Climate Information Services (CIS) Consultants

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Climate Information Services (CIS) Consultants, Sub-Saharan Africa

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for short-term consultancy assignments for a recently awarded Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of climate Information Services in Africa that will assess the delivery of climate information services from National Hydrological and Meteorological Services to their clients. 

General: Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Salary & Benefits: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Applicants should go to the “Join Us” link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “CIS Consultants” by Jan, 31 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so interested applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline.

Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted. EEOE/AA.


Position Title: Climate Information Services Consultant(s)

Location: Home office with short trips to Sub-Saharan Africa    

Department: Environment

Reports to: Project Director

Program Summary:

Winrock is seeking short term technical consultants and candidates for an awarded regional USAID-funded program to support the development of effective climate information services to provide reliable climate and weather information. In most cases this involves the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) as key stakeholders with a national mandate to observe, forecast and issue warnings for pending weather, climate and water threats. However, many NMHS in Sub-Saharan Africa are being asked to recover much of their own operational costs, as well as the costs associated with maintaining and expanding their observational networks. This project will draw lessons from currently implemented CIS to identify drivers and models for the sustainable development and delivery of CIS in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Consultants will provide technical expertise in markets, finance, investment opportunities, and climate information services delivery that will help form partnerships that mobilize both private and public capital and that incorporate landscape investment principles into business models.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work with Project Director to identify promising business and financial models for timely delivery of public and private sector investments in the climate information services sector.
  • Lead or participate in a market assessment (using desktop review and analysis) of
    • Existing and potential private and public sector interests in climate services focusing on target countries in SSA (Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal), and also drawing on examples of market opportunities in other countries or regions that could be applied to SSA.
    • Private sector and end-user ability and willingness to pay for data and/or services.
    • Gender considerations – e.g. different market potential between women and men.
  • Lead or participate in desktop analysis of business models for private sector engagement in CIS that takes into consideration CIS in different country contexts. Analysis will include:
    • Private sector business models to help deliver CIS in a variety of contexts and contribute to sustainability (e.g. opportunities to integrate CIS into market information services, role of cell phone companies e.g. to provide weather apps, and any gender dimensions of different models).
    • Technology innovations for CIS dissemination.
    • Lessons learnt from private sector models in other parts of the world that could be applied to SSA, including policy implications of private sector engagement.
  • Contribute to the preparation and submittal of periodic progress reports.
  • Ensure that program approaches are inclusive and take into consideration women and marginalized groups.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Travel to Sub Saharan Africa to meet with NMHS officials may be required
  • Represent Winrock at meetings and events as required.
  • Communicate regularly with Winrock’s Home Office for project support and direction.

Qualifications and Background: 

  • At least 5 years of experience researching and/or working in climate information services. Applicants with more experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered for senior rolls within the research team.
  • Experience working in SSA on aspects of CIS described under Major Responsibilities above is required.
  • Experience working in Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, or Senegal preferred.

Education: Master’s degree in relevant field.     

Experience, Skills & Knowledge:  

  • Excellent desktop research and analytical skills. Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the contract.
  • Must be able to write professionally in English, French is desired but not required. 
  • Ability to travel at short notice to Sub-Saharan Africa.