The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future.


The GCA will set up and produce a series of annual flagship reports over a period of five years (2020-2024), under the title State and Trends in Adaptation Report, and a dedicated Online Adaptation Data Platform which targets an audience of global and national policy makers, the private sector, adaptation practitioners, the Officer community, media and the public at large. These related products will become a catalyst for adaptation knowledge-sharing and acceleration of adaptation action.


The Online Platform incorporates underlying data and information resources, providing open access to and visualization of climate-related data and solutions, linked to innovative RD&I programs, education and training courses, advocacy, public outreach and dissemination activities and events. It will serve as a high-quality open access tool to provide a global overview of impacts, vulnerabilities and climate adaptation capacity.



We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual with a high level of competence, strong critical thinking, creative problem-solving skills and a proven track record of database programming and management. The Programmer and Data Management Officer will report to the Chief Scientist while working closely with other programmers and senior and junior members of the Knowledge and Education Hub of the GCA, located in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. The successful candidate will play a key role in positioning the GCA as the foremost international organization specialising in climate change adaptation while contributing to the development of state-of-the-art climate models and tools.



The Programmer and Data Management Officer will be responsible for performing routine to complex programming tasks, including but not limited to design, implementation, quality control, and documentation of programs and database applications. The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Design, adopt and/or build software, algorithms and tools for collecting, processing, analyzing, and understanding large data sets;
  • Provide feedback for enhancing the portfolio of tools and data sets;
  • Develop meaningful data visualizations and graphic presentations for reports, knowledge platform, and international meetings and conferences, in close collaboration with the Chief Scientist and research team;
  • Consult with and advise research staff and other programmers on data issues during the development, implementation and maintenance of the online platform, which includes providing guidance and tech specs for database and front-end development by third parties when needed.

Desired Qualifications/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, or equivalent;
  • Minimum of five years of experience in web-based systems, data analysis, database programming and data management – experience in statistical and dynamic modelling, or climate data development and analysis is a strong asset;
  • Expertise with statistical analysis software including SAS and/or R and strong knowledge of Python 3+ and/or other programming languages with a clear OO approach and code readability;
  • Knowledge of version control systems(GitHub, Perforce), familiarity with Linux/Unix OS;
  • Familiarity with MySQL or similar;
  • Skilled at managing, analysing and interpreting large datasets;
  • Proactive and forward-thinking approach to data management and data quality;
  • Ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary and intercultural research teams;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • EU work permit;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills and ability to work under tight deadlines in a team setting.

How to Apply


Candidates are invited to send a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and a curriculum vitae that includes main projects and products and other relevant experience. Applications must be submitted before 16 August (23:59 CEST) at


About Groningen, the Netherlands

Groningen is a vibrant city located in the north of the Netherlands with excellent public transport between other major university cities within a three-hour radius. Groningen has become increasingly attractive to knowledge migrants due to its multicultural diversity and an affordable, friendly, and safe living environment.

The Knowledge and Education Office of the GCA is located at the Zernike campus, home of the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.  The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen. For more than 400 years, quality has been its highest priority: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists and one third of academic staff is international. The research focuses on a broad range of global challenges including energy, healthy ageing and sustainable society. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences, with approximately 30.000 students, offers diversified practice-oriented research routes, ranging from entrepreneurship to bio-based economy and energy transition, in close cooperation with businesses and industry.


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The Global Center on Adaptation does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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