Senior Partnerships Specialist

Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)

Rotterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Job description


The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyse action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. Adapting to impacts of climate change provides a “win-win” for livelihoods, food security, water supply, health, security and economic growth. The work of the GCA elevates the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and facilitates solutions, such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats. GCA is a rapidly growing organization with offices in Abidjan, Beijing, Dhaka, Groningen, and Rotterdam.


GCA seeks a Senior Partnerships Specialist to support the engagement and mobilization of partners across GCA’s network of stakeholders in support of GCA’s mission to serve as a global solutions broker for adaptation action. The Senior Partnerships Specialist will report to the Director of External Affairs, and work closely with other colleagues across GCA, to implement GCA’s Advocacy and Agenda-Setting pillar of activity.


Strategy and Operations

  • As a new role in the institution, the Senior Partnerships Specialist will be responsible for systemizing partnerships within GCA as we grow as an organization. This includes designing systems, tools, and processes to enhance GCA’s internal partnership efforts; supporting the review of the existing GCA Partnership strategy as well as being responsible for developing action plans and the overall implementation of the strategy.
  • Preparing, reviewing drafting Memorandum of Understanding (MoU’s), Letters of Agreements (LoA’s), grant agreements and other cooperation agreements with Implementing Partners and Donors.
  • Support the research, strategy formulation, resource mobilization and implementation of new regional and sectoral adaptation programs, identifying and connecting with stakeholders, programs and initiatives contributing towards such programs.
  • Undertake ongoing stakeholder mapping of transnational and regional development programs focused on adaptation and issues affected by climate change impacts.
  • Keep abreast and alert GCA management and colleagues of political, thematic and policy developments relevant to our role as a global solutions broker on adaptation action.

Advocacy and Outreach

  • Lead the outreach to partners from across governments, sub-national government actors and networks, the private sector, international organizations, multilateral development banks, and civil society.
  • Positioning GCA as a solutions broker for adaptation action, supporting and promoting the work of the Programs and Action and Research and Innovation teams, by promoting both the urgency of the need for adaptation (the demand) and scalable solutions (the supply).
  • Plan, implement and provide evidence of success of high-impact events and other advocacy opportunities in support of the GCA’s global work program.
  • Support the production of drafting of briefing material, communication assets and presentations relevant to the work of GCA, generating and strengthening political support and policymaker understanding of adaptation financing and solutions.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Engagement and Stakeholder Relations

  • Manage ongoing stakeholder relations with partners supporting the work of GCA.
  • Identifying, cultivating and managing strong and lasting partnerships with existing and prospective regional and national technical and political development institutions and managing selected partnerships and initiatives.
  • Collaborating with other GCA directorates to identify areas of synergy with existing, impactful multilateral initiatives and key networks that can support GCA’s mission.
  • Developing initial and on-going presentations, fact sheets and strategic initiatives to support partnership building as well as elaborating on initiatives resulting from these partnerships.
  • Maintain an updated calendar of engagement opportunities (summits, events, webinars etc) and use this to promote adaptation, position the work of GCA, and support the implementation of its business plan.

Job requirements


  • Master’s Degree (International Relations/Public Affairs, Political Science/Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Communications, Public Health or other related field) plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of climate change, adaptation, or the 2030 Agenda.
  • Knowledge of international organizations and familiarity with development activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in writing and orally with senior-level internal and external partners, based on an insightful understanding of their interests and needs.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Competence in one of the other official languages of the United Nations is preferable (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, or Russian).
  • Excellent English language skills and proficiency to write and edit complex and politically sensitive products, using a strategic structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including in delivering impactful high-level events in different country and political contexts.


  • Business travel may be part of the assignment. Travel and accommodation expenses will be arranged and paid for by GCA.
  • Location: Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension
  • Start date : as soon as possible


The GCA celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all candidates who meet the qualifications.


The GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will be contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. Managers at GCA will have the opportunity to strengthen core skills, develop a deeper understanding and expertise in a range of climate adaptation concepts and principles, and build a strong network of experts and leaders. Remuneration is aligned with salary structures in the Netherlands.


Please apply at by submitting your CV and cover letter in English before 24 July 2021. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start.


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