Chief Technical Adviser

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Background Information – Job-specific

The “Enhancing the resilience of communities living in climate change vulnerable areas of Sudan using Ecosystem Based approaches to Adaptation (EbA) project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) / Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), with a total duration of 4 years. The Executing Agency for the project is the Higher Council on the Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR). United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the Implementing Agency for the project.

The objective of the project is to increase the climate change resilience of livelihoods and integrated productive agricultural systems in the White Nile State through Ecosystem Based Adaptation approaches. The project budget is $4.2 million in grant from the Least Developed Countries Fund and $7.9 million in in-kind co-financing.

Scope of Work
The Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) will provide technical guidance and support to the implementation of the project, working in close collaboration with the Project Manager (PM) and the UNEP Task Manager (TM). 


Functional Responsibilities

  • Provide overall technical backstopping for the project
  • Provide advice on best suitable approaches and methodologies for the timely achievement project targets and objectives
  • Assist the PM in planning the implementation of project activities, and in adjusting the project Results Framework, Work Plan and Budget as required and in line with corporate requirements
  • Draft or review, as requested, ToRs for technical consultancies and sub-contracts, and assist in the selection and recruitment process
  • Undertake technical review and provide quality assurance of project outputs (e.g. technical reports, studies and assessments) and field activities
  • Provide guidance and technical inputs to the work carried out by national and international consultants and/or companies
  • Assist in monitoring the technical quality of project M&E systems (including AWPs, indicators and targets)
  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual Project Implementation Reviews (PIRs)
  • Assist staff and consultants in the conduct of project reviews and evaluations, and in revisions of the implementation strategy and work plan, based on review and evaluation results
  • Make recommendations to the Project Steering Committee (PSC) for more effective implementation and coordination of project activities
  • Support the project team in administrative and financial reporting
  • Provide advice and assist in knowledge management, communications and awareness-raising, and document lessons from project implementation
  • Where requested, advise the PM in liaison work with project partners, donor organizations, NGOs and other groups to ensure the effective coordination of project activities
  • Perform other tasks as may be requested by the PM, the Project Steering Committee, and the UNE TM.
  • Skills in risk management; results-based management and senior management experience are essential.

Conduct of work

At least two missions per year, one at year-end to lead the process of activity planning and budgeting and a suggested one at mid-point of year for project monitoring,  Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings and/or to assist in partnership development.  Each mission should result in a mission report listing i) implementation progress for the project as a whole and by component; ii) challenges, recommendations and the next 6 months’ implementation plan; iii) financial expenditures reports and cash advance requests, as required; and iv) procurement plan (for each year coming in). The rest of the work will be carried out home-based through internet communications. 

Indicative outputs

  • Annual work plans and budgets;
  • Biannual project implementation plans;
  • 2 mission reports per year;
  • Annual Progress Implementation Review (PIR) reports;
  • ToRs for consultants and sub-contracts, as required;
  • Written reviews of technical reports produced by consultants and contractors.


The CTA will report to the Project Director of HCENR and work closely with the Project Manager to implement the project.  The CTA will work in close collaboration with the UNEP Task Manager (TM), and update him/her on the project’s progress. 


Education/Experience/Language Requirements

  • An advanced University education (Masters degree or PhD) in the area of natural resource management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction or related environmental management/studies; 
  • Bachelors degree with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may substitute for the requirement of an advanced degree.


  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience, of which at least four are at international level and include climate change adaptation;
  • Demonstrated experience in project development, implementation and management;
  • Previous experience working with bilateral, international donors or with GEF/LDCF/SCCF/AF projects;
  • Strong skills in project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience of working and collaborating with developing country governments;
  • Previous experience of working in the East African Region
  • Previous experience with GEF projects;
Languages: Fluency in English is required.


Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
  • Contract level: IICA 3 
  • Duty Station: Home-based with annual travel to Sudan
  • Contract duration: The position is for one year with a maximum of 120  working days on Retainer basis