Senior Program Officer, Innovative Climate Finance Africa

Job description

VACANCY TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Innovative Climate Finance Africa

LOCATION: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Rotterdam, The Netherlands

INTENSITY: Full time 

ANTICIPATED START DATE: As soon as possible



The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyse action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. Adapting to impacts of climate change provides a “win-win” for health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth. The work of GCA elevates the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and facilitates solutions, such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats. GCA is a rapidly growing organization with offices in Abidjan, Beijing, Dhaka, Groningen, and Rotterdam.

GCA has an ambitious 2020-2025 business plan with three pillars:

Programs: GCA’s Programs include: Food Security; Using Nature for more resilient infrastructure; Water for Urban Growth and Resilience; Climate Finance; Youth Leadership

Knowledge: Building adaptation knowledge globally and in countries through cutting edge knowledge products such as the State and Trends in Adaptation Report; Data and Knowledge Platform

Advocacy and Awareness: Formulating policy messages to move adaptation agenda forward globally and in countries.

GCA’s work program in Africa is of paramount importance. All the components of GCA’s Business Plan must succeed to support changing the momentum and pace of adaptation in Africa. Guiding GCA’s program in Africa is the Africa-owned and Africa-led Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), co-created with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to implement the vision of the Africa Adaptation Initiative to support African countries on key adaptation initiatives.

The AAAP is contributing to closing Africa’s adaptation gap and supporting African countries to make a transformational shift in their development pathways by putting climate adaptation and resilience at the centre of their critical growth-oriented and inclusive policies, programs, and institutions. It is scaling up successful initiatives fundamental to African nations’ economic development, and prosperity for women and men. The four pillars of the AAAP are: Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security, the Africa Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator, Empowering Youth through Jobs and Entrepreneurship, and Innovative Financial Initiatives for Africa.

The Innovative Financial Initiative Pillar of the AAAP seeks to make climate risks more visible and actionable by promoting systemic change in fiscal and financial systems to integrate climate risk into decision-making. GCA’s State and Trends in Adaptation flagship reports illustrate that investment in adaptation delivers excellent value for money while providing broader societal and environmental benefits.

GCA is looking to scale up its support for countries through country offices, and collaboration with multilateral organizations, including multilateral development banks, climate funds, and GCA’s institutional partners. The role will involve an increasing emphasis on climate risk in financial systems but also climate finance as a cross-cutting agenda, supporting the work of GCA’s thematic and sectoral teams. Our partners include national governments, multilateral organizations, international initiatives, coalitions and networks, development finance institutions, private finance institutions, institutional investors, central banks, and international non-governmental organizations.



GCA seeks an experienced Senior Climate Finance Officer to help deliver the ambitious objective of mainstreaming adaptation and resilience into the financial systems of African countries, aiming to significantly increasing the level of finance flowing towards adaptation and resilience. This role will involve supporting the Climate Finance work of GCA in driving strategic direction, active external engagement, cross-theme coordination, and project implementation

Areas of responsibility

The responsibilities of the Senior Program Officer, Climate Finance Africa, include:

Develop a capacity building program, and with practical tools support governments (financial regulators and central banks) and private sector financial intermediaries (banks, investors’ community, private sector companies), in mainstreaming climate risks into policies and investment decision making

Support regional dialogues on African and South Asian financial and fiscal systems among key stakeholders. This would ensure exchange on best practices and experiences with implementing macroeconomic stress testing and scenario analysis, taxonomies, integrating TCFD recommendations and green budget tagging

Support the development of Climate Change Public Expenditure Reviews and implementation of methodologies for green budget tagging

Participate in the preliminary evaluation of project proposals to assess their feasibility for financial support and/or technical assistance by GCA. This involves the initial screening of projects, carrying out desk reviews, preparing preliminary evaluation notes for presentation to the Workstream Lead and the Regional Director for Africa

Participate in relevant missions with project partners to prepare project appraisal reports, including various financial and risk analysis, development outcome analysis, strategic alignment with GCA goals

Develop and review reports, presentations, and project briefs, among others, as well as support to overall outputs of the AAAP Pillars

· Support the preparation of knowledge products – e.g. policy briefs, news stories, reports – on GCA’s activities and the climate finance workstream, as well as capacity building activities

Support the day-to-day implementation of the climate finance workstream, including but not limited to the preparation of project concepts, procurement documents, contract management, planning tools, and progress monitoring and reporting.

Perform additional tasks as assigned.

Job requirements


A Masters or PhD in economics, finance, environmental and social sciences, climate policy or a related discipline

Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the fields of climate change, climate economics, sustainable finance, or a related area, with a focus on climate risk and green fiscal management in Africa

Significant experience working in a Multilateral Development Bank or international institutions/organization, with recognition in the field of sustainable finance is an asset

Experience of successfully delivering complex multi-stakeholder projects to time and within budget

Strong management skills to effectively coordinate projects, contracts, and implementation partners, as well as to provide rapid and strategic inputs, ensuring the achievement of technically robust and timely outputs

Ability to effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders at different technical and strategic levels – senior government officials and other authorities, representatives of multilateral development banks, implementation partners, and so on

Experience in developing practical tool, capacity building programs and publications in the fields of climate risk and sustainable financial systems in Africa

Experience in developing regional dialogues and high-profile events

Excellent presentation and communication skills

Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency in other languages is an asset.


With our global headquarters in Rotterdam on the world’s largest floating office, and regional offices around the globe, the GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will be contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. You will have the opportunity to draw upon the substantial expertise available at the GCA and its partner organizations across the world and you will be given an opportunity to support the shaping of international policies and global action on climate change, working at the highest governmental levels and collaborating with governments on all continents.

Subject to Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions, this staff post will be located either at GCA’s Africa Regional Office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast or in the Head Office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Apply for the position


Please apply at (click on link) by submitting your CV and cover letter in English before 31 January 2022, 5 pm CET. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start.

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