Manager (Climate Change)

Conservation International (CI)

Gaborone, , BW

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Climate change is no longer an issue of the future—it is one of the greatest threats humanity is facing today.  Changes in seasons, more frequent and intense storms, severe flooding, heat waves and droughts are already being observed, resulting in harm to ecosystems and the people that depend on them. As a result, addressing climate change is essential to Conservation International (CI) achieving its mission of safeguarding nature for the human well-being. 

The Climate Change Manager, that we are seeking to recruit, will be responsible for planning, supporting and implementing innovative solutions to address the climate change challenges Africa is facing today. Working within the framework of CI’s Africa strategy as well as CI’s institutional Climate Change strategy, this position will be an integral member of CI’s team in Africa, embedded within the GDSA.

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) is an African-led initiative for sustainable development, initiated in 2012 by African Heads of State. GDSA’s objective is “to ensure that the contributions of natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being are quantified and integrated into development and business practice”. Conservation International has been given the delegated responsibility of undertaking the executive functions of acting as the Secretariat which currently serves 12-member states. The Director, Climate Change will be a core team member of the GDSA Secretariat and will work as a trusted advisor to support / guide member states to achieve their commitments under the Paris Agreement, including their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will involve working with CI’s global teams in unlocking finance for implementation of these commitments through various funding options including the Green Climate Fund.


GDSA Secretariat (60% of time):

  • Liaise with GDSA member states in support of member states’ national mitigation and adaptation priorities and commitments.
  • Provide review reports of current status of member states’ climate change (UNFCCC) commitments to support the GDSA Secretariat’s engagement with selected GDSA member states on priorities and implementation plans to address gaps and integrate nature-based solutions for climate in policy in support of the objective to increase proliferation of nature-based solutions into NDCs, NAPs, SDGs, and regional efforts.
  • Support GDSA engagement initiatives on climate change by dedicated outreach and activities on climate change and sustainable development, including working with GEF, GCF and other key contacts in GDSA countries and facilitating / organizing meetings and workshops aimed at increasing capacity in climate change issues.
  • Support key areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions including land degradation and adaptive rangeland management in line with the GDSA mandate and programme.
  • Network with subject matter experts across GDSA on nature-based solutions for climate policy and sustainable development.
  • Attend GDSA climate change stakeholder meetings with partners, as appropriate.

 Africa Division (20% of time):

  • Provide technical advice to relevant CI-AfFD’s strategic programs and country led projects relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Advise on opportunities for enhancing climate change considerations into CI’s regional strategic programs (Vital Signs, etc), and collaborate with program directors to implement relevant activities.

CI Climate liaison (20% of time):

  • Serve as the internal focal point representing the Africa Field Division in the Climate Change Core Team in support of CI’s institutional climate change strategy, working closely and directly with the Division Head.
  • Develop a synthesis/summary report of all climate-driven and climate-relevant programs, activities, research, partnerships, progress, and priorities within the division informed by consultations with each relevant team in division.
  • Socialize the climate strategy priorities, messaging/communications and activities with relevant staff within the division.
  • Responsible for divisional reporting against institutional climate goals, targets, and indicators.

Applicants must have the legal ability to work in Botswana without employer sponsorship.

The deadline for receipt of applications is August 6, 2018.


  • Typical office environment but may require working in remote Africa locations.
  • Ability to work extended and irregular hours.
  • Frequent travel, generally not less than 40%.
  • Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate time differences with HQ and the region.



  • First degree in natural science, climatology, meteorology and/or environmental sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation; further experience in sustainable development and community-based activities would be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing climate change adaptation and mitigation projects and programmes and fundraising proposals.
  • Proven ability to work well across cultures and within and across organizations; working experience in Africa would be a distinct advantage.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Fluency in English; working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an added advantage.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter.