Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Analyst

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.

The Livelihoods Thematic Area within ICIMOD focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the HKH region, and strengthening social and governance dimensions within the work of ICIMOD and its partners. The Centre is looking for a highly qualified Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Analyst to be housed in the Livelihoods Thematic Area. The Analyst is expected to possess substantive theoretical as well as empirical knowledge and understanding of social and governance issues in climate change adaptation, along with sound knowledge and understanding of research approaches, methods, and analytical tools and relevant experience in analyzing and integrating good governance practices in research and policy. 

Responsibilities and tasks

The Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Analyst will be responsible for integrating climate change adaptation and governance perspectives, concepts, frameworks, methodologies, and action plans into research and development components in different Regional Programmes and Initiatives. These components aim at improved understanding of the potential of adaptation approaches and practices, with an explicit focus on good governance. Further, it intends to develop stakeholder-driven and socially inclusive adaptation pathways with good governance practices that enhance the capacities of the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt to climate change. 

Under the overall guidance of the Theme Leader – Livelihoods Thematic Area, the Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Analyst will have the following responsibilities: 

  • Providing research input to ICIMOD’s Thematic Areas, Regional Programmes, and Initiatives regarding climate change adaptation and governance; 
  • Providing technical backstopping on climate change adaptation and governance issues in the planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the Regional Programmes and Initiatives to ensure expected results; 
  • Customizing and introducing relevant governance concepts, approaches, frameworks, methodologies, institutional innovations, and good practices to strengthen the capacity of ICIMOD and its partners and thereby improve adaptive capacity and build resilient livelihoods of mountain people; 
  • Identifying potential adaptation solutions, with primary focus on economic analysis, nexus and risk management, regional cooperation, and integration of social dimensions (such as equity, gender, and inclusion); 
  • Analyzing and suitably incorporating community-based adaptation priorities with strong social and cultural parameters into project design (and proposal development) under Regional Programmes and Initiatives; 
  • Providing technical inputs to implementation and strategic partners in strengthening local/national-level institutions, transboundary cooperation, regional collaboration, and science–policy–practice linkages for better and transformative climate change adaptation in the HKH region; 
  • Conceptualizing and implementing action research with stakeholders for improving governance mechanisms to improve adaptation and prevent maladaptation; 
  • Identifying capacity needs and liaison on climate change adaptation and governance with partners, actors, and stakeholders in the region and beyond; 
  • Planning field work, implementing pilots, and participating in local/national/regional initiatives on emerging adaptation and governance issues to collect learnings and write high-quality research reports and publications; and 
  • Providing support in organizing, conducting, and contributing to internal and external trainings, workshops, and seminars on adaptation and governance issues to strengthen the capacity of partners and to share knowledge. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Climate Change Science and Policy, Development Studies, Natural Resource Management, Political Science, Public Policy, Institutional Economics, Social Anthropology, or related areas with at least three years of relevant work experience. A first-level university degree in combination with six years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least three years of experience in the areas of climate change adaptation and governance, of which some has been gained in the mountain regions of Asia
  • Experience and good knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative research methods and the development of climate change adaptation and governance frameworks, accompanied by a strong interest in academic publications
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team 
  • Good knowledge in the areas of GESI and transboundary/regional cooperation
  • Fluency in speaking, writing, and speaking English  


  • Cross-Cultural Impact: Adapts to various customs and practices and can resolve misunderstandings
  • Result and Impact Orientation: Navigates through challenging situations to achieve concrete results, successfully transforming outputs to outcomes
  • Teamwork and Cooperation: Solicits ideas and opinions to help form specific plans and take decisions cohesively
  • Networking and Stakeholder Management: Recognizes the needs of different stakeholders and partners to build capacity and solve project issues while maintaining existing professional linkages and building new ones
  • Impactful Communication: Applies active listening skills and tailors convincing messages for different audiences, integrating ideas from several sources
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Identifies opportunities for improvement, encourages new ideas, and implements new technologies to enhance workflow
  • Analytical Thinking: Simplifies complex issues to identify the crux of a problem or opportunity in order to make effective, timely decisions
  • Behavioural Flexibility and Change Management: Adapts to change and capably adjusts to new responsibilities and circumstances


Two years (probation period of six months), with a possibility of extension subject to performance, programme activities, and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.


Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender issues at organizational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 30 Apr 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.