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Program Details –

Phase 1 of the TECFD Program is a discovery phase designed for students or professionals in gender equity, climate change and related fields who are seeking an opportunity to collaborate on the shared mission to embed gender equity into the work of climate risks and opportunities through a hands-on research project.

The TECFD selection committee is seeking student / graduate student applicants from those with interest and experience to contribute (and be paid an hourly stipend), as well as volunteer professionals from the WiCT community who would like to be involved.

The program and toolkit development will run Monday July 26th-Friday September 3rd. Student/grad student participants (defined loosely to include current and recent grads) will need to dedicate at least 15 hours/week to the program (organized as well as independent work). The work will culminate in a deliverable to be presented at Climate Week NYC in September.

The goals of Phase 1 are to enable collaboration and ultimately, create a toolkit for use by business and government to assess:

  1. The risks facing net zero and climate resilience commitments resulting from gender inequity at all levels; and
  2. Opportunities arising from addressing this inequity and the solutions to address climate change at various scales.

Attend an information session on June 28th at 9:30 a.m. ET or at 2:30 p.m. ET. Click the links at the corresponding time to access the Zoom meeting. 

We encourage all WICT members who are interested in contributing to apply, especially BIPOC and nonbinary professionals.

More Details – Scope of Work

Phase 1 of the program will focus on discovery and will run for 6 weeks, beginning on Monday, July 26th and end on Friday, September 3rd. Student / grad student participants will need to dedicate at least 15 hours/week to Phase 1 and will be paid an hourly stipend based upon hours worked. Selected applicants can expect to work on a team of 2-4 people. 

WiCT community volunteers can contribute however many hours desired; we need 2-3 speakers who can advise the group on issues relating to gender equity, climate-related risks and opportunities, net zero and climate resilience actions, and volunteers who have research and ideas to share with the group.

Phase 1 will consist of organized work sessions as well as independent work. End of project deliverable is a report addressing three key themes:

1. To what extent is gender equity covered or missing from the TCFD process, and what are the risks that this poses on businesses and the world’s progress towards addressing climate change? Consider:

  • How is climate change impacting women around the world?
  • Why are women so important to addressing climate change?
  • What data is available to assess climate-related risks and opportunities to and for women?
  • How is equality represented within the existing TCFD advisory board, framework, and supplemental guidance documents?
  • What gaps exist in the data and framework that are essential to improving our understanding of how to better centralize gender equity across the TCFD?
  • Where is gender equity being well integrated into other standards, frameworks, or principles?

2. What improvements can be made to the TCFD framework and guidance documents and broader policy/systemic changes regarding gender equity and climate-related risks and opportunities? Consider:

  • Why should climate and gender equity data, impacts, actions, solutions, metrics, and targets be centralized across the TCFD framework and guidance?
  • What type of perspectives need to be represented, at what scale, and where?
  • What guidance would we suggest across the four core elements and 11 disclosures of the TCFD?
  • What would a gender equity framework for TCFD look like in terms of a guidance document?

3. Develop a client-facing memo for a financial services company, on incorporating findings and recommendations from the two workstreams above. Consider:

    • How can this client embed gender considerations into its TCFD climate risk reporting? 

Phase 1 of the TECFD Program (between July – September 2021) will offer:

  • One Climate Week Admission Ticket to The Nest Summit.
  • Credentialing: your name will appear on TECFD Program materials, press releases and social media.
  • Professional development: you will receive coaching from members of the WiCT network, including leads across WSP Global’s TCFD practice and the TECFD Selection Committee.
  • Hourly compensation for students and graduate student applicants.

Participants must commit to as many working sessions as possible throughout the summer, but need not commit to attending Climate Week.