Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning

Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning 

About the Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, is a private, not-for-profit, non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. AKF brings together human, financial and technical resources to address some of the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world. With an emphasis on women and girls, AKF invests in human potential, expanding opportunities and improving quality of life.

AKF leads a range of integrated, innovative and gender responsive interventions in Agriculture and Food Security; Civil Society; Climate Resilience; Early Childhood Development; Education; Health and Nutrition; and Work and Enterprise. Going forward, AKF is placing increasing importance on its Climate Resilience portfolio and climate as a cross-cutting theme for all AKF’s programme interventions. AKF’s current but rapidly evolving focus in the area of Climate Resilience includes nature-based solutions (tree planting, micro-forests, mangroves, regenerative agriculture, lowering livestock greenhouse gas emissions), clean energy (micro-hydels, solar energy), the green economy, rural livelihoods adaptation and viability, and climate education in schools). 

AKF’s interventions are informed by evidence, data, local knowledge and extensive networks of community-led institutions. Its activities are coordinated not only with those of other AKDN agencies but also with local, national and international partners in order to bring to bear a full package of multiple activities that can spark a long-term process of positive change. In addition, AKF often plays a convening, partnership development, policy dialogue and resource mobilisation role for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its agencies. 

AKF delivers programming through its country offices and local affiliates in 13 countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda. AKF’s Head Office is in Switzerland and there are Resource Mobilisation Offices in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.

About Global Practice

The Aga Khan Foundation’s Global Practice stimulates an inclusive culture of learning, sharing, innovation and collaboration to enable AKF’s practitioners to capture, apply and scale best practices. Following the ethical imperative to share knowledge, Global Practice amplifies AKF’s best practices through purposeful dissemination with the broader development sector, positioning AKF as a premier international development organisation.

Global Practice works to (1) capture promising and successful practices from across the organisation and document them for sharing, (2) connect practitioners across AKF for learning, sharing, idea generation and collaboration, (3) enhance practice through the creation and dissemination of high-quality training and communications materials, and (4) scale best practices by sharing them across a variety of platforms inside and outside the organisation.

One of the team’s flagship initiatives is the Aga Khan Foundation’s Learning Hub (akflearninghub.org), containing AKF’s best practices in the form of video-based and blended learning courses, instructional videos, documents, and recorded webinars.  

Global Practice is looking for a Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning to lead on the development of climate-related knowledge assets for the Aga Khan Foundation and to support the learning within and beyond the Foundation around key climate change and climate resilience issues and interventions. The Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning would help position AKF as a practical thought leader in the area of climate resilience.

Global Practice is a small distributed team that is part of the Aga Khan Foundation’s Global Programme Team, which is in turn part of the Foundation’s Head Office.

Role: 
Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning

Description:
AKF’s Global Practice Team is looking for a full-time Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning to produce high-quality knowledge assets, in different formats, related to AKF’s methods, approaches, learnings, and interventions in the area of climate resilience. 

AKF uses a science-based approach to its climate-related interventions, ensuring these are informed by the global evidence base and data as well as local knowledge. 

AKF’s current but rapidly evolving range of interventions in this area includes:

• nature-based solutions (tree planting, micro-forests, mangroves, regenerative agriculture, lowering livestock greenhouse gas emissions), 
• clean energy (micro-hydels, solar energy), 
• the green economy, 
• rural livelihoods adaptation and viability, 
• and climate education in schools.

AKF is also pursuing an ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction agenda in its programmes and operations alike. 

The Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning will lead on the development of high-quality, science-based knowledge assets in the form of thought pieces, academic articles, learning materials (including video-based), and social media content related to the reality of climate change in the geographies and communities where AKF works and related to AKF’s climate interventions.   

The Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning would help position AKF as a thought leader in the area the area of climate resilience, contributing to the global evidence base on climate change and climate resilience.

The Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning would reach key partner and donor target audiences and support the capacity building of AKF’s and its partners’ development practitioners. 

The Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning would support the dissemination of the abovementioned materials through the appropriate channels, including AKF Connect (AKF’s intranet for all staff), The Learning Hub, AKF’s social media channels (including LinkedIn), as well as key external publications. 

The Climate Specialist, Knowledge and Learning would report to AKF’s Global Practice Manager and work in close collaboration with other Global Practice team members, the Global Programme Team, as well as external consultants supporting content design and production.

Key tasks:
• Help define and articulate AKF’s future country, regional and global strategies and interventions in the area of Climate Resilience.
• Develop case studies and examples of AKF’s Climate Resilience interventions to share globally.
• Draft high-quality science-based articles related to the reality of climate change in the geographies and communities where AKF works.
• Prepare learning materials related to AKF’s approaches, tools, and methods in the area of climate resilience, including pre-production materials for the development of video-based learning content for different types of audiences.
• Draft relevant social media content related AKF’s work in climate resilience.
• Collaborate with AKF’s global communications team on the dissemination of content through relevant channels, including social media, journals, news publications, etc. 
• Curate and edit content sources from AKF’s country units related to the reality of climate change in the geographies and communities where AKF works.
• Curate photographic and video-based content related to AKF’s climate-related interventions. 

Key skills:
• Excellent and up-to-date understanding of the rapidly evolving global climate change and climate resilience evidence base
• Excellent English-language writing and editing skills in a range of different styles (from academic to journalistic to social media)
• Background developing and disseminating learning materials in different formats 
• Strong understanding of climate-related media landscape 

Requirements:
• Advanced degree in climate science 
• Native competency in English
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
• Detail oriented with ability to focus on the big picture

Additional:
• Ideally based in the UK
• Broad interest in and understanding of the international development sector

Salary:
• GBP 55’000 per year

Application process and deadline:
Please submit your CV, motivation letter, and a recent writing sample on a climate-related topic to Ana Barfield, AKF Global Practice Manager, at ana.barfield@akdn.org by 9 December 2022.

Closing Date:
09/12/2022

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