Ricardo: Senior Consultant - Climate Adaptation

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Senior Consultant - Climate Adaptation

  • Role type
  • Flexible Hours, Full time, Part time, Permanent

  • Location
  • Bristol, London, Madrid, Oxfordshire (Harwell)

Job Description

Senior Consultant -  Climate Adaptation

Salary: circa £35-45,000 per annum

Location: UK (London, Bristol or Harwell) or Spain (Madrid) or home based within commutable distance to the offices specified above.

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining climate change (mitigation and adaptation), energy, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with governmental and private sector organisations on the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, strategies and plans. With in-depth sectoral insights and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

Key accountabilities

As an important member of the Climate Action Planning and Transparency (CAPT) team, the primary focus of your role will be to contribute to project delivery, and business development regarding all aspects of climate adaptation planning processes at national and sub-national scales.


Working with local, regional and national governments in the UK and around the world, including on projects funded and commissioned by multilateral development banks, bilateral agencies and development partners, projects may include:

  • Identifying and prioritising climate vulnerabilities, risks and adaptation options
  • Assessing adaptation-mitigation co-benefits
  • Mainstreaming adaptation into sectoral policies, strategies and funds
  • Developing costed implementation plans for adaptation actions, and associated finance strategies
  • Developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks (including indicators) for adaptation policies, plans, and programmes.


Delivery of these projects may include occasional international travel for short periods (e.g. 1-2 weeks), subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Specific tasks will be dependent on experience and interests, but are likely to include: bid and project management; liaising with clients and subcontractors; developing and implementing methodologies; desk-based research and policy analysis; organising and facilitating virtual and face-to-face stakeholder consultations, workshops, and capacity-building events; and development of final project outputs.

In all aspects of this role, you will work with a highly-experienced, cross-disciplinary team of consultants. You will have the opportunity to make an impact and shape projects, learning from colleagues and contributing your skills and experience. Our CAPT team has recently completed or is currently undertaking projects in many countries across Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America, including with regard to development and implementation of National Adaptation Plans, and adaptation elements of Nationally Determined Contributions and Long-Term Strategies. We are also supporting local authorities and regional bodies in the UK to respond to the climate emergency and deliver ‘net zero’ ambitions, including from an adaptation perspective.


Key competencies and experience:


  • Higher degree in a numerate/scientific subject, or equivalent academic experience
  • Understanding of the adaptation planning process and experience at city, sub-national and/or national level
  • Experience of undertaking climate vulnerability and/or risk assessments
  • Knowledge of international climate change policy (e.g. UNFCCC) regarding adaptation
  • Experience of facilitating virtual and face-to-face stakeholder consultations, workshops, and capacity-building events
  • Strong literacy in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint.



  • Experience of working in a consultancy environment
  • Experience of working in different cultural environments
  • Fluency in a second language.


Skills and behaviours:

  • Proactive, able to work independently and demonstrate initiative
  • A team player, able to adopt leadership and support roles dependent on the needs, as part of a cross-disciplinary team
  • Aptitude for using your technical knowledge creatively to address new challenges
  • Appropriate accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent, culturally-sensitive interpersonal skills
  • Strongly motivated to continue learning
  • Organisation and time-management skills
  • Flexibility, resilience, enthusiasm, and willingness to travel overseas occasionally on short-term (e.g. 1-2 week) assignments.


What we offer

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our people. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our people are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals, including flexible working, carers policy, mental-health first-aiders, and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach as explained in this message by our CEO.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role.