Junior Program Officer Food Security and Rural Well-being

Job description

VACANCY TITLE Junior Program Officer Food Security and Rural Well-being

LOCATION Rotterdam, the Netherlands

TERM Initial contract duration 1 year with possibility of extension

INTENSITY Part-time (16-24 hours/week)

ANTICIPATED START DATE As soon as possible

APPLICATION DEADLINE 07 12 2021; 10 pm CET


ABOUT GCA


The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyse 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.


The GCA has an ambitious 2020-2025 business plan with three pillars:

• Programs: GCA’s Programs include: Food Security; Using Nature for more resilient infrastructure; Water for Urban Growth and Resilience; Climate Finance; Youth Leadership

• Knowledge: Building adaptation knowledge globally and in countries through cutting edge knowledge products such as the State and Trends in Adaptation Report; Data and Knowledge Platform

• Advocacy and Awareness: Formulating policy messages to move adaptation agenda forward globally and in countries.


GCA’s work program in Africa is of paramount importance. All of 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 are two flagships: 1) Africa Adaptation Accelerator Program (AAAP), co-created and implemented with African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to support African countries on key adaptation initiatives; and 2) State and Trends in Adaptation: Africa, a flagship knowledge publication prepared with the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI), and regional and global knowledge partners to advance the knowledge base and provide evidence-based knowledge for African countries to take stock of progress and develop improved adaptation measures.


ABOUT THE ROLE

Profile


GCA seeks a dynamic individual to fill the role of Junior Program Officer Food Security and Rural Well-being working as a core team member to drive forward the Global Center on Adaptation’s role as a solutions broker in the field of adaptation action. The primary focus of this work will be in Africa.

The Junior Program Officer Food Security and Rural Well-Being will report to the Program Lead while working closely with other members of the Leadership Team, thematic leads and colleagues. S/he will play a key role in positioning the GCA as the foremost international organization specialising in climate change adaptation.


Areas of responsibility


  • Technical conceptual development on data-enabled and digital technologies in AfDB projects and programs that can accelerate of adaptation by smallholders and contribute to resilient value chains (such as digital climate-informed advisory services, climate index insurance products);
  • Working with AfDB’s ClimSmart team and other partners (e.g. CIAT, Axa Climate) on the pillar;
  • Supporting the program lead to prepare for meetings with presentations, briefs and concept notes;
  • Preparing a weekly update for the team and other reporting tasks.

Job requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in development economics, agricultural economics, agronomy or another degree relevant to the position.
  • Excellent analytical skills around adaptation in smallholder agriculture,
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; Knowledge of French language will be an advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience of working in international, intercultural environments;



WHAT WE OFFER



The GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will be contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. You will have the opportunity to draw upon the substantial expertise available at the GCA and its partner organizations across the world and you will be given an opportunity to support the shaping of international policies and global action on climate change, working at the highest governmental levels and collaborating with governments on all continents.


Remuneration is aligned with salary structures in the Netherlands.



HOW TO APPLY


Please apply at https://opportunities.gca.org by submitting your CV and cover letter in English. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT



The GCA celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 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.



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