Technical Advisor Climate Change Adaptation (70%) and Communication (30%)

Reports to: Programme Manager CSP (AV) and component manager adaptation

  1. Background

The Climate Change Support Programme (CSP) is designed to assist the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in further developing and implementing the National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP). In this regard the key objectives of the programme include:

  • Creating the conditions needed to systematically mainstream climate-relevant measures in sectoral policies, strategies and plans.
  • Supporting the development of implementation plans for adaptation and mitigation in key sectors.
  • To further create the underlying conditions needed to implement flagship programmes within the national climate policy and supporting the implementation of strategic mitigation actions.
  • Operationalising the national MRV system and using the outcomes for national and international reporting activities and requirements.

In line with the above, the Climate Support Programme is supporting DEA in the following thematic areas: Adaptation, Mitigation, Flagships, M&E/MRV, and Governance and Policy Support.

The focus of the position will lie within the adaptation component of CSP (70%). In addition to this, the Advisor will be expected to devote time to the topic of communication (30%). Currently, the CSP is in its third phase of support to DEA. This phase is due to end in March 2020.

DEA is currently in the process of supporting the implementation of the NCCRP vision of a transition to a lower carbon economy and climate resilient society. The work currently underway aims to support the development of key steps towards this transition.

Implementation of these activities requires further support activities such as information gathering and analysis; stakeholder engagement and consultations; networking and communication; steering support and advisory services; knowledge management and project evaluation.

  1. Responsibilities

The advisor climate change adaptation is responsible for

  • support to the management of the adaptation component within CSP
  • support to junior staff within the adaptation component
  • strategic and technical advice on the conceptualization, development and implementation of  adaptation policies to national, provincial and municipal government and other stakeholders
  • advising on and managing procurement processes, contract management and tracking project budgets
  • steering and following up work carried out by consultants; quality management of deliverables
  • support to the planning, implementing and monitoring of activities within the component
  • support in ensuring consistence of CSP activities on adaptation and global projects activities in this area
  • other tasks as may be required

On the topic of communication, the advisor is responsible for

  • Advising DEA on topics around communication, advocacy and media outreach, such as journalist training
  • Support DEA in coordinating stakeholder outreach roadshows and workshops
  • Conceptualize and write newsletter contributions for internal GIZ newsletters and external publications, including articles for the staff newspaper
  • Keep factsheets up to date, adapt to new format if necessary
  • Keep CSP project presentation up to date, adapt design if necessary, create new content if needed
  • Develop other communication material in line with arising needs from the team
  • Coordinate the services around proof reading and editing of documents, reports, etc.
  • Manage CSP picture database
  • other tasks as may be required

The professional advisor performs the following tasks:

  1. Tasks
  1. Advising the partner institution(s) on Adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change

The advisor

  • supports and advises DEA in internal reflections about the development of adaptation programmes including adaptation financing strategies;
  • provides technical advice to DEA and other partners on the development and implementation of national and sub-national strategies, and other scientific and developmental adaptation related topics
  • supports the design of a Climate Change legal options document in the area of adaptation
  • provides structured feed-back to DEA on needs and barriers for adaptation implementation
  • supports stakeholder processes on adaptation, e.g. by networking with stakeholders, designing, organizing, facilitating and providing input to workshops, or other relevant activities
  • responsibility to conceptualize new projects with DEA and it’s the partners in the fields of adaptation, including ecosystem-based adaptation, including preparation of full set of tender documents in line with GIZ’s rules and regulations
  • supporting DEA with adaptation monitoring and evaluation in cooperation with CSP’s M&E team as well as DEA’s climate change M&E directorate
  • Conducts scientific desktop research on adaptation related topics including water, biodiversity, climate smart agriculture, extreme weather events, climate modelling, climate vulnerability, international best practice and the implementation of international frameworks and agreements.
  1. Networking and cooperation

The advisor

  • supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners of different spheres of government, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project/programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project/programme
  • cooperates with technical advisors from the Green Economy project as well as global projects working on adaptation
  1. Knowledge management

The advisor

  • ensures knowledge transfer to project/programme information
  • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
  • draws up reports and presentation documents
  • supports the budget development and planning for the adaptation component of CSP
  • prepares appropriate input for various project/programme reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office
  • assists with research activities and studies on political issues which benefit joint programmes
  • Contributes to CSP monitoring
  1. Coordination and management tasks

The advisor

  • Contributes to general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
  • Prepares terms of reference and other documents, such as budget, assessment grids, etc. for relevant tenders, evaluates proposals and coordinates work of consultants
  • Coordinates relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the programme and component manager and in cooperation with the partners, both with regards to implementation and preparing organisational aspects
  • compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
  1. Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • Honours Degree (Masters/MSc would be an added advantage) in an area that is related to the project/programme objectives, with a focus on a relevant field, such as geographical sciences, agricultural sciences, forestry, or environmental management with a focus on climate change, particularly adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change

Professional experience

  • at least 4 years’ professional experience in a comparable position, preferably having work experience in cooperating with either national, provincial or local government in South Africa
  • extensive knowledge of the climate change policy landscape in South Africa and internationally
  • experience in communication issues and a demonstrated willingness to enhance knowledge on advocacy, outreach and communication


Other knowledge, additional competences

  • very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • fluent written and oral knowledge of English
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • organisational and project management skills
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • a good team player with interpersonal and collaboration skills