Senior Program Officer, Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security (Digital Technologies)

Job description

VACANCY TITLE Senior Program Officer, Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security (Digital Technologies)

LOCATION Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or 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.

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 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.

The Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security (ClimSmartDigAg) Pillar aims to scale up access to climate-smart digital technologies and associated data-driven agricultural and financial services for at least 30 million farmers in Africa and improve food security in 26 African countries. The Pillar together with AfDB’s Digital Agriculture Flagship will enhance the applicability, accessibility and affordability of climate smart digital technologies such as climate-informed advisory services, GIS and remote sensing for resource management, e-registration of famers and pastoralists, and climate-smart solutions for farm operations. These technologies could improve productivity, market connectedness, profitability and the sustainable use of natural resources. Activities of the pillar center on knowledge & analytics, last-mile capacity development and investments in pro-poor scalable digital agriculture innovations.



GCA seeks a dynamic individual to fill the role of Senior 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 individual will lead GCA’s work on climate-smart digital technologies for agriculture and food security across the African continent, comprising technical conceptual development on data-enabled and digital technologies that can accelerate of adaptation by smallholders and contribute to resilient value support to countries on the implementation of the ClimSmartDigAg pillar; leading and working with AfDB and other partners on the AAAP.

Areas of responsibility

The areas of responsibility of the Senior Program Officer, Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security (Digital Technologies) include:

  • 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 project, carrying out desk reviews, preparing preliminary evaluation notes for presentation to the Workstream Lead and the Regional Director
  • Prepare concept notes and reports outlining technical conceptual development on data-enabled and digital technologies
  • Lead the development of digital solutions on all projects and programs of the ClimSmartDigAg pillar
  • Engage with AAAP partners on implementation
  • Work with project partners and grantees to ensure effective implementation of projects and programs
  • Facilitate the day-to-day implementation of GCA’s climate smart digital technologies for agriculture and food security work stream and support the coordination of the overall GCA Work Program relating to the pillar in Africa
  • Support GCA senior management engagement at country, regional, and global engagements
  • Provide advice to countries during implementation of the AAAP pillar
  • Other task that may be assigned by the supervisor

Job requirements


  • Master’s degree or higher in climate sciences, environmental science, agriculture or related fields.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the development and application of digital technologies, with at least 5 years in agriculture.
  • Experience working in Africa.
  • professional experience in working to support stakeholders with data-enabled or digital technologies for agriculture.
  • Knowledge of digital technologies for smallholders, weather data services and systems, climate change and adaptation.
  • Knowledge of the ecosystem of digital technologies.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office suite).
  • 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, 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 either at GCA’s 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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