Climate Change Advisor

People in Need

People in Need began providing aid to Nepal in 2015 when the country was hit by the most destructive earthquake in the last 80 years. The earthquake left more than 8,500 people dead and thousands of others found themselves without a roof over their heads. Nepal is among one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and therefore today…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Nepal
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 5+ years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Nov 08, 2021

Job Description

Location: Kathmandu with regular visits to areas of presence

Duration: 12-months with possibility of extension subject to funding and performance

Reports to: Country Director



People in Need (PIN) is a non-governmental, non-profit, international organization founded in the Czech Republic in 1992. PIN arrived in Nepal as part of a humanitarian response to the April 25, 2015 earthquake. Since its inception in Nepal, PIN has had a strong role advocating and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations affected by disaster including person categories who live in geographically remote areas of the country, historically marginalized ethnic groups, and those marginalized because of their age and/or gender identity. PIN has also supported Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts ensuring that the most vulnerable people are not left behind with resilience (focused on shelter and resettlement) and inclusive education programming. PIN Nepal is strongly committed for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, including persons with disabilities, in line with its safeguarding framework and child protection policy.

 Scope of Work

PIN is currently preparing the design and development of a climate change “toy model”, an interactive scenario model for improved understanding of local climate change impacts on vulnerable hill areas. The process will aim to co-define a novel methodology to bringing into conversation local experiences and knowledge of climate change with current science on future climate impacts in rural Nepal. Furthermore, PIN also seeks to actively mainstream climate change into its existing programs (currently in inclusive education, disaster risk reduction and food security/nutrition/livelihoods sectors) as well as in future programs.

The Climate Change Advisor (CCA) will lead the development of the toy model methodology and design, as well as its pilot phase implementation and oversee the cooperation and coordination with key stakeholders (project partners, local authorities and government of Nepal, research institutions and donors). The CCA will also lead on actively mainstreaming climate change adaptation into the inclusive education programme in P2 as well as into the DRR and food security/livelihoods programmes. The CCA will represent PIN Nepal in all major stakeholder and partner meetings, and ensure that PIN Nepal’s programmes contribute to the governmental and donor strategies on climate change and are in line with major trends in climate change research, adaptation and mitigation. The CCA will participate in programme development and positioning of PIN Nepal in new sectors including programmes focusing on renewable energy, air pollution, natural resource management, etc.

Key Summary of Functions

  1. Development of the climate change toy model methodology, design and implementation of the pilot
  • Lead the development and design of the toy model methodology in coordination with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Prepare review of key climate change literature and available global and regional climate and hydrometeorological models in use;
  • Liaise with existing research institutions in-country to understand gaps in current climate change modeling landscape;
  • Guide the technical, programmatic, and operational direction of the methodology and concept, identify key needs and match with available resources;
  • Develop the model by leveraging existing internal resources and with support from external partners and expertise including PIN’s global Knowledge & Learning Department (KLD);
  • Identify ideal end product (interface, such as ‘serious game’) resulting from the toy model for a robust dissemination strategy and tool aimed at informing the policy and decision makers at the community and local government level.
  • Coordinate with the key partners and stakeholders, including private sector, for the implementation of the model
  1. Represent PIN as the climate change focal person and lead on climate change related networking and business development
  • Represent PIN Nepal towards the Government of Nepal and other key stakeholders, ensure their effective involvement in PIN Nepal programmes related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and mainstreaming;
  • Develop understanding of the needs and requirements of the Government of Nepal at both central provincial, and local levels with respect to climate risk management, ensure it is integrated into PIN Nepal programming;
  • Support the preparation of necessary materials for stakeholder and donor meetings including post-COP26 opportunities;
  • Engage with the private sector in line with their commitments in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Keep up to date with donor priorities and interests in climate change in Nepal as well as sectoral strategies with respect to current and future programming portfolio (education, DRR, governance, SRSP, food security/nutrition/livelihoods among others);
  • Engage with and establish partnerships with national and international non-governmental organizations and research institutions at relevant fora/working groups and represent PIN Nepal in these fora.
  1. Mainstream climate action in PIN Nepal
  • Lead on climate change mainstreaming in PIN Nepal and design efficient capacity building activities and strategies how to ensure appropriate understanding of climate change adaptation and mitigation among PIN Nepal team;
  • Prepare specific workplans and strategy how to effectively mainstream climate change components into existing programmes and activities in cooperation with programme teams, and ensure its implementation;
  • Analyze key trends in climate action in Nepal and globally for support to business development for relevant opportunities, and participate in the proposal development;
  • Support integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption into PIN Nepal overall Country Programme strategy.

Critical Competencies

The Climate Change Advisor should have a strong technical knowledge and understanding of climate science to be applied in the development of models, tools, and activities for mainstreaming climate change adaptation. The CCA should have the ability to understand and translate complex scientific data and information into practical and usable information. The CCA should be product-oriented with the ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving landscape of community, governmental, and donor needs. Furthermore, the successful candidate should be able to represent PIN Nepal in all relevant donor, stakeholder and governmental fora and working groups.

Required Qualification & Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field of environment and development, including specialized experience in climate change and climate change modeling;
  • Educated to Master degree, preferably in a related field (environmental sciences/studies, climate change and disaster risk reduction, international development, geography, agronomy studies);
  • Excellent understanding of climate change context in Nepal and strong networks within relevant Nepali institutions and development actors;
  • Experience in climate change research, data, and information collection;
  • Proved experience in being a champion of the environment and climate change adaptation;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills
  • Experience with adaptive management;
  • Experience in disaster risk reduction and resilience desirable;
  • Cultural sensitivity, flexibility and excellent teamwork skills;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian/development standards and principles; excellent orientation in UN cluster system and in the relevant existing international legal and conceptual frameworks;
  • Solid knowledge of accountability processes;
  • Proven strong interpersonal, negotiation, promotion and diplomacy skills;
  • Fluent in both English and Nepali.

How to Apply

Submit an updated CV and motivational Letter to the following link by November 21st, 2021. Please note, applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis and should a suitable candidate be found before the official closing date, the advertisement might be withdrawn prior to the deadline thus early submissions are strongly encouraged.  No phone calls will be entertained.

PIN promotes equal opportunities. Women, Janajati and Dalit candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.