Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor

CARE is one of the world’s leading multi-mandate aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in over 100 countries around the world.  As an organization dedicated to addressing the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice, CARE is a serious advocate for an urgent, effective, and equitable response to climate change. This includes an ambitious commitment by CARE to adopt practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change, as well as to tackle environmental injustices, especially for vulnerable groups such as women and indigenous peoples, under a new standalone Climate Justice impact area (CARE Vision 2030), including a Climate Justice Strategy and its dedicated set of programmatic indicators to report on. Under CARE International’s Climate Justice Strategy (2030), the whole CARE Confederation (including CARE Canada) will work on climate change.

CARE Canada is committed to reducing its own carbon footprint by introducing and continuing to implement concrete environmentally sound actions as well as improving the resilience of its programmatic work in the face of future climate change-related effects. In the development of CARE Canada’s Strategic Plan, From Caring Comes Courage, the organization has committed itself to “Unlocking Her Leadership for a Gender-Just Future” by prioritizing safety, health, and livelihoods, with a focus on women’s leadership at the centre. The Strategic Plan recognizes climate change as an important challenge that should be seen as a crucial cross-cutting issue.

CARE Canada’s Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor will provide specialist knowledge, technical expertise and relationship building skills to define and deliver CARE Canada’s ambition to reduce its carbon footprint and to enhance resilient capacity for smallholders, other vulnerable people, and health systems in relation to environmental and disaster risks. The postholder will lead internal workplace greening initiatives, strategy development, program development and implementation, and policy change and advocacy work. The role will work closely with other colleagues and functions to mainstream environment responses to programming, measure the results/impacts and contribute to sharing and learning within CARE Canada, CARE International and with external stakeholders.

The Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor will be responsible for increasing the profile and recognition of CARE. They will lead and coordinate the integration of climate change and resilience across CARE Canada’s development and humanitarian work, working closely with CARE Canada staff, as well as with CARE Country Offices and potentially other local organisations in the Global South to better consider and address environment risks in programming, leading to increased impact.  The postholder will also contribute to specific climate-related policy and advocacy initiatives, as well as supporting colleagues to consider the environment in CARE’s other advocacy work. Key areas of work are likely to include adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, climate finance, biodiversity conservation, nature-based solutions, and natural resource management.  Capacity building for CARE staff will be another strong focus of the role, including training and on-the-job support to roll out CARE’s flagship tools and guidance (including Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Tools, Integrated Risk Management Checklist, Community-Based Adaptation Framework, Adaptation Good Practice Checklist, Local Adaptation Planning Handbook, Participatory Scenario Planning Handbook, Gender-inclusive Actionable Agro-advisories Checklist, and Climate Change Advocacy Toolkit) and external and donor tools and guidance (ex. Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment, Environmental Management Plan, Environmental Integration Process, etc.). 

They will plan, implement, and track the results of CARE Canada’s internal workplace greening initiatives, including a strategic KPI. Over the past 7 years, staff and management have been taking self-mandated concrete actions to reduce the organization’s negative environmental impact and encourage climate-smart practices. During this process, an informal self-led “Green Team” emerged. The postholder will formalize and lead this group as a formal Green Matrix Team, to educate, inspire and empower employees on practical ways to reduce environmental impact, work to identify and implement specific solutions to help CARE Canada operate in a more environmentally sustainable fashion, and to increase the resilience of our programmatic work in the face of future climate change-related effects.

The Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor must be passionate about the environment, resilience, the interlinkages between gender and climate justice, and localized solutions and southern collective voices and actions on climate justice issues.  


  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science or Management, Environmental Studies, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Finance, agriculture, International Development Studies, or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal skills in English
  • At least 5 years of direct experience on the environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of food security, agriculture, livelihoods, health, and/or women’s economic empowerment
  • Direct experience of multi-stakeholder processes and multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Experience in the development and/or adaptation and/or implementation of frameworks, tools and approaches that aid others adopt good practices for the environment
  • Experience of supporting and training others directly and remotely, with proven experience using formal and informal adult education methods
  • Experience in applying gender lens and tools in resilience programming
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct environmental analyses and strategies
  • Willingness to travel within Canada 1-2 times per year
  • Advanced MS Office skills
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills


  • Ability to work in French, Spanish and/or Arabic is strongly desired
  • Direct experience on project management and/or knowledge management
  • Experience in program design, program development, and fundraising integrating environment
  • Understanding and experience in campaigning and influencing
  • Good knowledge of the international and Canadian climate policy debates, including climate finance and climate resilience, carbon-based consumption and land use, and offsetting
  • Experience working on biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, nature-based solutions and ecosystem approaches
  • Familiarity with GAC, GAC-funded projects and Canadian environmental policies (particularly the Environmental Assessment Act and policy for Environmental Sustainability)
  • A network with Canadian donors and other agencies is an asset, while knowledge of the CARE International Federation will also be considered useful
  • Work experience in an international non-governmental organization
  • Willingness to travel abroad when needed 
  • Course work, formal, or on-the-job learning related to participatory facilitation, informal adult education, gender, and / or monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning


Promote and maintain an organizational culture that advances gender equality, reduces power abuse and inequalities, and fosters trust and safety.  

Create an environment within CARE’s workplaces, programming, and communities where CARE works that is free from sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation and child abuse (SHEA-CA).  

Ensure high standards of prevention and response measures for SHEA-CA are in place consistent with the CARE International (CI) Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Code of Conduct. 


  • Starting salary range between $78,000 – $82,000 annually
  • Comprehensive benefits package and confidential employee assistance program services available to you and your dependents from your first day of employment
  • 3 weeks of annual leave (increases to 4 weeks from 2nd year of employment)
  • In addition to annual leave, we offer a December 24-January 1 office closure so we can all recharge simultaneously
  • Inclusive holiday policy
  • Paid sick leave
  • Parental leave top-up
  • Employer contributions to group pension plan after first year of employment
  • Optional participation in group RRSP
  • International and domestic travel opportunities
  • Annual all-staff retreat in Ottawa
  • Learning and development opportunities and specialized training
  • Flexible work hours to support employee wellbeing and productivity
  • A focus on wellness and work-life balance
  • Amazing colleagues who are very committed to CARE’s mission

Comment postuler:

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you! Don’t think you check all the boxes? Reach out anyway – we would love to hear how your experience translates to this role! Please apply by August 19, 2022. Please note resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the advertisement will be removed once a candidate has been identified. We are only able to consider candidates who currently have the right to work in Canada.


août 8, 2022

Date d’échéance:

août 19, 2022


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