Climate Change Advisers, Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 18 December 2019
  • Australia
  • Closing on 16 February 2020

Job Description

Project Overview

Australia is supporting Pacific governments, businesses and communities to strengthen climate change and disaster resilience. At the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum, Australia pledged to spend $500 million over five years to strengthen resilience in the Pacific from 2020. This builds on the commitment to spend $300 million over four years from 2016. Our support includes dedicated aid investments aimed at strengthening resilience, as well as a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into all areas of the aid program in the Pacific.

The Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (the Climate Partnership) is a $75 million investment over four years (2018-2024), funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It aims to increase the effectiveness of Australia’s support for climate change action and disaster resilience in the Pacific and has three key objectives:

  • Australian aid investments in the Pacific are climate change and disaster risk informed;
  • Australian supported climate change information is relevant and influential;
  • Australia is valued as a partner in climate change action in the Pacific.

The Climate Partnership Support Unit plays a key role in meeting the Program’s objectives. It has a staff of technical experts based in Canberra and the Pacific who work with DFAT aid investment program managers to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), broker knowledge between Climate Partnership components, Pacific partners and other actors, and undertake Program-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning. The Support Unit also manages an Expert Panel to provide specialist skills in priority sectors.

Purpose of the Positions:
The Climate Partnership Support Unit is hiring two Climate Change Advisers to join the project team. Reporting to the Team Leader, these advisers will engage, support, and provide technical advice to DFAT program managers in Canberra and at Posts, their respective implementation partners and Pacific stakeholders, to integrate climate and disaster resilience and low carbon development through DFAT aid investment programs in the Pacific. One of these two positions will also serve as the Deputy Team Leader of the Support Unit and will be required to obtain a Security Clearance.

Applicants may apply for one or both roles but must specify this in their cover letter.
Climate Change Adviser and Deputy Team Leader

The Climate Change Adviser and Deputy Team Leader will work with DFAT program managers and their implementation partners in the Pacific, providing advisory services to support integration of climate and disaster resilience in aid investment programming and implementation. They will also have a specific set of roles, working with DFAT staff in Canberra to provide technical support for briefings, and with AidWorks managers and other program areas of the Department to undertake stocktakes of climate change expenditure, manage data capture and reporting on the climate change elements of DFAT investments, identifying and tracking climate finance allocations.

The Climate Change Adviser and Deputy Team Leader will also oversee the Support Unit’s support for DFAT’s communications and public diplomacy in Canberra and at Posts, to demonstrate good practice and communicate Australia’s Pacific climate action to broader audiences.

Climate Change Adviser

The Climate Change Adviser and Deputy Team Leader will work with DFAT program managers and their implementation partners in the Pacific, providing advisory services to support integration of climate and disaster resilience in aid investment programming and implementation. They will also have a specific set of roles, coordinating across the Climate Partnership to achieve synergies and collaboration on climate and disaster resilience. They will work closely with the Support Unit Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to assess the quality of integration and outcomes for resilience across aid investment portfolios (e.g. in program and investment outcomes, budgets, risk management, monitoring, reporting and learning frameworks, and aid quality reporting).

The Climate Change Adviser will also work closely with the Support Unit gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) adviser to ensure that Australian climate change and DRR aid investments promote equity and are inclusive.
About you:

Climate Change Adviser and Deputy Team Leader:

  • You will have experience in providing advisory services, coaching and mentoring to effect behaviour change among diverse stakeholders in government, civil society and the private sector, in a complex operating environment.
  • You will have contemporary knowledge of climate change in the Pacific and a strong understanding of international developments in climate change and disaster risk reduction and climate finance, with experience integrating approaches across sectors.
  • You will have experience with and an understanding of the Australian aid program and practice specifically relating to climate.

To view the full Terms of Reference for the Climate Change Adviser and Deputy Team Leader position, please click here.

Climate Change Adviser

  • You will have experience in providing advisory services, coaching and mentoring to effect behaviour change among diverse stakeholders in government, civil society and the private sector, in a complex operating environment.
  • You will have contemporary knowledge of climate change in the Pacific and a strong understanding of international developments in climate change and disaster risk reduction and climate finance, with experience integrating approaches across sectors.
  • You will have experience as an adviser in climate change resilience and low carbon growth in the Pacific regional, and experience in an international development context is desirable.

To view the full Terms of Reference for the Climate Change Adviser position, please click here.

For either role, interested applicants must submit a CV (maximum 3 pages), and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), specifying which of the positions they are applying for (or both), and addressing their suitability for the role, in specific reference to the selection requirements listed in the relevant terms of reference.

Both nationals and internationals are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have the right to work in Australia. These positions may come in contact with children and applicants will be screened for their suitability to work with children. For more information, please contact Rachel.richardson@thepalladiumgroup.com

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