Global Climate Change Adaptation Specialist – World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Global Climate Change Adaptation Specialist for an anticipated large USAID funded Sustainable Landscapes and Adaptations Program in Central America. This project will support Central Americas transition to a low emissions, climate resilient development, through investments in reducing net emissions from forests and enhancing resiliency of people, places, and livelihoods to short and long-term climate impacts.
The Sustainable Landscapes and Adaptation Program will address both forest-related emissions and information for adaptation and for disaster risk reduction. Key program objectives include: 
Sustainable Landscapes
  • Facilitation of foundational investments to develop carbon credit marketing proposals, to provide financial and economic incentives for the conservation of tropical forest ecosystems.
  • Development/deployment of regional/country based integrated operations plans and mitigation measures that address climate change stressors and vulnerabilities.
  • Development of integrated and harmonized REDD+ strategies and protocols and MRV protocols/programs and other related agriculture forestry and other land use initiatives.
  • Meaningful and useful CC data is being generated by a variety of institutions and is being distributed to decision makers in government, private sector, communities and local stakeholders.
  • Distribution systems provide this data in a timely and user friendly manner.

In addition to working with the SICA/CCAD and other intergovernmental partners, the program seeks to enhance the capacities of Central American NGOs to be active partners with USAID. Successful programs will implement proactive transition support toward increasing responsibilities of Central American partner organizations.
  • Serve as Strategic Objective Manager for the Adaptation sub-award
  • Provide technical leadership and support for Adaptation-related activities
  • Oversee the management of sub-award contracts, activity execution and successful completion of all key objectives and specific deliverables
  • Oversee staff and consultants as pertinent
  • Develop and manage relationships with key partners to execute Adaptation-related activities effectively.
  • Advise and support CCAD and other key SICA institutions in the development and implementation of Adaptation-related activities
  • Provide advice to USAID in regional or international discussions of issues relation to Adaptation and related issues

  • At least 10 years of progressively more responsible international work experience is strongly preferred. 
  • A Masters level degree in an environmentally related subject area is required
  • Knowledge of Central American Climate Change Policies, Environmental Development and Management Issues is highly desirable
  • Experience assessing climate change impacts and designing projects that reduce those impacts desirable
  • Previous experience working in Central America, preferably in more than one country and at the regional level, desirable
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV (Fluency) English and Spanish level IV is required
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, writing, communication, presentation and training skills, sound project management experience, and experience working with government institutions, NGOs, private sector, and local communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing climate change impacts and designing projects that reduce those impacts

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