Climate Change Adaptation Advisor

Concern Worldwide

Dublin, , IE

Job Title: Climate Change Adaptation Adviser

Reports to: Senior Resilience Adviser

Liaises with: Other units in the Strategy, Advocacy and Learning department, Country Offices, International Programmes and Emergency Directorates.
Manages: N/A

Job location: Dublin (or possibly London). Substantial (30%) overseas travel is a part of this role.

Pay Band: Pay Band 5: €44,669 – €55,180 per annum, pro-rata.

Contract: Nine months maternity cover. Fixed term contract.

Job Purpose: To support effective programming to promote resilience in disaster-prone, fragile contexts through the provision of technical and strategic support to country programmes on climate change adaptation, and through the documentation of learning on best practice. Focal countries are likely to include Bangladesh, Chad, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Niger, and Central African Republic, but are subject to change.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical and strategic support on climate change adaptation, including climate-smart agriculture, to country teams to ensure programmes are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated to ensure optimum impact on the extreme poor; 
  • Build the technical capacity of Concern country teams through formal training, webinars, remote mentoring, and production and sharing of key technical resources; 
  • Support country teams to ensure that climate change adaptation interventions are linked with national processes; support Programme Directors and Country Directors to engage in national processes, including the development of National Adaptation Plans; 
  • Synthesize and document practical learning from our programmes; identify ways to apply it in a timely fashion to improve policy and practice within and beyond Concern; 
  • Support the development of a climate change strategy for Concern, including how Concern can provide leadership in the facilitation of climate finance and technology transfer; 
  • Support the development of an urban resilience strategy, providing leadership on urban climate change adaptation; 
  • Support the Emergencies Directorate to ensure that humanitarian responses are climate sensitive and take advantage of adaptation opportunities;
  • Support and develop relationships with other agencies, including research institutes, technical working groups, and represent Concern in national, regional, and international fora as required;
  • Support Fundraising to develop relationships with donors and support the development of new proposals in line with the organizational strategic plan; 
  • Support the Advocacy unit to feed into international policy discussions related to climate change adaptation and resilience, more broadly; 
  • Support the prioritization, design, implementation, and dissemination of operational research undertaken within Concern programmes – in collaboration with field teams and research partners; 
  • Support the recruitment of country programme staff, support development of programme proposals, and engage in multi-sectoral/ inter-departmental initiatives such as staff induction, M&E guidance, etc;
  • Potentially be deployed to support emergency responses for up to six weeks.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • A postgraduate degree in climate change, international development, agriculture, or related field; 
  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in the area of climate change adaptation in an INGO, development agency, or the private sector, three of which should have been based in a developing country in Sub Saharan Africa or Asia; 
  • Strong understanding of how agriculture, livestock, and natural resource management fits within the wider framework of promoting resilience and positive climate change adaptation, particularly in drought-prone contexts. 
  • Experience working in both rural and urban contexts on climate change adaptation; 
  • Experience of supporting country teams to demonstrably improve capacity and achieve greater impact, particularly at scale; 
  • Strong understanding of current debates and initiatives in global climate change adaptation discussions, including climate finance and technology transfer; 
  • Experience of knowledge management in an INGO, and ability to articulate a strategy for translating learning into improved programme quality; 
  • Experience in building relationships with donors, multilateral development banks, and other relevant international organisations; 
  • Strong understanding and experience working on nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions and approaches. 
  • A strong understanding of gender issues in relation to agriculture and livelihoods programmes and practical ways to promote gender equality within them;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team; 
  • Excellent organisational skills; 
  • Ability to work in French 
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills; 
  • Ability to engage with researchers to steer research towards relevant and practical outputs


  • Experience in dryland agriculture, soil and water conservation and rangeland management. 
  • Experience working with research institutions, including CGIAR institutions and relevant national agriculture and livestock institutions. 
  • Experience working in integrated, multi-sectoral programmes; A specialization in livestock production and animal health; and experience or knowledge of issues facing pastoralists. 
  • Experience in livelihoods analysis, field surveys, use of PRA tools, and GIS / mapping software.