Climate Change Expert (Adaptation) Jobs at FAO in Colombo, Western Province

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FAO company opens jobs for Climate Change Expert (Adaptation) positions in the Western Province region. The type of work we provide is Full-time.

The criteria for the employees we need are having Other skills with Entry level experience, as well as employees who are honest, disciplined and responsible.

The estimated salary offered by this company is quite competitive around රු. 11,000 - රු. 29,000 (per month). However, the salary can go up or down depending on the company that decides it.

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Job Information

Position:Climate Change Expert (Adaptation)
Region:Western Province, Colombo - Western Province
Job Function:Other
Seniority Level:Entry level
Employment Type:Full-time

Job Description

Organizational Setting
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is at the forefront of work towards sustainable agriculture and food systems by promoting protection and sustainable use of natural resources, while meeting society’s growing needs for decent and resilient livelihoods. FAO has worked in Sri Lanka for over four decades, sharing technical expertise and building the capacity of stakeholders in agriculture, fisheries, livestock, forestry and environment sectors to build resilience, increase food security and ensure sustainable management of natural resources.
The Main Outputs Of The Project Are
FAO had secured funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness programme, for implementing the project GCP/SRL/079/GCR “Capacity enhancement of the National Designated Authority (NDA) and other relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka to re-evaluate technical needs for climate change adaptation and mitigation and assess climate finance priorities for agriculture by developing innovative climate smart investment mechanisms through increased partnerships between public and private sectors”. The Project Goal is to enhance the capacity of the Climate Change Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment and relevant stakeholders, including the private sector, to jointly identify and implement technical needs for addressing Sri Lanka’s climate challenges in its priority sectors, and leverage public and private investment for climate-smart agriculture through scientific knowledge-based planning.

  • Sectoral and national Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) and Technology Action Plans (TAPs) updated for mitigation and adaptation with clear strategies to implement the Nationally Determined Contributions and the National Adaptation Plan.
  • Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) investment plan developed based on updated Agro-ecological maps and other relevant information.
  • Capacity of the NDA and relevant stakeholders strengthened to facilitate a dialogue and forge partnerships between the public and private sectors for increased private sector engagement and investment in CSA.
  • Concrete strategies and actions developed for improving private sector engagement and investment in CSA in the plantation and non-plantation sub-sectors identified through a public-private forum
  • Capacities of relevant stakeholders enhanced to prepare quality concept notes for developing bankable projects for implementing the CSA investment plan
  • GCF concept notes developed for in the plantation and non-plantation sub-sectors to advance the CSA investment plan through potential AEs, including FAO.
  • NDA’s data and information portal/web platform established to FAO’s Climate and Agriculture risk Visualization and Assessment (CAVA) platform to improve Sri Lanka’s capacity to analyse, manage and disseminate information concerning climate vulnerabilities and risks
  • Awareness and capacity of NDA enhanced with clear ways forward to improve knowledge management related to climate finance.

FAO Sri Lanka is recruiting a Climate Change Expert (Adaptation) for preparation of Technology Need Assessment (TNA) and Technology Action Plan (TAP) for 9 adaptation sectors (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Water, Biodiversity, Coastal & Marine, Health, Urban Planning & Human Settlement, Tourism) and loss and damage sector of climate change. He/she will also provide technical support to Climate Change Expert(Mitigation) in preparation of TNA and TAP for 5 mitigation sectors (Energy, Transport, Industry, Waste, Forestry) for identifying adaptation aspects of those sectors. The post is based in the FAO Representation in Colombo, Sri Lanka with delivery basis payments.
Reporting Lines
The Climate Change Expert (Adaptation) will be working in close coordination with the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the GCF Readiness Project and with technical guidance by the Environment and Climate Change Specialist and the Lead Technical Officer with regard to project implementation. He/she will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme).
Technical Focus

  • Prepare/ update the TNA and TAP for the Adaptation sectors.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Climate Change Expert (Mitigation) in the preparation of TNA and TAP for identifying adaptation aspects in those sectors.
  • Conduct the inception workshop and validation workshop in collaboration with Climate Change Expert (Mitigation).
  • Conduct workshops for the adaptation sectors.
  • Prepare the TNA and TAP reports in collaboration with Climate Change Expert (Mitigation) and Environment and Climate Change Specialist.
  • Ensure that the TNA and TAP are gender responsive.

Tasks And Responsibilities

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the TNA and develop the work plan to update the TNA and TAP in collaboration with the Climate Change Expert (Mitigation).
  • Prepare the TOR for the working group members in adaptation sectors.
  • Identify the working group members (institutions) in consultation with the Climate Change Secretariat.
  • Conduct the inception workshop and validation workshop in collaboration with the Climate Change Expert (Mitigation).
  • Review the NDCs, NAP and other priority documents on climate change and prepare a zero draft document of TNA for Adaptation Sectors and loss and damage sector.
  • Conduct consultation workshops.
  • Prepare an improved draft document of TNA with comments of working groups.
  • Prepare zero draft of the TAP in consultation with relevant parties.
  • Produce the validated version of TNA and TAP of the adaptation sectors and loss and damage sector.
  • Participate in progress review meetings.
  • Prepare the printable version of the TNA and TAP in collaboration with Climate Change Expert (Mitigation) and Environment and Climate Change Specialist.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent in environmental science, natural resources management, agriculture, climate change or any related disciplines.
  • At least 10 years of working experience in the field of Climate change adaptation.
  • Working knowledge and excellent communication skills in English (written and oral) and Sinhala/Tamil.
  • National of Sri Lanka or a legal resident in the country.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Familiarity with effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point).
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in developing technical reports – undertaking research, primary and secondary data collection, analysis and report writing.
  • Ability to work/deliver independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government structures at national level and with wider stakeholders (regional and international development agencies).
  • Experience working for donor-driven projects.

Selection Criteria

  • Extent and relevance of experience in one or more sectors in Climate change adaptation.
  • Extent of experience in technical report writing.
  • Experience in coordinating and liaising with industry, academia, national authorities, UN agencies, donors, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Familiarity with the UN System and /or development sector will be considered an asset.

Job Posting
Closure Date
30/Aug/2023, 4:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit
Job Type
Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition
PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level
Primary Location
Sri Lanka-Colombo
200 working days
Post Number
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.


  • Comfortable environment
  • Taught when starting work
  • Salary bonus if there is overtime

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Founded in 1945, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) is an agency of the United Nations that aims to alleviate world hunger. Through scientific research, FAO works to improve agriculture production, nutrition, and access to food in the world’s poorest countries. FAO also promotes the sustainable management of natural resources and development of rural communities, thus helping to secure a food-secure future. Moreover, FAO also works to ensure food safety, facilitate agricultural trade, and protect the environment.

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