Competency 1: Climate Adaptation and Resilience Literacy

  • Evaluate core concepts of climate adaptation and resilience, its basis in multiple disciplines of the social and natural sciences, with a critical lens to solutions and make climate action recommendations.
  • Capable of drawing synergies with disaster risk reduction and sustainability.
  • Understand and respect indigenous history, knowledge, and world-views, and recognizes the value of Indigenous science and knowledge for climate action leadership.

Competency 2: Critical, Creative, and Transdisciplinary Thinking

  • Examine personal beliefs and worldview with a critical lens to develop solutions, strategies, and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively using coherent, synthesized, well organized, edited, logical, and fully supported work.
  • Integrate contributions (ideas and actions) from multiple disciplines to generate new ideas and concepts and to support recommendations, strategies, and solutions.
  • Apply transdisciplinary thinking to complex climate related problems and issues

Competency 3: Research Literacy

  • Ask relevant, probing, and detailed questions to deepen knowledge that informs arguments, choices, and practices.
  • Evaluate the rigor and validity of adaptation research and information with a critical lens to deepen knowledge that informs arguments, choices, and practices. Illustrate the use and limitations of information and theory in the field of climate adaptation.

Competency 4: Adaptive Leadership and Decision Making

  • Discern and describe their personal leadership style, strengths, and limitations.
  • Recognize own multiple identities, experiences, and biases and how these affect their ability to lead.
  • Facilitate multi- and trans-disciplinary discussions and collaboration
  • Draw on theories, methods, and frameworks to help make effective and informed decisions with the available data.
  • Adopt decision making approaches based on transparency and equitable policies and rules in alignment with principles and values of concerned organizations and communities.
  • Able to critically assess the basis upon which the decision is made.

Competency 5: Communication and Knowledge Mobilization

  • Articulate ideas and arguments effectively in written, oral, and digital formats.
  • Demonstrate competence in translating and mobilizing climate adaptation knowledge for use by multiple stakeholder groups
  • Mobilize knowledge to share, reuse and contribute to the commons

Competency 6: Change Making Orientation and Implementation

  • Monitor and reflect on self-awareness, self-confidence, and perseverance to improve professional practice and policies.
  • Adapt in positive and resilient ways to changing circumstances and in working with ill-structured problems.
  • Apply lateral, creative, and future thinking to the field of climate adaptation.
  • Apply fundamental understanding of personal, social, and contextual drivers and barriers of change.
  • Familiarize self with the culture of the organization/community and identifies entry and leverage points in existing processes and systems in order to lead climate action (incremental and transformative), and where necessary support cultural shifts.
  • Understand the importance of governance (accountability, transparency, and equity) and its relationship to implementation of climate actions.
  • Understand the influence of international, regional, local and internal policies and is able to provide strategic advice to policy maker.