRD’s strategic objectives to be fully Paris Aligned by 31 December 2022, to be a majority green finance institution by 2025, and to support countries and clients with accelerated low carbon and climate resilient pathways


Please note: This position is advertised at Principal level. Given expected growth in the Bank’s business development and policy engagement, including, in light of Turkey’s recent ratification of the Paris Agreement, there is scope, subject to performance, to progress within the role to Associate Director level. The Bank will also consider applications from candidates who can already demonstrate competences at Associate Director level, and may decide to appoint the successful candidate either at Principal or directly at Associate Director level.”


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


  • With sector and country banking teams, hold joint accountability for delivery of the Turkey GET Annual Business Investment (ABI) target, ensuring adequate GECA support for project origination, structuring and implementation. This will recognise the strong linkages in the EBRD business model between investments and policy action;
  • Contribute to: 1) the definition of the strategic approach for GET business and policy delivery in the country, in coordination with the Turkey country management team and the GECA regional Head; 2) ensuring that GET business and policy objectives are reflected in the specific country strategies.
  • Develop long-term stakeholder relationships, dedicated local/regional networks and market intelligence – with public authorities, the private sector and civil society – so as to lay the ground for impact. This will include, but will not be limited to, connection to local focal points for international climate finance (e.g. GCF)
  • Support GECA and country management to plan green policy actions, contributing in particular to annual light touch intra-corporate “green policy delivery compacts” that identify commitments by country management and GECA relating to prioritisation, engagement strategies, external coordination and resource allocation for green policy action;
  • Ensure delivery of green policy actions, including implementation monitoring and impact analysis: this means work with HQ or RO colleagues, support for RO or HQ management, and direct engagement. In all cases support will be provided from GECA management and an HQ based analytical and administrative “toolbox” of resources.
  • Represent the Bank in relevant meetings, events and fora at country and regional level.
  • Support the delivery of GET related knowledge sharing activities and initiatives in the ROs.
  • Support region Director, ROs Heads and GECA regional Head, in the interaction and coordination with other development organisations, primarily MDBs, on climate activities and initiatives to ensure consistency of approach and effectiveness of delivery.
  • Identify, commission, and carry out frontier green business development across all the three main sectors of Bank activity (financial institutions, sustainable infrastructure and industry, commerce and agribusiness), in partnership with sector and country banking teams, focusing on new green finance opportunities.
  • Contribute to a working culture of openness, excellence and delivery, with a particular focus on trouble-shooting of obstacles to delivery.
  • Champion and role model the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times.


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong organisational and management skills. Ability to manage a number of varied and complex tasks, resilient attitude towards conflicting priorities and challenges.
  • Strong understanding of climate-related investment, policy and strategy at international, national and sectoral levels.
  • Capacity to pitch climate action as a compelling commercial value proposition and / or policy prospectus that takes account of business drivers and local political economy factors; knowledge of banking an advantage.
  • Coaching, mentoring and leadership skills. Capacity to operate effectively in a matrix structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage assignments outsourced to external consultants.
  • Diplomatic communication and negotiation skills suited for a wide variety of people at high level both inside and outside the Bank.
  • Ability to listen to the views of business partners and to be sensitive to and understand cultural differences, transition success factors and the complexity of political constraints in the countries of operations.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Fluency in Turkish is desirable.


Experience and Knowledge:

  • Experience of relevant industry experience at a major merchant/investment, commercial or development bank, private equity firm, asset management firm, corporation, engineering firm, or auditing/financial consulting firm operating to international standards.
  • Knowledge of political, governance, technical, commercial and economic matters relating to sustainability and climate action, and the role of different stakeholders in them
  • Experience in emerging markets
  • Experience of and judgement on integrity matters

Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.  As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.


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