Senior Advisor - Climate Change

Save the Children, Nairobi, Kenya
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Senior Advisor - Climate Change

At its core, climate change is an issue of equity, both within the current generation and across generations. Climate change affects children and communities in poor and vulnerable communities now, and its impact will only grow over time - further affecting today's children and irrevocably altering the world future generations will inherit.

Climate change is also one of the principal development challenges of the twenty-first century. Its impacts will be felt globally, ensuring that no one will be immune to its effects.

You will drive an ambitious strategy for scaling up child-centred community-based climate change adaptation programs across Africa, demonstrating that children not only have a voice in the future they will inherent but that they have the capacity to contribute to shaping a world where those most impacted are able to adapt and thrive in the face of unavoidable climate change.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We run development programs all over the world and, if there's a disaster - like an earthquake, drought or conflict - we are there on the ground.

Where you come in:

In this full-time / maximum-term position preferably based in Dakar, Nairobi or London but we're willing to be flexible as long as you're in the African time zones (TUC - UTC+3) and have good access to internet and flights. You will be part of our global Green Climate Fund (GCF) support team and be reporting to our global Principal Advisor for Climate Change.

You will lead our ambitious plans to scale up child-centred community-based climate change adaption programming in Africa, identifying and developing strategic relationships with governments, donors, UN, multilateral organisation and driving quality program for the benefit of vulnerable children and communities impacted by climate change.

You will make an impact by:

  • Developing and overseeing a strategy for the continued growth of climate change programming in Africa, focused on developing a pipeline of GCF projects and programs.
  • Lead or provide technical oversight of the development of GCF project concept notes and funding proposals in Africa.
  • Support the development of a child-centred climate change advocacy approach for Africa.
  • Supporting our country offices and program staff to adopt evidence-based best practice for climate change adaptation programming.

If we could compose the perfect you…

…You will be from the region or have lived and worked extensively in Africa. You will have substantial experience in designing and delivering large scale community-based climate change adaption programs and understand how the global community address climate change through both policies and programs. You will be confident and thrive in complex coordination settings with a balanced ability to go between the bigger picture to the details of designing and delivering quality programs.

Your experience across Africa will enable you to effectively engage with governments and climate change stakeholders to identify ways of scaling up child-centred community-based programs.

This role requires:

  • Significant direct experience of designing climate change programs for an international organisation, preferably in a managerial role.
  • A proven track record of successful implementation of climate change adaptation programs in development contexts in Africa.
  • Knowledge and understating of the Green Climate Funds policies, structures and systems.
  • Highly developed communication skills, written and verbal, and the ability to present information clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Fluency in English is required, French and local language(s) skills would be an asset.
  • Tertiary qualification/s in Climate Change, International Development or relevant and/or related disciplines.

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job.

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. We offer a competitive salary, a friendly and flexible work environment, and great career opportunities.

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the 'Apply'

Applications close [Friday 11th September]

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