VACANCY TITLE: External Affairs Intern
LOCATION: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
LEVEL OF EFFORT: Full time
ANTICIPATED START DATE: As soon as possible
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 21 June 2023
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 its global headquarters in Rotterdam.
GCA has an ambitious 2020-2025 business plan with three pillars:
GCA’s work program in Africa is of paramount importance. All the components of GCA’s Business Plan must succeed to support changing the momentum and pace of adaptation in Africa. Guiding GCA’s program in Africa is the Africa-owned and Africa-led Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), co-created with the African Development Bank Group to implement the vision of the Africa Adaptation Initiative to support African countries on key adaptation initiatives.
The AAAP is mobilizing $25 billion for climate adaptation investments over five years, helping African countries prioritize climate adaptation in their policies, programs, and institutions. The program focuses on delivering high adaptation dividends and accelerating momentum through large-scale investments, innovations, knowledge, and technical assistance initiatives. The AAAP has already influenced over $5.2 billion of investments, mainstreaming adaptation to achieve the objectives of programs including those focused on food security, climate-resilient water services, and jobs in Africa. Endorsed by the international community as a vehicle to deliver on pledges and meet the urgent need to scale up adaptation, the AAAP model provides a tested platform that combines knowledge, programs, and advocacy to support country and regional priorities around the world.
GCA is seeking an intern to assist the External Affairs team in engaging with governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders on the critical issue of climate adaptation. The External Affairs team leads on advocating for adaptation action and forming partnerships in the climate adaptation space, using stakeholder engagement activities such as events, and overseas missions. The role would be suitable for a proactive, organized and politically astute individual, with a demonstrated interest in climate policy, international relations, and international development.
The External Affairs Intern will work within the External Affairs team to ensure delivery of high-level events and partnerships, including through relationship management and engagement with governments and international organizations. Responsibilities include:
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