Senior Consultant - Environmental, Climate Change

Short Job Description: 

Our client is looking for a Senior Consultant who will take a lead role in developing climate change adaptation projects within the company portfolio. Please include a motivational note explaining the reasons for your application and why the opportunity has sparked your interest. 

Where will the person be located? (Town/Suburb/Remote): 
Southern Suburbs, office and remote
Select which one of these best describes the role: 
Full time - with flexibility
Main area of expertise required: 
Environmental Engineer
Environment & Ecology
Required Qualification: 
Masters or PhD in one or more of the following disciplines: ecology, agriculture, climatology, botany, zoology, geography, environmental science, development studies, development finance, and environmental economics.
Estimated hours: 
Remuneration in ZAR: 
R80 000.00 neg
Remuneration term: 
Job posting date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Full Job Description: 

Senior Consultant - Environmental, Climate Change job, Western Cape 


  • Lead the development of climate change adaptation projects and related funding proposals for, interalia, the GCF, GEF and AF; taking primary responsibility for the technical project design in accordance with the requirements of the relevant fund.
  • Actively seek out and incorporate technical input from various relevant information sources, including desktop research, primary analysis and stakeholder engagements.
  • Analyse data collected by the team and national counterparts and use the information accurately and meaningfully in projects.
  • Plan and conduct field visits/missions, including developing mission agendas, arranging stakeholder consultations and producing mission reports.
  • Lead the project team, including assigning tasks to junior consultants/analysts and setting clear internal deadlines
  • Develop and manage project work plans, including monitoring internal and external deadlines, and managing staff inputs against the project budget.
  • Coordinate the work of project partners, including national consultants and C4 associates, to ensure timely and effective delivery of high-quality reports.
  • Provide technical support to junior consultants for the design of adaptation projects.
  • Support the team in identifying new work and provide technical input into the development of bids and tenders.
  • Provide regular feedback to the team on lessons learned and the latest project developments.



  • A Masters or PhD in one or more of the following disciplines: ecology, agriculture, climatology, botany, zoology, geography, environmental science, development studies, development finance, and
  • environmental economics.
  • 3-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience identifying and developing projects in the fields of climate change adaptation or sustainable development would be ideal. Alternatively, experience in broader environmental consultancy, with a desire to gain experience in climate action, would also be considered.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with clients, national stakeholders and team members.
  • Outstanding English writing skills.
  • Willingness to take initiative and drive new ideas.
  • An ability to work well under pressure, mentor and advise junior consultants.
  • A strong project management track record and ability to meet deadlines is essential
  • An interest in and enthusiasm for frequent and extensive travel to countries globally.A South African National, or holder of a South African work permit.


  • Experience with designing climate change adaptation projects for global funds such as the GCF, GEF, Adaptation Fund.
  • Experience with Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) or Nature-based Solutions
  • Proficiency in specialised analytical techniques, including R, GIS and remote sensing.
Application process:
Before applying check that your CV is comprehensive and that the roles and responsibilities demonstrate your capabilities and experience rather than a list of tasks. Always write in full sentences. You have up to 12 places of previous employment to demonstrate your skills, use as many as you feel are required but always include more than one. Write a motivational email explaining why you should be considered for the role. The motivational email will be seen before the CV and is submitted to the client with the CV. If you have not heard back within 14-21 days please assume the application was not successful.

To apply for this job, you need to be logged in.

Log in   OR   Register