Climate Change Adviser (Australia Pacific Climate Partnership)


Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Do you strive to make a positive impact? We seek an experienced technical specialist who wants to influence climate change action in the Pacific and shape our impact.

Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development, and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities, and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental, and financial benefits. 

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives. 

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or marital status. 

About the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit
Australia is supporting Pacific governments, businesses and communities to strengthen climate change and disaster resilience. At the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum, Australia pledged to spend $500 million over five years to strengthen climate change and disaster resilience in the Pacific from 2020. This ensures dedicated aid investments to strengthen resilience, as well as a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into all areas of the Australian aid program in the Pacific.

The Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (the Climate Partnership) is a $75 million investment over four years (2018-2022), funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It aims to increase the effectiveness of Australia’s support for climate change action and disaster resilience in the Pacific. For further information about the Partnership, see the full design here:

The Climate Partnership includes a Support Unit of technical experts, based in Australia and the Pacific, who work with DFAT aid investment managers and their implementing partners to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), broker and enable better access to actionable climate change and disaster knowledge in the region, and undertake Program-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning.

About the Role
Reporting to the Deputy Team Leader, the Climate Change Adviser will provide advisory services that support integration of climate and disaster resilience in Australian aid investment programming and implementation. This includes building effective relationships with DFAT and Pacific stakeholders and providing advisory services and building capacities for comprehensive integration of climate change action across aid investment planning, program development, activity designs, risk management, and monitoring and reporting, and across broader policy frameworks.

This position is desk-based, with a preference for candidates based in Brisbane or Canberra.

To view the full Terms of Reference, please email [email protected]

Essential Qualifications/Experience

  • Contemporary knowledge of climate change in the Pacific and a strong understanding of international development in climate change and disaster risk reduction, with experience integrating approaches across sectors.
  • Advanced degree in environmental sciences, climate change adaptation and/or mitigation, natural resource management, or other relevant qualifications.
  • Minimum 10 years of senior-level experience managing and/or advising cross-sectoral international development programs on climate change adaptation including experience in the Pacific.
  • Demonstrated experience and understand of the Australian aid program and practice specifically relating to climate.
  • Proven ability in thinking and working politically; building strategic and strong working relationships with government and industry stakeholders; and identifying solutions to sensitive political and cultural issues.

About You
You will have experience in providing advisory services, coaching and mentoring to effect behaviour change among diverse stakeholders in government, civil society and the private sector, in a complex operating environment. You will have contemporary knowledge of climate change in the Pacific and a strong understanding of international developments in climate change and disaster risk reduction, with experience integrating approaches across sectors. You will have strong writing skills and experience providing technical support for briefings, including experience working with DFAT and/or in an international development context.

If this sounds like you, please submit your application online via the Palladium website and ensure you include your CV (no more than two pages) and a covering letter outlining your suitability to the position. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications close on Sunday 26 September 2021 however, we will be conducting a rolling recruitment for this position, therefore early applications are highly encouraged.

Both nationals and internationals are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have the right to work in Australia. For more information, please contact [email protected]

6 days remaining

Apply by 26 September, 2021