We Are Hiring! Environment Program Coordinator

We Are Hiring! Environment Program Coordinator


The Arab region is one of the poorest regions in the world in terms of water resources. Besides climate change, mismanagement of water resources, inefficient irrigation methods, population growth, and urbanization put more strain on already limited water resources. Longer drought seasons and depleted water resources forced many agriculture workers in the region to migrate to urban areas for income. Countries in the region became increasingly dependent on imports to feed their people. With the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and the economic crisis, the issue of food security became a national security issue.

International Financial institutions (IFIs) are stepping up to face the food crisis. In mid-2022, many of these institutions developed an “IFI-Action Plan to Address Food Insecurity”. This plan outlines how each one of these institutions would respond to the crisis. While some of these commitments aim to provide financial support to the governments and corporations most impacted by the crisis, others are more directed toward projects linked to sustainable agriculture and food security like the World Bank, which committed $30 billion in response to the food crisis.

Some of these projects directed to sustainable agriculture and services extension to farmers have been announced in some countries in the Arab region. These projects promise to address climate change issues and the inefficient use of natural resources while providing job opportunities to vulnerable and marginalized groups such as refugees. Some are also geared toward enhancing the food supply chains and encouraging crop exportations to neighboring countries. 

Given the importance of these projects, there is a great need to ensure that the adopted farming practices and crops are environmentally sustainable and that sound labor conditions are in place for the marginalized groups these projects would employ.

As a Coalition working on promoting participatory, just, inclusive, and equitable development programs and processes in the region, the Arab Watch Coalition (AWC) is hiring a Program Coordinator to lead its monitoring and advocacy work to ensure these sustainable agriculture projects are indeed achieving what they were designed to do.

Main responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to AWC work on the nexus of IFIs, climate change, and food security in the MENA region.
  • Represent AWC in meetings with IFI officials and related meetings with regional and international partners.
  • Liaise with and represent AWC in the different international networks working on IFIs that AWC is a member of.
  • Lead the mapping of CSOs and social movements working on IFIs, climate change, and food security at the national and regional levels.
  • Coordinate, organize, or supervise in-person and online workshops and events as needed for this program.
  • Develop analytical updates and reports on IFI policies and funded activities to combat climate change and address its impact on food security.
  • Support AWC management in fundraising for its climate change work.
  • Manage the allocation of AWC resources for its climate change work.
  • Hire translators and any other consultants and monitor their work as needed.
  • Work closely with AWC’s Media and Advocacy Coordinator to develop and disseminate media materials. 

Required experience and skills:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in either one of the following functional areas: -policy and advocacy; -project management, or public campaign management.
  • Familiarity with the context of civil society and civic space in the region.
  • Working knowledge of climate change issues relevant to the region, especially water scarcity and its impact on food security.
  • Understanding the role of International Financial Institutions, especially the World Bank, in addressing climate change.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing communications materials for various audiences, including the general public, policymakers, and the press.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and Arabic are required. Although not required, the French language is a plus.
  • High integrity, excellent conceptual and team relations skills
  • Strategic, action-oriented mindset – highly organized and a go-getter

What we offer:

  • Work remotely from any country in the MENA region. 
  • Work with a large group of leading civil society organizations at global, regional, and local levels
  • High-impact, high-visibility work environment with a small team and a high potential for rapid growth.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Generous paid vacations.
  • Health insurance.

How to apply:

If interested, please send the following documents by April 15, 2024.

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter (1-page maximum) which should clearly state why you think you are suited for this position, what objectives/learning outcomes you expect from this experience, when you would be available to start;
  • Your application should be addressed to info@arabwatchcoalition.org email. Please use the subject line “Climate Change Program Coordinator application.”

Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.

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