Local recruitment: Environmental Justice and Climate Equity Specialist for Climate Adaptation Support Activity

Tetra Tech

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The USAID-funded Climate Adaptation Support Activity (CASA), implemented by Tetra Tech International Development, is currently accepting expressions of interest for an Environmental Justice and Climate Equity Specialist to support CASA activities with the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). The position can be fully remote from a continental US-based location or hybrid/remote within a commutable distance to either one of our office locations in Burlington, VT or Arlington, VA. 

The Environmental Justice and Climate Equity Specialist will be a part of the core technical team implementing CASA’s support to the above tasks with USAID/BHA. In this capacity, the Specialist will be responsible for the following areas of work:

  • Provide technical advice to lead integration of climate equity and environmental justice into BHA strategies, policies, and programming, in alignment with USAID’s Climate Strategy, localization priorities, and other relevant policies and guidelines as well as relevant international standards.
  • Build USAID staff and partner capacity to integrate equitable climate action and environmental justice into their humanitarian work.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on climate equity, just transition, social safeguards, localization, and inclusion in the context of humanitarian assistance, providing research and strategic advice on relevant resources and partnerships.

The above tasks will be conducted in close coordination with USAID Missions, Washington, and partners and in line with relevant USAID policies and frameworks.

As part of the core team supporting BHA with the above tasks, the Specialist will be expected to work closely with other team members and provide support as needed to ongoing tasks related to climate risk management, training and communications, and other areas as needed.

This position is a one-year (12 month), full-time assignment.


* Provide expert guidance on the development of strategies, policies, and programming documents that integrate climate equity and environmental justice.

* Develop and present training modules, guidance documents, learning materials, and communications products to assist USAID/BHA staff and partners in integrating equitable climate action.

* Lead research related to climate equity and environmental justice in the context of humanitarian action. Share best practices and applications of equitable and inclusive approaches to climate action for humanitarians.

* Draft, develop, and/or edit technical deliverables as part of the CASA team supporting BHA – including, for example, briefing notes, blog posts, policy documents, research products, climate risk management document reviews, etc.

* Act as a thought leader and participate in strategic planning meetings and working groups related to climate change policy and programming within BHA as needed.

* Represent CASA’s BHA support at external meetings, conferences, and convenings.

* Support Climate Resilient Humanitarian Action Advisor with day-to-day management of CASA’s support to BHA.

* Respond and contribute to other tasks as required.


* Master’s degree in international development, human rights or humanitarian studies, climate change, environmental studies, sociology, or similar field.

* Minimum of 7 years’ experience working on gender, social inclusion, youth, Indigenous Peoples, and/or localization topics as they relate to climate change adaptation and resilience, sustainable development, climate justice, or relevant fields.

* Minimum of 3 years’ experience providing technical support to complex USAID-funded programs and familiarity with USAID policies.

* Experience assessing equity and inclusion needs and developing strategies to integrate gender, inclusion, and localization into climate change and/or humanitarian programming.

* Experience leading remote teams and working in a client-facing context.

* Experience working in cross-cultural and highly collaborative team environments.

* Professional proficiency in English is required. 

* Ability to travel internationally. 

* Current US work authorization is required at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Familiarity with environmental and social safeguards standards and best practices in international development and humanitarian contexts.

* A history of collaboration and fostering inclusive, equitable, locally led climate change adaptation activities.

* Understanding of the intersection of climate adaptation, humanitarian action, and disaster risk management.

* Proficiency in Spanish or French.

To be considered, please submit the following:

* Cover Letter

* CV

Please indicate where you saw Tetra Tech’s IDS ad posted.

Please ensure that only the requested documents noted above are submitted. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

At Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state, and federal authorities.

Tetra Tech International Development is committed to safeguarding and technical excellence in equality and social inclusion. Our team of dedicated Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion (GYSI) advisers work closely with our staff and partners to share international norms and best practices to improve the livelihoods of the world’s most marginalized groups. Tetra Tech International Development is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives that aim to expand inclusion and an authentic sense of belonging to all our staff regardless of background.

Pay Transparency Statement:

We are committed to taking a thoughtful, compliant and equitable approach to employment compensation and rate setting. We commit to providing a holistic comprehensive salary analysis, including reviews of individual skill sets and compensable factors related to qualifications, business needs, internal compensation data, and industry and labor market surveys.  The anticipated pay range for this position is $90,000 to $130,000 annually.

Reasonable Accommodations:

We are dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please visit Tetra Tech’s Disability Assistance Page or contact our Global Talent Operations team. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 550 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees — 27,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans employer.

Key words: Project Opportunities, U.S. Teams and Clients, ARD 188, Environment

Additional Information

  • Organization: 188 ARD
  • Requisition #18800000957





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