Technical Assistance for the African Water Facility of the African Development Bank - 2019-2021
The overall purpose of the Water Resources and Climate Change Specialist is to strengthen water resources activities, as well as ensuring that climate change is incorporated in all projects financed under the African Water Facility (AWF) in addition to assisting in mobilizing climate finance resources from different global climate change funds such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), among others.
With the Technical Expert, the AWF has evaluated new projects and monitored ongoing projects on water resources management and climate change issues and has enhanced access to climate financing for projects under the AWF.
The Technical Expert will primarily support and work with all 15 AWF staff members and others from the Water Development and Sanitation Department. Other collaborators will include Bank officials from Gender, Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex, Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Complex and AWF beneficiary institutions on specified assignments.
The focus will be on the following areas: i. Climate change adaptation and mitigation, ii. Water related disaster risk management, iii. Climate finance and climate risk management in water projects, iv. Climate change policy and action plans, v. Public awareness on climate change.
The activities include the following:
i. Participate in the Climate Change Network of the Bank Experts, mapping sector expertise, cross-fertilization, and exchange of views;
ii. Assist in the preparation of climate change policies, strategies, and action plans;
iii. Analyze climate change content of projects, and ensure compliance with Bank policies and processes;
iv. Work with the Bank climate finance team to structure financing in projects and programs implemented by AWF.
v. Participate in policy dialogue to mainstream climate change mitigation and adaptation in projects and programs using various climate change screening tools in the Bank and guidelines from Climate Change Action Plan 2
vi. Provide input and training to operations teams on policies and strategies related to climate change adaptation and climate change finance;
vii. Provide guidance and advice on co-financing opportunities from different climate change funds and the Bank-housed Trust Funds for climate initiatives;
viii. Assist AWF Task managers in including climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in their projects through mainstreaming
ix. Provide technical guidance to Task managers in the Bank on how to access different climate funds.
The AWF is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW). Established in 2004, it supports a wide range of African institutions to address the increasing investment need for the development and management of water resources in Africa, towards meeting the Africa Water Vision 2025 targets, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the aspirations of African States in terms of the Paris Agreement. The African Development Bank is hosting the AWF on the request of AMCOW.
The Facility has realigned its strategic priorities for the period 2017-2025 to better support its clients and to achieve greater impact. The overarching strategic objective for this period is to leverage investments through three strategic priorities, namely: (i) preparing bankable projects and programs for effective and sustainable investments, (ii) enhancing water governance to create a more conducive environment for sustained and effective investments at national and regional levels; and (iii) promoting water knowledge for strengthened water management at national, regional and transboundary levels and better informed project development and design. The three strategic priorities are synergetic, mutually reinforce each other and together attract investments into the sector.
The AWF has identified the need to reinforce its capacity by mobilizing additional senior level expertise to support climate change action within water resources management across its portfolio, as well as enhancing access to climate financing for projects under the AWF.