Program Officer, Youth Adaptation Solutions Challenge

Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 🇨🇮

Job description

VACANCY TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Youth Adaptation Solutions Challenge 

LOCATION : Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

INTENSITY: Full time 

ANTICIPATED START DATE : As soon as possible 

APPLICATION DEADLINE : 20 January 2023; 5pm CET


The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyze action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure shared learning and collaboration for a climate resilient future. Adapting to impacts of climate change provides a “win-win” for health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth. The work of the GCA elevates the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and facilitates solutions, such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats. GCA is a rapidly growing organization with offices in Abidjan, Beijing, Dhaka, Groningen, and Rotterdam.

The GCA has an ambitious 2020-2025 business plan with three pillars:

  • Programs and Action: Food Security; Using Nature for more resilient infrastructure; Water for Urban Growth and Resilience; Climate Finance; Youth Leadership
  • Knowledge Acceleration: Building adaptation knowledge globally through cutting edge products such as the State and Trends in Adaptation Report and the Knowledge Exchange Platform
  • Agenda Setting and Advocacy: Formulating policy messages to move the global, regional, and local adaptation agendas forward.

GCA’s work program in Africa is of paramount importance. All the components of GCA’s Business Plan must succeed to support changing the momentum and pace of adaptation in Africa. Guiding GCA’s program in Africa is the Africa-owned and Africa-led Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), co-created with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to implement the vision of the Africa Adaptation Initiative to support African countries on key adaptation initiatives.

The AAAP is contributing to closing Africa’s adaptation gap and supporting African countries to make a transformational shift in their development pathways by putting climate adaptation and resilience at the centre of their critical growth-oriented and inclusive policies, programs, and institutions. It is scaling up successful initiatives fundamental to African nations’ economic development, and prosperity for women and men. The four pillars of the AAAP are: Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security, the Africa Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator, Empowering Youth through Jobs and Entrepreneurship, and Innovative Financial Initiatives for Africa.

The Empowering youth for Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in Climate Adaptation and Resilience pillar, has as its goal, to promote sustainable job creation through entrepreneurship and innovation for action on climate adaptation and resilience in Africa. This Pillar aims at promoting innovation and inclusive growth for youth and will accelerate and scale youth-led innovative and bankable business

solutions to climate-related challenges while creating jobs. This will be achieved through providing innovative youth-owned enterprises (50% women-led) $500m in credit; strengthening the productivity and growth of 10,000 youth-led enterprises to increase climate resilience and enhance job opportunities; developing skills and equipping 1 million African youth to prepare them for climate resilient jobs and green entrepreneurial opportunities; creating an enabling environment conducive for resilient enterprise development by supporting legal, policy and regulatory reforms and removing structural barriers to promoting youth participation in climate policies



The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for the YouthADAPT Challenge implementation, in close coordination with the Enterprise Support Organisation (ESO) recruited under the Program. The Program provides a unique opportunity to be a part of a rapidly growing youth jobs and entrepreneurship ecosystem and gain hands-on experience of working with entrepreneurs across Africa.

Areas of responsibility

Reporting to the GCA Program Lead for Youth Jobs and Entrepreneurship, the Senior Program Officer will work on the end-to-end delivery of the YouthADAPT Challenge. Specific tasks include:

  • Managing liaison with the project teams including the Global Center on Adaptation, African Development Bank, Climate Investment Funds and the ESO committees.
  • Monitoring of the various work streams
    • Coordinating the recruitment and onboarding of the ESO in collaboration with the Program Lead and other stakeholders
    • Daily Tracking of project deliverables with the communications, project delivery and monitoring and evaluation sub-committees.
    • Defining criteria for shortlisting and evaluation of the entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Program Lead & the ESO.
    • Defining process and criteria for the jury panel operation (in collaboration with the ESO); and
    • Identifying existing or anticipated project implementation risks, and proposing remedial actions
  • Evaluation, Analysis, and reporting
    • Detailed review of submissions and making recommendations
    • Ensuring adaptation is being mainstreamed and reflected in evaluation and training processes
    • Supporting the gap analysis process
    • Preparing weekly project update reports
  • Strategy
    • Providing strategic recommendations and advice to the Program Lead on process improvement
    • Providing input on the training plan and strategic business advisory on content
    • Following up on partnership engagements and ensuring awareness is ongoing
    • Providing strategic direction to each of the selected entrepreneurs and helping them streamline their business operation
    • Carrying out research of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in Africa and making recommendations for relationships with key stakeholders (such as incubators/accelerators, start-up forums, angel networks, tertiary institutions, etc.)

Job requirements


The Senior Program Officer is expected to meet the following selection criteria:

  • At least 5 years of experience in a management consulting role and/or industry experience (start-up experience will be a plus); significant experience in working on climate change and youth entrepreneurship projects is an advantage.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving ability.
  • Extensive experience in managing projects.
  • Knowledge of MS Excel is a must.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with diverse, cross-functional teams; and
  • Demonstrated ability to independently create and maintain relationships with external stakeholders


With our global headquarters in Rotterdam on the world’s largest floating office, and regional offices around the globe, the GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will be contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. You will have the opportunity to draw upon the substantial expertise available at the GCA and its partner organizations across the world and you will be given an opportunity to support the shaping of international policies and global action on climate change, working at the highest governmental levels and collaborating with governments on all continents.


Please apply at by submitting your CV and cover letter in English before 16 October 2022, 5 pm CET. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start.


The GCA celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. GCA does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development