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:
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.
ABOUT THE ROLE
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:
Youth GCA’s Youth Advisory Panel.
WHAT WE OFFER
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Please apply at https://opportunities.gca.org 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.
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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