Climate Resilience Advisor

SNV Nepal

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people's incomes and employment opportunities in productive sectors like agriculture as well as on improving access to basic services such as energy, water, sanitation and hygiene. SNV supports people to access and develop the capabilities, services and opportunities needed to live a healthy, productive and fulfilling life, while sustainably using the natural resources they depend on. Unlike many other development actors, we do not offer funding, but specialize in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors. We work with governments, businesses, knowledge institutes and low-income communities so that together we can transform ideas into policy, policy into action, and action into results. Through our technical knowledge, 50+ years of experience, passionate staff, extensive local presence and global footprint, we strive to make a lasting difference in people's lives. For Further details, please visit the website:

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Climate Resilience Advisor

Kathmandu 44600, Nepal


Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia, including Nepal since 1980. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance. Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all. For more information on SNV, visit our website:


Through its water sector, SNV’s aims to contribute to improving water security for all, namely the reliable availability of an acceptable quantity and quality of water for health, livelihoods, ecosystems and production, coupled with an acceptable level of water-related risks. Under the water sector SNV supports sustainable and inclusive water uses for domestic and productive proposes, sanitation, pollution and waste management, as well as an urban integrated water cycle approach and water resource management.

The work in the water sector touches upon three human rights: the human right to water and sanitation, and the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Governments are the duty-bearers of progressive realisation of these rights in their areas. Therefore SNV works with governments to develop and implement sustainable water governance systems which engage private sector and civil society in a way that rights for all are realised, even for those areas that are less profitable or have less political weight.

SNV has a track record in facilitating structural change at different levels (national, sub-national, local), bringing together relevant stakeholders and creating conditions for change at scale. Our work is evidence based and promotes learning among peers in and across countries. Gender equality, social inclusion, and climate resilience are universal themes across all our work.

About the inclusive climate resilience in WASH Project

SNV in collaboration with IWMI Nepal, the Institute of Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS) and CBM Australia, the governments of Nepal, Bhutan and Lao PDR and local partners have been implementing a multi-country project within a 5-year agreement (July 2018- December 2022) which has been extended until end 2024 to focus on WASH and climate resilience. The project is supported by the Australian Government’s Water for Women (WfW) Fund, which aims to improve the health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs.

Greater attention of climate risks and vulnerabilities by local government within Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service is needed to sustain gains. Towards inclusive climate resilient WASH services in Rural Nepal and Bhutan, it seeks to increase adaptive capacity and build resilience within local institutions, communities and WASH infrastructures ongoing working rural municipalities of Dailekh and Sarlahi districts of Nepal. Similarly, in Bhutan, it seeks to focus on the technical and programmatic assistance that will support in strengthening the capacity of relevant national and local governments agencies, private sector, and CSOs to develop appropriate management model towards climate resilient inclusive rural WASH services in 3 districts (Dagana, Zhemgang and Trashigang) representing three climatic zones that could be later implemented at scale nationally. SNV together partners will build on the established conducive working relationships with National and local governments to strengthen the coping mechanisms, improve inclusive WASH Governance at local government level and capacitate service providers towards water resource management and water security perspective, supported by learning and inclusion agenda.

Job Description

Overview of the Role:

SNV seeks a talented, result-oriented professional as Climate Resilience Advisor who will support the Project Team in Nepal and Bhutan to implement an inclusive climate resilience in WASH project at local level and provide strategic inputs for strengthening research, learning and policy influencing at local, district, provincial and national level.

The key roles for the Climate Resilience Advisor:

  1. Coordinate activities of planned research with international and local partner institutions and apply research findings in all WfW project components to ensure climate-risk informed project objectives and deliverables.
  2. Provide strategic inputs, support on WASH and conduct capacity building (trainings, coaching/mentoring) of of project team and local partner staff in order to mainstream understanding of climate-resilient WASH.
  3. Analyse existing project and sector data sets related to climate-resilient WASH and synthesize findings for their application across all project deliverables.
  4. Responsible for the overall review of existing water sector policies, strategies, guidelines from the climate resilience perspective and provide strategic advisory services to the project team, government and local partners for the quality implementation of an extension phase of the project ensuring an alignment with SNV’s approaches,
  5. Responsible for developing contents in English, translating into Nepali language and strengthening climate resilience leadership capacity of both Nepal and Bhutan project team, local support partners, service providers/private sector and local government level stakeholders,
  6. Provide professional support for preparation of learning products, review/development of appropriate climate resilient management model, communication materials and technology options and contribute for policy advocacy at national level sub-national level for visibility in the water sector.
  7. Contribute for identification and development of business opportunities for the Water Sector in the countries, as per need.
  8. Support strengthening of climate-resilience across the Water Sector activities in SNV Nepal, as per need.

The Climate Resilience Advisor reports directly to the Project Leader of Water for Women (WfW) Fund supported inclusive and climate resilience in WASH project at SNV Nepal and collaborates closely with the WfW as well as the Water Sector Team at SNV Country Office in Nepal and Bhutan.


Strategic Support: Review the project design document including theory of change of Water for Women Fund, review existing water sector policy, guidelines and lead local government leadership capacity in climate resilient water supply service provisions in collaboration with ISF-UTS, IWMI and CBM Australia.

Advisory Services: Lead capacity building of local government and project teams in the areas of inclusive climate resilience WASH, policy influencing support at national and sub-national level,

Programme Management: deliver results as set in the project design document, support for planning and monitoring and donor reporting.

Representation & Promotion: Maintain relationships with stakeholders to improve SNV’s profile in the sector and actively participate in external and internal networks.

Knowledge management: support/facilitate learning, documentation and evidence-based knowledge development in collaboration with SNV’s country team, multi-country program manager and partners.

Business Development: contribute for proposals and secure funding for innovative water sector programmes as required.


  • Master's Degree in a relevant technical field, climate change, water resource management, watershed/spring shed management.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in a water sector-related field with gender, disability, social inclusion.
  • Experience in institutional development and systems strengthening in rural water supply services/WASH applying climate resilience methodologies, beyond the community level,
  • A sound understanding of SDG 6, in particular in relation to the needs of women, girls and, persons with disabilities other vulnerable groups; 
  • Understanding of climate change adaptation and mitigation in the broader water and WASH sector
  • Interest to collaborate, contribute to and learn from peers in SNV’s water sector network,
  • Analytical capacity and writing skills
  • Proficiency in English speaking, reading and writing required. 
  • The successful candidate will be a self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural teamwork, communication, networking and organisational skills.
  • Full computer literacy and excellent reporting skills.

Additional Information

Reports to: Project Leader

Contract Duration: 9 months (5.5 months for Nepal and 3.5 months for Bhutan) with potential extension

Contract Type: National Employment Contract

Expected Start Date: ASAP (As Soon As Possible)

Duty Station: SNV Nepal Country Office, Kathmandu with frequent field visits to project areas and remote support or field visits to Bhutan’s project location if needed.

Working at SNV: SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of WASH team.

How to Apply:

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation indicating salary expectations by clicking on the "I'm interested" button before June 18, 2023.

We will require that you provide us with the full details of three people who are willing to act as a reference. We will not contact these references without your explicit permission.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

All information will be in the strictest confidence.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

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Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience 5+ years
Education Post Graduate / Masters in related field.
Posted Date 31 May, 2023
Apply Before 18 Jun, 2023
City Kathmandu