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Intern - Office of the General Counsel -- Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila

Reference Number 160084
Department Office of the General Counsel
Division Office of the General Counsel
Location Asian Development Bank Headquarters
Date Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Closing Date Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

1. INTERNSHIP TOPIC :
The international community is making billions of US dollars available to finance climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries, including developing member countries (DMCs) of ADB. Reports suggest that many developing countries do not have adequate capacity to access and deploy the available sources of climate finance. ADB would like to assess the specific legal impediments, if any, that are restricting DMCs from deploying international sources of climate finance towards low carbon and/or climate resilient investments in their territory. 

2. SUMMARY OF JOB DESCRIPTION :
While the job description remains fluid within the above parameters, it is currently contemplated that the intern will research and report to his/her supervisors on the following matters:
Background Information:
- what constitutes climate finance?
- which DMCs are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change (i.e., V-20 countries) in sectors that also constitute core sectors for ADB (“Adaptation DMCs”)?
- which DMCs (i) have the largest unrealized potential for low carbon development in sectors that also constitute core sectors for ADB and (ii) have expressed a meaningful commitment to climate change mitigation through Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and their national development plans (“Mitigation DMCs”)?
- what are the most promising sources of international climate finance (i.e. public budgets, private capital) available to these two types of DMCs? (Please note that a DMC may fall in both categories, i.e., an Adaptation DMC and Mitigation DMC.)
Analysis of Legal and Regulatory Framework:
- What is the current legal framework in the Adaptation DMCs for accessing international sources of climate finance and deploying these resources towards climate resilient investments in the relevant sectors?
- What is the current legal framework in the Mitigation DMCs for accessing international sources of climate finance and deploying these resources towards low carbon investments in the relevant sectors?
Gap Analysis and Recommendations
- What are the specific legal and regulatory barriers to accessing and deploying the resources and what steps must be taken to create an enabling legal and regulatory environment in these DMCs?
- What are the ancillary requirements that need to be in place for the legal and regulatory reforms to have the desired effect, e.g., institutional capacity building, awareness building, good governance reforms, technical support?
Methodology
- Research will include:
(i) analysis of relevant legal and regulatory instruments relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation investments, including security/collateral, tax laws and regulations [use UNEP guide: “The Role of Legal Instruments to Support Green Low-Emission and Climate Resilient Development”],
(ii) identifying best practices for developing national legislation for climate change [i.e., Guidebook on National Legislation for Adaptation to Climate Change UNEP (2011)] and
(iii) examples of legal assessment reports relating to climate change [Legal Preparedness for Climate Change Assessment Report prepared for Mexico with IDLO; Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy by OECD (2015)].

3. PERIOD OF ASSIGNMENT:
• Duration: 12 weeks
• Timing: June 2016

4. LOCATION: ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

5. EXPECTED OUTCOMES: see summary of job description above

Qualifications

6. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Be enrolled in a Juris Doctor or masters level law program in one of ADB member countries prior to and after the internship assignment specializing in climate change law or policy and/or environmental law or policy (preferably specializing in climate change law or policy)

7. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
• A strong background in legal research and writing;
• Practical experience working in the context of climate change law or policy or environmental law;
• Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
• Proficient in English (spoken and written); and
• Regional experience preferred, preferably in ADB’s developing member countries.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. Submit your CV by upload in “Attachments” section in the application; and
2. Answer essay questions below in MS WORD or PDF document, maximum of 1500 words per question. Upload in "Attachments" portion in the application.
ESSAY QUESTIONS:
(1) Describe one example of your experience that demonstrated your interest in working in ADB.
(2) Highlight your qualifications that will help accomplish this internship assignment (e.g., coursework, research, work experience, etc.).
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