35-004 | Senior Water Climate Adaptation Specialist

Job description

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) seeks a dynamic, expert individual consultant for Senior Water Climate Adaptation Specialist, with a focus on Bangladesh. Specific details regarding the assignment are included below:

TERM Initial contract duration is 1 year, with possibility of extension

INTENSITY 40 hours per week, 5 days per week

ANTICIPATED START DATE As soon as possible

LOCATION Dhaka (Bangladesh)



GCA is a solutions broker to catalyze action and support for climate adaptation, from the international to the local levels, 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 climate change impacts provides a “win-win” for health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth. GCA’s work 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 has an ambitious 2020-2025 business plan with three pillars:

  • Programs and Action: Food Security; Using Nature for More Resilient Infrastructure; Water for Urban Growth and Resilience; Climate Finance; Youth Leadership
  • Knowledge Acceleration: Building adaptation knowledge globally through cutting edge products such as the State and Trends in Adaptation Report and the Knowledge Exchange Platform
  • Agenda Setting and Advocacy: Formulating policy messages to move the global, regional, and local adaptation agendas forward.

About the Role


GCA seeks a dynamic individual as Senior Water Climate Adaptation Specialist to the Water and Urban team to drive forward the GCA’s role as a solutions broker in the field of adaptation. You will actively engage in and provide leadership on GCA’s key water climate adaptation program in Bangladesh: (a) policy advocacy for climate adaptation; (b) programs for building climate resilient water services favoring NbS: and (c) provide overall technical support to advance GCA’s overall policy and advocacy work. You cultivate and manage relationships with external partners and parties and support the team’s ongoing work around implementation of the water program. Reporting directly to the Global Lead, you’ll be responsible for the following:


  • Develop and implement a pipeline of technical assistance projects related to climate water adaptation and NbS, that shapes and expands GCA’s partnerships with leading Multilateral Development Banks (such as Asian Development Bank and World Bank). By doing so, you drive on-the-ground adaptation acceleration and scaling up of climate adaptation and create space and energy for innovation.
  • Closely collaborate with task teams of ADB and WB to support these teams on issues related to water climate adaptation.
  • Develop in coordination with the Lead Water and Urban a suit of water climate adaptation solutions that apply NbS as scale.
  • Drive an intense program, in coordination with regional and international partners, to build capacity of national and local government and non-governmental stakeholders on water governance.
  • Support the preparation of knowledge products – e.g. policy briefs, news stories, reports – on GCA’s activities.

Job requirements

Master’s degree in environmental studies, civil engineering, planning, or other relevant fields.

  • Ten years’ experience implementing complex, large-scale innovative projects and programs in the water climate adaptation space in South Asia. Demonstrable experience with the design and implementation of Nature-based Solutions is of key importance.
  • Strong conceptual understanding of key subject areas such as climate adaption, NbS, integrated and urban water resource management.
  • Proven ability to translate concepts and strategies into technical assistance to national and local governments on water climate adaptation.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders at different technical and strategic levels– senior government officials and other authorities, representatives of multilateral development banks, implementation partners, and so on.
  • Strong planning and operational skills – including procurement and contract management – and a demonstrable sense of urgency and ability to work under tight deadlines in a team setting while maintaining an empowering and solution-oriented approach.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with proven ability to function effectively and collaboratively as an empowering and supportive team member of multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams, working in multiple locations, and to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Excellent report writing, presentation and communication skills, backed by an ability to articulate complex ideas into clear outputs with a coherent narrative to a diverse audience of stakeholders at technical and strategic levels. Excellent spoken and written English. Working knowledge of South Asian languages considered to be of additional advantage.

Values: commitment to excellence, bold and honest, impact for people, teamwork, sense of humor and ability to perform under pressure.