Climate change adaptation and mitigation expert – global level consultancy

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Organization: Polish Humanitarian Action – Polska Akcja Humanitarna
Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Organisation: Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), Warsaw-based international non-governmental organisation

Position: Climate change adaptation and mitigation expert – global level consultancy

Location: Global (with potential travels to country of operations)

Job terms: Full time, part time (TBD), remote with travels

Type of job: Service/ Consultancy Agreement

Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension

Starting date: July/ August 2023

We strongly encourage qualified candidates to apply immediately as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We consider both individual consultants as well as consultancy agencies.

About PAH:

Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is an international non-governmental organisation that provides humanitarian and development assistance worldwide. Since 1992, PAH has reached over 14.5 million people in 51 countries with its assistance, supporting sustainable and stable development of regions suffering the consequences of armed conflicts, natural disasters and other humanitarian crises. Visit for more information.

Climate change and climate related crises have become issues of common concern globally. There is a differentiated impact and as a result strategies required to secure adequate coping capacities and resilience building for the communities. In addition, based on various environmental guidance from relevant networks and the humanitarian community it is needed to identify ways of implementing the recommendations based on feasibility in different contexts.


To support PAH on global level to secure evidence-based development of global and national strategies, approaches, trainings and implementation tools for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategic Initiative, in particular those areas related to Environmental Mainstreaming, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM).

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of Global Head of Programmes and in close collaboration with global program staff and PAH’s country level Head of Programmes, the Consultant will take the role of an internal advisor and undertake the following tasks:

  • Analyse key international standards regarding climate change adaptation and mitigation with focus on environmental mainstreaming, DRR and DRM to better understand the needs of humanitarian and development sectors.
  • Improve on developed climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy, in alignment with PAH global and country specific strategies.
  • Development of an inclusive policy brief for climate change adaptation and mitigation with components of environmental mainstreaming and DRR/DRM programming. This will form a suite of documents including guidance and a step-by-step operational guide on how to implement climate sensitive programming, involving marginalised groups in disaster and emergency setting across PAHs countries of operations.
  • Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight for selected new and existing projects within the country specific climate change adaptation and mitigation portfolio throughout the project cycle. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals in climate change adaptation and mitigation portfolio per agency and donor standards. Provide technical inputs to other ongoing projects. Contribute to budgeting and staffing plans and activities for proposals.
  • Support effective talent management for country specific climate change adaptation and mitigation portfolio. Provide coaching related to specific climate related programming.
  • Lead the development of program learning – develop and conduct internal trainings, identify and train internal focal point; identify external opportunities for learning, research and publications in the area of country specific climate change adaptation and mitigation portfolio and relevant MEAL approach. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices. Followed by the actual capacity development sessions during the in-country deployments.
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in climate change adaptation and mitigation portfolio for staff, in coordination with other project management staff, to enhance program quality and impact.
  • Oversee the identification, assessment, strengthening of partnerships relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
  • Provide guidance on gender sensitive climate services development, review on gender sensitivity of climate risk profiles.


  • Inception report detailing a work plan.
  • Revised, developed climate change adaptation and mitigation internal policy and strategy.
  • Improved and developed manuals, tools and global level guidance on climate change programming with recommendations for replication in country specific context.
  • Comprehensive training module along with the relevant additional educational materials.
  • At least one training delivered on global level and one on country of operations level.
  • Support plan for resource mobilisation to attract and retain investments to climate sensitive programming.
  • Recommendations for partnerships, joint programming and strategic and operational collaboration (on global and country specific level if feasible).
  • Final report and knowledge management package enabling PAH to assume handover of deliverables for further development and implementation submitted to and approved by PAH program management.

The successful candidate will be selected based on the qualification requirements described below:

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Environmental Science, Urban Development, Climate Sciences, or another relevant field required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in relevant field-based project management experience required, with preferably at least 2-3 years working in the area of climate change adaption, climate resilience, or disaster risk reduction.
  • Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.
  • Experience in one or few of these countries: Ukraine, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Madagascar, Lebanon, Yemen.
  • Strong analytical skills, report writing skills and communication capacity (both written and oral) are essential. Ability to conceptualise and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of DRR, climate change, gender equality, conflict sensitivity and sustainable development. Excellent interpersonal communication and team-working skills. Effective planning and time-management skills in mass communications and during sectoral events. Commitment to quality and timely results.
  • Experience in developing and conducting trainings.
  • Experience in developing strategies and guidelines documents
  • Willingness and ability to travel to different country program locations depending on the conflict and the security situation (possible at least 1 travel per consultancy contract)
  • Advanced working knowledge of English.

How to apply

Please fill in the online application form and submit your resume (max 2 pages) and cover letter or consultancy portfolio in English no later than 30 June 2023. In your cover letter please indicate your earliest possible start date.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

We consider both individual consultants as well as consultancy agencies.

Consultancy can be 6 months full time, or 10 months for part time, with possibility for extending to regular advisor to PAH climate change strategic initiative.


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