Concern WorldwideClosing Date : 2018-07-15
Duty Station : Dublin, Ireland
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Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 15 Jul 2018

Reports to:Senior Resilience Adviser

Liaises with:Other units in the Strategy, Advocacy and Learning department, Country Offices, International Programmes and Emergency Directorates.

Job location:Dublin (or possibly London). Substantial (30%) overseas travel is a part of this role.

Pay Band:Pay Band 5: 44,669 55,180 per annum, pro-rata.

Contract:Nine months maternity cover. Fixed term contract.

Job Purpose:

To support effective programming to promote resilience in disaster-prone, fragile contexts through the provision of technical and strategic support to country programmes on climate change adaptation, and through the documentation of learning on best practice. Focal countries are likely to include Bangladesh, Chad, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Niger, and Central African Republic, but are subject to change.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide technical and strategic support on climate change adaptation, including climate-smart agriculture, to country teams to ensure programmes are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated to ensure optimum impact on the extreme poor;

Build the technical capacity of Concern country teams through formal training, webinars, remote mentoring, and production and sharing of key technical resources;

Support country teams to ensure that climate change adaptation interventions are linked with national processes; support Programme Directors and Country Directors to engage in national processes, including the development of National Adaptation Plans;

Synthesize and document practical learning from our programmes; identify ways to apply it in a timely fashion to improve policy and practice within and beyond Concern;

Support the development of a climate change strategy for Concern, including how Concern can provide leadership in the facilitation of climate finance and technology transfer;

Support the development of an urban resilience strategy, providing leadership on urban climate change adaptation;

Support the Emergencies Directorate to ensure that humanitarian responses are climate sensitive and take advantage of adaptation opportunities;

Support and develop relationships with other agencies, including research institutes, technical working groups, and represent Concern in national, regional, and international fora as required;

Support Fundraising to develop relationships with donors and support the development of new proposals in line with the organizational strategic plan;

Support the Advocacy unit to feed into international policy discussions related to climate change adaptation and resilience, more broadly;

Support the prioritization, design, implementation, and dissemination of operational research undertaken within Concern programmes in collaboration with field teams and research partners;

Support the recruitment of country programme staff, support development of programme proposals, and engage in multi-sectoral/ inter-departmental initiatives such as staff induction, M&E guidance, etc;

Potentially be deployed to support emergency responses for up to six weeks.

Skills and Experience Required:


A postgraduate degree in climate change, international development, agriculture, or related field;

A minimum of five years experience working in the area of climate change adaptation in an INGO, development agency, or the private sector, three of which should have been based in a developing country in Sub Saharan Africa or Asia;

Strong understanding of how agriculture, livestock, and natural resource management fits within the wider framework of promoting resilience and positive climate change adaptation, particularly in drought-prone contexts.

Experience working in both rural and urban contexts on climate change adaptation;

Experience of supporting country teams to demonstrably improve capacity and achieve greater impact, particularly at scale;

Strong understanding of current debates and initiatives in global climate change adaptation discussions, including climate finance and technology transfer;

Experience of knowledge management in an INGO, and ability to articulate a strategy for translating learning into improved programme quality;

Experience in building relationships with donors, multilateral development banks, and other relevant international organisations;

Strong understanding and experience working on nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions and approaches.

A strong understanding of gender issues in relation to agriculture and livelihoods programmes and practical ways to promote gender equality within them;

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team;

Excellent organisational skills;

Excellent verbal and written English skills;

Ability to engage with researchers to steer research towards relevant and practical outputs


Experience in dryland agriculture, soil and water conservation and rangeland management.

Experience working with research institutions, including CGIAR institutions and relevant national agriculture and livestock institutions.

Experience working in integrated, multi-sectoral programmes; A specialization in livestock production and animal health; and experience or knowledge of issues facing pastoralists.

Experience in livelihoods analysis, field surveys, use of PRA tools, and GIS / mapping software.

Ability to work in French

To apply:CVs should be submitted through our website at closing date: 15 July 2018

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.

Concern has a Programme Participant Protection Policy and an organisational Code of Conduct which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Your Personal Data

During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists

In certain circumstances, donors may request that personal data relating to employees to work on the activities that they fund be provided directly to them - so that they can perform their own counter terrorism checks. This may involve transferring some basic personal data outside the EEA. It will be a condition of your employment contract that Concern be allowed to share this information with institutional donors for these purposes.

For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

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Please only apply for this position if you are satisfied with the proposed processing of your personal data as outlined above.

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CVs should be submitted through our website at

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