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The Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has embarked a bold Strategic Development Plan – “Strategy 2021: Building resilience against Climate Change and Economic Volatility”.  A strategic priority of the plan is building resilience to the effects of climate change, and to ensure that consideration of climate change risks is reflected throughout DFC’s lending operations. Within this context, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a technical assistance grant to integrate appropriate climate risk assessment provisions into DFC’s investment policies and procedures, and to strengthen staff skills in order to improve the Corporation’s overall due diligence process in its credit function to ensure the sustainability of its operations.

DFC now wishes to procure consultancy services to strengthen its capacity in due diligence for climate risk assessment of financed sub projects (credit lines). The overall objective of the technical assistance is to improve the institutional capacity of DFC to assess and manage climate risks in its credit delivery and administration processes.  The detailed Terms of Reference for this consultancy can be viewed on the DFC’s Website at

DFC now invites interested eligible individual consultants (or groups) to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services.  Consultants must be from member countries of CDB.  The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants (2011), setting forth CDB’s policy on conflict of interest.  Consultants will be selected in accordance with CDB’s procurement guidelines.

Principal qualifications and experience required to conduct the assignment include:

The following requisite qualifications and experience are required:

  • master’s degree qualifications in Climate Risk Assessment, Environmental/ Disaster Risk Assessment or a related field;
  • a minimum of 5 years working experience in the areas of climate vulnerability and risk assessments; and
  • Experience with training adults for professional development;
  • Experience in the implementation of similar projects would be an asset. Specific experience in the Caribbean context is desirable; and
  • Resources with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

All information must be submitted in English.   Expressions of interest must be delivered in a sealed envelope to the DFC Headquarters at the address listed below no later than 16:00 hours on March 1, 2019.  Sealed envelopes containing the submission should include the name and address of the applicant or applicants and should be clearly marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST– CONSULTANCY TO STRENGTHEN DFC CAPACITY IN DUE DILIGENCE FOR CLIMATE RISK ASSESSMENT OF SUB PROJECTS.

DFC reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety.  The DFC will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.    

Applicants will be advised in due course of the results of their application.

The Chief Strategist/ Climate Champion.
Development Finance Corporation
Bliss Parade
P. O Box 40
City of Belmopan
Cayo District
Belize, C. A.
Tel: 1 (501) 822 – 2235/60

FAO Hosts GHG Emissions Statistics Workshop in Trinidad

Roundtable 1The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre participated in the recently concluded  (June 3-4, 2013) Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Statistics Workshop in Port of Spain. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Resources for Latin American countries. This was the second of a series of regional workshops being undertaken by the FAO to raise awareness of the importance of agricultural statistics for the preparation of GHG inventories and the development of national mitigation strategies to improve agricultural productivity, food security and environmental sustainability.

Representatives of the FAO delivered presentations on agriculture and climate change, emissions from the agriculture sector and the data required for estimating these emissions. They also presented the FAO project, Monitoring and Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Potential in Agriculture (MAGHG). The activities of the project include the development of an online agriculture, forestry and land use emissions database (FAOSTAT). The database contains the emissions from all FAO Members in these sectors from 1990 to 2010 using the IPCC 2006 methodology. Further developments in FAOSTAT will include emission projections to 2050.  Representatives of the IPCC Task Force on Inventories (TFI) presented on the use of the IPCC 2006 GHG Inventories software. Representatives of Brazil, and Ecuador presented on their national experiences in developing national  GHG inventory processes.

The workshop included interactive roundtables on climate change, mitigation and adaptation, the requirements of countries to develop inventories in the agriculture sector, and the resolution of problems to improve national GHG Inventory systems especially in light of the UNFCCC decision on biennial update reports (BUR). In Doha, COP 18 decided that countries should provide biennial update reports of their GHG inventories to supplement the inventories in their National Communications.

The representatives of the FAO and the IPCC agreed that a similar workshop could be delivered to the Members of CARICOM upon their request. The Centre will undertake consultations with the climate change authorities in these countries..

The EU-GCCA VCA Workshop is still underway, have you seen our latest Tweets?

Learn more about the Caribbean component of the EU-GCCA project.   Here’s background on the VCA workshop.

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