Climate Change Science Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 February 2021

Job Description

1. Position Objective

Aga Khan Foundation AKF (Afg), jointly with University of Central Asia (UCA), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is implementing a project tittled: Improve participatory management and efficiency of rangelands and watersheds” in Afghanistan. The key outputs of this project are; 1) Improved knowledge on climate change impacts and adaptive capacity at the institutional, community and individual level; 2) Effective and holistic adaptation strategies to predicted climate change impact available for the Panj-Amu River Basin and are implemented in selected intervention areas, improving the participatory management of ecosystems and biodiversity, resulting in increased community and individual resilience, income generation and sustainable livelihoods, and reducing pressure to out-migrate from rural areas; 3) Rural community energy plans are available, small-scale energy generation infrastructure is rehabilitated and established, new renewable energy technology (solar and wind) is tested and adopted, its sustainable maintenance is institutionalized, resulting in more sustainable use of ecosystems, rural development, higher available household incomes and improved livelihoods, while increasing community resilience to climate change impact.

In the context of this project, AKF (Afg) needs a climate change science specialist to facilitate the technical decision making during the implementation of the climate change adaptation activities.

2. Job duties and responsibilities

Capacity building of AKF staff in understanding the concept of climate change.

· Train AKF field staff on the concept of climate change and its impact on natural resources and livelihoods.

· Review and improve the training manuals (material, methods, and tools) used by AKF to create awareness in the communities regarding the short, medium, and long-term impact of climate change on various sectors.

Technical Guidance

· Provide strategic advice on issues related to climate adaptation/resilience for inclusion in National Programme Framework.

· Contribute to the development and implementation of the climate change vulnerability assessment tool in the project area.

· Suggest cutting edge knowledge and technical innovations that can accelerate the uptake of adaptation and resilient solutions by communities in AKF (Afg) programme area.

· Identify strategic opportunities for AKF (Afg) in climate change and contribute to the development of concept notes and project proposals to achieve greater development impact.

· Lead in sharing the best practice, trends, knowledge, and lessons learned across various themes of AKF and with partners, articulating ideas, verbally and in writing.

· Serve as the international expert to assist the field managers in translating the results of the climate change vulnerability assessments and climate change models into the community driven climate change adaptation plans.

· Develop periodic technical reports for sharing with the donors, partners, and the line government departments.

· To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects AKF’s commitment to protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.


· Review and comment on the technical reports on climate change shared by the partners.

· Represent AKF(Afg) at national and international thematic forums.

· Assist AKF (Afg) in building new linkages with knowledge sources on climate change.


· Technical and programmatic correction

· Capacity building

· Linkage development


· Masters and or advanced degree in environmental science, environmental economics, natural sciences, climate change, environmental engineering, biodiversity conservation or related discipline.

· Strong familiarity with climate adaptation/resilience strategies, metrics, policy frameworks.

· At least 5 years of international working experience in climate change and climate change adaptation and research.

· Demonstrated ability to contribute to analytical work and development of technical reports.

· Previous management or strategic consulting experience highly desirable.

· Ability to review technical reports on climate change and convert the information into the work packages for climate change adaptation.


· Should have solid familiarity with climate science, including interpretation/analysis of output from climate models. Able to translate climate model results into material accessible to the layperson.

· Should have significant experience of engagement with development agencies, academic institutions, donor organizations and civil society organizations under the theme of climate change.

· Should have the strong understanding of environmental and climate policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

· Should be able to undertake cross-sectoral work, applying a climate resilience lens to various themes including Agriculture, food security, education, health, infrastructure, and economic inclusion.


Interested applicants should submit their application along with the cover letter to no later than 08th March 2021.

Important Notes:

· Please quote the Vacancy Number as the Subject of the e-mail when applying.

· No supporting documents (e.g. diplomas, recommendation letters, identification card(s) etc.) are required at this stage.

· Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal opportunity and safeguarding of children, beneficiaries, partners, community members and employees in accordance with AKF(Afg)’s safeguarding policy.

Your details and information shared on this advertisement shall remain confidential.

About the Organization

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.

The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities. At present, it is seeking exceptional individual to fill the position of Climate Change Science Specialist in Kabul office.

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