Vacancy at ITC: Climate Adaptation Consultant

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7 March 2018
Closing Date: Open
Consultant: International Consultant
Project: Strengthening Competitiveness through Climate Resilience in International Value Chains 
Contract type: 80 days of work until 15 July 2018



The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization supporting the internationalization of SMEs. Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development.

The Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Programme is seeking an International Consultant to provide support in the implementation of its project “Strengthening Competitiveness through Climate Resilience in International Value Chains”.

The project pilots a new and innovative approach by taking a value chain perspective to strengthen climate resilience of companies. This approach aims at improving the collaboration amongst selected value chain actors – including both European companies and their suppliers in the targeted countries - in order to implement better climate risk management along the value chain and hence to increase the competitiveness of its stakeholders.

The project will be implemented in the agri-processing and textiles sectors of Morocco and Kenya.


Duties & Responsibilities

Under the supervision and management of the project managers, the International Consultant will conduct a value chain and climate risk assessment study in Morocco (textile value chain) and in Kenya (tea and coffee value chains).

The purpose of the study is to feed into ITC’s project on climate resilience in value chains. It should serve as an information basis for the local companies to be better aware about climate change and its potentials impacts and risks. The recommendations of the study should be targeted at local enterprises as well as their European buyers.

As a first step, a value chain analysis will have to be conducted in to give an overview on the targeted value chains. Based on the findings of the value chain analyses, a basic qualitative environmental impact assessment and a more extensive climate risk assessment of the targeted value chains need to be conducted. Finally, recommendations need to be provided:

The value chain analysis need to include:

  • Details on the imports/inputs that Moroccan and Kenyan enterprises process, as well as details on the product exports from Morocco and Kenya (especially into the European market) in the respective value chains
  • Mapping of the value chain process, functions, actors, geography, resources and governance structure of the targeted value chains
  • Outline of interdependencies in the value chain between the different actors at different levels (e.g. primary producers, processors, exporters)

The basic qualitative environmental impact assessment needs to include:

  • Analysis of the environmental impact of the value chain on the environment (e.g. water use, pollution, etc.)

The assessment of the exposure and vulnerability of the targeted value chains to climate related risks (e.g. via hot spot analysis) needs to include:

  • Climate risk assessment of the geographic regions in which the targeted processing plants of the project are grouped in Morocco and Kenya
  •  Assessment of the current and likely future climate impacts that (may) impact upon the actors in the chain, and hence, the reliability of the value chain, including real examples from two sample beneficiary companies per  targeted value chain in Morocco and Kenya
  •  Analysis of the growth targets of the targeted value chains at risk from climate change

Recommendations for Moroccan and Kenyan suppliers and their buyers active in the value chains need to address:

  • Potential responses by the value chain actors in order to reduce the environmental impact
  • Potential responses by the value chain actors in order to better manage climate-induced risks and adapt to climate change impacts (e.g., risk distribution, investments, etc.)

The focus of the analysis should be on the value chain assessment, the climate change impact assessment, as well as related recommendations. The environmental impact assessment should be kept more general

The International Consultant will prepare an advanced draft report about the findings and recommendations and submit to ITC until end of May. Upon submission, the draft report will be reviewed by ITC and relevant stakeholders. Based upon the feedback, the International Consultant will modify the report accordingly and submit the final version to ITC until mid July.

The International Consultant will be responsible for conducting this study in entirely. A local consultant in each country, hired by ITC directly, will facilitate the required contact to the two beneficiary companies, as required.

In order to ensure that the assessment study deliverables are according to ITC’s predefined requirements in terms of scope, quality and timing, a close coordination between ITC and the incumbent entity throughout the whole project duration is indispensable. It is ITC’s effort to closely collaborate with the incumbent entity at each stage of the project, and to jointly identify prompt solutions for any challenge or problems that might occur throughout the project roll out. However, ITC can only provide its advice and support if the incumbent entity reports to ITC any upcoming challenges or problems.



  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Attention to detail
  •  Ability to work independently and to solve problems
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic, presentation skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


Advanced degree in economics, international relations, business administration, climate change, geography, corporate sustainability, or related field.


At least 5 years of experience continuously working on climate resilience related topics, especially climate change adaptation and climate risk assessment for the private sector. Working experience in developing countries is a must.


Fluency in English and French, knowledge of additional local languages is an asset.


Please submit your application to Ann-Kathrin Zotz ( and Annegret Brauss (

Selected candidates must submit their application to the Consultants Roster: