Climate Change Adaptation Officer

Concern Worldwide

Dublin, , IE

Climate Change Adaptation Officer

Reports to: Senior Resilience Adviser 

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

Job location: Dublin with some overseas travel is a part of this role.

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.

Key Responsibilities:
• The Climate Change Adaptation Officer under the supervision of the Senior Resilience Adviser will provide technical guidance 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;
• The CCAO will do this through field visits, the provision of remote support, assisting in building technical capacity of Concern and partner staff through formal training, webinars, remote mentoring, and production and sharing of key technical resources;
• Contribute to strategic thinking and policy formulation on climate change adaptation within Concern. This will include supporting the development of a climate change adaptation strategy for Concern, including how Concern can provide leadership in the facilitation of climate finance;
• Support country teams to ensure that climate change adaptation interventions are linked with national processes; work with others to 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 an urban resilience strategy, providing leadership on urban climate change adaptation;
• Work closely with 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;
• Where necessary, work with the fundraising teams to develop relationships with donors and support the development of new proposals in line with the organizational strategic plan;
• Work with 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 three years’ experience working in the area of climate change adaptation in an INGO, development agency, or the private sector, two 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 of supporting country teams to demonstrably improve capacity and achieve greater impact, particularly at scale;
• Understanding of current debates and initiatives in global climate change adaptation discussions, including climate finance;
• 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;
• Excellent verbal and written English skills;

• 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.
• Ability to work in French