Outreach and Partnership Engagement Officer for the Climate Champions Team

This is a consultancy based position that is recruited as a secondment from Global Resilience Partnership into the Race to Resilience Climate Champions Team from June/July 2022 to April 2023. Apply by 19 June 2022.

GRP Value addition: Convening diverse voices

This is a consultancy based, full time position that is split between support to Climate Champions Team on story-telling/narrative building (3 days/week) and providing support to the Resilience Hub at COP27 on Race to Resilience partnership engagement (2 days/week).

The Climate Champions Team

The Climate Champions Team provides support to the UNFCCC High Level Climate Champions to deliver on the mandate from Parties: to drive climate action and enhance ambition by non-state actors. Working with the Marrakech Partnership and other partners, the team mobilise businesses, investors, cities, regions and civil society and act as a bridge between non-state actors and national governments to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. At COP26, the two serving High Level Climate Champions launched a five year plan to deliver on the mandate from Parties. It sets out objectives and details of the tools employed to achieve them, across six key functions for the work of the Climate Champions Team for the period 2021 – 2025.

This global team supports the major campaigns: Race to Zero (R2Z), Race to Resilience (R2R), Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), as well as sector-focused systems transformation using the Climate Action Pathways, and 2030 Breakthroughs. Alongside this, the team is continuing to strengthen the accountability mechanisms of the campaigns and to assess the overall state of systems transformation as we prepare to support the global stocktake.

COP27 offers a unique moment to drive transformational change, scaling action for climate-vulnerable communities, and mobilising finance to developing and emerging economies, to move from ambition to implementation and halve global emissions and protect four billion people from climate impacts by 2030.

The Outreach and Partnership Engagement Officer will work alongside the sector leads to identify and integrate their contribution to climate resilience as well as engaging with key partners to enhance resilience strategies along their work. It is a role that provides an opportunity to work at what is arguably the most pressing challenge in the world today, and it will suit you if you are mission driven and thrive in fast-paced, ever-evolving and diverse teams.

About GRP

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) is a diverse partnership of more than 60 organisations joining forces to build a resilient future where vulnerable people and places are able to thrive in the face of shocks, uncertainty and change. 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 creates a platform for sharing best practices and promoting learning from each other.

Overview of the role

As the climate community readies itself for COP27 for what is being described as an ‘all of Africa COP’, we are recruiting a talented Outreach and Partnership Engagement Officer from the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region to help deliver high impact outputs, which will shape the narrative this year and showcase implementation of adaptation and resilience solutions on the ground.

The successful applicant will help gather and digest stories on actions and solutions from Race to Resilience (R2R) partners and from these help create compelling content that highlights action on the ground. In complementary fashion, you will build on your engagement with Race to Resilience Partners to coordinate their input into and collaboration with COP27 Resilience Hub, including highlighting resilience stories as part of drumbeat leading up to COP27.

As part of the main tasks for Climate Champions team, you will:

  1. In coordination with Race to Resilience team manager, engage with R2R partners; understand their current commitments and actions on adaptation and resilience and help capture that in compelling and easy-to-digest formats to inform and strengthen efforts to accelerate climate action;
  2. Identify opportunities for closer engagement with partners from the Global South and ways to capture their action on the ground;
  3. Work with the strategic communications team to identify different engaging formats to capture and present solution-oriented stories on resilience and adaptation;
  4. Ensure that key solution stories are inputted and captured by the overall strategic communications dissemination efforts.

As part of the main tasks for Resilience Hub, you will:

  1. Engage with Race to Resilience partners and broader community to determine, discuss and coordinate their engagement into Resilience Hub;
  2. Coordinate Race to Resilience partners’ input into Regional Resilience Hubs, including supporting on event follow through;
  3. Work closely with the strategic communications team across two team (Climate Champions and Resilience Hub) to identify opportunities on work being done around stories from the frontline, as part of overall effort of building solution-oriented narrative and drumbeat to COP27;
  4. Coordinate the overlapping work streams between Climate Champions team and Resilience Hub (especially as it relates to partnership engagements and communication);
  5. Update Climate Champions Team on progress regarding the Resilience Hub and vice versa;
  6. Support the Resilience Hub programming lead with overall Resilience Hub programme work as needed 

As this is a dynamic task, the responsibilities are not set in stone. Rather, we expect the post holder to be adaptable and help develop the function in line with the changing requirements.

About you

You will be a highly motivated self-starter – based in the MENA region – willing to work across different time zones and cultures in a high-profile, fast-paced and exciting environment.

The following requirements are essential:

  • You are very skilled and experienced in building coalitions and fostering collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders, including senior government officials, the private sector and civil society actors.
  • Experience in a partnership engagement and/or communication role, preferably at an environmental or sustainable development nonprofit or another mission-based organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills including experience in producing high quality materials
  • Deep subject matter expertise in climate change/ sustainability / adaptation and resilience issues which you can draw upon to produce well-informed content
  • Experience in or with UN processes considered an asset;
  • Excellent engagement and networking skills including stakeholder engagement to source, digest and capture high impact solutions from the ground into compelling, easy-to-digest narrative
  • Excellent team, process and project management skills, with ability to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines, and bring out the best in a diverse team across a broad range of global geographies and time zones
  • Ability to pursue long-term objectives by translating them into short-term goals
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Arabic (or another language) considered an asset.
  • Based in MENA region

Starting as soon as possible and end date April 2023.
Competitive remuneration in line with industry standard and dependent on level of experience.

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