Climate Change Adaptation Adviser (Sierra Leone and Senegal)

Save the Children

Dakar, Senegal 🇸🇳

THE ROLE: Climate Change Adaptation Advisor-Sierra Leone and Senegal

Save the Children is recruiting for Climate Change Adaptation Advisor for Senegal and Sierra Leone that will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to provide a critical link between the Save the Children’s global and country level technical work on climate change, strengthening our technical offer on climate change in Senegal and Sierra Leone.

The Postholder will contribute to building capacity and fostering networks with climate change actors across the two countries. The role will support national advocacy and influencing on climate change, and contributes to strategic partnerships and technical writing for new business development for climate change adaptation programming. It will provide input into the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning and ensuring quality of our climate change programmes. This role includes a strong focus on internal coordination and external representation. As the role covers both Sierra Leone and Senegal, the candidate must speak and write in both French and English. Location will be either Sierra Leone or Senegal.

 Technical areas of particular focus for this role include: 

  • Community-based, locally led climate change adaptation programming (across health, education and livelihoods sectors)
  • A strong focus on resilience building and impacts for children, including graduation approaches;
  • Use of analytical tools and climate data to inform climate adaptation programming;
  • Shock responsive child sensitive social protection to mitigate climate and other shocks.


  • Master degree in climate change, development studies, environmental science or equivalent experience.



  • At least 5 years’ experience of working internationally in climate change adaptation and resilience building at community level.
  • Experience in designing and implementing climate change adaptation programmes within livelihoods and health programs. Experience in anticipatory action is a plus.
  • Experience in sourcing and using climate data to inform programme design.
  • Demonstrable understanding and application of gender-equality, disability inclusion and child participation in programming.
  • Track record in successful business development/fundraising and donor engagement especially with Green Climate Fund, FCDO, USAID, WFP, INTPA and so on.
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.  
  • Able to analyse and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children.
  • Ability to work across teams with flexibility to undertake challenging tasks and adapt to different contexts.


Fluent in spoken and written French and English.


  • Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring.
  • Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at national/regional level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights.
  • Experience of strategy development and planning.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Closing Date:  27th July, 2022

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.   

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applicants are advised that 

Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance to dual employment.  Any request in this direction should be immediately

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

·      Candidates should apply through the links that will be provided 

Location: Dakar

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Jul 28, 2022