Advisor (m/f) for the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions program

Caribbean, , XV

Field of activity

The frequency and intensity of climate-induced extreme weather events and disasters (hurricanes, tropical storms, storm surges, floods, landslides, prolonged drought periods, and soil degradation) are expected to increase significantly in future. Such dire prospects spell disaster for ‘Small Island Developing States’ (SIDS) in the Caribbean.

Their remoteness, small size, narrow resource and export base, and their vulnerability to external economic shocks and global environmental changes renders Caribbean SIDS highly vulnerable, especially when it comes to dealing with the sustained utilization of available natural resources along value chains and thus socio-economic development and prosperity.

Agricultural, forestry and water utilization systems in the CARICOM Region already start feeling the pinch of climate change. It is therefore of paramount importance to maintain the ecological and economic basis in the region so as to allow for income generation and sustainable livelihoods for the mostly poor populations, in particular in rural areas.

Your tasks

  • You will carry out your work according to the mandatory principles of the GIZ management model ‘Capacity WORKS’
  • You will be responsible for analyzing national, regional and international climate change policies, frameworks and strategies and advise program clients/partners accordingly
  • You will develop recommendations for the implementation of on-the-ground adaptation measures in the sectors of agriculture, forestry, and water supply and sanitation.
  • You will familiarize yourself with the ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (INDCs) of all participating CARICOM Member States and advice our clients/partners on implementation mechanisms
  • You will familiarize yourself with the ‘Green Climate Fund’ (GCF) financial mechanism and advise our clients/partners on the details and requirements on how best to access monies
  • You shall also provide hands-on support in writing up project proposals to the GCF and assist in the identification and write-up of required climate change adaptation policy documents
  • You will provide sound advice and technical support both at the local and at the regional level so as to enhance information and decision making systems based on state-of-the-art information and communication technology (ICT) including public relations (PR) measures and project website maintenance
  • You will be responsible for the assessment of partners’ tailor-made training needs, liaise with relevant training service providers, monitor training and results
  • You will ensure skills transfer with client/partners organizations
  • You will monitor, evaluate and report in writing on the results of all support interventions in the three key sectors of agriculture, forestry, and water according to ‘Capacity WORKS’

Your profile

  • Academic degree in Climate Science, or else, in a relevant discipline such as Agriculture, Environmental Sciences or Forestry with a proven focus on climatology
  • solid practical experience (multiyear) in developing and/or managing multi-stakeholder partnerships, ideally related to the adaptation to climate change in agriculture, forestry and/or the water sector
  • employable sound knowledge of electronic information technologies incl. the Internet
  • excellent communication and presentation skills including public relations and awareness creation
  • It would be an advantage if you had prior work experience in the Caribbean and/or with an international development cooperation agency
  • willing to travel frequently within the wider Caribbean
  • fluent in business English – German would be an advantage

Assignment period

01.02.2017 – 31.12.2019

Our offer

Other information

If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 22.12.2016.

Contact department:
Achim Seifert