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Local consultant for the Brazilian Sustainable Taxonomy - Construction Expert

Climate Bonds Initiative


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Join the Climate Bonds Initiative as a Local Consultant and Shape Brazil's Sustainable Future in Construction


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S√£o Paulo Brazil

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The Climate Bonds Initiative, a prestigious international NGO, is driving capital towards climate goals and is now crafting Brazil's sustainable taxonomy for the Construction sector. A unique opportunity for an experienced consultant to contribute to Brazil's sustainable, inclusive, and regenerative development, increase national productivity and competitiveness, and enhance transparency and integrity in sustainable finance flows.

  • Engage in an influential project from June 2024 to December 2024, with potential extension.
  • Collaborate with technical expert groups and integrate multi-phase feedback into the taxonomy.
  • Play a key role in developing technical screening criteria and capacity-building in the Construction sector.
  • Master's or Ph.D. in economics, engineering, or a relevant field.
  • 6+ years of professional experience in construction or a related field, with at least 2 years focused on sustainable construction.
  • Fluency in both Portuguese and English is essential.
  • Familiarity with policy reform, environmental/climate/social standards, and sustainable taxonomies preferred.
  • Experience in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, and international cooperation projects is advantageous.

Local consultant for the Brazilian Sustainable Taxonomy  


The Climate Bonds Initiative (Climate Bonds) is an international non-governmental organisation whose main task is to mobilise capital to achieve climate goals. Currently, Climate Bonds has been chosen to assist in developing Brazil's sustainable taxonomy, which aims to contribute to (i) the mobilisation and redirection of public and private investments towards economic activities with positive climate, environmental, and social impacts, aimed towards sustainable, inclusive, and regenerative development; (ii) the promotion of technological development aimed at climate-related, environmental, social, and economic sustainability, with increased productivity and competitiveness of the Brazilian economy on a sustainable basis; (iii) the provision of the basis for producing reliable information on sustainable finance flows by encouraging transparency, integrity, and a long-term vision for economic and financial activities. 

 The project will consist of many stages and involve the active participation of a local individual with expertise in the field of Construction. 

 The project is expected to last from June 2024 to December 2024. During the project, a comprehensive analysis of the target sectors of the Brazilian economy will be carried out, including Construction; technical working groups of local experts, government and industry representatives will be created; criteria for classifying activities in all sectors as low-carbon and in transition to net-zero will be developed; recommendations will be given on the application of the resulting criteria in real life the economy. 

Upon completion of the development process, three rounds of technical, targeted and public consultations will be held to gather feedback on the drafted taxonomy. After finalising the document, capacity-building sessions will be held to help integrate the results of the work into the day-to-day operations of the Brazilian government, as well as financial and industrial enterprises in Brazil. 

 Purpose and Objectives 

Climate Bonds is seeking an experienced consultant with expertise in Construction, who is highly proficient in both English and Portuguese, to contribute to the development of the Construction technical screening criteria of the Brazil Sustainable Taxonomy, comprised of a) a screening tool that helps define the eligibility of the economic activities under the taxonomy based on pre-determined climate and environmental objectives (e.g., climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation; b) do no significant harm assessment, ensuring that economic activities substantially contributing to the Construction objective do not cause significant harm to the other climate and environmental objectives defined in the taxonomy. 

Scope of Services and Deliverables/Outputs 

The tasks under this consultancy are outlined below as well as the number of days per task. The project will be conducted from June 2024 and February 2025, and will use twenty-two point ninety-three (22.93) business days of the consultant, to be split into the outputs according to the table below: 

Expected Outputs 

Number of Days 

  1. Analyse Brazil's existing policies in the field of decarbonisation of Construction and map their main activities against industrial codes (CNAE) 4.93  
  2. Participate in the organisation of and attend the meetings of technical expert groups, including the search and selection of relevant institutions and experts  2 
  3. Assist in the creation of criteria for decarbonisation of Construction sectors, following international best practices and in accordance with the current conditions in Brazil 7 
  4. Integrate the feedback harvested from the multi-phased revision processes, including two internal revisions and one public consultation into the second, third, and final drafts, respectively 7 
  5. Participate in capacity-building sessions regarding the Construction criteria, if needed 2 



The number of days is up to an extension depending on the needs of the project and the approval of the international organisms coordinating the project.  

CBI will pay the Consultant a daily rate fee, excluding potential travel costs. In case there is any extra costs, these will be covered separately and only expenditure for reasonable, approved, and documented costs agreed with CBI’s Head of Taxonomies. 

Payments will be made quarterly upon (i) submission by the Consultant and approval by Climate Bonds of the deliverables described in item 3, according to the timeline outlined in item 4 above; (ii) presentation of monthly timesheets at the end of each calendar month detailing the work undertaken, the time spent on each task and the corresponding payable amount for each period, following Climate Bonds' template.  


The consultant should have the following skills and experience:  

  • Education/training: university qualification (Master) in economics, engineering or a relevant related field. A Ph.D. in relevant topics is considered an advantage¬†
  • Language: Fluent in Portuguese and English¬†
  • General professional experience: At least 6 years of professional experience in the construction sector, or another relevant field¬†
  • Specific professional experience:¬†
  • Expert with at least 2 years of professional experience in the sustainable construction, or another relevant field¬†
  • Professional experience in advising on policy reform in the construction sector¬†
  • Experience with standards, instruments, norms, initiatives, and metrics related to the environmental/climate/social aspects relevant to the sector/theme (systems/taxonomy for sustainable economic/financial activities)¬†
  • Regional experience: 1 years of experience in Latin America (region), 6 years of experience in Brazil (country)¬†
  • International cooperation experience: previous experience in international cooperation projects is considered an advantage¬†
  • Other: previous relevant experience with sustainable taxonomies¬†

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