The selection process for 2015-2016 civil society organization (CSO) observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) launched in August 2014.
RESOLVE – an independent nonprofit organization – has been asked to facilitate the civil society organization (CSO) selection process for observer seats on the Clean Technology Fund [CTF] and for the three Strategic Climate Fund [SCF]) sub-committees (the Forest Investment Program [FIP], the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program [SREP], and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience [PPCR]).
There are four CSO observer seats on each committee or sub-committee, with each organization representing one of four CIF regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa/Middle East, Asia/Pacific, and developed countries. In addition, there will be one community-based organization (from a community dependent upon adaptation approaches to secure livelihoods) selected as an observer to the PPCR.
Interested organizations who meet the CSO observer selection criteria may apply to be CSO observers using an electronic application form. All applications must be submitted by Friday, September 19, 2014.
Selection Process Description and Timeline
- Application period: RESOLVE will accept applications from qualified CSOs until Friday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. GMT.
- Screening and interviews: Once the application process has closed, RESOLVE will screen applications and rank them based on the strength of their responses and adherence to the selection criteria. A list of applicants with the highest rankings will be given to an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee, comprised of respected CSOs who are knowledgeable about the CIFs and who are not applying for observer seats during the 2015 – 2016 term, will review the applications and identify observer organizations for interviews. Interviews to select a shortlist of candidates will take place between September 29 – October 17. Selected applicants must be available for a half-hour phone or Skype interview during this period.
- Voting: At the end of October, RESOLVE will make the shortlist of candidates public and launch the voting process. CSOs who have pre-registered will have the opportunity to vote for the candidates from their regions who they believe will best represent civil society on the CIF committees. Voter registration will take place on the RESOLVE website from mid-September through October 20. Voting will take place from October 27 – November 14.
- Final selection: After the voting has closed, RESOLVE will decide on a final list of selected observers based on both the selection criteria and the voting results. Using the selection criteria – in addition to the vote – to make the final selection helps to ensure an appropriate balance on the committees with regard to region, gender, and organization type, as well as representation of CIF pilot countries.
- Publicizing the results: RESOLVE will notify the selected observers and seek confirmation from them between November 17 and December 3. Shortlisted candidates should monitor their email during this period and be prepared to respond promptly with a confirmation of interest, if applicable. RESOLVE will then share the final list of CSO observers with the CIF Administrative Unit and post the list to our website by December 12, 2014.
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
This third selection process for CSO observers to the Climate Investment Funds was launched in August 2014. RESOLVE also provided process design and facilitation for the previous CIF observer selection processes – once in 2009-2010 for the first pool of CSO observers, and again in 2011-2012 for the current observers.
The CIFs are a pair of funds – the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – aimed at helping developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. Each fund is governed by a trust fund committee with equal representation from contributor and recipient countries. The CTF trust fund committee oversees the fund’s operations, provides strategic direction, and approves and oversees programming and projects. The SCF trust fund committee advises on strategic direction for three targeted programs: (1) the Forest Investment Program (FIP), (2) the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), and (3) the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP). Each of these programs is governed by its own subcommittee.
The funds are channeled through five multilateral development banks (MDBs): the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.
Representatives from the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, civil society, indigenous peoples’ groups, and the private sector are invited to select representatives to participate as active observers in meetings of the CTF Trust Fund Committee and the three subcommittees of the SCF (FIP, PPCR and SREP).
According to the 2009 Guidelines for Inviting Representatives of Civil Society to Observe Meetings of the CIF Trust Fund Committees, CIF observers may:
- Request the floor to speak during committee discussions
- Request that CIF committee co-chairs add items to the provisional agenda
- Recommend external experts to speak on a specific agenda item
CSO observers have the following responsibilities:
- Preparing for meetings and gathering input from members of their organization/networks/community on issues scheduled to be discussed at CIF meetings
- Taking into account the concerns of the larger civil society community in their region (not only their own organizations/networks/communities)
- Sharing information and lessons from the meetings with the larger civil society community to whom they are accountable
Observer positions are volunteer (unpaid) positions. Travel costs for representatives from developing countries to attend CIF committee meetings may be covered by the budget of the CIF Administrative Unit upon request. Travel costs for developed country observers are covered by the observer organizations.