Principal Consultant – Physical Climate Risks and Climate Adaptation, South & Southeast Asia – ERM

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Flexible location across South & Southeast Asia (in order of preference): India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam An exciting opportunity currently exists in our growing ERM Climate Advisory team. This is a regional Principal Consultant, Physical Climate Risks and Climate Adaptation, South & Southeast Asia role to lead a portfolio of projects for ERM’s key corporate clients in the region and beyond. This is a senior role, where the candidate will need to be a thought leader in promoting climate change risks, resilience and adaptation topic internally, within ERM team, and amongst various stakeholders in South and Southeast Asia region (corporates’ executives, project developers, government agencies etc.) via participation in seminars, conferences and clients events as well as connecting with other lead climate experts across ERM.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Technical lead for climate risks and adaptation projects: Act as a technical advisor/leader for climate change projects for private and public sector clients across a variety of economic sectors, focusing on such topics as assessment of historical natural hazards and future climate projections using scenario analysis, business impacts and vulnerability assessment from climate-related risks, development of climate resilience and adaptation plans at site, company, city/community level. This will include technical guidance to project teams, conduct technical reviews of outputs, preparing analytical summaries and presentations to the client, while ensuring quality and timely delivery of project outputs within the budget.
  • Technical guidance and capacity building: lead a team of researchers, guide them and build their capacities through coaching, training, sharing knowledge and market updates within the team and coordinating with ERM global Climate Technical Community to understand best practices, approaches, methodologies and tools to apply them in the South and Southeast Asian region.
  • Business development: assist senior sellers and account directors/managers in identifying and pursuing potential business opportunities with existing and new clients. Help develop and pitch proposals for clients, including methodological approach and description of tasks, budgets and team structures.
  • Strategy, Marketing and Thought Leadership: support Regional Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change Lead for South and Southeast Asia in developing regional strategy for climate risks advisory services, marketing plans and materials; participate in marketing and communication activities around climate advisory, including preparing and co-leading external workshops, webinars, learning sessions, developing thought leadership materials, communication pieces, and reports for a wide audience.


  • At least 7 years of experience in climate change impact studies and climate adaptation.
  • Very strong analytical skills and ability to analyse climate-related data and draw conclusions and practical recommendations as a result of the analysis (knowledge of Geographical Information Systems, System Analysis, GIS/ Remote Sensing, natural resources management and geographical databases is expected)
  • Resources Management and Climate Risk Management including experience in analysing hazard, vulnerability and risks for climate sensitive sectors.
  • Core competency in using IPCC AR5/AR6 scenarios based future climate models
  • Good understanding of private sector’s climate needs and priorities and ability to advise to the executive- and board- level representatives on climate-related issues, risks, opportunities, strategies, targets and action plans.
  • Strong written, verbal communication and data presentation skills. Ability to present complex and technical information in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
  • Capacity and willingness to lead consultancy projects and project teams; ability to multi-task, maintain flexibility, and meet deadlines.
  • Good command of ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and online communication tools. Experience with other data management systems and tools is a plus.
  • Work experience in Asia and understanding regional context.
  • Publications in relevant journals (peer reviewed) may be desirable.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Climate Change, Natural Science, Geography, Hydrometeorology, Environmental Engineering or related field.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Asian languages will be considered a plus.

Who We Are:As the world’s leading sustainability consulting firm, ERM is uniquely positioned to contribute to the environment and society through the expertise and energy of our employees worldwide. Sustainability is what we do, and is at the heart of both our service offerings and how we operate our business. For our people, our vision means attracting, inspiring, developing and rewarding our people to work with the best clients and on the biggest challenges, thus creating valuable careers. We achieve our vision in a sustainable manner by maintaining and living our ERM values that include Accountability, Caring for our People, Client Focus, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Transparency. ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or disability status. Thank you for your interest in ERM.

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