Project Officer – Youth Leadership and Education Program

Job description

VACANCY TITLE Project Officer – Youth Leadership and Education Program

LOCATION Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Rotterdam, Netherlands

TERM Initial contract duration 1 year with possibility of extension

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 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.

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.

Youth Leadership Program

The GCA’s focus on youth leadership aims to make young people central to driving the adaptation agenda and implementation worldwide through its Youth Leadership Program. The Program’s mission is to mobilize the next generation of adaptation leaders around the world, empowering youth to make the case for adaptation on the global stage and make their communities more climate-resilient.

Youth Adaptation Network

The Youth Adaptation Network (YAN) is an umbrella platform to engage, empower and amplify the role of young people in the adaptation agenda. By creating an environment where young people are engaged as equal stakeholders in climate adaptation actions and providing them with learning opportunities, the Youth Adaptation Network will translate knowledge into action by engaging and participating in the design and implementation of local and national adaptation plans. The network has members in over 130 countries. In 2020 the GCA’s Youth Adaptation Network designed the Global Youth Call to Action: Adapt for our Future through 15 global and regional consultations and inputs from hundreds of thousands of young people from more than 120 countries around the globe. The Call to Action outlines the areas for this decade of action on adaptation, which include: raising awareness on adaptation to climate change; promoting universal education, training and skills development to empower younger generations to adapt to the impacts of climate change; fostering youth participation in the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the SDGs; expanding economic opportunities for youth, adaptation jobs and youth-led businesses; and strengthening youth leadership of girls, young women, indigenous youth, young farmers and the most vulnerable youth.

Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program

GCA and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have joined forces to use their complementary expertise, resources and networks to develop and implement a bold new Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) to galvanize climate resilient actions through a triple win approach to address COVID-19, climate change, and the economy. One of the AAAP’s Flagship Programs aims to empower youth for entrepreneurship and job creation in climate adaptation and resilience by promoting innovation and inclusive growth for young people in climate resilient jobs; developing skills and knowledge on adaptation, building the entrepreneurial capacity of African youth; and facilitating access to funding and mentorship to youth-led and women-led businesses in the adaptation space.



The Global Center on Adaptation is seeking a project officer to coordinate the Youth Adaptation Network and the action plan of the GCA CEO’s Youth Advisory Panel to support youth empowerment in Africa and other vulnerable countries. The officer will report to the Youth Leadership and Education Thematic lead, and will work closely with colleagues across the GCA’s network of offices


Areas of responsibility

The responsibilities of the Project Officer, include:


  • Support administrative matters related to the Youth Leadership Program including preparing contracts and partnerships agreements and other related documents.
  • Engage with governments, multilateral institutions, philanthropies, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.

Event management

  • Provide substantive and logistical support to organize six Virtual Regional Youth Adaptation Forums.
  • Provide substantive and logistical support to organize one in-person Youth Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam.

Knowledge products

  • Oversee the preparation of the Youth Advisory Panel’s stock take publication.
  • Oversee the preparation of one Youth-led adaptation case studies publication.
  • Support the development of other strategic knowledge products showcasing the challenges and solutions relating to adaptation for young people in Africa, including policy papers, guidance notes, technical briefs, case studies for advocacy campaigns, awareness-raising, and decision-making.

Youth GCA’s Youth Advisory Panel.

  • Organize monthly meetings with the GCA’s Youth Advisory Panel.
  • Organize regular meetings between GCA’s CEO and the Youth Advisory Panel.
  • Coordinate the call and selection of 12 young people as members of the Youth Advisory Panel 2023.


  • Prepare monthly a newsletter for the Youth Adaptation Network.
  • Prepare background notes, presentations, concept notes and speaking notes as required, especially on programs and initiatives relating to the adaptation in Africa.
  • Coordinate YAN’s participation in international Youth Conferences and youth engagement in adaptation activities.
  • Revise and respond to questions in the email email.
  • Prepare reports on the status of various work activities and initiatives, funding and program results and impact.

Job requirements


  • Master’s degree in social or natural sciences.
  • At least 7 years of professional working experience on climate change, or sustainable development related issues.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience working with young people.
  • Experience working with YOUNGO or another international youth network is an asset.
  • A minimum of one-year proven experience in organizing in-person and virtual events for young people.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office suite), especially in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Teams, and Zoom.
  • Specific skills: knowledge and familiarity with the youth empowerment issues, media, social networks.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills


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

Subject to Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions, this staff post will be located either at GCA’s office in the Africa Regional Office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast or in the Head Office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


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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