Global Climate Change & Livelihoods Advisor (f/m/d)

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Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V., International Assistance (JIA), is looking for a

Global Climate Change & Livelihoods Advisor (f/m/d)

Two Year Contract (with possible extension)

Location: Onboarding in HQ (Berlin) afterwards flexible in a country office

Organisation Description: Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. is a German Christian non-governmental organisation, dedicated to excellence in the field of first aid, ambulance service, social service programmes and other projects in the medical and social field. Johanniter International Assistance (JIA) is the operational unit for humanitarian aid. The Federal Headquarters (HQ) is based in Berlin, Germany. Our Global Strategy 2027 focuses on three key working areas: emergencies, health and livelihoods implementing and supporting projects with a specific focus on climate change and gender equality worldwide. ( Our commitment to a partnership approach and localisation agenda is based on mutual learning, respect and trust. We prioritise accountability, inclusivity and safeguarding in our work.

Overall Job Purpose

The Johanniter International Assistance (JIA) Global Strategy 2027 focuses on three key working areas: emergencies, health and livelihoods. Empowering communities to overcome challenges that could put livelihoods in jeopardy is a core component of JIA’s work. Our understanding of livelihoods is based on a holistic approach in which several factors interact: goods or capital that people need, the means by which people earn a living, the context, and any factors that strengthen resilience to moments of stress and crisis. Climate Change is a core topic for all JIA programmes and projects in the coming years.

In a Nutshell

You will:

  • Together with the country offices, work on the further development of the JIA livelihoods approach as well as on the development of a strategy to integrate climate resilience into programming for all strategic programme objectives.
  • Further develop the JIA Climate Change and Livelihoods approach and support all country- and regional offices and partner organisations in implementing climate change as a core topic into all their programmes.
  • Interact closely with the global PMEAL advisor to set-up internal guidelines for climate sensitive programming and the global Public Health advisor to include climate change as a core topic in all projects and programmes.
  • Report to the Head of Strategy & Learning

What you will do:

Strategy and Vision

  • Actively support the values of Johanniter and shape the work within JIA accordingly
  • Together with the Strategy & Learning team and related colleagues in the country offices, further develop and implement the JIA Livelihoods and Climate Change Approach
  • Contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the JIA Global Strategy
  • Conduct trainings and orientation for all country- and regional offices to ensure capacity strengthening, knowledge dissemination and streamlining best practices
  • Support the development of livelihoods components in proposals, including supporting assessments, programme- or project design and technical writing in close cooperation with country offices and HQ
  • Create and coordinate a JIA internal network of livelihoods specialists to foster horizontal exchange and organisational learning

Livelihood Approach

  • Support and advise HQ, country- and regional offices and partner organisations in developing and implementing a streamlined livelihoods approach
  • Support country- and regional offices in analysing information and formulating effective livelihoods strategies, integrating best practices and innovation

Climate Sensitive Programming

  • Develop and coordinate the integration of climate resilience into programming together with the country- and regional offices in line with the JIA Global Strategy
  • Integrate climate change into programme- and project development to ensure climate risks are considered and activities are adapted to address these risks, as well as to ensure that activities do no harm or exacerbate vulnerabilities of communities
  • Contribute to partner capacity strengthening regarding climate sensitive programming

Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Lead the design of best practice studies regarding the JIA livelihoods approach and climate sensitive programming, organize internal learning meetings and support the creation of visibility material
  • Contribute to the establishment of a knowledge base regarding livelihoods and climate change to support an effective implementation of projects and programmes in these areas
  • Ensure coherence and collaboration within the Strategy & Learning team to foster integrated programming

Networking and Communication

  • Facilitate participation and develop good working relationships in relevant national and international working groups and networks on livelihoods and climate change
  • Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends, standards, methods and concepts in the field of livelihoods and climate change to identify areas of collaboration within JIA mandate and existing capacity

Interface with other units

  • Work closely with other HQ support teams, e.g. Accountability and Compliance, and Programme Funding Unit, to ensure the achievement of the organisational objectives of the JIA International Strategy
  • Develop livelihoods related technical guidelines and tools to facilitate sound implementation

What you bring:

  • Relevant degree, e.g. agricultural sciences, forestry, horticulture or environmental studies or relevant degree with a proven track record in livelihoods and climate sensitive programming
  • 5 years’ experience as technical expert on specific development cooperation/humanitarian aid livelihoods and climate change programmes
  • Excellent writing skills for drafting guidelines, research papers, technical briefs; experience in proposal writing for multiple donors
  • Experience in facilitating workshops & trainings
  • Experience in designing and facilitating participative process with diverse groups
  • Willingness for frequent travels
  • Ability to assess complex strategic challenges and develop approaches to solutions
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work independently and in a team
  • Experience in working in intercultural, complex contexts, dealing with ambiguity and tolerance
  • Assertiveness and persuasiveness
  • High ability to work under pressure
  • Strong networker: ability to explain and share knowledge with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Good sense of humour
  • Fluent in English; French/Spanish an advantage
  • High degree of computer literacy

What we offer:

Remuneration: Competitive attractive salary (Johanniter AVR DWBO Annex Johanniter internal tariff)

Benefits: 13th cheque, social security, medical insurance; 30 days annual leave from 2023; flexible working hours, friendly, appreciative working atmosphere

How to apply

If this what you are looking for, please submit your application via [email protected] (cover letter, CV, reference contacts of 3 former supervisors, job certificates if available), stating your earliest start date and Please indicate “Global Climate Change & Livelihoods Advisor” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Deadline for applications: 1st of December 2022

Interviews planned for: 12th-16th of December 2022

Please note that this position is unaccompanied.

Johanniter is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, irrespective of cultural, religious, social background, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Please note Johanniter requires background checks (incl. criminal record and reference checks) to protect the vulnerable and prevent abuse.

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