Climate Resilience Lead – Southern Africa

People in Need Zambia

Climate Resilience Lead – Southern Africa

Duty station: Lusaka, Zambia. Alternatively, Luanda (Angola) might be considered

Contract:  Zambia employment contract for one year with the possibility of extension;

Nationals from Southern African countries are encouraged to apply.

Travel requirement: at least 30% to other PIN country programmes or for networking events

Position Summary

PIN has been working with climate change-vulnerable populations for many years, supporting local actors to improve their resilience to climate change.

Our aim under Climate resilience programming is to enhance the resilience of the people vulnerable to a changing climate and environmental degradation by trying to harness solutions that are in line with green growth and circular economy principles, and that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequester/stock carbon. The CR Lead will lead/ support the growth of PIN’s portfolio of programmes in Zambia and Angola, working with Country program teams in both countries.

Our climate resilience portfolio in the region may include Food and livelihood system, Conservation livelihoods and sustainable landscape management, Energy solutions, Green jobs and Circular economy and Disaster Risk Management and Early Warning system. Along with Climate Resilience, PIN has another two core pillars of work: Emergency Response & Recovery, and Civil Society & Inclusive Governance.

The main mandate of the Climate Resilience Lead is to develop PIN programing, network and position in the Climate resilience sector in Zambia and Angola. It involves developing partnership with potential partners (including local civil society, private and public sector partners), donors and private sector, developing project proposals, contributing to prepare materials for communication and networking, as well as ensuring appropriate coordination with key partners and donors, and representation of PIN in relevant regional and national platforms, networks and with key donors.

The post holder ensures program work is deployed within the standards of the profession, the highest program quality, best practice, and evidence-based thinking, maximizing lessons as part of continuous learning to improve program quality and impact.

Adhoc support to DRC and Ethiopia PIN Country program is possible.

Reporting Relations & Interdependencies with Other Functions

The Climate Resilience Lead’s line manager is the Climate Resilience Strategy Lead, based in Prague. The CR Lead quarterly reports to Climate Resilience Strategy Lead, Deputy Regional Director and Country directors of Zambia and Angola on the predefined performance tasks. The CR Lead reports to Country Director (CD) Zambia or Angola for contractual-related administrative issues, coordination & in-country teamwork, security and safety. In addition, all the representational, positioning, and networking tasks in this JD need to be coordinated and agreed on with related Country Director.

The CR Lead does not have line management responsibilities.

S/he cooperates closely with CDs and Head of Programmes (HoPs) in the region, with the regional structure in the PIN HQ, with relevant PIN’s Knowledge and Learning Department (KLD) advisors, especially advisors under the Climate Resilience pillar, as well as with the MEAL unit and the Institutional Fundraising Unit.

Duties & Responsibilities

Fundraising and business development

  • Leads the fundraising development related to Climate Resilience and supports country teams in strategic relationship building for future funding opportunities;
  • Develop project ideas, concept notes and capability statements to be presented to donors and partners in line with Country program strategies, Climate resilience global expertise and in cooperation with Head of Programmes and regional structure e.g Regional Programme Advisor
  • Continuously follows up on donor priorities, develop outreach strategy and identifies possible new funding streams relevant for both countries
  • Contribute to the coordination or development of proposals/ concept notes and budget, according to the given and agreed Proposal development plan and tasks);
  • Coordinates/leads development of feasibility studies, and other assessments related to new concepts and projects
  • Ensure project proposals are developed based of best practices and internal knowledge and compliance with the mission, regional and overall RDD strategies and priorities;
  • Review project proposals to ensure they meet PIN’s internal standards and donor requirements – in particular with regards to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Do No Harm and Conflict Sensitivity, Accountability to Affected Populations, the Environment, and other cross cutting themes

Coordination, Representation & Networking 

  • Develops and maintains good and active network with relevant actors, potential partners, local CSOs, private sector and experts in both countries in relation to climate resilience programming
  • Maps relevant actions and programmes in both countries and in the sub-region and identify PIN potential involvement and/or partnership development
  • Maps strategic regional and national networks and platforms where PIN participation is relevant and feasible,
  • Undertake external representation, advocacy and influencing at key regional and national platforms and networks (as identified/relevant and as agreed on with Country management team and CR Strategy Lead)
  • Ensures regular coordination and communication with key donors in close coordination with Country management team
  • Represents PIN in relevant committees, community of practices, task forces and consultative initiatives.

Program Quality

  • Collaborate with Climate Resilience team and Countries management in analyzing current projects, identify their strengths and weaknesses and strategical scale ups and duplications
  • Work with the Country programme teams to understand the national government’s priorities on the CR area and find the space for PIN’s interventions.
  • Compile and use existing evidence related to climate resilience programming and its integration in project design, contribute to developing new ones if/when necessary
  • Keep updated on trends, innovations and new programming options related to Climate resilience in the region
  • Identify and develop project ideas relevant for the carbon market to attract potential partners and/or investors

Miscellaneous

  • Contribute to build capacities of the Country Program team and local partners on Climate resilient programming
  • Cooperates with PIN Media department on development of communication tools, materials and content for public dissemination and positioning;
  • Perform other tasks as requested by line managers.

Requirements

  • A university degree (with the highest degree) in a relevant field (e.g: environmental studies, climate change or similar)
  • At least 5-8 years of professional experience in a relevant field in Climate resilience programming
  • International working experience of minimum 2 years in relevant field
  • Strong professional networking and positioning skills with proven experience in synthesizing and organizing diverse stakeholders’ interest up to the highest governmental and multilateral levels
  • Donor knowledge and resource mobilization experience in climate resilience-related projects
  • Proven track record of successful project/programme proposal writing in the field of climate resilience
  • Knowledge of climate change related agenda and problematics
  • Experience in DRR, EWS and AA would be an asset
  • Understanding of Southern Africa panorama on climate resilience issues such as needs, challenges, priorities and trends
  • Proven experience in engaging with the private sector and governments
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Knowledge of Portuguese language/experience or contacts in Angola would be an asset

PIN Offers

  • Working environment in a well-established middle-sized and continuously growing humanitarian organization working in a challenging contexts;
  • Zambia employment contract for one year with the possibility of extension;
  • 24 days of annual leave per year;
  • Contributions of Health Insurance (Nhima) as by Law;
  • National pension scheme contributions as by law;
  • Paternity leave of 5 days and maternity leave of 14 weeks;
  • Salary and benefits according to PIN salary scale and HR policies (more details will be shared with shortlisted candidates);
  • Accident insurance for all injuries during work time in Zambia, travel health insurance when traveling to other countries (Angola and potentially other countries in the region);
  • Per diem for working and sleeping outside of duty station depending on the location;
  • Month contribution for phone tariffs;
  •  Reimbursement of travel expenses, costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure if needed, free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online when travelling to other countries;
  • Breastfeeding breaks for nursing colleagues, lunch break with meals; available at the office (Mongu Office), 2 health breaks twice per day;
  • Access to PIN e-learning sites, global PIN’s Induction Training, PIN Learning Hub, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities; incl. HEAT training (if relevant).

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: www.peopleinneed.net/key-policies-4142gp ). People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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