WWF-Turkey Finance Policies and Markets ConsultantDepartment: Freshwater and Food Programs
Position title: Finance Policy and Markets Consultant
Type of assignment: Consultant (April 2022- April 2023) – with possibility of extension
Interested candidates should submit resume and intention letter to email@example.com by 5 April 2022.
The Buyuk Menderes Basin Water Stewardship Programme of WWF-Turkey
Degradation of freshwater habitats and loss of biodiversity in many basins in Turkey is mainly due to intensive production processes in industry and agriculture as well as changes in land and resource use patterns. WWF-Turkey’s ultimate goal in Buyuk Menderes basin is to demonstrate a landscape approach for conservation and sustainable use of nature resources which could serve as an inspiring example which may be replicated at other basins in Turkey.
As part of this goal, WWF-Turkey aims to facilitate multi-stakeholder platforms at the Buyuk Menderes basin in order to develop and implement action plans for mitigating the negative impacts of textile and cotton production on natural resources and freshwater habitats.
Since 2017, WWF-Turkey has been promoting cleaner production in the textile sector and regional collaboration with governmental agencies resulted in public financial support for the industry in the basin. WWF-Turkey developed a Bankable Solutions Case for Textile in 2020 and has framed a financial model to support cleaner production. It has also been demonstrated that water investments of textile companies are economically feasible and have bankable potential.
WWF-Turkey’s efforts to form a multi-stakeholder platform resulted in establishment of “Cotton Water Stewardship Committee” in the basin in 2019. The Committee is a public-private-civil society collaboration which is composed of 11 institutions. It aims to achieve sustainable water use in cotton farming in the downstream and has already developed a modern irrigation pilot in 95 hectares of cotton fields.
WWF-Turkey has also been implementing regenerative agriculture practices in cotton farming in Aydın province since 2020, An analysis has been conducted to achieve transparency and traceability in the textile supply chain in Turkey. A pilot rainwater harvesting practice has been implemented in the Kocarli area while an ecosystem services analysis conducted in 2019 at Bafa Lake in order to demonstrate a multi-stakeholder approach for restoration of ecosystem services in Bafa Lake and improvement of freshwater habitat and support livelihoods (ecotourism and fisheries).
WWF-Turkey believes that sustainability in industry and agricultural production and conservation of ecosystem services strongly depend on two major catalysts:
- Availability of financial mechanisms (both public and private sector finance) to support investments in cleaner production in industry; to stimulate wider use of modern irrigation in agriculture; and to encourage implementation of nature based solutions (including regenerative agriculture practices, rain water harvesting, restoration of ecosystem services) in the basin;
- A good marketing environment including availability of technical programs and certification processes for supporting cotton farmers to adopt regenerative agriculture practices; as well as transparency and traceability mechanisms in the textile supply chain.
At this stage, WWF-Turkey aims to leverage its impact in the basin by influencing policies that would result in the development of:
- Financial programs in public and private sector supporting sustainable resource management in industry and agriculture;
- Technical incentives for industry and agriculture stakeholders;
- Mechanisms, stimulating the implementation of nature-based solutions
- Mechanisms that support a sustainable marketing environment.
WWF-Turkey trusts that above would consequently enhance the efforts of multi-stakeholders to mitigate water risks for the industry, agriculture as well as ecosystems in the basin.
Roles and Responsibilities
The main tasks of the Finance Policy and Markets Consultant will include the following:
- Support WWF-Turkey’s B. Menderes team in identifying the indicators of landscape approach including finance for industry, agriculture and nature-based solutions and markets mechanisms (a non-exhaustive list of examples would be PES (Payments for Ecosystem Services), EU Carbon Farming Initiative, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Initiative, True Cost Accounting etc);
- Maintain relationships with various stakeholders around industry and agriculture sectors, including national and regional public sector institutions, national and international finance institutions, private sector, chambers, cooperatives, unions) academia and NGOs;
- Based on the findings of the Bankable Solutions for Textile sector, support the design of a Bankable Toolkit for the use of relevant actors and maintain dialogue with key stakeholders to leverage finance for cleaner production investments;
- Support WWF-Turkey in developing a policy framework to discuss with decision-makers for the development of technical and financial support for industry and agriculture sectors as well as nature based solutions;
- Collaborate with WWF-Turkey’s partners and consultants at B. Menderes and elsewhere.
The Consultant should have demonstrated experience in public sector dialogue, corporate relations and finance policy areas.
The following qualifications, experience and competencies are required:
- Minimum 10 years of experience in public and private finance sector (preferably experienced in environmental economics)
- Proven diplomatic and negotiating skills especially related to the finance sector and business world
- Fluency in English, Turkish as native language
- Strong interest in nature conservation, sustainability and the mission of WWF
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to travel (to the project site and within Turkey)