Environmental & Social Safeguards Officer/ Climate Champion


The  Development  Finance  Corporation  (DFC) is  Belize’s  only  Development  Bank.  Our  Board  of  Directors  and Staff are  strongly committed to our mandate  to provide innovative development financial solutions  which contribute to the  resilient and  equitable growth of Belize.



The ESS Officer is a technical officer and Climate Champion who  will assist  the  ESS Specialist/CC to mainstream climate resiliency in all DFC’s operations consistent  with  the  Corporation’s strategic  objectives.   This includes  the  financing  of  economically viable, technically  feasible, environmentally sustainable, and climate resilient investments in Belize, the promotion of greening initiatives (e.g. waste management, sustainable procurement, energy conservation) to operate  in an environmental and  socially sustainable manner, and the implementation of DFC’s climate footprint and Go Green Action Plan to improve the Corporation’s carbon footprint and establish the organization as a responsible social partner.

The applicant must have strong  knowledge  of environmental and  climate related matters  including Belize’s Environmental laws/ regulations, national climate commitments, and supporting policies, a background in project development/project management   skills, complemented with excellent analytical and communication skills.



Education & Experience

1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Climate or Environmental Science and/or Management and Social Sciences, Natural Resource Management or related field.

2. Experience in development banking would be an asset.

Also knowledgeable in:

  • Sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, and climate finance
  • Implementing international safeguards policies/standards
  • Policies, legislation and procedures associated with environmental management
  • Ability to generate and sustain ongoing consultation and meaningful participatory processes with a wide cross section of stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks

Key Responsibilities Include:

The ESS Officer / Climate Champion will assist the ESS Specialist in generating awareness  amongst Management,  staff and the public about environmental sustainability, the impact of climate change, and promote  gender  inclusive mitigation and adaptation interventions to minimize climate impacts and engender environmental and social sustainability. To facilitate this process, the ESS Officer will assist the ESS Specialist with the following:

1. Monitor DFC’s loan projects and investments for compliance with DFC’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS).

2. Provide guidance and procedures for managing mitigation measures and actions stemming from the E&S risk categorization process.

3. Collect and analyze environmental and social data from DFC’s project interventions.

4. Represent DFC on relevant national Climate/ Environmental related conferences and workshop, Committees or Working Groups.

5. Assist in enhancing staff capability in evaluating project interventions for climate change and environmental risk.

6. Assist in the preparation of work plans, procurement plans, progress reports, annual reports, project completion reports and other reports that may be required.

7. Support the development and implementation of innovative and impactful projects that can qualify for bilateral or multilateral climate and/or developmental financing including funding from GCF.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent research,  analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent knowledge  of Belize Climate Commitments, policies and programs
  • Sound Knowledge of Belize’s environmental laws
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software


Application package must include the following:

1. Letter of Application

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Copy of most recent qualification

4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (no older than six months) – two must be professional references one of which must be from a previous employer

5. Copy of Social Security Card

6. The successful candidate will be required to provide a Police Report as part of the Background Check



People Operations

Development Finance Corporation

P.O. Box 40, Belmopan

RE: APPLICATION FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITY – “Environmental & Social Safeguards Officer/Climate Champion “


Complete applications may be submitted via e-mail to: careers@dfcbelize.org


June 13, 2024