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Program Manager



The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network is a multi-funder initiative aimed at enhancing national adaptation planning processes in developing countries. The Program Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the NAP Global Network Secretariat, which is based at IISD.

Roles would include: 

  • Planning, reporting on, and monitoring the Network Secretariat’s program of work, including managing the contributions of multiple staff members and contractors 
  • Supporting the Network’s governance structures, including coordinating a Management Team consisting of multiple funder representatives, and supporting a Steering Committee consisting of developing country and donor representatives
  • Supporting ongoing engagement with and outreach to a wide range of stakeholders involved in the Network, including policy makers, donor representatives, researchers, and civil society representatives
  • Organizing and co-facilitating frequent international workshops in developing countries
  • Following key news and issues related to national adaptation planning and helping to identify priority substantive areas of work for the Secretariat

As a member of IISD’s Resilience Team, the candidate would also contribute to the broader portfolio of IISD’s work on climate adaptation as appropriate.

Skills and Attributes 

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant social or natural sciences
  • At least three years of relevant work experience related to international development project management. Experience specifically related to the field of climate change adaptation would be an asset.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and ability to work (read, write, speak) in French or Spanish or both
  • Work experience in developing countries
  • Ability to travel overseas on a regular basis

The Candidate should have the following set of skills: 

  • Solid understanding of development policy processes, particularly in developing countries
  • Demonstrated organizational planning skills, including ability to coordinate meetings and events
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Computer literacy – Microsoft Office applications, knowledge of database packages, and experience in handling of web based communications and management systems.
  • Ability to design, fundraise for and implement policy-oriented research projects, from start to finish – including knowledge of donor relations and management of external donor funding.
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work in an international research team and independently
  • Flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature
  • Results-focused, ability to work under tight deadlines, prioritise tasks, and work quickly and accurately
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation / climate risk management considered an asset.

Application procedure

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We welcome all candidates; however, we may only consider those already eligible to work in Switzerland. Please note that the successful candidate should be available to start work by May 3rd, 2017.IISD is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or disability.