FAO: National Specialist on Climate Investment and Private Sector Engagement


Vacancy announcement No: 6/2022

Issued on:

8 June 2022

Deadline For Application:

22 June 2022


Job Title:   National Specialist on Climate Investment and Private Sector Engagement



Type of requisition:





Duty Station:

Chisinau, Moldova

Organizational Unit:



31 December 2022, with possibility of extension

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Organizational Setting

FAO in partnership with the Government of Moldova is implementing the project GCP/MOL/007/GCR “Mainstreaming adaptation into planning process to reduce vulnerability to climate change at local and central levels in Moldova’s Agriculture Sector (Ag. SAP)”.  The main objective is to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) to conduct comprehensive work to ensure climate change adaptation is mainstreamed into planning processes in the agriculture sector, ensuring a gender sensitive approach and the participation of all vulnerable groups.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Moldova, technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) of the project, Climate Finance Specialist in close collaboration with the National Technical Advisor/Project coordinator and  with consultants (international and national) working under other Project’s components.


Technical Focus

Economy, Climate Finance, Agriculture 

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Specialist on Climate Investment and Private Sector Engagement shall develop a comprehensive sector-specific Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Investment Plan built on the work carried out in the other Project outcomes. The Investment Plan is to be supported by a strategic vision for funding adaptation measures with a focus on the diffusion of best practice technological innovation for agri-sector of Moldova.

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Undertake extensive analysis and summarize the information regarding the economic and financial needs for implementation of climate change adaptation measures, practices, and technologies identified under Ag.SAP Project components:  agriculture sector planning and governance, aligning and mainstreaming CCA into agriculture sector planning, local level CCA planning, TNA,  other.
  • Based on Project’s outcomes and developed products,  along with other identified financial needs,  produce the overall Climate Change Adaptation Financing Strategy for the Agriculture sector of Moldova as a strategic vision in support of foreseen investments in CCA (not in the format of a policy document).  Identify sources of funds for financing adaptation options, including domestic budget, private sector and also donors and international funds.
  • Based on undertaken analysis of Ag.SAP Project products, existing enabling environment and financing opportunities for agricultural interventions in Moldova, as part of the strategic vision, propose a suitable financing mechanism for Moldova’s  climate investments  as a basis to manage climate risks of the agriculture sector through climate adaptation action. The mechanism has to facilitate the access to finances of MSMEs from the agri-sector of Moldova and be supportive to innovations that catalyse transformational change and drive a paradigm shift towards the climate-resilient and low emission development pathway of agri-sector of Moldova. This would be particularly important for the proposed long-term investments.
  • The strategic vision of CCA investments   should rely on a concept consistent with FAO climate-smart agriculture framework for designing and prioritising climate-related interventions in agriculture. Based on this concept, formulate the Climate Change Adaptation Investment Plan  of  the agriculture sector  for the next five years and up to 2030 where possible,  as part of Moldova’s integrated efforts to achieve the NDC objectives and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), other economic and financial methodologies to be used in investment options appraisal in light of their costs and adaptation benefits for informing decision-makers and sector stakeholders on the economic efficiency of proposed investments in comparison with other alternative investment options.
  • The CCA Investment Plan for the agriculture sector shall include an analysis of the enabling environments required for private sector participation in adaptation measures implementation (taxation, incentives, access to finance, etc), and be aligned with the R of Moldova  GCF Country Programme.
  • The proposed investment adaptation options to rely on technically feasible and tested practices, economically viable in sustainable agriculture, and adopting a climate-sensitive approach for incorporation throughout entire prioritized value chains.
  • The proposed investments have to be climate-smart not only to ensure the sector's robustness to the ongoing and future impacts of climate change but also to have mitigation co-benefits to reduce the sector’s contributions to GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration, where possible.
  • Explore options and support the development of 1 Public-Private Partnership  for  adaptation implementation in the agriculture sector in line with prioritized Ag - SAP thematic areas under TNA. The PPP to be included in the Technology Action Plan of prioritised technology/ies to be formulated as GCF Concept Note.
  • The consultant shall engage and participate in meetings to consult and discuss produced versions of deliverables with relevant stakeholders. Address stakeholders concerns and incorporate recommendations.
  • Perform any other duties as required.



Minimum Requirements

  • University degree or equivalent in the field of Economics, Finances, Business management, Agricultural Science, Environment, or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in agribusiness, investment planning and financing, private sector engagement in financing agribusiness and climate-related initiatives.
  • Previous experience with international projects/organizations and international donors is an advantage.
  • Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Romanian
  • Proficiency in standard computer software.


FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
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To apply, please send your CV with all relevant details to FAO-Moldova@fao.org by 22 June 2022 inclusive.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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