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Sustainable Finance Consultant
Natural Strategies is looking for a mid-level consultant (6 - 8 years of experience) who is passionate about sustainable finance for ecosystem & biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change.
The successful candidate will be based in our Barcelona head office and travel globally for on-site assignments up to 20% of the time.
About the company
Natural Strategies (www.naturalstrategies.com) is an international team of consultants currently supporting projects in 28 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. We help our clients mobilize finance for projects that preserve nature and wildlife, contribute to sustainable land use and mitigate climate change.
As a fast-growing start-up driven by a small and highly dedicated team, we seek to address some of the most pressing global challenges related to climate change, tropical forests and biodiversity. In doing so, we develop solutions where environmental conservation leads to improved human well-being.
The position therefore gives you the opportunity to work on the world’s most challenging and meaningful projects in a highly dynamic work environment.
Our workstreams include, among others:
We help international organizations and environmental NGOs to develop strategies on how to access finance for sustainable land use;
Based on this, we develop strategic funding proposals for multilateral and bi-lateral funds, including the Green Climate Fund;
We help mobilize private sector impact investments for deforestation-free agricultural commodity production and other forms of sustainable land use;
We strengthen capacity of the finance sector to consider environmental and social risks in lending and investing;
We help design and manage jurisdictional REDD+ projects & programmes;
We help our clients manage their landscape finance projects;
We provide technical assistance, analysis, and training on financial mechanisms to preserve forests and mitigate climate change.
In helping our clients unlock sustainable finance at scale, we help turn conservation challenges into nature-based solutions on the ground.
The sustainable finance consultant will play a key role in our work to help access and catalyze sustainable finance for nature-based climate solutions and ecosystem regeneration. Reporting to the Director of Natural Strategies, you will implement ongoing projects, conduct research/analysis and help identify & structure new assignments. You can therefore expect to engage with multilateral institutions, business and NGOs in a wide range of countries.
Delivering assignments: Plan, develop and implement assignments in the area of sustainable finance for nature-based solutions. Work directly with clients, finance sector representatives, donors, consultants and governments, both from a distance and on-site. Serve as the key point of contact for Natural Strategies on the managed assignments.
Research and analysis: Keep abreast of trends in, and the landscape of, sustainable finance, including impact investments, climate - and carbon finance, blended finance for sustainable land use & nature-based climate solutions as well as related international policies, including through the UNFCCC process; develop strategies to help clients access finance to reduce deforestation and preserve ecosystems; write blogs and articles to strengthen the profile of Natural Strategies.
Capacity building: Provide capacity building and awareness-raising on the above areas to Governments, private sector and local communities in various regions of the world.
Business development: Conduct outreach to prospective clients; identify and structure new project opportunities; networking; draft technical and financial proposals in response to tenders; and source experts.
Other tasks as assigned.
6 - 8 years of experience on climate finance, green finance or a related field;
Able to work self-driven and independently in a start-up environment;
Sound knowledge of climate change and climate policy, REDD+ and (forest) carbon finance or other forms of innovative environmental finance, through previous work experience;
Work experience on any of the following areas is an advantage: Impact investment, sustainable land use, sustainable agricultural commodity production or forest – and biodiversity conservation;
Spoken and written fluency in English. Spoken and written fluency in French and/or Spanish is a strong asset;
Strong organizational skills and able to manage multiple ongoing assignments simultaneously;
Highly efficient and productive work style;
Excellent capacity for research and analysis;
Attention to details and ability to produce well-presented, error-free results and reports;
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of clients, partners and consultants across diverse backgrounds and time zones;
Flexibility, willingness and ability to travel internationally on assignments (likely for up to 20% of the time);
Advanced knowledge of Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
Master’s degree, preferably in a related field such as forestry, natural resources management, environmental science/policy, finance or climate finance.
Terms and location of employment
This is a full-time permanent employment position based in Natural Strategies’ head office in Barcelona, Spain. The successful applicant will be required to travel frequently on international assignments.
The Natural Strategies Barcelona office is in the Central Pavilion of Barcelona’s Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning Sant Pau complex hosts several international organizations in the field of sustainability.
Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to the following email address: with the subject title “Application: Sustainable Finance Consultant”.
Deadline: 31 October 2019. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.