Program Executive for Climate Justice

Starting date:  as soon as possible

Duration of contract:  initial contract of 5 years

Closing date for applications:  25 March 2019


Candidates for this position require an endorsement from an LWF member church



In pursuit of the LWF’s Twelfth Assembly resolutions calling for a strong involvement of the LWF communion and its member churches on issues related to climate justice, the main purpose of this position is to implement the LWF’s climate justice strategic directions (2018) by leading and coordinating the work and programs of the LWF on Climate Justice across different stakeholders, internally and externally.


Required qualifications:

University degree in Environmental Studies / Climate, or degree in Theology with strong expertise on issues related to environment, ecology, climate change

Training in project management

Excellent written and spoken English; French, German, Spanish would be an asset


Additional study and experience

Successful experience in church / ecumenical setting of at least 2 years (ideally 3-7 years) in the field of climate justice / advocacy

Proven track record of a successfully implemented project related to climate change, or active contribution to a multilateral initiative / international action addressing climate change

International cross-cultural experience in the area of environment, ecology and/or climate preferably within faith-based/ecumenical organizations

Proven ability to lead and interact with multi-cultural and multi-professional teams with indirect supervision role



Work time:  100%

Average travel days per year: extensive (more than 20 days)


Core LWF skills

  • Analytical thinking
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Achieving results
  • Accountability
  • Working effectively with others

High level skills required in

  • Project management
  • Advocacy
  • Innovation
  • Communication / networking
  • Facilitation / negotiation
  • Fund raising


Position environment and dimensions

Internally, as a member of a team of thematic experts, mainly interacts with the Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights for advocacy purpose, with climate related projects staff of other departments of the communion office, with communication and resources mobilisation staff, events’ organizers, area secretaries, regional expression officers and country program representatives.

Externally, interacts and cooperates with member churches, donors and related agencies, ecumenical organizations, UN, NGOs, any other LWF stakeholders on climate justice.

Critically influences and contributes at global level through projects and advocacy actions to Climate Justice strategic directions.

Provides guidance and support to internal and external stakeholders.

Leads (with no direct supervision) and supports a team of in-house colleagues as they relate programmatically to his/her portfolio on climate justice.



Main duties

Leads and coordinates the implementation of the climate justice strategic directions, including climate mitigation and adaptation.

Acts as the focal point and Subject Matter Expert for climate change/climate justice in the LWF Communion Office. Provides advice and leadership as needed.

Articulates the theological basis for the LWF’s involvement in climate justice. Engages, in coordination with Communion Office’s relevant staff, member churches in climate justice education and action.

Develops positions and policies related to climate justice, ensuring coherence of the LWF’s global voice and LWF’s advocacy, with special attention to youth participation and to gender justice.

Prepares policy decisions in the Communion Office as they relate to climate justice.

Ensures continuous communication with all internal and external stakeholders, particularly ecumenical organizations and global partners.

Promotes an exemplary organization with internal initiatives in relation with climate justice.

Develops funding channels, ensures and follows up on funding, monitoring and reporting on climate justice projects implementation.

Manages the climate related projects life cycle, in cross-collaboration with LWF departments / country programs and external stakeholders such as member churches and funders.


Major Challenges

This is a new position, which has to be developed in a context of organizational change. As the LWF thematic convener and expert for Climate Justice with no direct supervisory role, he/she interacts with partners and colleagues who have to balance competing priorities.