Screenshot 2015-01-19 11.58.51Adaptation and Resilience Planner – Canada Office


ICLEI is an international association of local governments. Its mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments that are committed to achieving tangible improvements in environmental sustainability. ICLEI’s main program areas include: climate change (both mitigation and adaptation), and biodiversity. Founded in 1990, ICLEI has grown to become the largest international association of local government, representing more than 1,200 cities and towns in over 65 countries. ICLEI’s adaptation works centres around the delivery of our Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities programming and the creation of new resources and policy documents for Canadian municipalities. The BARC Program offers municipalities from across Canada the opportunity to implement Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation with facilitation and technical support from ICLEI staff. The purpose of this Initiative is to work with local governments to enhance the capacity of staff and stakeholders to assess local vulnerability to climate change and effectively implement adaptation strategies and integrate adaptation planning with other key processes. In this roll, we assist municipalities with initiation, research, local action planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. In addition, ICLEI Canada produces a variety of resources for municipalities on adaptation and the municipal role in responding to the impacts of climate change. These resources range from toolkits and planners, guides, case studies, and other policy documents.

The Adaptation and Resilience Planner’s primary job duties will focus on delivering on initiatives, as described above, relating to ICLEI Canada’s Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities programming.

Basic Qualifications

• Understanding of adaptation and climate change impacts

• Excellent writing, facilitation, and communication skills

• Ability to work in both French and English

• Strong analytical, research and conceptual skills

• Knowledge and experience of local government decision making and processes

• Ability to work carefully and accurately with complex information

• Ability to travel locally, nationally, and internationally on occasion

• Understanding of the non-profit NGO environment

• Undergraduate degree in geography, environmental studies/science, political science or related discipline

Desirable Qualifications

• Experience working with non-government organizations (NGOs)

• Experience working with (or in) municipal government

• Understanding of vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies

• Knowledge in marketing and communications strategies

• Demonstrated talents in marketing and fundraising

• Graduate degree in urban planning, geography, environmental studies


The Adaptation & Resilience Planner reports to the Manager, ICLEI Canada. All tasks and responsibilities described below are under the guidance and supervision of the Manager, ICLEI Canada, or designate.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Support ICLEI Canada in the following areas of activity:

• Assist in providing technical and general support for BARC

• Assist in the development of adaptation related programs and materials

• Support the development of proposals and responses to Requests for Proposals (RFP) for ICLEI Canada

• Support ICLEI partnerships with local municipalities involved in BARC

• Help with marketing activities for ICLEI Canada

• Support ICLEI-Canada staff with fundraising efforts

• Support ICLEI-Canada workplan development

• Help develop linkages between ICLEI Canada’s mitigation and adaptation program areas

• Provide support in the exploration and development of new projects and project funding

• Support the development of communications and related tools between ICLEI Canada, members, program partners and the public

• Explore and help develop new funding opportunities for existing programs


The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Send CV and letter of intent to Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada: by January 30, 2015.