Climate Impacts and Adaptation Expert

Climate Analytics

Cotonou, , BJ

We are currently seeking a Climate Impacts and Adaptation Expert to support and expand our science unit. The successful applicant will be working in a project to support countries in francophone sub-Saharan Africa to initiate and conduct a science-based National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. The position is based in Cotonou, Benin, and will require frequent travel to the regional Climate Analytics office in Lomé, Togo, to other countries in the francophone sub-Saharan region and occasional visits to the head office in Berlin, Germany.

About Climate Analytics

Climate Analytics is a non-profit organisation, established in 2008. Our headquarters are based in Berlin, Germany, with offices in New York, USA and Lomé, Togo, and with staff and associates across Europe, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia. The organisation’s main mission is to synthesise and advance scientific knowledge in the area of climate change.
Climate Analytics is a team of scientists and policy analysts with long experience in the international climate change debate. The team is backed by its own and co-developed science-based models to assess and synthesise climate science. By linking scientific and policy analysis, we provide state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges. Through its unique position at the interface between science, policy and practice, and with its excellent international networks, Climate Analytics provides an exciting working environment with exceptional opportunities for the professional and personal development of each employee.

Key responsibilities

  • Perform independent vulnerability assessments for Benin and the wider region, using quantitative, qualitative as well as participatory methods, collaborating with a regional network of scientists, with his/her own global network, as well as with other scientists within Climate Analytics
  • Develop and strengthen the science-policy interface through regular exchange with governmental agencies within Benin to facilitate the use of scientific output in the adaptation planning of the country
  • Design, manage and implement quantitative research assignments and analytical projects in conjunction with internal and external experts
  • Perform independent qualitative and quantitative assessments of national and regional climate adaptation information
  • Take the lead in priority setting of sectors and adaptation options to be included in such assessments, based on both policy and scientific insights, striking a balance between policy demand on one hand, and scientific uncertainties and a-priori risk estimates on the other hand
  • Liaise with project partners in Benin and other project countries
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and facilitation of regional workshops and facilitation
    of stakeholder consultations in the region
  • Writing of reports, work papers and other information material
  • Interact with stakeholders and project partners for satisfying information needs and identifying
  • Support the overall development of scientific capacity and science-based approaches in partner
    institutions in the region

Your Profile

You will ideally have the following qualifications and skills:

  • A PhD in geography, economics, development, environmental sciences, or a related field.
  • Minimum three years of experience, preferably more, in cross-sectoral climate adaptation, vulnerability and development research.
  • Experience in planning and conducting participatory research, preferably in a francophone developing country.
  • Experience with inter-disciplinary work and a profound interest in understanding major challenges of climate change for development.
  • A well developed sense for team work, excellent networking skills and ability to interact with a diverse array of people.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally is required.
  • Experience in working with the Benin government and regional networks are an advantage.
  • Excellent English and French writing and verbal skills are a requirement; basic German skills are
    welcome, but not required.

We can offer a positive and inspiring working atmosphere in an international team as well as insights into the international climate change negotiations and our support work for the SIDS and LDCs.