Consultants (Climate Information Services)

Winrock International
Arlington, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 the Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of climate Information Services in Africa project.

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 ?Jobs? link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing ?CIS Consultants? by January, 15 2018. 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: Clean Energy, Environment and Water

REPORTS TO: Project Director


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.


  • The consultant will lead or participate in an assessment of finance options for up to two NMHSs (possibly Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, or Niger), using an approach developed by Winrock. It is expected that the consultant will engage with the NMHSs to analyze and understand the following topics, though specific details may change pursuant to the final approach:
    • options to finance NMHSs using innovative funding streams, leveraging both government funding (increased financing from new user sectors/departments, i.e., through formal service delivery agreements between the NMHS and ministry of agriculture for instance) as well as private sector funding to reduce reliance on government subsidy;
    • options for and any risk associated with PPPs to support provision and delivery of CIS;
    • implications of technological innovations on costs;
    • how to coordinate and optimize funding from different sources;
    • policy and legal options and barriers; and
    • other policy implications including consequences of treating climate and weather data as a public good or source of revenue and risk of undermining CIS for those unable to pay.
  • Review and provide feedback into the outline and methodology for analysis;
  • Identify and make all interview arrangements with the NMHS, private sector, government actors and other critical stakeholders in target country;
  • Identify, organize, and review documents with information relevant financial models and policy implications for NMHSs;
  • Other tasks may include:
    • Coordinate the interview with focal persons from Winrock and other consortium members as appropriate;
    • Carry out interviews with relevant NMHS and other critical stakeholders;
    • Transcribe interviews;
  • Analyze interview responses using contextual knowledge and other sources;
  • Summarize country-level findings in draft report;
  • Prepare and submit draft reports;
  • Conduct additional interviews as guided by the contractor and primary contact person


  • 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.


  • 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, or Rwanda preferred.



    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.