Program Officer (Green Infrastructure and Nature - Based Solutions)

Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)

Rotterdam, , NL

Job description

About the Global Center on Adaptation

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. Founded in 2018, the GCA is hosted by the Netherlands, working from its headquarters in Rotterdam with a knowledge and research hub based in Groningen. The GCA is establishing a worldwide network of regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Americas, starting with a global innovation hub for climate adaptation in Beijing. Through this evolving network of offices and global and regional GCA teams, the organization engages in high-level policy activities, new research contributions, communications, and technical assistance to governments and the private sector.

The GCA is the Managing Partner of the Global Commission on Adaptation co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva, formed to mobilize knowledge resources and catalyse political support for urgent action to climate adaptation solutions. The GCA is also the Managing Partner to the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Ministers of Finance and to the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of 48 developing countries highly vulnerable to climate change. In the run-up to the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit, the GCA is driving a “Year of Action” on climate adaptation to translate commitments secured by the Global Commission on Adaptation into concrete activities on the ground. The GCA is the lead partner of the Climate Adaptation Summit, to be hosted by the Netherlands in 2021.


The GCA seeks a motivated, proactive and collaborative Program Officer to enable the delivery of an ambitious program to make green, climate-resilient infrastructure the norm rather than the exception. A particular focus of this role will be using the potential of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to enhance the resilience of infrastructure systems, while also yielding co-benefits for people and ecosystems. The ultimate aim of this work is support GCA’s efforts to contribute towards the Global Commission on Adaptation’s goal of reducing climate risks for hundreds of millions of people by 2030.

You will be responsible for developing and delivering projects within the overall program for green, resilient infrastructure. Areas of work include: working with countries to strengthen the resilience of their infrastructure systems; strengthening the enabling environment to shift investment towards green, resilient infrastructure and mobilising finance for green, resilient infrastructure.


Under the supervision of the Program Lead for Infrastructure, you will:

  • Support the GCA’s work programme on Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions, including contributing to the development and updating of the detailed work plan and budget
  • Ensure the successful development and delivery of the international multi-stakeholder projects within the work program to time and maintaining effective value for money.
  • Contribute to the development of a high-profile and ambitious contribution on infrastructure for the Climate Adaptation Summit, which will be hosted by the Netherlands
  • Deliver high-quality research to identify and disseminate good practices, and supporting peer-learning on nature-based solutions
  • Develop and expand an international network of relevant experts and policymakers to support the delivery of the work programme
  • Engage in cross-cutting projects to support the GCA’s overall mission of accelerating adaptation action
  • Support the GCA’s outreach activities
Job requirements

The GCA celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all candidates who meet the qualifications below:

  • A Masters or PhD in economics, engineering, environmental sciences, social sciences, climate policy or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, including in the fields of climate change, infrastructure and/or water, with a focus on resilience or climate adaptation
  • Experience of building and maintaining strong networks and relationships at national and international levels
  • Experience of successfully delivering complex multi-stakeholder projects to time and within budget
  • Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency (equivalent to CEFL C1 or above) in other languages would be an asset

Working arrangements

The post will be located at the GCA’s office in Rotterdam, Netherlands on a full-time basis (32-40 hours per week). The initial contract will initially be until 31 January 2021, with the possibility of renewal.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit your motivation letter and CV at before 1 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.

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