Technical Expert: Resilience to Climate Change (M/W)

Expertise France

Paris, France 🇫🇷


REF.: 2022/TERTCC/8491


TYPE OF CONTRACT: Service contract

DEADLINE DATE: 24/11/2022 11:00


CONTRACT: Freelancer

DURATION: 12 months renewable

Mission description

Reporting to the Programme Director based at EF headquarters in Paris, the Resilience Technical Expert will join the ranks of a small group of other long term consultants working with and for the GO Programme. She / he will join an already contracted climate change resilience expert in identifying and ensuring the implementation of technical activities related to the Resilience component of the GO programme across the 25 OCTs.

To achieve this, the Technical Expert will work in conjunction with the programme team, which includes:

  • A “headquarters” based coordination unit located in Paris (Programme Director, Administration and Finance Manager, Project Manager, Project Assistant, Communications and Media Manager, extensive other non Programme specific support also based at the Expertise France HQ.)
  • Three Regional “field” coordinators based in 1) the Caribbean, 2) the Pacific, and in 3) Paris.
  • Other thematic experts focusing on the programme’s priority themes and issues (Resilience, Energy Transition, Monitoring & Evaluation, Communications & Visibility, and Gender), based in Paris, or abroad.

The Resilience Technical Expert will be responsible for the successful implementation of activities to strengthen Climate Change Resilience across the OCTs, including the following tasks :

Provision of technical expertise

  • Act upon request as an in-house Technical Advisor to the Programme Director in the field of Resilience;
  • Produce ad-hoc technical deliverables in the field of climate change resilience upon request (for example: summary of field visits and consultations, needs and gaps assessment, action plans, mappings of relevant stakeholders at local, regional and international levels, strategic sectoral and geographical assessments etc.);
  • Support the capitalization and dissemination efforts of the programme outcomes and lessons learned on climate change resilience related topics.

Capacity-building and facilitation

  • Participate in capacity building activities for project beneficiaries on Resilience to Climate change related topics;
  • Support OCTs in developing proposed actions and subsequent terms of reference on climate change resilience related topics as part of the GO Facility, including for potential pilot projects;
  • Organize and participate in bilateral and multilateral workshops on Resilience related topics with the OCT partners / beneficiaries of the Programme;
  • Facilitate the sharing of best-practices and the dissemination of information among the programme beneficiaries

Programme management support

  • Promote, facilitate, and guide Resilience to climate change related topics, both strategic and operational, within the team and with the Programme’s external partners and beneficiaries;
  • Review upon request the technical deliverables produced by contractors or other experts contracted by the Programme as part of the GO Facility and GO Communities and provide the appropriate quality control;
  • Ensure the coherence of the Resilience actions with the other components of the Programme and the inter-OCT dialogue on this theme;
  • Support the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning efforts of the Programme in the climate change resilience area;
  • Identify and supervise the relevant short-term expertise (technical experts) required for the Programme on the theme;
  • Ensure the technical reporting of the Programme on the topics related to Resilience;

This job description is not exhaustive. In general, the Resilience Technical Expert will be highly instrumental in ensuring the achievement of the contractual objectives of the programme related to Resilience to climate change theme and will have to carry out any and all activities necessary for the proper execution and ultimate success of the programme.

Project or context description

In accordance with the commitments of the European Union with regard to its Overseas Countries and Territories, and those of the United Kingdom, and in particular the Overseas Association Decision (OAD) and the 2015-2020 strategy of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), the Thematic Programme, AKA the Green Overseas “GO” Programme, was conceived and launched to support the 25 European and British Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

The GO Programme aims to contribute to the sustainable, resilient, and inclusive development of the OCTs. Two specific objectives are targeted, namely: (i) to increase their resilience to climate change, including through gender equality; (ii) to further develop their low carbon energy transition. This 17.8-million-euro programme is implemented by Expertise France (EF) for a total duration of 68 months – through April 2026.

The main programme beneficiaries are the 25 OCTs including their governments, national, regional and local authorities, the private sector, civil society actors and citizens.

The list of OCTs is the following:

  • Aruba, Bonaire, Curação, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten
  • Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, New Caledonia and Dependencies, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • and Greenland.

Since the inception of the Programme, the team has been exchanging and liaising extensively and consistently with the programme beneficiaries and partners in order to identify the needs of the targeted OCTs and to develop an adapted strategy and associated activities  in order to support the climate change resilience and energy transition needs of the beneficiaries.  Two main implementation modalities have been selected to reach the objectives and achieve the outcomes of the GO Programme:

  • The “GO Facility”: each OCT is invited to submit requests for specific activities at the territorial/national level, within a pre-determined maximum financial range;
  • The “GO Communities”: each OCT is invited to participate in collective activities at the regional or inter-regional level on transversal issues.

Both modalities may contain similar types of activities: technical assistance, studies, trainings, webinars, workshops, field visits, pilot (for the Facility) and demonstration (for the GO Communities) projects. To the extent possible, the GO Programme will ensure synergies between the two modalities.

Both modalities will be supported by an online information and knowledge exchange web portal called the GO Platform. In practice, the GO Platform will take the form of a dedicated extranet that will be accessed via the GO Programme website. Stakeholders from beneficiary countries and territories will be able to log in to access various resources associated with both the GO facility and the GO Thematic Clusters (e.g. training or guidance materials, deliverables) as well as additional specific information on the GO Programme. Beneficiary countries and territories will also be able to upload documentation and share information and experiences. Both the GO Programme website and platform are currently under development.

Required profile

Skills required

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Engineering, Economics, Environment, etc.),
  • Strong ability to adapt and work in a demanding context and in a multicultural environment,
  • Supervision and coordination of technical service providers,
  • Ability to lead technical exchanges to develop operational solutions,
  • Perfect command of office automation and desktop publishing tools,
  • Excellent command of English and French, both written and spoken, is essential.

Professional experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in international cooperation in the field of climate change resilience (institutional dialogue, capacity building, workshop facilitation, consulting, technical studies…).
  • Strong field experience in climate change adaptation in island environments, preferably in the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union and the UK.
  • Expertise in one or several of the following areas: policy and regulation for climate change resilience, climate-resilient coastal management, climate-resilient water management and resilient food systems.
  • Familiarity with EU-funded international cooperation projects.
  • A sound knowledge of gender-responsive approaches to resilience.
  • A good understanding of the international governance efforts on climate change adaptation and climate finance and of the overall policy context within which the GO Programme is implemented.
  • Excellent and proven capacity for drafting operational planning related to specific objectives and associated activities with well-defined outputs, timelines and associated budgets

Additional information

The applicant must provide the following documents:

  • A CV with at least three reference contacts with experience relevant to the post
  • A cover letter

Job Ref.: « Technical Expert: Resilience to climate change – OCT »

Applications will be analysed as they are received. Expertise France reserves the right to select a candidate before the application deadline. If you do not receive notification by November 30, 2022, you may consider your application unsuccessful.

Selection criteria for applications

The selection process for candidates will be based on the following criteria :

  • Candidate’s training/skills/experience
  • Candidate’s knowledges related to local context (country or region intervention)
  • Candidate’s understanding of cooperation project stakes

Deadline for application : 24/11/2022 11:00

Expertise France is the public agency of French international technical cooperation. The agency operates around four priorities:

  • democratic, economic and financial governance;
  • security and stability of countries in crisis/post-crisis situations;
  • sustainable development;
  • strengthening health systems, social protection and employment.

In these areas, Expertise France carries out engineering and implementation missions for capacity building projects, mobilizes technical expertise and acts as an aggregator of projects involving public expertise and private know-how.

With an activity volume of 233 million euros, more than 400 projects in portfolio in 80 countries, and 63,000 days of expertise, Expertise France focuses its action towards France’s solidarity policy, influence and economic diplomacy.