Climate Change and Biodiversity Technical Advisor Job Opportunity at GIZ South Africa (Only South African Residence and Permanent Residency Permit holders will be considered)

Climate Change and Biodiversity Technical Advisor Job Opportunity at GIZ South Africa

The German government is making an impactful and visible contribution to tackling climate change in South Africa. It is supporting the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) in developing and implementing climate change policy through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), a financing vehicle funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

Climate Change and Biodiversity Technical Advisor Job Opportunity at GIZ South Africa

The topics of technical and financial support include adaptation to climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation, monitoring and evaluation, Climate Change Response Support Programmes (Implementation of Climate Action), and Climate Policy and Governance.

The climate change and biodiversity nexus is another area where there are clear synergies for enhancing climate change benefits as well as biodiversity benefits. In GIZ, the CSP provides technical guidance and advice on cross-cutting topics such as climate change and biodiversity.

As part of this position, you will work on climate change policy, adaptation to climate change, and biodiversity, and implement cross-sectional tasks related to climate and biodiversity. Furthermore, IKI Small Grants country support as well as general topic integration across the Climate Cluster are part of the relevant Regional and Global Project service packages.


Tasks expected of the Technical Advisor include:

  • Providing strategic and technical advice to DFFE regarding the conceptualization, development, and implementation of adaptation, biodiversity, and Eco-System-based Adaptation;
  • Support to junior advisors / new colleagues in setting up appropriate structures for managing consulting firms, as well as independent management, oversight, and quality assurance;
  • Provide independent technical support to the development and implementation of climate change and biodiversity policies;
  • Outputs of the Climate Support Program related to the IKI interface function and climate change and biodiversity (including Nature-based Solutions and emerging topics for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework);
  • Organizing consultations and meetings with stakeholders and ensuring knowledge management;
  • Incorporate knowledge and information management into adaptation, natural resource management, landscape management, EbA, NbS, biodiversity, and other relevant topics;
  • Developing EBA/Biodiversity finance and private sector mobilization for resilience;
  • Formally join the SA National EbA CoP Steering Committee in consultation with Head of Component;
  • An expert on EbA and biodiversity as it relates to relevant sectors and emerging economic opportunities (e.g., the blue carbon economy).
  • As requested by the Cluster Coordinator/Head of Component, prepare briefing documents for BMUV/BMWK/BMZ/AA;
  • Develop new project ideas for German (IKI, BMZ, etc.) and international (GCF, WBG, etc.) funding streams for the Climate Cluster with the Cluster Coordinator and/or Head of Component;
  • As needed, perform other tasks.

Application process

Candidate applications should be submitted as follows:

  • Please provide a motivation letter (maximum 1 page) describing why they are the best candidate, the value they will bring to the project, and their desired salary range.
  • In addition, a detailed CV should be included, as well as the applicant’s nationality.
  • Send your application to [email protected], with the subject line “Application for CSP Climate Change and Biodiversity TA Role” for the attention of the Head of Human Resources.
  • The GIZ is committed to increasing the number of disabled employees. Individuals with disabilities are welcome to apply.
  • Candidates will only be notified if they are shortlisted!
  • The application will not be considered if it lacks a motivation letter!

DEADLINE: 18 May 2023

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