Regional Climate Change and Resilience Specialist

Plan International

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International’s Asia Regional Office (ARO) currently implements two regional Child Centered Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) projects in 5 Southeast Asian Countries and The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) funded by ADB and ARUP where Plan International is provide a technical support through the Country Resilience Officer in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam and Myanmar. In addition, a number of other countries in the region such as Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal are also implementing climate change adaptation or resilience projects of similar design. Climate Change and Resilience has been identified as a key dimension of Plan’s global DRM work through the new global strategy and the DRM Implementation Framework that been developed in 2017.

The purpose of this position is to coordinate the regional Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) projects, working closely with the national project managers in at least 5 countries (Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar)) and is directly responsible for the implementation of the regional components of the projects. In addition, the position provides supervision and technical support to The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) funded by ADB and ARUP where Plan International is provide a technical support through the Country Resilience Officer in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam and Myanmar. Moreover, the post holder will provide regional leadership and coherence in Climate related and Resilience programmes in the Asia region, providing, as necessary, technical guidance related to climate change and Resilience programming and policy to the DRM/DRR specialists across 14 Plan Country Offices in Asia. This involves supporting in the design, development, monitoring and evaluation of Plan’s climate change and resilience related programmes whilst advocating for policies in the region and raising Plan’s profile as a key player in this area.

Dimension Role

  • As an expert in the area, the Regional Climate Change and Resilience  Specialist influences Plan’s decision makers e.g. the regional management team, country management teams, and country programme teams on quality climate  change and resilience related programming, with a specific focus on Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) program with a total budget of $3.5  million.
  • Support to Country Programmes in designing and funding climate change and resilience related programmes.
  • Providing technical advice to and supporting a network of Climate Change / DRR counterparts in the countries.
  • The total regional budget for climate change programes in the region is approx. USD 1.4  million per year, including a  budget of on average $200K per year   for initiatives implemented directly by the Plan Asia Regional Office. Each country is accountable for its own budget, however the Specialist  will provide oversight and quality assurance.
  • The Regional Climate Change and Resilience Specialist is expected to be accountable to the ARO regional budget and identify potential funding sources for regional, multi-country and country initiatives to expand climate change programming in Asia.
  • The post holder will be expected to report regularly to the Regional DRM Manager, formally during the regular DRM Team meetings, and informally as and when required.

Typical Responsibilities

Coordinate the current multi-country Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation projects, working with Program managers in at least 5 countries (Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar) and provide oversight to the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) with provide support to the Country Resilience Office in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam

  • Providing individual project monitoring and management support to each CO when necessary (including Ensuring projects do not exceed budget, and that remedial action is taken where there are problems with the financial status of projects
  • Provide technical support and guidance as part of the project development process to each CO when necessary, in particular supporting the integration of CCA into general program work
  • Consolidating timely bi-annual and annual reports from project countries and the region to be submitted to Plan International Germany and Plan International Australia Office and compliant with donor requirements;
  • Act as focal point for the project with National Offices (NO), ensuring regular and timely updates and communication;

Leadership of Plan Asia’s region wide activities in climate change and resilience related programming.  

  • Leading annual regional project related events and workshops, selecting the subsequent themes and setting the agendas;
  • Leading the planning and implementation of  regional level activities (e.g. research, consolidation of guidelines, evaluations, studies and media projects and case study publication);
  • Leading and facilitating the cross-country learning and sharing of DRR/CCA project related experiences, resources and tools;
  • Develop strategic partnerships and identify funding opportunities to support NO CCA work.

Representation of Plan Asia’s Climate related programming at relevant global, regional and national level events and fora

  • In coordination with the Plan International German National offices, liaising with the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry of Environment (BMUB) Liase as necessary with other donors (internal and external; institutional and non-institutional) to promote Plan Asia’s climate related work and identify possible funding sources
  • Coordinate the work of the project with other international, regional, national, institutions and agencies, clusters, donors at the regional level related to Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience projects, specifically the Children in a Changing Climate Coalition (UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan International, World Vision, Child Fund)
  • Act as the focal point of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for South East Asia in the ARO DRM Team, and together with the Regional DRM Manager, liaise with the RO, IH, NOs and external agencies.

Plan is known as a key player in Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience programming

  • Key actors are identified.
  • Partnerships with the key actors including donors are established and/or strengthened.
  • Plan’s representation is ensured in important national and international forums; the knowledge management mechanisms are utilised to enhance representation and networking.
  • Key interventions are identified, packaged and represented to different audiences. 

Dealing with Problem

  • The Regional Climate Change and Resilience Specialist is responsible for providing technical support across a range of country operating environments throughout the Asia region, with varying degrees of experience in climate related programming
  • He/she will establish common standards that are appropriate to the operating contexts in Asia while still meeting donor requirements; and,
  • He/she will encourage all programme sectors to consider climate related hazards in the communities in which they work in order to increase community resilience.

Communicaitions and work relationships

Internal

  • The postholder will report directly to the ARO DRM Manager and coordinate with members of the ARO DRM team.
  • The postholder will need to work closely with Regional Advisors to provide a joined-up and coherent development approach, and particularly with the Regional DRM Manager; the Regional Safe  Schools Coordinator; and the Regional Youth Empowerment Specialist related to the issue of “Green Jobs”
  • The post holder will have a  close horizontal working relationship with NO DRM teams, especially NO child centred climate change adaptation focal points for Asia
  • Country Programme Teams on the formulation and implementation of climate related programmes and resource mobilisation to support them.
  • Country Office Management Teams to ensure that climate related issues are considered during the development of CSPs.
  • Regional Management Teams to support the development of a regional presence in relation to climate issues.

External

  • Network with regional level key players in the field of climate change to increase Plan’s visibility in the area.
  • Foster exchange platforms related to Child Centered and Community based Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for the DRM/DRR network in the region.
  • Identify opportunities for further Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience funding

Qualifications

Knowledge

  • Proven knowledge of latest debates, issues, research and practice in climate change and resilience programming and programme implementation in a range of contexts.
  • Relevant relegated degree level education preferred.
  • Knowledge of child-centered programming approach desirable.
  • Knowledge of the wider Asian climate change and development context would be desirable with relevant field experience.

Skills

  • Previous level technical advisory expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of climate change adaptation or disaster risk reduction programmes.
  • Experience in the development of workable guidelines and standards
  • Demonstrated facilitation and training experience
  • Influencing, representational and advocacy skills
  • Excellent communication skills operating at a distance and across a wide variation in cultures
  • Excellent command of English, both speaking and writing

Behaviours

  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour
  • Involves others in setting and achieving goals
  • Makes a strong contribution to wider strategy
  • Sees contribution of own part of the organisation in wider Plan and external context
  • Balances future vision with practical delivery
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations
  • Effective communicator: supporting learning in diverse teams
  • Cross culturally adept
  • Can reach out and influence large groups of people at different levels of the organisation
  • Sets a strong learning culture in their part of the organisation
  • Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly
  • Has a positive impact on those around them

Traveling demands

  • Frequent travel within and outside the region, sometimes to remote areas.  (40-%)

Level of contact Children

Low contact:     Low frequency of interaction

Location: preferable Bangkok but other location would be considered case by case.

Reports to: Head of DRM

Closing Date: 4 October 2017

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED