Executive Director

The Glacier Trust

Home-based in the UK
£32,000 - £37,500 pa pro rata (21 hours/week)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent


Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Friday, 8th July 2022  

Location: Working from home (UK), with travel to Nepal when necessary

Term: Permanent, Part-time (3 days per week) with potential for extension dependant on funding.

Salary: £32,000 - £37,500 pro rata (depending on experience)

Annual leave: 15.5 days/year

Since its launch in 2008, The Glacier Trust (TGT) has established itself as a small but impactful NGO enabling climate change adaptation in Nepal’s remote mountain communities. In recent years TGT has increased its profile in the UK through the launch of a project-linked coffee brand ‘Nepal Glacier Coffee’, a short film ‘Coffee. Climate. Community.’ and most recently a podcast and book project ‘Great Adaptations’, which even included a collaboration with a Bristol based brewery to create a Great Adaptations beer that used ingredients grown organically in our project areas.

In Nepal, we partner with two excellent NGOs, Eco Himal Nepal and HICODEF, with whom we have enabled the successful piloting, scaling, and replication of a community-led Agro Forestry Resource Centre model for climate resilient sustainable development. Our Higher Education programme has evolved through the coordination of a partnership between UK and Nepal Universities to enable early career researchers to conduct climate change adaptation related fieldwork as part of our contribution to nurturing the next generation of climate change adaptation professionals.

The principle purpose of this new post is to ensure the efficient and effective day to day running of The Glacier Trust (TGT). This includes management of fundraising, project selection, and providing strategic leadership concerning the direction of The Glacier Trust in partnership with the Board of Trustees and two advisors, one in Nepal and one in the UK.

As recognition of the need for climate change adaptation grows, this is an opportunity to join an organisation that has played a pioneering role in enabling adaptation projects that intersect with the broader ecological, social justice, mitigation and sustainable development needs in some of the world’s most vulnerable locations. We are looking for a creative, passionate and committed Executive Director to lead the ongoing development of our project work in Nepal, and advocacy work in the UK.

The Glacier Trust’s purpose: Climate change is threatening sustainable agriculture in many parts of the Himalayas. The Glacier Trust works in partnership with local NGOs, building their capacity to enable transformative adaptation to climate change through sustainable organic agriculture in these rapidly changing environments. The Trust also has a higher education programme providing scholarships that enable Nepali undergraduates and postgraduates to improve the quality of their fieldwork and research programmes. The Glacier Trust has also built its profile in the UK as an advocate for approaches to climate change adaptation that are both transformative and aligned with climate justice.

Candidate suitability: This post would provide an ideal grounding for someone wanting to build a career in international development, climate adaptation, and leadership in the NGO sector. It is an opportunity to lead an organisation that is looking to increase its outreach and further develop the quality and quantity of what it delivers. Flexibility in time allocation and working arrangements means that it should be possible to accommodate academic study / research commitments, and/or family and caring commitments. Applicants should note that this role requires travel to Nepal and field trips of up to two weeks in remote and mountainous environments.

Qualifications and experience: Applicants should have at least a relevant degree, and at least one year’s relevant experience in fundraising. Applicants will need to demonstrate their potential to increase The Trust’s outreach, in terms of (1) bringing in funding; (2) working in collaboration with our partner NGOs and Universities in Nepal; and (3) cause-related advocacy and awareness raising.

Application process: Applicants should be familiar with all aspects of The Trust’s work (see www.theglaciertrust.org) and the job specification LINK.

Please submit a letter of application, not exceeding two pages, together with CV by email to [email protected]

  • Closing date for applications: 18.00 GMT, Friday 8th July 2022.
  • Interviews will be held in London or via Zoom during the week commencing 18th July 2022.
  • Please note, our Executive Director will be required to hike in mountainous environments and may be required to stay in basic accommodation while on field trips in Nepal.
  • We take work life-balance seriously and as such have huge flexibility in working schedules and locations so that we can work around caring commitments.
  • The Glacier Trust is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, ability, or gender.

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