Climate Change Adaptation Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 482
Date Posted:Jun 28, 2020
Closing Date:Jul 11, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture Engeenring
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:1 year(s)
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English



MAIL-CDRRP (Climate-Induced Disaster Risk Reduction Project)

Rural livelihoods in Afghanistan are threatened by the impacts of climate change, specifically those associated with climate-induced disasters. Total annual precipitation will decrease, with greater variety between seasons. This leads to increase in severity and frequency of climate-induced disasters such as flooding, drought, and landslides; resulting in loss of life, agriculture crops and livestock, and displacement of communities. Rural communities in Jawzjan and Nangarhar provinces have limited resources to invest in adaptation measures to reduce risks associated with these disasters.

The Adapting Afghan Communities to Climate-induced Disaster Risks project aims at promoting community-based and gender-sensitive adaptation to the impacts of climate change in the two provinces through implementation of activities under four complementary components: Firstly, the project will build capacities for decision-making on and implementation of gender-sensitive climate-induced disaster risk reduction measures. Secondly, community-based early warning systems will be established to improve monitoring and response to climate-induced disasters. The third component will introduce climate-resilient livelihood options within the target communities with focus on women, youth, and other marginalized groups; and construct climate-resilient habitats and shelters. Finally, the project will develop capacities of national and sub-national institutions to integrate climate change into development planning. The project is a joint intervention between MAIL and UNDP, and will be implemented by MAIL as part of the ministry’s Central Programme Office for Natural Resources Management (CPO-NRM). 

Job Summary:

The Climate Change Adaptation Specialist will provide expert advice and input to the project in general and the relevant component in particular, as well as adaptation in the context of project expertise to planning and implementation. Working on a day-to-day basis under the direction of the project manager and in coordination with the rest of the project teams at central and provincial levels. The Climate Change Specialist ensures regular coordination with project stakeholder.

The Climate Change Specialist will be expected to deliver the following:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Technical Definitions and Capacity Needs Assessment

  • Assess the existing coordination mechanisms among relevant ministries and agencies and all stakeholders, to inform an action plan to that seeks to enhance operational efficiencies and coordinated responses to climate change adaptation.
  • Assess the capacity of the targeted stakeholders to plan for, and respond to, climate change-induced disasters
  • Based on existing approaches, define objectives for capacity building activities (related to functional, technical and operational aspects) on Adaptation within targeted stakeholders.
  • Undertake a detailed assessment of the following to ensure that the proposed LDCF- funded expected results (outcomes) and interventions are complimentary to, and build from recommendations collected from inception or any consultation workshops.
  • Support the determination of additionality and cost-efficiency of adaptation measures namely: livelihoods interventions; and community early warning systems and/or other outputs that are identified during stakeholder consultations.
  • Support the estimation of the cost and benefits of adaptation options to be financed from LDCF resources under this project.
  • Conduct regular review all adaptation including livelihood projects identified and designed at the field level and make sure the projects are sustainable and determine the context to which climate change risks and opportunities are already taken into account and gaps that need to be filled.
  • Preparation of sustainability plan for climate change adaptation project (LDCF11)


Institutional Arrangements and Stakeholder Consultations

  • Facilitate and organize stakeholder meetings (including UNDP, NEPA, MRRD, MoEW, ANDMA, MOWA, AMD other UN agencies and MAIL, NGOs and communities governance structures) to ensure a participatory and gender-sensitive approach of the projects expected activities.
  • Support awareness raising for climate change adaptation and capacity building of key stakeholders throughout the project development phase through meetings and outreach materials;
  • Conduct outreach with regional actors in adaptation, DRR/DRM projects, including other GEF/LDCF funded projects to identify synergies and opportunities of collaboration in terms of the project outcomes including knowledge management. Lessons from other ongoing projects should also be captured to ensure the new initiative takes into account during the design and development phase.
  • Develop a draft work plan for the implementation phase of the project including clearly identified indicative activities and entities responsible for their implementation.
  • Conduct trainings to field staff in the area of climate change adaptation.
  • Build network with other regional LDCF projects implemented in neighboring countries
  • Strengthening Institutional capacity to integrate climate change into development framework
  • Conduct stock-taking of current and future climate risks to identify gender-sensitive adaptation objectives at the national level.
  • Identify appropriate adaptation options to address national adaptation risks – based on national and international lessons learned and best practices – for inclusion into national DRM strategies for MRRD, ANDMA and MAIL as well as the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework and the Afghanistan Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and the Citizen Charter.
  • Undertake sectoral cost-benefit analyses to determine efficient and sustainable gender-responsive adaptation options.
  • Conduct training workshops on integrating gender-specific climate change adaptation and gender-sensitive DRM considerations into provincial, district and community development planning processes for MAIL, MRRD and ANDMA as well as in CDC, DDA and PDP planning processes.
  • Support the formulation of gender-sensitive Provincial Climate Action Plans and Community Development Plans integrating climate change and DRM considerations.
  • Facilitate annual revisions of Provincial Development Plans – based on the Provincial Climate Action Plans – to mainstream climate change and adaptation measures into provincial-level development planning
  • Provide on-the-job training for policy- and decision-makers in relevant sectors to integrate climate change adaptation into medium- and long-term development planning
  • Establish unit within NEPA to promote regional knowledge sharing on successful approaches in adaptation planning and implementation.
  • Collate and synthesize results and information from this project and other national initiatives to detail lessons learned and best practices on climate change adaptation.
  • Exchange lessons learned and best practices with regional counterparts through the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process and other knowledge-sharing mechanisms.


Climate Resilience Livelihoods:

  • Make sure that the climate-resilient habitats are properly designed and disaster/emergency shelters that can serve multiple purposes before and during disasters (e.g. schools, clinics, emergency evacuation centers), taking into account the needs of different groups during disasters (e.g. men, women, children, the elderly, and patients).
  • Train provincial staff (both in Nangarhar and Jawzjan) on building climate-resilient habitats, emergency shelters and protective, small-scale rural infrastructure.
  • Make sure that for each livelihood projects proposed by project team a market assessment is undertaken to identify opportunities for high-value products that have a sustainable demand.
  • Promote climate-resilient agricultural techniques (e.g. drought- and salt-resistant varieties, greenhouse/tunnel farming, drip irrigation, post-harvest storage) based on the climate risks identified by the project team.
  • Promote alternative income-generating activities and value-addition activities to diversify livelihood options.


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Contribute to the identification of SMART indicators at the outcome level which will assist the Government and UNDP to track the measurable results of the project.
  • Assess the capacity of the relevant ministries involved regarding Monitoring and Evaluation systems with the aim of identifying opportunities to strengthen deficiencies that are identified in M&E. 

Job Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree with 5 years experience in Environmental Conservation, Natural Resources Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, or agriculture. Candidates are expected to have sound knowledge of contemporary issues related to Climate-induced Disaster Risk, change management, natural resource management and sustainable development.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

All interested candidates who meet the above mentioned qualifications, should apply online by sending their updated CV and Cover letter to

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (CDRRP-46  ) and position name in Subject while applying online. 

Please note that Applications after the deadline will not be considered.

Qualified Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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