Climate Change Advisors – IPSP

Palladium International

Expression of Interest: Climate Change Advisors – IPSP

We particularly encourage local firms and consultants in the Indo-Pacific region to apply, as we believe that local knowledge and expertise is essential for developing effective climate solutions that work for our communities. Both individuals and organisations are encouraged to apply.

Position(s): Various, Organisations also eligible

Duration: Up to 40 days (draw-down basis) through December 2024

Location: Global

ARF Classification: Various


The Impact Private Sector Partnerships (IPSP) program is a five-year aid investment (2020-2024) implemented by Palladium and supported by the Australian Government. The IPSP’s goal is to enable DFAT to serve as a catalyst to unlock private sector-led solutions t o development and climate change challenges and contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Indo Pacific region.

Four reinforcing End-of-Program Outcomes (EOPO) will contribute to it this:

Climate Impact: Businesses and communities adopt sustainable practices and technologies to address climate challenges (EOPO1)

Socio-Economic Impact: Businesses improve social and economic outcomes for underserved groups (EOPO2)

Gender Impact: Private sector-led solutions improve gender equality through products, practices, or policies (EOPO3)

Catalytic Impact: Inclusive and climate-responsive business models and practices inform and catalyse additional DFAT and private sector investment (EOPO4)

The IPSP has two components to achieve this:

The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) supports direct partnerships between the Australian Government and businesses to advance Australian priorities and deliver development impacts. The BPP is currently in its second phase, following a first phase from 2015-2019. By partnering with sustainable and inclusive businesses, BPP partnerships are catalysing more than AUD 46 million in private sector finance and resources to support scalable business models to help drive transition to a greener, more inclusive economy.

The Business Engagement Support Unit (BESU) is DFAT’s internal resource for advice and leading industry expertise on private sector engagement. The BESU was established to provide DFAT with the tools, information, expertise, and networks to engage businesses more effectively across Australia’s international development program. The BESU HelpDesk provides rapid, qu ality advisory services to support DFAT staff. BESU services are available on-demand and can connect DFAT to a network of global experts across a wide-range of sectors including climate finance, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, as well as geographic and country-specific sector specialists.

Purpose of Role

DFAT’s Climate Change Action Strategy “recognises the need for further integration of climate change adaptation and disaster resilience and for stronger engagement with the private sector in finding solutions”. So, the IPSP requires advisor/s to provide short-term rapid analysis and research services to contribute to the IPSP program.

Candidates with a deep understanding of and experience in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

Expertise in undertaking climate risk and opportunity assessments.
Expertise in developing and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, and resilience plans.
Proven experience in designing and implementing nature-based solutions to address the impacts of climate change, such as ecosystem restoration, afforestation and reforestation, and green infrastructure.
Deep sectoral knowledge across areas, including but not limited to sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, climate-smart agriculture, forest risk supply chains, climate and environmental finance climate-smart transportation, renewable energy, water management, and disaster risk reduction.
Experience in undertaking climate investment designs.

Responsibilities may include one or more of the following:

Producing high-quality research, analysis, reports, and presenting findings to DFAT and other stakeholders.
Supporting or reviewing investment designs.
Providing data and information to support program decision making and monitoring.
Delivering training and facilitating seminars (with DFAT and/or business partners).
Providing advice and support to the BPP program and business partners including reviewing concepts and business plans.

Selection Criteria

Advisers are not expected to have expertise in all areas.

Area of expertise
A relevant degree in environmental science, sustainability, or a related field, coupled with demonstrated experience in the field of environment and development.
Familiarity with national and international climate change policies and regulations, and the ability to analyse and interpret their implications for businesses and organisations, including an understanding of the political landscape surrounding climate policy.
Experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including but not limited to businesses and investors, to promote sustainable development and climate-resilient business practices.
The ability to build linkages between climate change and sustainable development, with a focus on promoting sustainable and long-term solutions.
Demonstrated ability to translate scientific climate information into practical guidance for non-technical audiences.
Excellent written and spoken English and strong oral presentation skills to effectively communicate complex information to a variety of stakeholders.
Experience working with businesses in the Indo-Pacific region, including the ability to navigate cultural differences and language barriers.

Selection Process

Please submit your application by 23:59 PM, 25 June 2023, 25 June 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.

Successful candidates will form an expert panel for the IPSP. Assignments are demand-driven and will be issued through a draw-down contracting basis.

Special Note

Organisations seeking to apply are asked to submit a capability statement and the resumes of key advisors to [email protected].

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact [email protected].

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