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Climate Resilience Consultant

Plan International Australia |
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Location: Australia | Any Major City | International
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The Opportunity
Plan International Australia (PIA) and Plan International Pacific (PIP) work in partnership with local partner organisations and local communities to implement projects which enable individuals and their communities to anticipate, prepare for and respond to events and trends related to climate.

This includes how climate change will create new, or alter current climate-related risks, and enable action which supports communities to cope with and adapt to these risks. Plan International (PI) has a particular focus on working in partnership with children and youth, with a particular emphasis on adolescent girls in its programs.

PIA and PIP are currently supporting local partners and communities to implement climate-resilient WASH projects and disaster preparedness projects in Solomon Islands, PNG (Bougainville and New Ireland Province) and Fiji. PIP have an established foundation of projects and partnerships in the area of climate-resilience, however there is currently no over-arching strategy or roadmap, which can enable decision-making to support a growth in partnerships and programs in this area.

PIP and PIA are wishing to deepen and broaden their partnerships and scale of programming in the area of climate resilience, recognising that collaboration and the exchange of skills and expertise amongst complementary partners, represents a means to deliver impact at scale.

Who are we?
Plan International is a global not-for-profit, working to change the world so that all children can live happy and healthy lives, and so that girls in all their diversities can take their rightful place as equals.

At Plan International Australia, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe all different opinions and experiences will enrich our team and represent our beneficiaries and partners across the globe. Our commitment to an inclusive workplace culture means we embrace working with all sectors of the community.

For 85 years we’ve worked hand-in-hand with local communities, so babies can survive their first 1000 days, so children can learn in safe environments, so girls can strive for work outside the home, so young people can speak up for their rights. We know that girls are the most marginalised by poverty, and for too long have been held back from reaching their full potential. This is why we work with all children to solve poverty but especially girls. We have a long history, but our approach is new. We’re secular, and we view the children, families and local communities we work with as our partners and our equals.

Possibility. Opportunity. Equality. Partnership. Love. Humanity. This is what we stand for.

What will the consultancy be like?
During your consultancy we will see you performing these duties:

Explore, identify and detail organisations in the Pacific region (national, regional and international) working in the areas of community based climate-resilient water resources, agriculture, livelihoods, and small scale energy as a means of learning about and understanding the existing context and scope of work in the area of climate resilience. Identification and recommendations for potential future partners – local, national, regional and international; civil society, academic and small scale private sector – that Plan might wish to engage with, for integrated programming and partnership in the area of climate resilience.
Consult with PIA and PIP existing partners, as well as emerging new partners e.g. Live and Learn, WWF, academic partners etc. to understand their strategic priorities and interest in the area of climate resilience, and what they would see as a value contribution and partnership with Plan in the area of integrated climate resilient programming.

Explore and identify climate financing opportunities (grant, commercial and philanthropic), and consider pathways and means by which PIA and PIP should position for direct-access, and / or enter coalitions and consortiums to pursue opportunities for growth in climate funding. Present and identify a few options that can inform an approach for pre-positioning and pre-investment for future funding. Explore these opportunities within the context of reviewing and summerizing donor strategies and frameworks related to climate resilience in the Pacific region.

Based on analysis and findings from tasks 1-3 and existing climate-resilient program strategies and frameworks, provide options / program models and partnerships, which PIA can invest in using it’s flexible funding to support impact and income positioning in the area of climate resilience.

Review and summarise the potential for partnership and engagement with government partners, in countries where Plan works in the Pacific (local and national), in enabling and supporting the achievement of government objectives in the area of integrated climate resilience. This analysis should be based on an appreciation of regional commitments and policy as well as each governments Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) or other adaptation/resilience plans.

Who are you?
Organisations and consultant(s) are encouraged to apply for this consultancy opportunity. Consultants with the requisite skills and experience from Pacific Islands countries are encouraged to apply. Desirable skills and experience include:

A detailed understand and network / knowledge of organisations operating in the Pacific region (country specific can be discussed and determined) in the area of climate-resilient water resources, agriculture, livelihoods, and small scale energy.

An appreciation of regional commitments and policy in the area of climate resilience, as well as each governments Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) or other adaptation/resilience plans.
Understanding of institutional donor priorities in the area of climate resilience in the Pacific region.

Timing, Duration and Location
The consultancy needs to commence as soon as pragmatically possible and should last for approx. 2.5 months, with an expectation that the consultancy would be completed no later than 31 July 2023.

A consultancy involving 2 consultants (potentially one located in the Pacific region, and one located in Australia) is feasible, and would allow for local and Australia-based consultations to occur.

Alternatively a single consultant can apply for this consultancy and, where necessary, include travel as part of the consultancy, in order to allow for local and Australia-based consultations.

What’s Next?
Read the Terms of Reference on our website and see whether you think the role is right for you. Applications for this consultancy are invited by PIA and should be received no later than 30 APRIL 2023.

Interested consultants or groups should share CV’s and a cover letter. Applications should be emailed to Jan Parry, Associate Director, International Impact, PIA ([email protected]).

Please note: When you apply, and if you are comfortable to do share, please know PIA upholds a safe space to share the pronouns you use, and is also prepared to make any reasonable accommodations or adjustments you may need throughout both the recruitment process as well as the course of your employment.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as a child-safe organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. As part of the screening process, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and code of conduct, and where necessary complete a Working with Children Check.

Join Plan International Australia and help create justice for children and equality for girls.

Closing Date: Apr 30, 2023