Job Opportunity: Policy Officer at The Global Resilience Partnership (Remote)

GRP is hiring a Policy Officer who will work as part of the GRP Secretariat.

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) is a diverse partnership of more than 60 organisations joining forces to build a resilient future where people and places most affected by shocks, uncertainty and change are able to thrive. GRP believes that resilience underpins sustainable development in an increasingly unpredictable world. By bringing together a broad range of actors from different organisations and sectors, GRP advances resilience through identifying and scaling innovation, sharing and generating knowledge, and shaping policy.

GRP is hiring a Policy Officer who will work as part of the GRP Secretariat. The GRP Secretariat is a small (14 FTE), diverse international team that convenes and catalyses actions by the Partners and implements specific activities on behalf of the Partnership. The Policy Officer will be part of a global nimble team that operates and collaborates virtually, but holds offices in Stockholm, Sweden and Cape Town, South Africa.

This role will suit someone with a passion for building strategic partnerships, increasing ambition and policy dialogues in support of enhanced policies, governance, and finance for adaptation to increase resilience of frontline communities. This position is best suited for someone who performs well in fast-paced environments, sees creative solutions instead of obstacles, and who enjoys creating order within complex tasks. The tasks that the Policy Officer will be responsible for will span across multiple projects/deliverables, so we are looking for someone who can pivot quickly and enjoys that type of pace and level of responsibility. Please review the main responsibilities below to ensure that the GRP Secretariat is the right fit for you and that we find the right fit in you.

Main responsibilities

I. Resilience Hub and Regional Resilience Engagements:

  • Help refine Regional Resilience Hub framework and mode of engagement based on the last two years of GRP’s experience as one of the managing partners of the Resilience Hub (at COP26 and COP27) via consultation with regional leads and managing partners;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regional partners; 
  • Help coordinate regional resilience hubs in a way that ensures the value of the process and provides meaningful entry points of integration into COP28;
  • Assist in developing novel ways of engagement to foster meaningful dialogue and to avoid (digital) exclusion; 
  • Support Head of Policy on overall COP28 engagement for GRP. 

II. Resilience Knowledge and Networks:

  • Support UNFCCC MPGCA Adaptation and Resilience stream of work, of which GRP is a co-host, including coordination of input into UNFCCC processes and coherence with other Adaptation frameworks and processes (e.g., Race to Resilience Campaign);
  • Support, engage and grow an active partnership under the Climate Resilient Network and broader resilience networks to ensure wider representation of partners from the Global South; 
  • Engage the resilience community between events to further enhance policy advocacy and ensure overall meaningful and inclusive engagement throughout the year; 
  • Help support contests aimed at youth, innovation, and locally-led action (such as Catalytic Grants, Knowledge in Use Awards, and similar);
  • Represent the GRP Secretariat in existing partnerships and networks such as Frontline Fund Accelerator, LLA CoP and others, especially as it relates to the policy and investments stream of work;
  • Help coordinate with or provide input to the GRP Knowledge and Innovation teams and the work under Resilience Knowledge Coalition, as relevant.

III. Operations and Logistics of Policy Convenings:

  • Help maintain accurate roadmap of policy engagements for GRP partnership, including coordination amid Secretariat teams and the wider GRP partnership for input and timely application for any EoI processes;
  • Lead on, or provide support to the organization of GRP-supported events (e.g., Community Based Adaptation, UNFCCC Regional Climate Weeks, etc.), including associated logistics and post-event follow up;
  • Mainstream information flows to the wider Climate Resilience Network that GRP hosts via regular calls, email updates, and/or webinars;
  • Work closely with the communication team to provide regular updates to GRP website pertaining to GRP policy work and ensure all external policy information is up to date;
  • Provide timely input into narrative and budgetary reporting.
  • Support Head of Policy on other tasks as they emerge.

Qualification requirements

  • University degree (Master-level) in the field of adaptation, environmental studies, sustainable development or similar;
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in the field of international development. Experience working with intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, and private sector preferred.
  • Experience of working in the Global South – especially in LDCs or SIDS – considered an asset.
  • Working experience with UNFCCC processes or regional resilience-oriented events/platforms considered an asset.
  • Strong understanding of resilience and adaption framework, such as UN SDGs, Paris Agreement, and other regional-to-global initiatives on resilience and adaptation, including LLA Principles.
  • Writing skills and proven experience in drafting different types of documents (reports, outcome documents, policy briefs, policy blogs, speaking points) in English.
  • Strong experience engaging and communicating with diverse sectors and stakeholders from executives and senior government officials through to grassroots community representatives.
  • Excellent organization and project management skills, with proven ability in prioritising workloads, meeting deadlines and timely delivery.
  • Adaptive, independent and works well as part of a multi-disciplinary, dispersed (virtual) and fast-paced team in a complex international environment.
  • Interest in and possesses an understanding of resilience and international development cooperation.
  • Excellent ability to express themselves in English, both orally and in writing. Additional languages (French and/or Spanish) are an asset.
  • Sound analytical and organisational skills.
  • Availability to travel internationally on occasion.

Management arrangement

  • Reports to the GRP Head of Policy
  • Is part of the GRP Policy team, working in close coordination with the entire Secretariat
  • Working remotely or based in South Africa

Terms of employment

This is a full-time position with a one-year individual contractor agreement that will be subject to renewal. Start date as soon as possible. GRP strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all. You will be part of a dynamic international team that is flexible, nimble and works collaboratively across country borders.

Salary range 48,000-52,000 USD per year, final salary will be determined based on level of experience.


For role-specific questions please contact Anastasia Brainich For any logistics questions please refer to Application section below. The deadline is 13 January 2023 but we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


Please submit your CV (2 pages max) and cover letter (1 page) via this form (the form is now closed). In your cover letter please describe what motivates to apply for this job and why you think you will be a good fit into the dynamics of the GRP Secretariat as well as a consideration for remote work modality of this position. 

We look forward to receiving your application.