Senior Climate Adviser

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Save the Children has an exciting new opportunity for a Senior Climate Change Adviser to join us and to shape and support the delivery of large scale climate change adaptation programmes that build resilience to climate change impacts.

  • Are you experienced in climate change adaptation and resilience?
  • Do you have knowledge of international development and of designing large scale programme initiatives and in particular the GCF ?
  • Are you motivated by working on cutting edge of climate change adaption programmes?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Save the Children has an ambitious strategy to ensure that all children Survive, Learn, and are Protected. The climate crisis represents a fundamental threat to the achievement of children’s rights. We believe children’s rights should be at the heart of climate related programming and policy. Through this role Save the Children aims to step up its work to make children safer and more able to adapt to the impacts of climate change in their communities as a cornerstone of their ability to fulfil their rights.

Job Purpose

In this exciting role you will support a growing, critically important portfolio of work, focussing largely on community based adaptation, and with a strong focus on quality evidence generation. We are seeking a climate and environment expert who will be the specific technical lead for Save the Children UK’s work on the Green Climate Fund, working closely with Save the Children country offices to develop high-quality programme designs. Your accountabilities will include:

  • Support Save the Children’s GCF account mechanism with technical input and support to ensure a high quality and focused pipeline of programmes (currently in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Somalia and Ethiopia).
  • Provide technical oversight to the development of GCF project concept notes and funding proposals.
  • Ensure alignment and complementarity of climate change work with Save the Children’s global breakthroughs with a focus on GCF and other programmes
  • Work with country offices to ensure that their climate change adaptation work is based on good practice and the best evidence.
  • Ensure alignment and complementarity of climate change work with Save the Children’s global Breakthroughs with a particular focus on child poverty.
  • Support thinking on how climate change lessons from the GCF can fit within the SCUK and wider movement strategy for 2022-24.
  • Contribute to the development of climate change related studies, evaluations, and documentation of good practice to build a body of evidence to support programme design and implementation.

Person Profile:

  • Significant direct experience of designing climate change programs for an international organisation, preferably focused on adaptation at the community level.
  • Significant experience of providing senior level technical advice to the design and implementation of climate change programmes
  • Experience of developing concept notes and funding proposals for the Green Climate Fund.
  • Proven track record for the successful development and implementation of climate change programs in Africa.
  • Experience of integrating climate change into ongoing developmental programmes, strategies and policies.
  • Experience of successful developing relationships with donors and technical partners.

£46,750 – £55,000

Permanent, full-time

Farringdon, London

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview**.**

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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