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32-014 | Program Officer, Food Security and Rural Well-being

On-site, Hybrid
  • Nairobi, Nairobi City, Kenya
32 | Programs - Food Security & Agriculture

Job description

TITLE: Program Officer, Food Security and Rural Well-being

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya

TERM: Initial contract duration 1 year with possibility of extension

INTENSITY: 40 hours per week, 5 days per week

ANTICIPATED START DATE: As soon as possible



The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyze 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 health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human 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.



Join our team at the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) as a Program Officer in our Food Security & Rural Wellbeing Program.

Climate and weather patterns highly influence the food security, nutrition, and income of millions of people, especially women and resource-poor rural households, because most farm operations is heavily dependent on rainfed agriculture. One of the ways to respond to the challenges is to contribute to scaling up appropriate technologies from research (e.g., CGIAR, NARs) through engagement in upstream work on investment planning of MDBs. Under the AAAP Food Security Pillar, GCA’s goal under the Food Security Program is to influence agricultural investments projects of IFIs to build climate-smart agriculture and resilient food systems to support food security for millions of farmers and agropastorlists in African countries and beyond.

As a Program Officer, you will report directly to the Global Program Lead, work with team members in the Food Security & Rural Wellbeing Program, and collaborate with other colleagues across different programs in GCA. You will also closely collaborate with officials of multi-lateral development banks and financing institutions including African Development Bank, World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Islamic Development Bank among others) ;technical partner organizations (including the CGIAR, NARS), Think-Tanks and private sector players to mainstream climate adaptation solutions, specifically; upscaling climate-resilient seeds to promote resilience of smallholder farmers in the design and implementation of investment projects. Furthermore, you will play a key role in positioning the GCA as international organization specializing in climate change adaptation.

Reporting to GCA’s Food Security Global Lead, you will carry out the following:

Programmatic Support

  • Participate in the preliminary evaluation of project proposals to assess their feasibility for financial support and/or technical assistance by GCA, including initial screening of projects, carrying out desk reviews, preparing preliminary evaluation notes for presentation to the Global Program Lead
  • Contribute to accelerate the transmission of science into practice by linking upstream climate science and the development of adaptation innovations with downstream investments financed by International Financing Institutions, governments, and the private sector.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the GCA-TAAT-CGIAR’s partnership to scale up climate adaptation technologies in agricultural investment projects in Africa and beyond
  • Strengthen the mainstreaming of digital climate advisory services into the design of agricultural investment projects
  • Support the multi-stakeholder advocacy and policy dialogues for incentives and investments targeted to maintain support for resilient seeds and other adaptation solutions at various levels.
  • Provide inputs for linkage with the work of other programs of GCA: infrastructure, water, finance, youth employment and climate finance

Events and Outreach Support

  • Contribute to convening and hosting of forums and events (training sessions, workshops) to promote climate adaptation to policy makers and other stakeholder and build the resilience of farmers and the associated value chains;
  • Contribute to position GCA as a key solutions broker on climate change adaptation for achieving food security in climatic uncertainties in Africa;
  • Participate in sector-specific working groups and coordination meetings to ensure the program's alignment with national and international standards.

Perform additional tasks that may be assigned by the Global Program Lead and senior management of GCA.

Job requirements

  • Master's degree in the climate-agriculture nexus, agricultural economics, international development, development economics, or related fields.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in program management and support, or similar fields.
  • Strong understanding of relevant institutions and key players in the agricultural sector.
  • Previous work experience in Africa.
  • Excellent command of the English language.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a development bank or other financing institution.
  • Experience in procuring digital climate information and agricultural advisory services.
  • Proficiency in French language is highly desired.
  • Prior working experience and understanding of CGIAR or other partners.

Required competencies:

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Demonstrated ability to actively engage with key stakeholders.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent command of written and spoken English, with the ability to convey complex information clearly and persuasively. French is a plus.
  • Adaptability: Thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment, maintaining effectiveness when facing changing tasks and responsibilities.
  • Multicultural Collaboration: Proven ability to work collaboratively within diverse teams, respecting and integrating different cultural perspectives.
  • Planning and Organizational skills: with a proven track record of managing multiple priorities efficiently.
  • A commitment to improve people’s lives through climate resilience and adaptation.


GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile, and international working environment within a growing organization. Our global headquarters in Rotterdam is located in the award-winning Floating Office Rotterdam, the world’s largest floating office, with regional offices around the globe.

Joining our team means contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. You will have the opportunity to tap into the extensive expertise available at GCA and its partner organizations worldwide. Furthermore, you will play a role in shaping international policies and global action on climate change, working at the highest governmental levels and collaborating with governments on all continents.

This staff position will be based Nairobi, Kenya. GCA offers a competitive salary, 25 days of paid leave and other benefits.

GCA does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


If you are interested in this position, please submit your motivation letter and CV by following the link before 03 June 2024

The recruitment process is composed of 3 interviews.
Throughout these stages, you will engage with a diverse range of GCA team members, from various levels within our organization. While we acknowledge the length of our recruitment process, we believe it is essential for a comprehensive understanding. This approach is not only about us assessing your skills and potential; it's also an opportunity for you to gain a deep insight into our organization's culture and dynamics. This experience will enable you to clearly envision your future growth and success with us, ensuring a strong and mutually beneficial fit.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks. The Global Center on Adaptation also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


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