Junior Adaptation Climate Change Specialist

Mott MacDonald

Cambridge, , GB

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is currently seeking a Junior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist to join our very busy International Development Services (IDS) Team in Cambridge, UK, serving the water and environment sectors.You will contribute to the Environmental Management and Climate Change (EMCC) portfolio;
assisting on ongoing and new projects; and providing assistance on short-term technical inputs.

At Mott MacDonald, projects are directed in accordance with our ISO 9001 compliant procedures which include financial and technical progress, quality of delivery, staffing issues and client liaison. Assisting with pursuing opportunities, maintaining good relations with relevant international financial institutions and partner organisations and assistance with proposals.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture

Job Description

The position will be based in Cambridge but may require frequent short term travel to Europe, Asia and Africa.
The work will cover environmental and climate aspects of water resources, irrigation, water supply and sanitation, and wetlands projects, and potentially forestry.

The role will provide an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to support a portfolio of work in climate resilience and related sectors, in a supportive environment fully committed to international development. Current activities include, for example, research into climate resilience in Nepal, project preparation for climate-resilient agricultural development in Myanmar, management of the Berbak Green Prosperity Partnership in Indonesia, and a Global Study on Climate Resilient Water Supply and Sanitation. Specific tasks will include:
  • Assisting with the preparing of proposals for and delivering the climate resilience elements of projects, providing support on setting and managing budgets
  • Providing input into project work, covering both on-going and newly acquired projects
  • Working in multi-disciplinary teams which may be spread between offices and countries, with colleagues from both Mott MacDonald and partner organisations
  • Providing assistance on scientific and technical papers and presentations for internal and external audiences, and active participation in our professional excellence programmes
  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of our own sustainability performance

Candidate Specification

You will have:
  • A master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Climate Studies or equivalent
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the design, implementation and management of international development projects in the field of environmental management and climate resilience.
  • Provided assistance in national or regional water resources management, development of climate change strategies and adaptation policies; institutional strengthening of environmental and related agencies.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) will be an advantage
  • Excellent understanding of concepts of resilience and of the inter-relationship between climate resilience and international development
  • Provided assistance in business development, gathering market intelligence and proposal management/writing.
  • Provided support in managing projects and budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and demonstrate strong time-management skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills, with proficiency in other languages being an advantage.
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS Project and Outlook)