Project Director - Forest, Climate Change & Biodiversity

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Last update: Jan 24, 2023 Last update: Jan 24, 2023


Deadline: Mar 13, 2023
Location: Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Sectors: Environment & NRM, Programme & Resource Management Environment & NRM, Programme & Resource Management
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English, French English, French
Work experience: From 10 years
Date posted: Jan 24, 2023


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Mission description

Expertise France is seeking to recruit a Project Director to supervise and organise the inception and execution of the “support at the national/institutional level with spillover effects at the local/community level” component of the upcoming EU-funded “Forestry, Climate Change and Biodiversity” (FCCB) Support Programme for Papua New Guinea (PNG) that could be awarded to Expertise France (see below for project details).

Main tasks:

Project Strategic Direction, Leadership and Management,
to oversee and organise the definition of the project strategy, plans and approaches, from inception to execution, to ensure that the project is technically sound, evidence-based, consistent with donor and stakeholder priorities, and efficient in terms of quality, cost and time;
to organise and oversee the Project’s inception phase in support of the detailed design and planning of the project’s activities;
to tailor and refine the Project’s Theory of Change and Logical Framework;
to supervise the design and finalisation of the Project’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan;
to oversee project implementation including all activities, outputs, and outcomes;
to review and analyse the Project’s performance and environment and recommend and implement adjustments in the project’s strategy, plans and approaches;
to provide focus and set priorities;
to identify and manage project risks and opportunities. 

Project Representation and Communication:
to liaise with Expertise France’s headquarters in Paris to whom he/she reports to
to provide representation of Expertise France on all matters regarding the Project towards the donor, PNG authorities and other PNG-based stakeholders;
to establish, develop and maintain strong and sound relations with project stakeholders and project beneficiaries;
to take part in coordination activities with other actors conducting similar work;
to participate in national, regional and international conferences and workshops, and provide advocacy for political and administrative decision-makers for the project’s approaches and outcomes;
to organise, prepare and take part in the project’s governance instances including steering committees and technical committees;
to supervise the design and implementation of the project’s communication and visibility plan;
to achieve visibility for the project, and promote its approaches and results. 

Team & Resources Direction
to provide direction and leadership on the organisation of the project team and the way this organisation needs to be adjusted to meet project objectives at every stage;
to organise the assignment of roles and responsibilities;
to oversee the recruitment and management of the national staff;
to participate in the recruitment and management of all the expatriate staff;
to organise and provide mentoring and learning opportunities for the project staff;
to organise and provide oversight on the use of the project’s resources including office space, equipment & vehicles.

The Project Director will be based in Port Moresby. The position will report to Expertise France’s headquarters in Paris (namely to the Head of the Biodiversity Unit, Sustainable Development Department). The recruitment will be finalised if and when Expertise France obtains funding from the EU for the Project.

A Deputy Project Director will also be recruited. The Deputy Project Director will be particularly of managing the Project Team & Resources and of running the Project’s operations on a day-to-day basis, and of seconding the Project Director in his/her absence.
Project or context description

The European Union is putting in place a new Support Programme for Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the field of “Forests, Climate Change and Biodiversity” (FCCB). This Programme’s general objective (GO) would be “to support a development model that reconciles forestry, climate change and biodiversity with sustainable, inclusive and gender-responsive green growth and jobs at national and pilot subnational/community levels”. Its three specific objectives (SOs) would be:

SO1: “Effective implementation of evidence-based FCCB policies, governance and institutional frameworks”
SO2: “Improved FCCB awareness, knowledge, capacities and mobilisation”
SO3: “Increased inclusive and gender-responsive green growth”

This Programme would consist of several components, including a major component that could be implemented by Expertise France regarding “support at the national/institutional level with spill-over effects at the local/community level” (the Project). This Project could entail support for a number of PNG-based public sector institutions operating in the FCCB intervention area, support for PNG-based research, education and awareness institutions and support for PNG-based communities engaged in conservation and environmental protection.

The project is scheduled to start in April 2023 and would last 4 years. Its budget is 36.5 million euros.

Required profile

Master’s degree in international relations, international development, environment, sustainable development, or equivalent
At least 10 years of experience in the management or supervision of international cooperation projects, international technical assistance projects or institutional capacity-building projects
Significant experience on issues pertaining to tropical forests
Experience in national planning processes and strategy development related to the green economy
Significant experience in team management and oversight
Ability to produce a diagnosis, to design and propose a solution adapted to the context;
Proven experience in the leading multi-stakeholder processes and consultations
Team spirit and ability to federate stakeholders and team members around common objectives;
Excellent communication and intercultural skills
High professional and ethical standards
Excellent writing and synthesis skills in English and French
Organisation, autonomy and self-reliance
Resilience and ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances
Experience with EU-funded projects required
Familiarity with tropical forest environments required
Experience with Expertise France an asset
Familiarity with Papua New Guinea an asset.