Women in Resilience Finance Mentorship Program

Scale for Resilience is excited to announce the launch of the Women in Resilience Finance Mentorship Program!

The WiRF Mentorship Program will unite women along the entire financial value chain in order to build strong relationships between the women in Resilience Finance, empowering them to take leadership roles in their fields.

After being selected as one of the winners of the Resilience Hub Catalytic Grant Programme of COP27, this program will be supported by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and the Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF) which provide grant funding to implement and amplify our idea.

For the free mentorship program, we are looking for 8 female mid-level managers working in financial institutions active or interested in becoming active in confronting climate change (applicants from Scale for Resilience member institutions will be treated with priority), with the goal of capacitating them to be Resilience Ambassadors empowered through practical knowledge on resilience finance. Following the completion of a two-stage learning plan with sessions lead by experts in the field, including cross program activity such as a buddy system and field research, this will culminate in a final video production series which highlights both a female end client and a self-reflection on final learnings. These will then be circulated throughout the UNFCCC Race to Resilience network and events leading to a high visibility of participating institutions and their Resilience Ambassadors.

A virtual kickoff event will take place on August 2nd (in Spanish language) – this will present a comprehensive view on the program and application process. The program will be conducted in Spanish, to match the profile we are looking for candidates that should:

  • come from a partner institution from either El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala or Mexico,
  • have at least 2 years of experience in the inclusive finance sector,
  • be from the operations, risk management or credit department (or similar) of their institution having been employed there for at least 2 years with a long term contract, and finally,
  • be prepared to commit a minimum of 5 hours per month to the program participating in the 3 monthly sessions and cross-program activity.

Climate change is not gender neutral – Women, gender-diverse, youth and marginalised communities are often those most affected by adverse climate impacts while being least able to adapt to them. Gender equality is therefore a critical dimension interconnected with climate change resilience, food systems and security and rural development. By empowering women in inclusive financial institutions to participate in decision-making processes as well as creating the capacity for them to promote gender-responsive resilience finance, we are working to create locally-led systemic change. By women, for all.

If you are interested in this important and free professional development opportunity, please join the virtual kickoff for further information:

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