Climate Change & Ageing Adviser

at HelpAge International
Published April 11, 2022
Location London, United Kingdom
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


Our Package


We offer flexible working, a competitive benefits package:


UK Grade ‘E’ Salary £38,000 per annum but adjusted to the cost of living of country in which you are based so the amount may be lower than this

8.5% employer pension contribution

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Opportunity to work for a leading organisation working with and for older people globally

Candidates can be based in any country in which they have the legal right to live and work and where HelpAge is able to employ and pay them legally.


The Organisation


HelpAge International is entering into an exciting phase of its evolution as we fundamentally transform what we do, how we do it and how we are organised. Driven by our commitment to the localisation agenda, we are evolving the way we partner and deliver value at the country and local level. In the coming 3 years, we will localise our country offices and programmes, and develop new and diverse forms of partnerships globally.


We seek to give primacy to local agents for change. To this end, we will replace all programmes delivered by HelpAge staff and resources on the ground with implementation by partners. This will apply across all our work -humanitarian and long-term development. Going forward, our value is framed around supporting, convening and thought leadership.


A key way of creating value and bringing impact is collaborating across boundaries and by bringing different perspectives, skills and talent together. We will deliver our work through agile teams and a global operating model, with regional roots, to focus on impact and maintain the relationships at the national level to help build collaborations and support others to set their own agendas.


Job Purpose

The Advisor will be part of the Global Impact Department. The Department contributes to implementing the HelpAge’s 2030 strategy by:


  • Aiming to achieve positive impact on well-being, dignity and the voice of older people


  • Becoming a recognised part of a global movement for change


  • Leading, advocating and partnering on initiatives that contribute to transform systems, challenge negative attitudes and social norms, as well as influence laws, policies and practices at national, regional and global levels The global Impact Department works through four portfolios:


  • Inclusive Humanitarian Action


  • Healthy Ageing


  • Society for All Ages


  • Income Security


Although working in defined areas, portfolios work in a collaborative manner understanding the synergies between them. Each of these portfolios is tasked with building legitimacy, establishing productive connections, and developing global competencies, through Implementing the three components of our strategic approach: Support, Convene and Thought Leadership. The Global Impact Department also includes Regional Representatives in Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East and Latin America, tasked with maintaining links with the Network members and supporting the connections with portfolios.


Job Context/ Key Tasks


Develop and deliver Climate Change and Population Ageing organisational strategy for HelpAge

Build recognised global competence and legitimacy for HelpAge in climate change and older people in adaptation and mitigation-related actions

Produce strategic positions, policies, approaches and guidance on Climate Change and Ageing to inform advocacy within HelpAge, including Support organisations, global ambassadors, network members and partners

Advice and support portfolios and other teams in in integrating Climate Change and Ageing in their programmes and initiatives.

Lead HelpAge knowledge management activities in climate change internally and in collaboration with research institutions and collaborators

Develop the capacity of HelpAge staff, partners, and network members through training (including coaching and mentoring), developing tools, training materials, webinars and focused guidelines

Essential skills, knowledge and experience


  • Professional experience in environmental, climate change or sustainable development related issues


  • Understanding of population ageing, its trends and challenges, as well as of the rights of older people


  • Previous climate-related work with governments, donors, UN agencies, CSOs or multilateral agencies in areas of adaptation or mitigation is an asset


  • Track record in policy analysis, research, report writing, dissemination of good practices in development or humanitarian contexts


  • Experience engaging with donors and different sources of funding


  • Ability to engage in and contribute to high-level policy dialogues and advisory functions involving civil society, governments, multilateral agencies, UNs and other stakeholders


  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the global debate on climate change and experience in environmental debates and dialogues and processes


  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and dependably with colleagues, fostering innovation, teamwork and sharing a sense of joint learning


  • Ability to communicate clearly complex issues related to climate change to diverse audiences


  • On-the-ground experience with grassroots organisations and local actors with the understanding of and commitment to principles of locally-led development


Language Requirements:


  • Fluency in English.


How to apply


Please email your application before the closing date to be considered for the shortlist.


With a view to minimising our administration costs, we are unfortunately only able to contact again those candidates that have been shortlisted for interview.

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