Senior Communication Specialist

Job description

VACANCY TITLE Senior Communication Specialist

LOCATION Rotterdam, The 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 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.

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 (AfDB) to implement the vision of the Africa Adaptation Initiative to support African countries on key adaptation initiatives.

The AAAP is contributing to closing Africa’s adaptation gap and supporting African countries to make a transformational shift in their development pathways by putting climate adaptation and resilience at the centre of their critical growth-oriented and inclusive policies, programs, and institutions. It is scaling up successful initiatives fundamental to African nations’ economic development, and prosperity for women and men. The four pillars of the AAAP are: Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security, the Africa Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator, Empowering Youth through Jobs and Entrepreneurship, and Innovative Financial Initiatives for Africa.



GCA seeks a Senior Communications Specialist to support the formulation and distribution of policy messages to move the adaptation agenda forward. GCA is seeking a great communicator, with a passion for writing and crafting of messages, who can create compelling content to help drive our mission to create a climate-resilient future. The Senior Communications Specialist will report to the Director of External Affairs, and work closely with other colleagues across GCA including the CEO’s Senior Adviser on Media, to implement GCA’s Advocacy and Agenda-Setting pillar of activity.

Areas of responsibility

Creating Compelling Content

  • Lead on producing a wide range of written communications materials such as speeches, op-eds, letters, video scripts, blog posts, media Q&As, new stories etc.
  • Work closely with the CEO and senior management to draft content to be used in high-level political summits and meetings.
  • Develop key messages and identify the most compelling case studies, to support campaigns and projects, including the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program, ensuring alignment with corporate narrative
  • Liaise with senior management and colleagues across the organization to produce content for GCA’s internal communications.

  • Produce briefs, manage the timely delivery of content, and manage relationship(s) with external content/design suppliers, ensuring compliance with GCA’s content standards.
  • Create communication materials, such as messaging grids, concept notes, and speaking remarks for high-level events and political and technical dialogues, including events building up to and through the ‘African COP’ in Sharm El Sheikh.

Strategy and Campaign Planning

  • Work with the CEO and Director of External Affairs to design and deliver a corporate communications narrative and messaging grid in order to ensure there is a clear message throughout GCA external communications in the leadup to and following COP27.
  • Propose, execute, and scale new ways of creating and distributing communications that expands climate adaptation awareness and adoption globally, including especially the needs of vulnerable countries.
  • Support GCA’s management and technical program leads, and collaborate with our global network of partners, to communicate the success of our programs and research, including the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program and growing program in South Asia.

Engagement and Promotion

  • Identify relevant speaking opportunities, manage incoming requests, and support speakers at public events.
  • Preparing senior management for external engagements with talking points and key messages drawn from the latest scientific evidence and GCA’s research and programs.
  • Supporting the CEO’s Senior Advisor on Media to produce content that builds relationships with journalists from across the global and local media

Job requirements


  • Master’s Degree (International Relations/Public Affairs, Political Science/Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Communications, Public Health or other related field) plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in speech-writing and communication content production.
  • Native-level fluency English language skills and proficiency to write and edit complex and politically sensitive products, using a strategic structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in writing and orally with senior-level internal and external partners, based on an insightful understanding of their interests and needs.
  • Relevant experience translating complex ideas and activities into meaningful and engaging content and deliverables including reporting and other stakeholder communication resources.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, manage, and execute multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining good decision-making in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues in varying regions.
  • Ability to take the initiative and think creatively and proactively.
  • Knowledge of climate change, adaptation, or the 2030 Agenda.
  • Knowledge of international organizations and familiarity with international development.


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.

Subject to Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions, this staff post will be located in GCA's 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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