Paris - France

Published the 24/03/2020


Programme description

In line with the European Union’s engagements with its Overseas Countries and Territories, and in particular the Overseas Association Decision (ODA) and 2015-2020 Strategy of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), this programme aims to enhance the sustainable development and the sustainable use of natural resources of the 25 European OCTs. The programme will take place over a period of 68 months (i.e. more than 5 years) with the support of a EUR 17.8 million budget and should be implemented by Expertise France.

The primary beneficiaries are the 25 OCTs - including their national governments and authorities, regional and local authorities, private sector and civil society actors, such as NGOs, social, business, and trade unions, and OCT citizens.

  • British: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Dutch: Aruba, Bonaire, Curação, Greenland, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten

  • French: French Polynesia, French Southern -and Antarctic Territories, New Caledonia and Dependencies, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Saint-Barthélemy, and St. Pierre and Miquelon.

The overall objective of the action is to enhance the OCTs’ climate resilience and accelerate their transition to a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy (LCEEE) – with the long-term ambition to strengthen opportunities for environmentally sustainable economic development and enhance gender equality. Key specific objectives that represent the key components of the Action, are indicatively described below:

  • Reinforce OCTs’ capacities to carry out Climate Change (CC) Risk Assessments and Disaster Risk Reduction Assessments (DRR);

  • Identify and implement in the OCTs integrated and sustainable management practices for land, coastal and marine resources, as well as water management and security;

  • Help improve OCTs’ knowledge of energy management, and storage technologies and models;

  • Help strengthen OCTs’ capacities, tools, and knowledge to facilitate the development, financing and deployment of bankable renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes;

  • Help implement effective energy management strategies (including grid and storage) and actions in the OCTs.

A significant phase of consultation with partners and beneficiaries is planned in order to identify precisely the needs and elaborate the strategy of the programme.

Great emphasis will systematically be given on the participatory design of the programme 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 programme’s success.

Programme team presentation

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

Overall, the programme team would consist of :

  • a coordination unit based in Paris, with a team of staff led by the Programme Director. This unit would be based in Expertise France’s headquarters to facilitate frequent exchanges, including in-person, with the Brussels-based General Directorates, including DEV CO, the OCTA and other relevant EU bodies. Under the leadership of the Programme Director, the team for would be dedicated to the coordination, implementation and technical monitoring of activities, as well as the budget management, procurement supervision, and management of other legal and administrative matters. A director deputy, an administrative and financial manager and a project assistant would be based in the programme office at Expertise France’s headquarters.

  • four regional coordinators on the field, all dedicated to specific and complementary tasks, which number and size might evolve over the course of the programme, in response to the needs of the programme;

  • two senior thematic managers in charge of implementing technically the thematic components of the programme (on climate change, resilience DRR, and sustainable energy), providing their expertise and network, as well as facilitating and ensuring the technical quality of the activities carried out and dialogue with partners, could also be based in Paris, but their location remains to be defined.

  • two other experts, with a first one would work at 60% to 100% of their time, according to the programme’s needs, and be in charge of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) functions; and a second one, full time, which would be responsible for Communications and Visibility activities. They could be based in Paris, but their location remains to be defined.

The team would be able to rely on a pool of short-term international, regional and local experts to meet the need for specific expertise throughout the programme. It would also be supported by the Director of Sustainable Development Department, a Head of Unit, and the Administrative and financial Coordinator of the Department.

Job description

The Programme Director is responsible for the successful implementation of the programme as a whole, and the guarantor of the achievement of the contractual objectives of the programme.

He/she is accountable to Expertise France, the European Commission, the programme partners and the European Union Delegations based in the regions. He/she is responsible for planning, steering, monitoring program activities and measuring results using appropriate indicators. In addition, he/she controls the administrative and financial management of the programme and ensures compliance with EF procurement procedures. He/she manages and is accountable for the technical, administrative and financial reporting of the programme. He/she ensures the smooth flow of information between the different programme stakeholders and also ensures the visibility of the programme. To carry out all of these responsibilities, the Director will rely on the programme team, which he is responsible for managing according to best management practices.

The key responsibilities of the role will include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Management of the programme team :

  • Effectively oversee the delivery of the programme activities in an effective, efficient and collegiate manner, working in close collaboration with the team;

  • Lead motivate and develop programme staff (see above), encouraging their commitment to programme objectives, and meeting their personal development needs;

  • Guarantee the logistics of key activities (organization of missions, events, meetings, etc.) and good management of the programme office (acquisition of equipment and supplies, rules of use and life in programme offices, etc.).

  • In collaboration with the team and thematic experts, identify the needs for short-term assignments within the available budget, planning and steering the assignments, and support for the local and international short-term experts;

  • All the functions required for the effective management of the office and the management of the program team according to best management practices.

  • Programme preparation, management and reporting in collaboration with the programme team :

  • Guarantee the successful implementation of the programme: the activities are performed and the deliverables are delivered in time and with respect to associated budget and according to the commitments of Expertise France;

  • Provide dynamic, strategic leadership and direction for the programme. Be responsible for meeting the targets and objectives set forth in the logframe and delivery of annual reports and work plans;

  • Supervise the budgetary and accounting management of the programme in line with the requirements of Expertise France and of the European Union;

  • Support the development of tools and procedures to support the effective management of the technical and financial aspects of the programme. Ensure their proper application in close collaboration with the team;

  • Support and supervise at the operational level the work of the team and two thematic experts to ensure outputs are met.

  • Establishing and maintaining strong relations with various stakeholders :

  • Represent the programme and Expertise France towards authorities, institutional donors and partners;

  • Develop and maintain close working relations with institutional and technical partners of the programme in the 25 OCTs concerned, regional organisations, donors and the main institutions concerned, including research organisations and civil society;

  • In collaboration with the European Commission, and the programme partners, ensure the good governance of the programme: prepare the steering committees, convene the technical committees, and ensure the good governance of the programme;

  • Liaise with relevant European and international counterparts to ensure a smooth implementation of the action, avoid overlapping and maximize synergies.

  • Programme communication and capitalization of the results :

  • Supervise the design of the communication plan and the MEAL strategy and ensure their proper implementation with a reliable and regular information.

  • Ensures feedback and sharing of experience throughout the programme and initiate the foundations of an exit strategy for the programme from the initial consultation and strategy phase of the programme;

  • Participate in regional and international conferences and workshops, and advocate to political and administrative decision makers for programme approaches and outcomes;

  • Conduct outreach on the programme strategic objectives and promote its results, with the support of the communication unit of the programme, the communication services of Expertise France and in collaboration with the European Commission and the territories and partners concerned.

The list of key responsibilities aforementioned is not exhaustive and is subject to additions depending on the needs of the programme. The Programme Director would work in close liaison with the team, Project Manager and Head of Unit at Expertise France Headquarters in charge of performing the validations of his/her work.

General and specific professional experience:

  • Experience of at least 10 years in technical, administrative and financial management of international cooperation programmes;

  • Strong experience in animation and multi-stakeholder concertation and high-level institutional dialogue;

  • Proven experience in team coordination and programme coordination, in particular experience in coordinating multi-country programmes and remote teams will be an asset;

  • Experience on the themes of resilience (including CC and DRR), energy, and sustainable natural resources management is an asset ; and also knowledge of the French and European public system related to these themes etc.

  • Familiar with European grant/ procurement/admin/fin procedures is an asset;

  • Experience in one / more of the OCTs would be an asset.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Master level diploma (BAC+ 5 minimum) in energy, management, economics, law, political science, business, engineering school or other relevant tertiary educational diploma;

  • Very good command of programme management (technical, administrative and financial monitoring);

  • Excellent coordination and / or team management skills;

  • Strong capacity for work and autonomy, flexibility and organization, reactivity;

  • Excellent written and oral expression in English and French. Other languages related to the programme would be an asset.

Position : Programme Director

Country or Region : the 25 Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union

Location : based in Paris, France with frequent field missions

Duration : CDDU 24 months full time, renewable up until 2025