Project Manager Climate Adaptation Report and Data Platform

Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)

Groningen, , NL

About GCA

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future.

About the project

The GCA will set up a comprehensive science and knowledge work program and produce a series of annual flagship reports and intermediate products, as well as an online knowledge and data platform, over a period of five years (2020-2024), which will target an audience of global and national policy makers, the private sector, adaptation practitioners and the expert community.

About the position

We are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to fill the role of Project Manager, working as core team member to drive forward the GCA’s ambitions and its role as a knowledge provider in the field of climate change adaptation. The Project Manager will report to the Chief Scientist while working closely with senior and junior members of the Knowledge and Education Hub of the GCA, located in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. The successful candidate will drive forward GCA’s knowledge work program and will play a key role in positioning the GCA as the foremost international organization specialising in climate change adaptation while managing a set of advanced and complex science projects.


    • Manage projects on behalf of the Chief Scientist, coordination team and leading scientists;
    • Design and implement internal procedures in compliance with policies;
    • Establish timelines and project plans;
    • Monitor and report to management on performance of projects against requirements, budgets, planning and deadlines to ensure successful completion;
    • Forecast resources needed, create procurement plan and coordinate procurements;
    • Design operational communication procedures to ensure effective exchange of information between the Chief Scientist, senior management, research staff, students and interns;
    • Proactively identify and mitigate project risks;
    • Coordinate, lead and attend meetings and provide reports and summaries, coordinate the timely completion of assigned action points and next steps of team members;
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Job requirements
    • Master’s degree in a relevant field with at least five years of professional experience in climate-change issues and knowledge networks;
    • Successful track record in management of large, multidisciplinary and complex international projects, international scientific assessment reports and/or consortia (candidates are requested to indicate in their application a list of key relevant projects and products, along with their responsibilities and achievements);
    • High standard of administrative and analytical skills, with proven ability to provide and present accurate and timely information to senior management;
    • Strong planning and organisational skills, demonstrated sense of urgency and ability to work under tight deadlines in a team setting;
    • High level of prioritisation and organisation skills to manage a high volume of work;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Teams;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and on multiple projects simultaneously;
    • Experience of working in international/intercultural environments.

    Offer and Applications

    This position is vacant with immediate effect on a fulltime basis (32-40 hours per week). GCA offers the successful candidate a competitive package reflecting the value of this position to the organization and a dynamic and international work atmosphere in a rapidly expanding organization contributing to global climate adaptation. The position is located in Groningen, the Netherlands. The Knowledge and Education Office of the GCA is located at the Zernike campus, home of the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

    Applications must be submitted before 28 June 2020 through


    Due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the GCA abides by the health and safety guidelines set out by the World Health Organization and the Government of the Netherlands. To minimize the impact on the recruitment of prospective staff, interviews are held remotely.

    Equal Employment Opportunities Statement

    The Global Center on Adaptation 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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