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Senior Program Officer (SDCC) (CoE for Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change)
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February 16, 2015
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Tel no. (66-2) 524-5019
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AITs Strategic Plan 2013 emphasizes the consolidation of research efforts and creation of a niche that will harness the Institutes range of network, experience and expertise. Sustainable development has been central to AITs research and development efforts since its inception. The Institute has responded rapidly to the new challenges the region faces. Climate change is a global challenge and concerted trans-disciplinary efforts are required to develop new adaptation and mitigation strategies which will provide local communities more resilience while leading towards a more sustainable society.

The Institute is committed to work towards this by forming strong teams and networks and working in a collaborative manner with all stakeholders. The Institute continues to pursue its role as a leading center of knowledge production in the region.

The goal of the AIT Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change (SDCC) is to consolidate the Institutes research efforts and broaden the networks and partnerships by providing a platform to discuss and launch shared initiatives and pool resources to effectively address issues and challenges in sustainable development and climate change. Administratively, CoE SDCC reports to the Vice-President for Research at AIT.

The thematic research areas aim to stimulate the formation of teams that merge knowledge, experience and networks. This approach will allow centralizing some support functions to research activities, but also aims at diversifying research teams to make better use of the width of experience at AIT. The thematic research areas identified by AIT are: Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Sustainable Land and Water Resources Management (SLWRM), Business and Innovation Models for a Green Economy (BIMGE), Urban and Rural Quality of Life and Sustainability, and Low Carbon and Sustainable Production & Consumption Technologies and Management (LCSPCTM).


The title of this role is Senior Programme Officer at SDCC. The Senior Programme Officer works under the leadership of the Director SDCC.


  1. Bring together though-leaders, research groups and SDCC experts to reflect on future research, design action plans and agenda, and pool resources to face emerging issues and urgent themes in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  2. Consolidate the Institutes research efforts and partnerships by providing a platform to discuss and launch shared initiatives with like-minded stakeholders and partners; and
  3. Strengthen AITs role as regional hub of knowledge and experience in research and development in sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.


  1. Manage activities within SDCC in coordination with thematic research area leaders and other relevant stakeholders.
  2. Maintain platform of knowledge and research potential sharing across thematic research areas.
  3. Provide support to technical assistance and review on project reports submitted by external resource personnel.
  4. Supervising the project staff, office employee working in SDCC and work closely with the Project Manager of the Center & the Office of Vice-President Research-AIT.
  5. Liaison with relevant stakeholders to enhance and consolidate partnership efforts.
  6. Promote SDCC and AIT as a regional hub of knowledge and experience in research and development in sustainable development and climate change to relevant stakeholders through various means of media and events.
  7. Represent SDCC in events related to sustainable development and climate change which support SDCC positioning in local, regional and global levels.
  8. Support to ensure SDCC administrative and financial process accountability according to relevant standard of practice.
  9. Support to document and report progress on SDCC programme and activities in a regular manner and based on request of relevant stakeholders.
  10. Support to communication and external relation activities.
  11. Support to programme management of SDCC projects: preparation, identification and implementation of projects.
  12. Perform other activities assigned by the SDCC Director.


  1. Relevant Masters degree or PhD in fields related to sustainable development, natural sciences, social sciences, business administration etc.
  2. Between 3 to 5 years of relevant experience after masters degree; fresh PhDs are welcome to apply.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of climate change issues and the Asian region
  4. Excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills in English.


Time of service for SDCC-Senior Program Officer will be initially for one year with a possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance.


The gross salary for the position will commensurate with the qualification and experience of the candidate as per the salary structure for the position at AIT.

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