CV21, Rugby
£27,366 - £30,865 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About the role

Climate change is a global challenge that is having a direct impact on the poorest people around the world, eroding the development gains of the last few decades. Practical Action plays a key role in influencing the climate agenda to reduce risks for, and address the irreversible impacts on, the most climate vulnerable communities.

Our teams work across Asia, Africa and Latin America in programmes and partnerships that address the implications of climate change for people living in poverty. We are actively supporting climate solutions to build resilience, helping farmers adapt, low-income communities in informal settlements respond to urban climate impacts and exploring how modern energy services can support communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Reporting to the Head of Climate and Resilience, you will help to strengthen the way we work on climate change across Practical Action so that we increase our impact. You will identify and develop effective ways to work with and influence other organisations to deliver wider change so that poor people and their livelihoods threatened by climate change have a sustainable and resilient future.

About you                                                       

We are looking for a passionate and committed individual, with good knowledge of climate change, a degree in a relevant subject who is fluent in English (with knowledge of another language desirable). We are committed to supporting you on your professional journey and offer a vibrant team atmosphere with strong multicultural engagement across teams and country offices.

You will ideally have experience in international development and an understanding of the impacts of climate change in the developing world. You should have a passion for ensuring that people living in poverty have the support they need to respond to the impacts of climate change, allowing them to thrive in spite of the increasing frequency and intensity of climate events. You should have understanding and empathy for the challenges faced by the poorest and most climate vulnerable, those who are least responsible for the problem.

You should be an analytical thinker, with an understanding of applied research and be an excellent communicator. A good understanding of international development debates and the global climate change negotiation process led by the UNFCCC and its relationship with UNDRR, the SDGs, etc. would be a huge advantage.

You will demonstrate the ability to work well across diverse teams, geographies and cultures. You will be required to work with and mentor colleagues in country offices and would be expected to feel comfortable presenting learning and analysis both internally across Practical Action and externally to our partners as required.

You will possess strong time management, planning and prioritisation skills and be able to work well under pressure. You will be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ideally candidates should hold a Masters level degree qualification in an appropriate discipline and have work experience ideally including experience working in developing countries either as a volunteer or as part of your studies for at least 6 months.

You will be highly organised and an excellent team worker. You will need to be passionate for the cause and able to work in a complex, multicultural environment. You must have a strong empathy with Practical Action’s vision, mission and values.


The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.

  • Most staff in the UK are currently working from home due to coronavirus and we expect to it be this way for some time. It is however our practice normally that we operate an agile flexible working policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (between 2-3 days per week depending on the role).

  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays.

  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment - employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.

  • Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave.

  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).

  • Bike to Work scheme.

    • About us

      We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

      We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

      We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

      Additional information

      We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

      Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

      Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

      The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.




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Refreshed on: 19 May 2021
Closed date: 28 May 2021
Tags: Intl Development, Policy/Research

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