Energy 4 Impact


5-7 years


18 June, 2024

Climate Change Advisor

Job description

Mercy Corps is seeking a Climate Change Advisor to support climate-focused interventions throughout Kenya. Mercy Corps, through a diversity of program interventions, seeks to address the challenges faced by pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities due to climate change.  This includes programs that test incentives for collective rangeland management, improving natural resource management practices, promoting good governance, strengthening livelihoods and supporting climate adaptation, among others. In addition to supporting specific programs to mainstream / incorporate appropriate climate-focused activities, the Climate cnage Advisor will also provide technical support to country-level strategies and interventions.

About the role

  • Develop, and drive forward, a strategic vision for Mercy Corps Kenya programming as relates to climate change interventions, with a particular focus on leading the application of Mercy Corps’ Kenya Climate Action Plan
  • Collaborate with relevant departments within Mercy Corps Kenya regarding the measurement, monitoring and analysis of key performance indicators and promote learning and program adaptation within the country team
  • Lead the planning, management and/or operationalisation of Mercy Corps’ strategic climate programming, including such initiatives as carbon monetisation, climate financing and others, as identified
  • Support the capacity development of team members through trainings, presentation and other mechanisms to promote improved knowledge of climate change approaches
  • Utilise climate modeling tools to highlight future climate scenarios and their impact on the target counties; support programs to adjust accordingly
  • Support new business developments that seek to attract increased climate adaptation resources, both locally and globally
  • Lead the development of relevant communication and thought-leadership materials, such as technical reports, briefing notes, vision documents and others, as relevant, to promote Mercy Corps leadership in climate programming
  • Remain abreast of relevant county-, national- and international trends, events, approaches and opportunities and ensure this knowledge is incorporated into the country program. 
  • Serve as technical advisor and play critical role in bridging the gap between technical knowledge and on-the-ground actions for sustainable, climate-resilient outcomes across all programs
  • Participate in climate vulnerability assessments to identify specific climate risks and impacts in the target counties
  • Collaborate with local communities, government stakeholders and other actors to understand perspectives, needs and priorities related to climate adaptation
  • Lead the integration of resilience design and other climate adaptation approaches into all Mercy Corps programming; support the scaling up of successful models, incentives and approaches
  • Advise on the potential viability, impact and expected outcomes of proposed interventions and support adaptation based on experiences and evidence
  • Provide capacity building support, based on identified needs, to program stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Support program teams to remain compliant with donor-, national- and Mercy Corps environmental regulations and expectations.
  • Actively learns about safeguarding and integrates it into their work, including safeguarding risks and mitigations related to their area of work.
  • Practices the values of Mercy Corps including respecting the dignity and well-being of participants and fellow team members.
  • Encourages openness and communication in their team; encourages team members to submit reports if they have any concerns using reporting mechanisms e.g., Integrity Hotline and other options.
  • Represent Mercy Corps in all relevant forums and engagements, both internal and external, in regard to climate change initiatives and approaches
  • Manage relationships with government and non-government stakeholders
  • Support advocacy efforts engaging government agencies regarding the adoption of policies and legislation in support of climate adaptation approaches, especially in support of county- and/or community-identified priorities
  • Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organisations and institutions
  • Facilitate coordination with national- and country-level government agencies to ensure collaboration, engagement and information-sharing of relevant program activities.

About you

  • Bachelors degree in agricultural systems, environmental sciences, natural resources management, or climate resilience program; Masters degree beneficial
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant technical experience in climate-adaptation or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies and interventions
  • Previous work experience within the dryland areas of Kenya required
  • Strong communication skills, including the proven ability to engage with / facilitate discussions with diverse stakeholders
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment, including with a diverse group of national and international staff
  • In-depth understanding of climate-related policies at the local and national levels necessary
  • Experience advocating for the adoption of climate-resilient policies, including influencing of decision-makers and key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) required
  • Persuasive written and oral communication in English and Swahili required, competency in another relevant local language beneficial