The Associate Director, Senior Banker, Green Economy Transition (GET) is a key expert in the development and execution of EBRD’s GET strategy in the financial sector, specifically on developing and implementing a new holistic client relationship based approach.
The uniqueness of the role lies in its evolution: during the first two years the role will focus primarily on operationalising relationship focused GET business delivery model and building a capacity to support EBRD’s partner financial institutions (PFIs) in designing or improving their existing climate corporate governance and climate risk structures. From the third year the role is anticipated to transition gradually to the management of underlying GET programmes and leading GET financing operations, while the capacity building aspects will continue primarily in the form of keeping the structures set up previously up to date.
The Associate Director, Senior Banker GET is one of EBRD’s primary representatives with a wide range of stakeholders involved in EBRD’s GET operations in the financial sector including partner financial institutions (PFIs), regulatory authorities, international climate finance experts/councils/working groups, government authorities, rating agencies, grant and technical cooperation funding donors.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
The responsibilities of Associate Director, Senior Banker, GET include the following:
1. Capacity building phase
- Acting as the main FI expert on climate corporate governance, climate risks and disclosures in preparation for transformation of the GET business delivery.
- Contribution to structuring, operationalization and maintenance of climate hub for financial sector clients, a platform delivering climate corporate governance and climate risk support to the financial sector across the EBRD region, cooperating closely with GECA within the scope of the anticipated global EBRD climate hub
- Development and piloting of standardisations, toolkits, procedures and documentation (both internal and external) to achieve better operating efficiency and scalability of the corporate climate governance (CCG) approach in the financial sector.
- Providing an intensive input to the design and implementation of Paris Alignment model for intermediated finance and operationalizing corporate governance based Paris Alignment model and operationalizing regular updates.
- Contribute to the design and operationalisation of procedures for screening all EBRD’s financial sector projects for compliance with the principles of Paris Climate Agreement.
- Responsible for dissemination of CCG knowledge across the FI Team. Development and maintenance of capacity building materials for CCG and climate risk to be made available to PFIs, but also available to internal capacity building.
- Working across FI teams, co-leading the development of the relevant training for FI bankers to ensure the staff is up to date in relation to their specific area of responsibility e.g. CCG, Paris Alignment and other climate finance relevant areas.
- Maintains close engagement with the relevant FI project team OLs to drive delivery of CCG and climate risk support, and supports implementation of CCG based Paris Alignment route.
- Keeping up to date with regulatory development related to sustainable finance, and ensuring the knowledge is disseminating the knowledge across the teams as required and promptly.
- Responsibility for design and an approval of CCG roadmaps and providing CCG inputs and sign offs on relevant donor applications and related implementation work for the clients in the financial sector
- As required, assisting the FI project teams to formulate and present green economy transition aspect of the project proposition in a manner that is consistent with the overall FI GET business and contribute to addressing other internal impediments for GET annual business investment (ABI) delivery.
- In cooperation with the members of the GET team and other departments across the Bank, developing monitoring for post use-of-proceeds model, including relevant standardisations, toolkits (both internal and external) to achieve better operating efficiency and scalability of the FI GET business.
- Engagement with international initiatives, multilateral development banks, impact investors, rating agencies, grant donors and other stakeholders.
- Contributing to grant fund raising for FI GET business, sharing responsibility with GECA Team and cooperating closely with FI’s grants team for identifying of and engaging with appropriate donors, negotiating and executing the donor contribution agreements and achieving a level (volume and nature) of grant funding.
- Contribute to or leads GET area policy dialogue activities as and when required.
- Identifying and leading work required to address the impediments to effective FI GET project execution.
- Contributing to structuring and preparation of relevant external events organized by the EBRD or in partnership with other institutions and/or initiatives.
2. GET programme management and leading GET financing operations phase
- Leading design and delivery of GET financing programmes.
- Structuring, negotiation and the execution of operations, working with clients, authorities, consultants and internal units as applicable, taking responsibility for all aspects of the project cycle work and ensuring that all transaction risks (credit and reputational, among others) are properly identified and articulated.
- Manage the resources and the workload of the project teams under his/her supervision.
- Oversee the project due diligence process ensuring it meets the Bank’s standards.
Qualifications, Skills, Experience and Knowledge
- Solid knowledge of the overall greening of the financial sector agenda including how to design and implement green corporate governance and climate risk frameworks.
- Good understanding of organisational and governance structures of commercial banks and other financial institutions is essential to be able to design and implement the holistic greening of relationships approach.
- Prior knowledge of EBRD’s existing green financial products and operational aspects of such product’s delivery as well as EBRD’s FI sector business would be beneficial.
- Past experience with managing consultants would be beneficial.
- Credit analysis skills, with the ability to interpret accounts of a bank, understanding local and international accounting principles and practice of credit analysis.
- Well developed “soft skills”, including influencing, communication, presentation and perceptiveness.
- Strategic mind-set is crucial to anticipate problems as well as opportunities.
- Be proactive and able to operate consistently within business guidelines and ethics and work sensitively in multicultural environments, building effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
- Excellent writing skills, strong numeracy and analytical skills, attention to detail, and an eye for accuracy.
- Ability to work to tight deadlines is essential, independently as well as part of a team.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of French and/or Russian an advantage.
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