Program Officer (Climate Vulnerable Forum)

Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)

Rotterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Job description

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

The GCA is also Managing Partner of support to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Ministers of Finance, through a dedicated Support Program and by hosting the secretariat and representational office of the CVF and V20. The CVF and V20 is a state-led cooperation group of 48 developing countries heavily threatened by climate change that work together for stronger and more effective responses. The GCA supports the CVF and V20 in a variety of domains on adaptation: technical and policy advice, communications and organizational support, partnership building and support to international cooperation. The Program has two work streams of activities, one focused on the work of the CVF, and the second focused on the work of the V20.


We are looking for a motivated and driven professional with proven experience and competencies in policy analysis and advocacy, with a special interest in international climate change policy and in the drafting of policy documents. The successful candidate is not only an excellent writer, but also a hands-on organizer of impactful high-level international policy events. The Program Officer CVF is a core team member to drive forward the GCA’s role as an effective Managing Partner of support to the CVF and V20. She/he has a special interest in climate threatened nations.

The Program Officer will report to the GCA CVF Advisor, or pending appointment, to the CVF & V20 Program Head, while working closely with other members of the CVF & V20 Program as well as other GCA staff in different directorates. The Program Officer CVF is located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Program Officer CVF works under the supervision of senior CVF staff, to contribute to the following result areas:

  • External Relations: Originate and amend draft documents supporting external relations activities of the CVF, in particular correspondence (letters, emails, diplomatic notes and other correspondence), arranging meetings among state and non-state actors including high-level meetings, preparation of briefing packages, notes and talking points for high-level and expert CVF delegates and senior GCA staff;
  • Representation: Liaise with government (ministries, agencies and permanent missions), international and regional organizations and non-state actors to support the representational efforts of the CVF presidency, leadership (Troika) and members, and senior GCA and Program staff, including by analyzing intergovernmental policy processes and supporting policy advice activities, arranging representational engagements and preparing draft statements, documenting meetings and overseeing the maintenance of contact databases;
  • Policy and Research: Conducting a range of ad hoc research (collect and analyze information) in support of CVF policy activities, developing policy concept and briefing documentation, reviewing and contributing to policy and research publications of the CVF, including Policy Briefs, the Climate Vulnerability and Low Carbon Monitor publications, and other policy reports, and participating in policy workshops, briefings and developing and conducting presentations on wide-ranging climate policy issues (adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, health, human rights, labour, technology and others);
  • Events & Communications: Take responsibility for the organization of technical policy events, including side events during key intergovernmental meetings, committee and expert group meetings of CVF members and bodies, GCA and Multi-Donor Fund Board meetings, and high-level CVF/V20 meetings, developing program and agenda documents and overseeing different events’ program execution, contacting and following up with participants, and guiding, overseeing and/or contributing to their organizational and logistical realization; Contribute to a variety of communications (web posts, website copy, public reports, press releases, social media posts, newsletters) and conduct media monitoring and track and share periodic updates on CVF coverage in the media;
  • Program Coordination and Implementation: Maintain Program and Multi-Donor Fund work plans and prepare reporting and activity proposals for consideration by donors and partners, the Program Board and the GCA Board, oversee the implementation of policy and communications activities of the CVF by partners and contractors, and liaise with GCA colleagues to ensure effective implementation of CVF Program activities, including by providing Program inputs to different administrative documents and processes; Also, provide coordination support for partnerships and partner implementation of CVF or CVF-linked activities;
  • Supervision: Supervise one or more interns to support across the range of activities undertaken;

Other: Undertake other policy, external relations and communications activities depending on the evolving priorities of the CVF Program work plan, as requested.

Job requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in international relations, international development, international law, public policy, climate change or environmental policy and/or law, and/or related disciplines;
  • At least 2-3 years of work experience in International climate or environmental policy or in policy fields of relevance to the role (e.g. international relations work);
  • Experience in monitoring, writing and reporting on grants;
  • Outstanding writing skills and demonstrated ability and interest in the frequent and often time-constrained preparation of draft texts of high quality across applications as relevant for the role;
  • Proven experience and interest in organizing policy events and activities in a multi-lateral governmental setting;
  • Experience working in and with government policy institutions of member states of the Climate Vulnerable Forum is a significant asset;
  • Experience with communications, especially online: web and social media;
  • Excellent understanding of important climate and environmental policy issues, in particular concerning developing countries;
  • Aptitude for working according to specific guidance of senior staff and experts, and meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task, to work seamlessly with colleagues and counterparts from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds and to work effectively within interdisciplinary and intercultural teams;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; other languages, especially languages of CVF member states, an asset;
  • High level of adaptability to periods of unconventional working hours due to the scheduling of intergovernmental meetings and in connection with major events, and the ability to work under tight deadlines in a team setting.

What we offer

The GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will have the opportunity to draw upon the substantial expertise available at the GCA and its partner organizations across the world and 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.

The post will be located at the GCA’s office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on a full-time basis (32-40 hours per week).

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit your motivation letter and CV at before 8 July 2020. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start (possibly remotely due to COVID-19).

Equal Employment Opportunities Statement

The 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.