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GOAL is an Irish international humanitarian organisation founded in 1977 and currently operational in 14 countries working across the crisis to resilience trajectory. GOAL stands with local populations and actors to assist them to overcome crises and on the journey to longer-term solutions. For GOAL, crises are defined as when local systems are unable to respond or continue to function when confronted with shocks and stresses.
GOAL works to understand these shocks and stresses; including conflict, climate change, environmental degradation, rapid unplanned urbanisation, weak or unstable governance, inequality and forced displacement all of which interact and threaten the health, safety and well-being of affected populations.
Description of the Role
The Global Climate Advisor will drive and shape GOAL’s programming on climate outcomes, both as a standalone outcome and through climate-proofing of GOAL’s health, WASH, food and nutrition security, and livelihoods programming, including in emergencies. The Advisor will ingrain climate risk management, including vulnerability and adaptation and mitigation impact analysis, climate risk assessment, and medium/long term responses to these, into GOAL’s programme design, implementation and learning processes.
The Advisor will also provide technical support for climate research, will represent GOAL in a range of external technical networks, and will contribute to GOAL’s advocacy on climate change. An important part of the role will be in supporting country offices engaged in climate work both directly and indirectly to capture, document and share learning and programme outcomes with relevant audiences.
The position will focus on GOAL’s operations globally but have a specific input in to shaping the organisations future climate related work in the Middle East region (currently Turkey, Syria, Jordan). The position will be based in a GOAL registered country in which the applicant has the right to work, with up to 20% travel to support Country Offices (COs) and to represent GOAL with key stakeholders.
The Global Climate Advisor sits within the global Programme Technical Team (PTT) and will also work closely with the Innovation Lab. GOAL’s PTT supports the technical quality of programme design and implementation through developing strategy and guidelines, collaboration on new programming, support visits to country programmes, internal evaluations, documenting and sharing learning, and providing external technical representation. The PTT has four key objectives, detailed below and as they apply to this position.
Strategy and Design for Climate Outcomes
- Contribute to GOAL’s global strategy by driving the incorporation of analysis of climate risk and climate outcomes into existing planning at Head Office and COs.
- Work with GOAL’s country teams to conduct climate policy analysis at regional, national, and sub-national levels.
- Support GOAL’s Environment Policy implementation.
- Develop guidelines on designing programming for climate outcomes
- Guide global and country strategies relating to climate, ensuring access to global best practice and evidence.
- Support the use of learning and evidence to further develop GOAL’s climate programming
- Work with GOAL’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to guide the use of climate risk in emergency preparedness & response.
- Engage technically with relevant external actors (including civil society, public and for-profit) in relation to GOAL’s climate risk analysis and climate adaptation programming.
- Support the development of GOAL’s strategic partnerships globally in climate e.g. with development consultants, conservation agencies, other civil society, INGOs, national risk management agencies, private sector stakeholders etc.
- Support the development and rollout of GOAL’s analytical framework for Crisis to Resilience (including GOAL tools)
Donor Positioning and Proposal Development
The Global Climate Advisor works to position GOAL to identify, analyse and respond to funding opportunities and be able to develop strong technical proposals/bids which are coherent with both donors’ and GOAL’s organisational global goals.
- Identify funding opportunities through technical networks and support analysis for go/no go decision making.
- Advise on the integration of climate in the development of new project proposals in coordination with the PTT and Innovation Lab and other departments e.g. Funding and Business Development.
- Lead/support the development of technical content for new proposals.
- Liaise with donor technical advisors and respond to technical queries from donors
- Engage with internal stakeholders on technical elements of funding opportunities
- Support and participate in relevant meetings, presentations and other engagement with existing and prospective corporate donors on climate related funding opportunities
Quality Programme Delivery for Crisis to Resilience
The Global Climate Advisor supports country offices to deliver high quality, innovative and adaptive programming, including in emergencies.
- Technical programme backstopping in climate programming
- Support COs in applying climate risk analysis tools, including incorporating climate risk into GOAL’s tools ARC-D and R4S.
- Technical reviews and support on evaluations of climate programming
- Support country and global teams to use learning and best practice in adaptive management for climate programming
- In-country and remote technical support for emergency preparedness, anticipatory action and emergency response.
- Provision of training, mentoring and other support for country teams in specific areas relating to climate.
- Support teams in understanding the linkages between climate, gender equality and social inclusion, and integrating these considerations in programming.
- Build capacity and support to COs in identifying appropriate modalities including cash and vouchers to integrate into programming to enhance climate outcomes.
Evidence & Learning
The Global Climate Advisor will capture learning from programming and research and share internally and externally to contribute to the global evidence base and communicate GOAL’s programmatic innovation and successes, in collaboration with the Programme Innovation Lab (PIL) and MEAL team.
- Supporting country offices to capture, document and share learning and programme outcomes with relevant departments at HQ level.
- Identifying research questions and developing a global research portfolio.
- Technical representation & engagement with global climate networks
- Support to GOAL’s Advocacy on climate
- Interpreting and reflecting on data for re-design & progress towards programmatic goals
- Respectful of local sources of knowledge and with the recognition that Technical Advisors do not bring all the solutions to a problem.
- Skilled communicator and ability to work effectively across multiple cultures, including remotely.
- Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.
Requirements (Person Specification)
- Degree in climate change, environmental management or a related environmental field.
- Ability to advise on the integration of climate risk management, including vulnerability and adaptation impact analysis, climate risk assessment, and medium/long term responses to these, into GOAL’s programmatic strategy, design, implementation and learning processes.
- Knowledge and experience of climate financing mechanisms, programmes, and sources.
- Fluent in English at a standard to allow drafting of technical documents.
- At least seven years of experience in INGOs or equivalent, at least five years of which is in climate, environment or a closely related field. Previous experience at Global Advisor level is highly desirable but not essential.
- Experience incorporating gender equality and social inclusion in climate adaptation programming, through integrated and targeted approaches.
- Ability to represent GOAL with donors, other INGOs, commercial entities and other external institutions.
- Experience in providing technical input to proposals
- Experience developing training materials and providing training.
- Ability and willingness to travel (up to 20%) including to places with difficult living conditions and insecure environments.
- Master’s degree
- Language skills in Spanish, French, Arabic, Turkish or another language spoken in GOAL’s operational areas.
- Demonstratable knowledge of the potential of cash and vouchers to support climate adaptation.
- Experience in field research and qualitative and quantitative techniques for collecting information (e.g. focus group discussions, interviews, etc).
- Experience in writing articles and texts for professional publications
- Detailed knowledge of at least one of GOAL’s major donor’s climate programming strategies e.g. ECHO, EU, BHA, USAID, Irish Aid.
Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.
Accountability within GOAL
Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:
- Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
- Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
- Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.
General Terms and Conditions
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.