Program Officer, Locally Led Adaptation, Africa

Job description

VACANCY TITLE Program Officer, Locally Led Adaptation, Africa

LOCATION Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Rotterdam, Netherlands

INTENSITY Full time 

ANTICIPATED START DATE As soon as possible



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 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 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.

Recognizing the highly localized nature of climate impacts; the importance of local adaptation action; the potential and creativity of communities to develop locally appropriate and innovative solutions; the ownership benefits of community-driven action; and the strong need for accountability to poor and marginalized communities affected by climate change, GCA is strongly committed to addressing barriers to accelerating and scaling up Locally Led Action (LLA).

GCA aims to be a dominant reference point for LLA through a center of excellence – a Global Hub on LLA – in the GCA regional office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The activities of the Global Hub will focus on knowledge acceleration, capacity building, agenda setting and advocacy, and climate finance for LLA.



GCA seeks a dynamic individual to fill the role of Program Officer for Locally Led Adaptation, 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 staff will work with the Locally Led Action team, under the supervision of the Lead for Locally Led Adaptation, to carry out the objective of delivering the activities of GCA’s Global Hub on Locally Led Action in Africa.


Areas of responsibility

Reporting to the workstream lead, the Program Officer will contribute to the management of the Africa-focused activities of the Global Hub on Locally Led Adaptation. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing substantively to the development and delivery of the African activities of the Global Hub on Locally Led Adaptation (LLA), including the development and updating of detailed work plans and budgets.
  • Participate in the preliminary evaluation of project proposals to assess their feasibility for financial support and/or technical assistance by GCA. This involves the initial screening of projects, carrying out desk reviews, preparing preliminary evaluation notes for presentation to the Workstream Lead and the Regional Director.
  • Ensuring the successful development and delivery of projects within the LLA work program in time, while ensuring value for money.
  • Assessing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on projects, and steering implementing partners.
  • Identifying opportunities and creating proposals for overcoming barriers to scale up LLA in Africa, including through gender and youth-based interventions.
  • Delivering high-quality research to identify and disseminate LLA good practices and supporting peer-learning on LLA in the region, including by working proactively with multiple stakeholders, partners, and GCA Programs and Research teams.
  • Expanding a regional network of relevant experts and policymakers to support the delivery of the long-term plans of the Global Hub on LLA.
  • Ensuring strong links with the other teams within GCA, helping to foster a collaborative working environment in which knowledge, information and best practices are shared and used for continuous improvement.
  • Supporting GCA’s global, regional, and national outreach activities.
  • Perform any additional task as assigned.

Job requirements


  • A Master’s degree in social sciences, climate policy or a related discipline.
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience in development and climate change adaptation in Africa, with an emphasis on locally led action and at least 3 years in multi-lateral financial institutions or similar large organizations, and performing such roles as project preparing, appraising, supervising, or implementing donor funded projects.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, writing, and facilitation skills, with a proven track record in preparing high quality knowledge products for diverse audiences, and an ability synthesize complex materials in a clear, concise, and accessible style.
  • Experience of successfully delivering complex multi-stakeholder projects to time and within budget.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure, build consensus and work successfully with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience of building and maintaining strong networks and relationships at national and international levels.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency in other African languages is an added asset.


With our global headquarters in Rotterdam on the world’s largest floating office, and regional offices around the globe, 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.


Please apply at by submitting your CV and cover letter in English before 31 January 2022, 5 pm CET. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start.


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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