Energy and Sustainability Policy
Program Office

Network Development Officer


Location:  Remote (Global)

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.


This role is placed in the Network Development Department of CAN. The NDO department works in two primary areas. Firstly, we operate as a liaison point and support for the 20 national and regional Nodes in CAN. A core aspect of this is strengthening the way we work together between the national, regional and international level in CAN as a global network to enable bottom-up and member-driven strategy development and implementation. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting Node development. CAN Nodes operate at very diverse capacity levels. Some Nodes have well-funded secretariats with several staff, while others operate in a one-person part-time volunteer scenario. NDO has therefore been tasked to support Nodes, and explore together with them how Nodes can strengthen themselves as institutions that convene their members as well as possible. Secondly, CAN-I is committed to strengthen its movement support role, and NDO has been tasked to help develop this work area. We aim to provide support in connecting actors where helpful, through scoping the movement landscape and by sharing information on movement developments, including mobilization plans. We also work with members and Nodes to set up a global Grassroots Working Group to build effective engagement with grassroots and developing approaches and structures for building an impactful bridge between policy and people. The Network Development Department is a cross-cutting department – it is not a thematic department as such, but it collaborates closely with CAN-I’s thematic areas and often functions as bridge-builder and connector .

This particular role focuses primarily on the first mentioned work area of the Network Development Department: to support Nodes, and explore together with them how Nodes can strengthen themselves as institutions that convene their members as effectively as possible. In close collaboration with the Head of Department, this Network Development Officer will support Nodes in their institutional development, including but not limited to areas such as governance, administrative development, fundraising guidance and support, membership engagement etc. A typical task of this role is for example the administration of the Node Development Fund, which is a support mechanism designed with and for Nodes. Tasks here would include setting up and supporting the application phase for the grant (including supporting and advising Nodes), supporting a committee in reviewing the applications and reaching their decision, setting up contracts with successful applicants and accompanying successful applicants throughout their grant implementation, which includes administering  an accountability and reporting structure and being available to Nodes for guidance. Other tasks of this role include individual support to Nodes, for example when they want to set up a new process for board elections or a new Charter. These are only some examples, the following gives a general overview of the responsibilities.

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