Climate Change Specialist (ASP Project)

Job Description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.

In the context of the bilateral cooperation between the Government of Germany and the Government of Indonesia, GIZ has received a new commission from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on Adaptive Social Protection (ASP)/Integrated Solutions in Disaster Risk Management and Social Protection.

The ASP aims to provide integrated solutions to improve the crisis response capacity and long-term adaptation of poor population groups to climate change by linking social protection instruments with disaster management and climate adaptation approaches. By improving the protection of poor people and those at risk of poverty against climate-related shocks, it contributes to reducing the poverty rate (programme objective indicator 1). Incentive systems and financing mechanisms for forest protection and environmental services are being tested with the development of support approaches for adapting livelihoods to climate change in the project provinces (programme objective indicator 2).

The TC module is in line with the BMZ core thematic strategy “Health, Social Protection and Population Policy”. It contributes to the implementation of the “Social protection” field of action, which is committed to establishing universal, inclusive and adaptive social protection systems in partner countries in order to strengthen the population’s resilience to individual life risks and collective crises and in future also increasingly to the consequences of climate change.

The political partner of the project is the National Authority for Disaster Management (BNPB). The project implementation is planned to be decentralised in 2 (two) regions, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and South Kalimantan (Banjarmasin). To achieve the module objectives, the Ministry of Finance (MoF), various directorates of the Ministry of Development and Planning (BAPPENAS), the Ministry of Village (MoV), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), and the Ministry of Housing and Public Works (MoPUPR) engage as the implementing partners.

To support the implementation of this project, GIZ seeks one (1) motivated and qualified Indonesian candidate for: Climate Change Specialist (Job title in SAP: Climate Change Advisor)

Core Task

In your role, you are responsible for managing all job orders within your jurisdiction and serve as the primary point of contact for advising the commissioning manager (AV), advisors (international, national, and provincial), other team members, and external partners on various climate change adaptation (CCA) topics. You provide advice and expertise proactively and diligently in formulating and developing precise and impactful policies, strategies, and action plans related to climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral approaches, integrating social protection and disaster risk management fields, including the sensitive process of the advocacy and lobby for adjustments to the legal and regulatory framework for climate change. 

You support cooperation, regular contacts, dialogue, and liaise with partners and other important stakeholders of the project at national and subnational policy levels to support project activities and outputs in climate change mainstreaming within ASP; collaborate with relevant international development agencies, policy think tanks, research institutions, non-governmental organisations and individuals in integrating the climate change adaptation measures into ASP.

You coordinate the process for procurement of services in connection to the climate change adaptation and adaptive social protection fields; agree and enter into contracts in accordance with the relevant legal, contractual, socio-political and corporate policy requirements; and monitor the processing and fulfilment of those contracts and their deliverables.

In consultation with AV, other advisors and the BNPB team, you lead the conceptualisation, coordination, and execution of the key joint project activities in relation to climate change adaptation policy and strategy and coordinate the contribution to other events where the ASP project is involved.

In collaboration with your team and project management, you play a crucial role in coordinating and promptly resolving all issues within your area of responsibility. Your dedication ensures that challenges are met competently, contributing to the overall success of the project.

You are involved in ongoing process development within your remit, are responsible for knowledge management and prepare and share documentation.

You perform the tasks assigned to you by your line manager where required.

Main Activities

The Climate Change Specialist performs the following key tasks:

  • Providing professional advice to BNPB and the Ministry of Finance in cooperating with relevant stakeholders in mainstreaming climate change adaptation measures and strategy into an Indonesian approach for ASP.
  • Support the project and partners in designing and applying systemic approaches in the context of addressing climate change adaptation and its related topics (climate resilience, access to finance and climate/disaster risk finance in ASP and CCA) in Indonesia and beyond.
  • Implementing activities on climate action, including working on Disaster Risk Financing and Climate Risk Insurance modalities (including baseline study on the ability and willingness to pay of society) with various actors – private companies, academia and research institutes, financing institutions.
  • Integrating recent and pertinent discussions on climate change topics into concrete dialogues, knowledge exchange events and/or series of capacity development measures.
  • Assist the ISASP project and partners in strategy development and/or refinement for Indonesia’s CCA framework regulation.
  • Design, prepare and implement a series of capacity development measures: training, workshops, seminars and other knowledge events, and align the capacity development measures provided by the project with the ongoing momentum, partner’s needs and overall project direction.
  • Representation of the ISASP project in GIZ knowledge management activities beyond GIZ Indonesia/ASEAN (e.g. Sector Network of Health and Social Protection, Sector Network of Financial Sector Development, and Sector Network Assets for Asia).
  • Assist the Cluster Coordinator and Country Director on overarching issues related to the implementation of the GIZ corporate strategy (eq. Vision 2028).

Job Requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, ideally environmental science, natural resource management or related fields.

Professional experience

  • At least 7 years of experience in designing and/or implementing climate change adaptation projects and cross-sectoral knowledge initiatives on climate change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge background and skills on current discourse on climate change and ability to acquire and integrate updated information into the work,
  • Demonstrated experience in both designing and carrying out capacity development measures, dialogues and knowledge events on climate change,
  • Proven experience in communicating complex topics in a targeted way to a broad range of stakeholders, including policymakers, private actors, marginal groups and research institutions,
  • Subnational working experience is advantageous, and working experience in other development organisations (bilateral and/or multilateral organisations, consultancies) is an asset.

Other knowledge, additional competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a national and international team.
  • Excellent command of both spoken and written English and Indonesian.
  • Aware of social and intercultural sensitivities, flexible and possess a sense of diplomacy, negotiation proficiency, ability to listen attentively, familiarity with conflict resolution, and problem-solving aptitude is essential.
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high-quality work products.
  • Willingness to up-skill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.
  • Availability to travel within Indonesia for short-term coordination needs and project implementation on short notice.
  • Working knowledge of ICT technologies and computer applications (e.g. MS Office and other programmes).

Duty Station:  Jakarta (with frequent travelling to Banjarmasin and Lombok).
Joining Date:
Direct Supervisor:
Commission Manager of ASP

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a motivation letter, CV, training attended and list of references (a must) addressed to [email protected]. The closing date to submit the application letter is the 23rd of June 2024.

Please indicate your application by putting the following code in the subject line: ISASP – CCS. 

Please name your file as follow format:

[Your Complete Name]_[Motivation Letter/CV/Latest Education Certificate] (i.e: Nakula Sadewa _CV or Nakula Sadewa _Motivation Letter or Nakula Sadewa _Reference)

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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