Global Climate Adaptation Advisor

26 Mar 2023
02 Mar 2023

This post is based within The Programme Division which develops programmatic concepts and strategies relevant to DRC’s international operations and delivers support to operations within these areas. The Programme Division hosts various global specialist lead functions including for DRC’s five core sectors and the DRC Response Framework.


About the job

The Climate Adaptation advisor will lead DRC’s global work on strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-induced impacts, with technical reference to the Global lead on Addressing Root causes of conflict & displacement (HQ). You will work in close collaboration with DRCs Global Sector & Platform Leads as well as the Environmental Advisor and establish strong working relationships with regional & country heads of programme. The Climate Adaptation advisor is a key member of DRC’s ‘go green’ community of practice and works with two other global advisors who cover climate mainstreaming and mitigation.

The overall responsibility of the Climate Adaptation advisor is to lead on climate adaptation and resilience for DRC globally, by guiding programme design and delivering technical capacity building as relevant to DRC’s response to displacement.[3] You will drive development of climate adaptation programming, building on and expanding DRC’s existing work. In addition, you will strengthen cross-country learning and provide technical guidance and training for DRC’s regions & country operations, in line with global good practice on climate adaptation. In so doing, you will help to maintain and develop DRC’s competitive position as a global leader in Regenerative Resilience in Displacement. This is a full-time global role.


The specific areas of responsibility for the role are as follows:


Technical advice and support

  • Provide technical support for Regional Office and Country staff on climate adaptation interventions, building capacities through in-person, site-based trainings and demonstrations (technical fields may include a broad range: permaculture, regenerative & circular resilience, climate-smart agriculture, groundwater recharge and more)
  • Support regions and countries in project design for climate adaptation and resilience (in above-mentioned technical fields)
  • Deliver technical resources, guidance and tools for climate adaptation and resilience
  • Support documentation and replication of good practices across countries/regions

Resources and learning

  • Ensure institutional knowledge management, including maintaining and updating Intranet site and Collaborative Space / SharePoint
  • Establish and lead an internal working group on climate adaptation comprising key staff from DRC regions and actively contribute to the global Go Green reference group
  • Develop and maintain a roster of technical experts (consultants) in relevant fields related to climate adaptation and resilience
  • Contribute to DRC’s learning and evidence-building on climate adaptation and resilience, including by collecting and sharing good practice
  • Contribute to organisational awareness-raising and internal communication for organisational change in support of nature-positive programming.
  • Strategy and policy
  • Lead on external communication for donors and partners, drawing on programme learning
  • Build global partnerships, incl. in support of evidence-building and learning (incl. relationship building with research institutions)
  • Represent DRC in relevant global policy forums on climate adaptation and displacement.


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have minimum 6 years’ experience in progressively more senior roles within the climate adaptation and resilience field. This should include minimum 2 years overseeing or delivering technical support to complex multisector adaptation initiatives, preferably including in conflict-affected locations.

We offer

Contract length: Two years with possibility of extension, subject to donor funding

Workplace: The position is located in one of DRC’s regional offices or in a country office [4]. Therefore, if you are interested in and qualified for this position, please indicate your preferred DRC duty station in your cover letter.  

Start date: 1 June 2023

Employment band: Non-management F

Salary and conditions for the position will be on DRC terms. Benefits package (incl. whether post is accompanied) to be determined based on mutual agreement on DRC duty station.


Application process
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. 

Closing date for applications: March 26th 2023. We expect to conduct interviews during the week of April 3rd