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ESG Manager, NAM-H2 Fund Managers (12m fixed term contract)

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Climate Fund Managers

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Climate Fund Managers (CFM) is a leading climate-centric blended finance fund manager. It raises and deploys climate finance funds in partnership at scale and at pace. Through its award-winning model, CFM has created a blueprint for a new generation of climate financiers, whose collective impact can help end the climate crisis. CFM currently manages two emerging market infrastructure funds focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation: Climate Investor One, a c. USD 1 billion fund focused on renewable energy, and Climate Investor Two, a c. USD 1 billion fund focused on water, sanitation and oceans infrastructure. CFM is currently implementing further blended finance initiatives in the green hydrogen, power transmission and cities sectors focused on development, equity, private credit and guarantee financial instruments.

Established in 2015, CFM is a joint venture between the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and Sanlam InfraWorks, part of the Sanlam Group of South Africa with offices in The Hague, Cape Town, Singapore and Bogota.

CFM and the development of a Green Hydrogen economy in Namibia:

NAM-H2 Fund Managers is a joint venture infrastructure asset manager established to run SDG Namibia One Fund, a bespoke blended finance fund co-designed by the Namibian and Dutch Governments to enable the incubation of Namibia’s Synthetic Fuels Sector, specifically Green Hydrogen. SDG Namibia One will look to secure US$1 billion in funding to be raised in Namibia, regionally and internationally, to develop Namibian green hydrogen projects and related infrastructure. SDG Namibia One was established through a partnership between the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) (owned by the Namibian Government), Climate Fund Managers, and Invest International, both from the Netherlands.

This role will be recruited into NAM-H2 Fund Managers (the “Company”). The responsibilities of this role within the Company are deal origination, project preparation, and fund deployment of SDG Namibia One that will develop, invest and operate hydrogen projects and associated infrastructure and in pursuance thereof to administer unlisted investments.

Job Purpose

1.1 Key Duties & Responsibilities

The role will chiefly be responsible for:

Investment support for CI3 Namibia:

  • E&S due diligence of deals in accordance with CFM processes including site visits.
  • Project development phase tasks relating to IFC-compliant environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) and other specialist studies.
  • Management of third party consultants and advisors including competence with preparation of scopes of work; evaluation of proposals; selection and appointment of consultants; coordination of consultant activities; technical review of reports.
  • Attendance at meetings, liaison with project partners, provision of project-related advice and guidance for E&S management.
  • Project governance and management (including preparation of or contribution to documents as required, participation in project management meetings, management committee meetings).
  • Preparation of content for investment papers, and attendance and presentation as required at investment committee meetings.
  • Support with the development and implementation of project-specific Community Development Programmes.
  • Management of the impact objectives and outcomes of each investment through application of the CI3 Fund’s impact theory of change and results measurement framework.

Performance Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

  • Compilation, review and validation of ESG performance and impact reporting data and preparation of content for internal and external reports.
  • Audits and inspections of projects during construction and operation and preparation of corrective improvement plans and reports.
  • Provision of technical advice and support to project companies to assist them in the management of environmental and social risks in accordance with CFM requirements.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Effective liaison with governmental and non-governmental organisations and management of communications on matters of an environmental and social nature.
  • Collaborative engagement with project company environmental, health and safety and social team staff on an ongoing basis.

1.2 Qualifications, Experience & Skillset


  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as environmental sciences, environmental engineering, ecology, social sciences.
  • 8-10 years’ experience in environmental and social management (consulting, industry or project finance).
  • Experience and practical knowledge of the environmental and social risks of industrial processes including chemicals, energy, water treatment, either through time spent in industry or through consultancy-type assignments.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Namibian regulatory environment and the contextual environmental and social risks including those related to chemicals, energy and water treatment.
  • Excellent knowledge and practical application of the IFC Performance Standards and other international standards for environmental and social management.
  • Experience in project development, construction and/or operating asset management.
  • Basic understanding of occupational health and safety risk management.
  • Technically proficient (advanced) in Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Fluent written and oral English language.
  • Capable of maintaining a high degree of effectiveness in a multitask role, managing priorities and delivering to challenging timescales.
  • Both a self-starter and a team player.
  • Ability to build and improve effective internal working relationships at all levels in order to secure best solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change by embracing new and different approaches.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and commitment.
  • Strong motivational skills.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Ability and desire to travel to sites within Namibia

1.3 Competencies

  • Accuracy
  • Results oriented
  • Structuring
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Resistance
  • Integrity
  • Analysing and forming opinions
  • Situational Awareness