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34-001 | Senior Program Officer Green Infrastructure, South Asia


  • Organization: GCA - Global Center on Adaptation
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:

VACANCY TITLE: Senior Program Officer Green Infrastructure, South Asia 

GCA PROGRAM: Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions 

LOCATION: Dhaka, Bangladesh







GCA seeks a dynamic and creative individual with strong analytical and communications skills to fill the role of Senior Program Officer Green Infrastructure for South Asia. This position will be based in GCA’s Regional Office in Dhaka, Bangladesh but will report to the Global Lead for Infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions Program in Rotterdam. All work programs in Bangladesh are managed under the guidance and supervision of the Bangladesh Country Manager.

While this role will primarily focus on the implementation of projects in Bangladesh, there may also be opportunities to support projects or initiatives in other countries, including in South Asia and in Africa.


The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyse action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure shared learning and collaboration for a climate resilient future. GCA is a rapidly growing organization with offices in Abidjan, Beijing, Dhaka, Groningen, and Rotterdam. Adapting to the impacts of climate change provides a “win-win” for health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth. The work of the GCA elevates the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and facilitates solutions, such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats.

GCA operates through three strategic pillars: I. Global Programs, II. Advocacy and Agenda Setting, and III. Research for Impact. There are six Global Programs, which are managed out of the Headquarters in Rotterdam. These include: 1) Food security, 2) Infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions (NBS), 3) Urban Resilience and Water, 4) Youth and Jobs; 5) Climate Finance, and 6) Locally Led Action. The Global Programs support a range of projects that ultimately aim to ensure that large-scale investments reflect and integrate adaptation solutions.

In Bangladesh, the Infrastructure and NBS Program supports three types of projects. These include developing a National Infrastructure Stress Test Facility, which aims to develop the pipeline of adaptation investments in Bangladesh by stress testing national infrastructure systems and networks against projected climate change scenarios and using this data to prioritize adaptation needs and investments, with a particular focus on NBS. The Program also supports investments projects financed by the Government and Multilateral Development Banks, including through Public-Private Partnerships, by providing upstream climate analytics to mainstream adaptation into the investment design. Finally, the Infrastructure and NBS Program aims to embed capacity within the public and private sector by developing and delivering the Masterclass on Climate Resilient Infrastructure.

Areas of responsibility

The areas of responsibility of the Senior Program Officer, Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security (Digital Technologies) include:

Technical Expertise:

  • Use climate data and analytics to quantify the impacts and consequences of climate risks to infrastructure systems, assets, and services.
  • Appraise innovative adaptation and resilience solutions including NBS to address climate risks for public and private infrastructure investment projects.
  • Identify, design, and support the implementation of NBS for resilient infrastructure, including to structure bankable and marketable NBS investment models for resilient infrastructure.
  • Develop and review reports, presentations, and project briefs, ensuring that all project outputs are technically robust and with a clear narrative.
  • Participate in the preliminary evaluation of project proposals to assess their feasibility for financial support and/or technical assistance by GCA. This involves the initial screening of projects, carrying out desk reviews, preparing preliminary evaluation notes for presentation to the Global Lead for infrastructure and NBS, as well as to GCA senior management.
  • Participate in relevant missions with project partners to prepare project appraisal reports, including various financial and risk analysis, development outcome analysis, strategic alignment with GCA goals.
  • Support the preparation of knowledge products – e.g. policy briefs, news stories, reports – on GCA’s activities and the Work Program in Bangladesh and South Asia, as well as capacity building activities under the NBS for Resilient Infrastructure workstream.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Support the development and expansion of the NBS for Resilient Infrastructure workstream, engaging with international, national, regional and local partners, and identifying forward-looking adaptation projects and investment programs on resilient infrastructure and NBS.
  • Work collaboratively with the ‘ecosystem’ both in the region and at headquarters to ensure timely and effective delivery of business objectives. This would involve active consultation and communication through personal action and active follow up where necessary.
  • Participate in discussions with potential project partners to originate new projects and foster business relationships with the GCA.

Programmatic and Strategic Support :

  • In coordination with the Global Lead for Infrastructure and NBS, contribute to the strategic development and implementation of the NBS for Resilient Infrastructure workstream, including to facilitate interaction with Development Finance Institutions and project partners.
  • Facilitate the day-to-day implementation of GCA’s NBS for Resilient Infrastructure workstream and support the coordination of the overall GCA Work Program in Bangladesh and South Asia, including but not limited to the preparation of project concepts, procurement documents, contract management, planning tools, and progress monitoring and reporting.
  • Participate in the preparation of annual work program/budget of the team.
  • General support to the implementation of initiatives in the GCA South Asia portfolio.
  • Perform any additional tasks as requested.

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