(Senior) Advisor (m/f/d) 

in the field of Climate Diplomacy (Mat Leave Cover with possibility of extension) full time, Berlin / adelphi research

adelphi is the leading independent think-and-do tank in Europe for climate, environment and development. We are some 320 strategists, thought leaders and practitioners working at the local and global levels to find solutions to the most urgent political, economic and social challenges of our time. As a policy consultancy, we support a just transition towards carbon neutrality and sustainable, liveable societies. Our work is grounded in transdisciplinary research, evidence-based consulting and stakeholder dialogues. With these tools we shape policy agendas, facilitate political communication, inform policy processes and support decision-makers.

Reconciling economic growth with climate protection and resource efficiency requires access to affordable and appropriate financing solutions. In many countries, however, markets and frameworks for green financial products and sustainable investments are underdeveloped. adelphi supports clients from politics, business and the financial sector in designing and implementing green financing instruments, both in Europe and in developing and emerging economies.



Job Summary

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for the 21st century, not least in view of the risks it entails for peace and international security. Adelphi has been working on climate-fragility risks for many years, in cooperation with the German Foreign Office and many other ministries, governments and international organizations. We are looking for a creative and dynamic person who can step into the role to help shape political processes and decision making in this domain at the national and international level.

As a (Senior) Advisor, you will take responsibilities across many fields – from preparing international dialogues to overseeing partners, programs and evidence gathering. You will lead research, conceptualize and draft analysis of risks and potential solutions on climate security and climate diplomacy. You will support program-implementers and policy-makers in identifying entry-points for and communications promising approaches.

Diversity is important to us. For a sustainable future, we need a diversity of experiences experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.


Your tasks

  • Depending on your background and level of experience, you will:

    • Project Management: take responsibility for planning and implementing projects and manage team members, stakeholder networks and dialogues.
    • Conceptual Design and Acquisition: develop ideas, analyses and projects on how foreign, development and climate policy can and should evolve in the view of climate-fragility risks, and thereby support the team in acquiring new projects.
    • Capacity-Building: design trainings to effectively convey the available knowledge to policy-makers and practitioners from relevant sectors (foreign, development, humanitarian, security, climate policy), and implement these.
    • Teamwork: build on your expertise and experience in climate, foreign, security and/or development policy and act as a mentor and sparring partner for your colleagues.
    • Research, Analysis, Policy Advice: bring or develop a thorough understanding of climate security issues and become a trusted contact person for project partners from different sectoral communities.
    • Communication: write reports, opinion pieces and develop communication strategies for effectively disseminating the results and insights from projects.
    • As a colleague in our Climate, Diplomacy and Security team you contribute to the strategic orientation and further development of our services; you manage and write successful proposals and participate in other business development activities. You guide and advise junior team members, and you exchange with your colleagues on a regular basis to continuously advance our team’s expertise, quality of services and team spirit.

    Your qualifications

    • Experience and interest in managing complex projects, stakeholder networks and dialogues
    • A Master’s degree that relates to the topic
    • At least 5-8 years of relevant working experience, eg. in international politics, climate or development policy or practise
    • Knowledge of and strong interest in the fields of climate security, conflict analysis and sensitivity, and/or peace-building
    • Field research and ability/interest in short-term travel beyond OECD countries, including fragile countries/situations
    • Excellent analytical or writing skills, ability to work in teams, and inter-cultural competence
    • Competent and confident presenter in international settings, solutions and client-oriented project management
    • Flexibility and the ability to work independently


    • Project implementation experience in peacebuilding/social cohesion/resilience
    • Excellent writing and communication in French
    • Knowledge/work experience on: integrating environment/climate aspects into peace negotiations and mediation, migration/displacement and climate change, gender and social cohesion in climate and security policy, rural and urban resilience.
    • Familiarity with climate change and security arena (actors, processes, events), contacts, networks in the global south
    • Publication record targeted at policy audiences

    We offer…

    • adelphi Impact:
      You advance social-ecological transformation with impactful projects.
    • adelphi Fit:
      Free or discounted membership in the Urban Sports Club with more than 50 sports throughout Germany and in five European countries.
    • adelphi Mobile:
      Subsidized BVG company ticket including free transportation for passengers and/ or our job bike leasing for your personal bike of choice. Whether for your way to work or for your free time.
    • adelphi Spirit:
      An international and interdisciplinary team with a lot of passionate commitment for a future worth living. Not only spinning ideas together at work, but also celebrating together at various adelphi events.
    • adelphi DNA:
      dynamic green new-work environment with flexible working hours for your personal work-life balance as well as IT equipment for your home office.
    • adelphi Care:
      Individual development through numerous internal and external trainings as well as our buddy program, mentoring and knowledge exchanges.
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