Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor

VirtualReq #275
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls. Equipped with the proper resources women and girls have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. In 2023, CARE worked in 109 countries, reaching 167 million people through more than 1,600 projects. To learn more, visit

CARE Canada is looking for a Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor



CARE Canada’s bold Strategic Plan, From Caring Comes Courage (2021 – 2024), sets out CARE Canada’s commitment to bring all our resources, talent, and expertise together to unlock women’s leadership for a gender-just future. It recognizes that to lead change and realize a better life for herself and her community, every woman needs to be safe, healthy and have a dignified livelihood. It also fundamentally realizes that ‘business as usual’ is no longer good enough: this Plan challenges us to reimagine how we achieve our mission, inspire Canadian investment in that mission, and transform our organization to be future-ready.

CARE Canada’s Global Programs Team is responsible for developing and managing the organization’s programs in both development and humanitarian assistance focusing on the injustice of poverty and gender inequality. The new Strategic Plan reaffirms our gender-equality focus and our dual-mandate status. Our ultimate impact goal is to support women’s leadership for a gender-just future grounded in strong programs supporting safety/protection, health and dignified livelihoods across both humanitarian and development settings. The Global Programs unit is responsible for the overall management of CARE Canada’s global programming circa $50m annual development and humanitarian programming portfolio.

The Senior Advisor, Environment and Climate Change at CARE Canada plays a pivotal role in driving the organization’s commitment to gender equality and poverty alleviation through climate-resilient programming. Key responsibilities include overseeing the development, implementation, and evaluation of climate and resilience initiatives across CARE’s global portfolio, focusing on sectors like agriculture, health, and women’s empowerment. The role involves staff management, program development, policy advocacy, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, the advisor leads internal workplace greening initiatives, fosters partnerships, and represents CARE Canada in climate justice networks, contributing to the organization’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint while advancing its mission.


  • Master’s degree in environmental science or management, Environmental Studies, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Finance, agriculture, International Development Studies, or equivalent work experience
  • At least 5 years of direct experiences on the environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of food security, agriculture, livelihoods, health, and/or women’s economic empowerment
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal skills in English
  • 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



  • Course work, formal, or on-the-job learning related to participatory facilitation, informal adult education, gender, and / or monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning
  • 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




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 CAREworks thatis 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 theCARE International (CI)Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Code of Conduct.




  • Starting salary range between $90,000 – $95,000
  • 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 (eligible from first day of employment)
  • 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


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 directly by May 21, 2024. 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.

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity and building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Research shows that women and other marginalized folks tend to apply to roles only when they meet all the criteria outlined in the posting. If you’re excited about this role but don’t have experience with each and every qualification, we encourage you to apply. Let us know in your application if you have a non-traditional background and how your experience maps to the role you’re applying for. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.

CARE Canada has a mandatory vaccination policy currently in place with accommodations based on the Ontario Human Rights Code.

As part of CARE Canada’s commitment to preventing sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, we conduct reference checks on all final stage candidates in line with the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. By applying to this role with CARE Canada, you are giving us consent to contact your previous employers to seek information in line with this scheme.

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