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Resilience and Climate change adaptation Senior Advisor - ReSEMBiD

  • Zone géographique
  • Climat et territoires
    Secteurs d'activité
  • Long terme
    Durée de la mission
  • Expertise sur nos projets
    Type d'expertise
  • 30/11/2018
    Date limite de candidature

Description du projet

The Caribbean OCTs Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity Programme (ReSEMBiD) is financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean OCT Regional Programme. The stakeholders of this action in the broadest sense are the 12 Caribbean OCTs:

  • British: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Dutch: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten
  • French: Saint-Barthélemy

The Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, being the Regional Authorising Officer for the 11th EDF Caribbean Regional Programme, represents vis-à-vis the EU the 12 Caribbean OCTs. The RAO plays a key role in information sharing, knowledge management, and in liaising with national authorities and other stakeholders of the Caribbean OCTs. Various stakeholders can be identified in the individual OCTs:  governmental representatives, NGOs, focal points for the regional programme and departmental staff dealing with resilience, climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness, energy and biodiversity, research and/or educational institutes, gender machinery, private sector.

The Action shall be carried out at the following location: all twelve Caribbean OCTs qualify for activities of this action, but exact locations of the activities are not yet known. The project team will be based in Sint Maarten, and supported by Expertise France liaison office in Paris.

The overall objective of the action is to strengthen environmentally sustainable economic development in the Caribbean OCTs. The key specific objectives to be pursued based on the consultation of both the Regional Authorising Officer and the Caribbean OCTs are indicatively described below. They represent the three components of the Action:

  • Sustainable Energy : To increase energy efficiency of infrastructures with high impact on energy consumption ;
  • Marine biodiversity: To improve protection and sustainable management of the OCTs marine biodiversity;
  • Resilience: To increase the resilience of the Caribbean OCTs to adapt to extreme and recurrent natural events (transversal component).

Expertise France aims to contribute to the Caribbean countries’ social, economic and environmental development. Building resilience to the effects of climate change, striving towards a low carbon economy and marine biodiversity protection will contribute to sustainable economic development in the Region, including gender equality.

Great emphasis will systematically be given on the participatory design of the project and its management, from the beginning involving all relevant stakeholders (beneficiaries, civil society, local population, funding institutions, etc.). Furthermore, stimulation of the development process through progressive learning by the beneficiaries is also considered as an absolute prerequisite and major indicator of the project’s success.

Qualifications and skills of the candidates will therefore be assessed with regard to all the considerations forementioned. 

The project team will be composed of:

  • In the field: a Project Director, a Resilience and Climate change adaptation Senior Advisor, 3 Geographic Coordinators, a Financial, Fiscal and Administrative Manager and an assistant, a grant officer, a MEAL and communication experts and an assistant.
  • In Paris (liaison office): Sustainable Development department Director and Head of thematic unit, a Project manager and an assistant project manager.

Short term expertise will also be mobilised according to the project needs.

Description de la mission

Under the supervision of Expertise France, the Advisor will assume the position of technical advisor of the project. He/She will mainstreaming resilience and climate change adaptation into the project logframe and workplans. The horizontal component on resilience will include actions to tackle the vulnerability of OCTs economic infrastructure, developing disaster preparedness and management plans and tools, as well as assessing the risks of the OCTs and developing risk finance strategies tailored to their specific needs. The expert will need to have a sound comprehension of the Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Energy issues in order to ensure the project coherence.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:


  1. Technical advisory
  • Ensure the global coherence and the complementarity between the 3 components of the project;
  • Advise the project director to ensure the technical reliability and validity of the decisions made in the framework of the project;
  • Ensure the regional coherence between the project actions, previous and current  initiatives led in the region;
  • Supervise project’s studies and ensure their relevance with the project’s objectives;
  • Identification of projects that promote climate change adaptation measures and alternatives;
  • Participate to the project capitalization and give inputs to other experts and geographic coordinators;
  • Supervise the animation and management of thematic clusters;
  • Participate to the production of technical deliverables;
  • Support to the drafting of strategies, guidelines and terms of references;
  • Contribute to the assessment of grant/procurement tenders;
  • Perform proofreading and quality control of the thematic deliverables;
  • Support to the preparation and presentation of the project results.


  1. Capacity building
  • Contribute with top-notch analytical work to aspects of territorial policy dialogue dealing with incentive policies, financing structures, and institutional capacity development with regard to climate change adaptation and resilience;
  • Render capacity development services to local actors to develop innovative local solutions to increase access to clean energy sources experience with specific clean energy solutions would be a requirement
  • In collaboration with the geographic coordinators, screen proposals and conduct monitoring and evaluation visits.


  1. Institutional representation and knowledge sharing
  • Lead forums for knowledge generation, exchange and dissemination on issues of sustainability and climate change adaptation and resilience;
  • Lead knowledge generation and advisory on climate change resilience and adaptation with external stakeholders of relevance to the project including, but not limited to, member country agencies, IFIs, think tanks, and consultants;
  • Represent the project and Expertise France towards authorities, institutional donors and partners;
  • Participate in regional and international conferences and workshops; and advocate to political and administrative decision makers for project approaches and outcomes;
  • Network reinforcement and participation in events / conferences of other regional initiatives.

Qualifications et compétences

  • Post graduate, PhD preferably in climate change adaptation, disaster risk management or any relevant qualifications to the assignment;
  • Understanding of SIDS development issues in the areas of resilience and climate change adaptation;
  • Proven knowledge of the project cycle management (EU) and EU programming procedures;
  • Excellent analytical, communication, drafting and reporting skills;
  • Knowledge in innovative technology for disaster risk reduction will be an asset;
  • Knowledge in Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) will be an asset;
  • Understanding of gender and community-based approaches within projects;
  • Ability to engage with inter-disciplinary audiences, including scientific, government, public and community;
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and Internet;
  • Willingness and capacity to travel and undertake overseas assignments;
  • Fluent English (speaking and writing) is essential;
  • Good command of French (speaking and writing) will be a major asset; Dutch will also be an asset;

Expérience professionnelle

  • At least 15 years professional experience in climate change adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction;
  • At least 3 working experience in or with SIDS;
  • Proven track record in proposal development, capacity building, process facilitation, institutional development and resource mobilization;
  • At least 5 experience in designing, planning and facilitating multi-actors workshops and other training events;
  • Ability and experience in conducting environmental impact assessments, vulnerability reports, feasibility studies and environmental policy studies;
  • Experience in management of multi-thematic unit;
  • Proven experience in mainstreaming resilience into relevant sectoral policy such as energy, biodiversity, etc.

Informations complémentaires

  • Location : based in Sint Maarten with field missions
  • Duration : 12 months, renewable until 2022 (full time)
  • Starting date : January 2019
  • Type of contract : fixed-term contract
  • Remuneration : depending on the profile

Documents à fournir

  • an updated resume with contact details for at least two professional referee;
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position.

Together with CV, candidates have to give full coordinates of the company which is to be contracted by Expertise France.

Applications should be sent by email using the following reference: 18DDU0C052

Contacts :


The process of selection of expressions of interest will occur in two phases:

  • As a first step, a shortlist will be freely established by Expertise France.
  • Selected candidates may then be invited for an interview.

Fees for the services will be negotiated with the designated candidate.