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Climate Change Expert

Reference IFOAM  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Rural Economy, Arboriculture and Agri.
Town/City Bonn
Salary Additional Information EUR 25,800 - 33,000 p.a.
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 23/02/2014
Company Name IFOAM
Contact Name Gabor Figeczky
Telephone +49-228-92650-10
Email g.figeczky@ifoam.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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IFOAM calls for a


      Climate Change Expert from Developing Countries


March 2015 through February 2016, IFOAM Head Office in Bonn, Germany


IFOAM is currently seeking to host a Climate Change Expert to apply for the International Climate Protection (ICP) Fellowship grant of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Hosting of the expert is dependent upon approval of funding by the Foundation. Details of the fellowship including the application procedure are found at http://www.ifoam.org/sites/default/files/page/files/programme_information.pdf. Please find a list of the potential home countries of applicants here: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/pls/web/docs/F24140/list_of_countries.pdf. IFOAM provides the selected applicant with all assistance needed for the application including the project plan.

The applicant, selected by IFOAM and approved for funding by the Humboldt Foundation, will work in our Advocacy department. The successful applicant will be motivated, responsible and self-starters, able to work independently with an intention to become a leader in her/his organization.


Benefits granted by the fellowship program:

  • Fellowship amount according to qualifications between 2,150 EUR and 2,750 EUR per month;
  • Two-month intensive German language course (optional, in January & February 2015);
  • Introductory seminar with a group of fellows for one month (March 2015)
  • Lump sum for travel expenses;
  • Allowances for visits by family members lasting at least three months.

To see additional benefits please visit the fellowship webpage or check in the downloadable pdf document below.


The Climate Change Expert will be in charge of IFOAM’s Climate Change Campaign and will work closely together with the Advocacy Manager. IFOAM’s Climate Change Campaign promotes the use of Organic Agriculture as a combined policy tool for reducing emissions and increasing captures from agriculture while simultaneously addressing hunger and poverty through the enhanced soil fertility and climate resilience benefits of organic soil carbon sequestration. The Expert’s main task will be the following:

  • Collect and analyze data on the adaptation and mitigation benefits of Organic Agriculture;
  • Develop position papers, brochures and leaflets used as advocacy tools;
  • Organize side-events at climate change related UN events in order to mainstream Organic Agriculture;
  • Organize meetings with key policy makers and other stakeholders;
  • Elaborate a study/report in accordance with the requirements of the Humboldt Foundation on the International Climate Protection Fellowship;
  • Raise funds from various donors including drafting proposals for IFOAM’s climate change related work.


Required skills:

  • University degree in a relevant field (climate, ecology, geography, economics, etc.);
  • Reasonably strong background in at least one of the fields of climate change policy;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, French and/or Spanish is an asset;
  • A basic understanding of agriculture/ecology;
  • Experience in local, national or regional level policy making or advocacy work;
  • Experience in UN level policy/advocacy work is an advantage;
  • All other skills and assets as required by the Humboldt Foundation’s ICP Fellowship.


A portfolio with examples of climate-related projects implemented or policy issues addressed would be valued.


The fellowship provides the opportunity to learn and develop new skills for professional development. The expert will gain from its time in IFOAM in-depth insights into the operations of a well-recognized international NGO, improve skills in advocacy work, leadership and global networking and build up interpersonal and intercultural relationships.


The fellowship will start with an optional language course in January 2015 or with the introductory seminar in March 2015, and last until February 2016 with a possible extension of another 3 months. Working hours are 40 hours per week. The place of work is the IFOAM Head Office in Bonn, nicely located on the bank of the river Rhine. IFOAM might provide as method of transport, access to a bike on request.


To apply, please send your electronic application, including a motivation letter, a CV as well as related references and certificates to

Bernardette Hernandez:  b.hernandez AT ifoam DOT org latest by February 23, 2014.


Should you have questions, please contact Thomas Cierpka, IFOAM Deputy Director  

at +49-228-9265015 or t.cierpka AT ifoam. org.

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