Chief Technical Advisor (CTA)

Application Deadline :25-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :24 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :200 working days (100 working days per year)


The Republic of Djibouti is a small coastal country in the Horn of Africa, with a total area of 23,200 km2, a coastline of 372 km and an area of 7,200 km². Djibouti’s economy depends largely on its service sector (76.3% of GDP) linked to the country’s strategic position as a deep water port at the intersection of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In recent years, driven by the vision to make the country a platform for commercial and logistical services for the Horn of Africa, the government has begun to undertake extensive projects to develop port, rail and road infrastructure to increase access to markets in the region.While the Government of Djibouti has invested in the protection of some of its unique marine habitats and rich in biodiversity, these achievements may become precarious given the scale and speed of new port infrastructure developments in Djibouti, particularly in the Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet. New shipping routes and increased traffic of tankers and other vessels carrying deleterious substances in this vulnerable environment pose major risks.

The Global Environment Facility project therefore aims to improve the resilience of Djibouti’s marine biodiversity by strengthening institutional capacity, strengthening the financial sustainability and effectiveness of the management of the MPA system, and integrating marine biodiversity into key maritime sectors. The objective of the project will be achieved through the implementation of four components addressing key barriers to the effective management of MPAs and marine ecosystem services:

Component 1: Improve the effectiveness of the Djibouti Marine Protected Area system by strengthening the capacities of all stakeholders, including through dialogue to integrate biodiversity in the marine; sectors;

Component 2: Expanding the national network of MPAs and strengthening the management of MPAs at the site level;

Component 3: Sustainable financing mechanism for marine biodiversity and the national system; of protected areas;

Component 4: Gender Integration, Knowledge Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.

The mission of the Chief  Technical Advisor (CTA) is to provide programmatic and advisory support to the Project Management Unit (PMU) and The Department of Environment and Sustainable Development DESD. CTA develops and shares a vision in the country’s implementation aspects and the perspectives of marine protected areas at the global level. It supports the institutional framework and policy development for the MPA management unit and supports all technical and monitoringaspects including sector engagement, marine space planning, communications, capacity assessment, capacity development plan, capacity building, MPA management interventions, MPA funding assessments, implementation of the national environment fund and related funding solutions, monitoring and evaluation. It will support the development of annual, mid-term and final reports, as well as the implementation of monitoring systems, databases and the development of key knowledge management products (compilation of best practices, lessons learned and implementation of the project’s MPA/DESD website).

Duties and Responsibilities

The objectives of the International CTP mission are to:

  • Provide technical and strategic assistance for project activities, including onsite planning, monitoring and operations, and for quality control of response;
  • Pay attention to gender mainstreaming and gender markers in all work outcomes;
  • Provide support to the Project Authority, DESD, project staff and other government counterparts on technical issues related to all project components;
  • Provide support in the areas of project management and planning, on-site business management, monitoring and impact analysis;
  • Mentorship/coaching role for DESD senior management, in particular the  PMU;
  • Support the PMU in defining the required Human Resources scope of works
  • Coordinate the work of all consultants and subcontractors, ensuring timely delivery of expected results and effective synergy between the various sub-contracted activities
  • Assist PMU in liaising with project partners, donor organizations, NGOs and other groups to ensure effective coordination of project activities.
  • Document lessons learned from project implementation and make recommendations to the Steering Committee for more effective implementation and coordination of project activities;
  • Address critical communications needs and support the development and implementation of a project communication plan;
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the Project Manager, Steering Committee and other project partners such as UNDP.


  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organize and implement activities;
  • Strong ability to coordinate and work as a team, including in complex environments;
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory processes and facilitating dialogue between government, private sector and civil society;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Ability to work in complex, multi-stakeholder project environments;
  • Understandings of the country’s administration, including the agriculture sector;
  • Knowledge and experience in the marine biodiversity sector is a significat asset
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Required Skills and Experience


A minimum level of Master’s degree in MPA management, management of marine natural resources and biodiversity, law of the sea, legal and policy studies related to marine areas, conservation biology, conservation or management of protected areas, environmental sciences, or related areas of expertise. PhD will be positively considered. 


  • At least twelve years (12) of Professional experience, including at least eight at the international level.
  • Previous proven experience in designing and managing marine MPAs, funding MPAs, mitigating sector pressures on marine and coastal biodiversity;
  • Previous experience working with UN/UNDP and other development partners, will be positively considered.


  • Knowledge of French and English at Professional level is required. 
  • Procedures for submission of applications
  • Failing to comply with the application submission requirements may result in disqualifying the application. Applications received after the deadline may be rejected.

  • Application Procedures:

  • Interested qualified individuals must submit their applications via


    providing the following information to demonstrate their qualifications:

    Technical Proposal:

  • Statement of why the individual considers her/himself suitable for the this IC. Applicant is required to fill-in Offeror’s Application Form (see Annex II).
  • CV indicating all past experience, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the consultant and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Financial Proposal:

  • Applicants are instructed to submit their financial proposals in US Dollars for this consultancy using the financial proposal template by the deadline of the application.
  • Financial proposals must indicate a daily fee. The daily fee in the financial proposal must consider the various expenses the applicant expects to incur during contract, including:
  • The daily professional fee
  • Communications, utilities and consumables
  • Life, health and any other insurance
  • Any other relevant expenses, if any, related to the performance of services under the contract
  • Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

    Please, send your request for clarifications to before 22 February 2019. UNDP PSU will respond via e-mail and publish the clarifications without identifying the source of inquiry at the following sites:

    Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful applicants about the outcome.

    Evaluation, selection criteria and process

    Criteria for Selection of ICs

    All applicants will be initially screened against the minimum requirements as specified in section 3. Only those applicants who meet the minimum level of education (Master), relevant years of experience requirements (12 years minimum) and minimum languages requirements (English and French) will be longlisted and considered for the technical evaluation against the following criteria:

  • Criteria 1.
  •  a) A minimum level of Master’s degree in MPA management, management of marine natural resources and biodiversity, law of the sea, legal and policy studies related to marine areas, conservation biology, conservation or management of protected areas, environmental sciences, or related areas of expertise.  – 20 points.

    b) PhD in same field – 5 points.

  • Criteria 2. Number of years of relevant experience (minimum of 12 years) – 20 points. Extra 5 points each add year with a maximum of 30 points total.
  • Criteria 4. Previous work experience with UNDP and/or other UN agency or public funded agencies  – 10 points
  • Criteria 5. Fluency in written and spoken in any of the UN language besides English and French ( Arabic) -5 points
  • The technical evaluation will include a desk review and may also include interviews and technical tests if necessary.

    ONLY the applicants obtaining the minimum of 49 points (70% of total 70 points) for the technical

    criteria shall be considered for the Financial Evaluation:

    Financial evaluation:

    Financial proposals must indicate a daily fee, as per AnnexII

    The cost for air travel and living cost for any official travel during the IC period should NOT be included in the daily rate. Such travel cost will be borne by UNDP if such travel will be required.

    Award will be made based on Combined scoring method

    Technical Proposal will be weighted a maximum of 70% (max 70 points) and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30% (max 30 points).

    Only consultants whose offer has been evaluated and determined as responsive / compliant / acceptable; and are in compliance with criteria above, will be considered for the contracting.


    Annex I – Individual IC General Terms and Conditions:

    Annex II - Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual IC, including Financial Proposal Template and Personal History Form

    To download form in Annex II, please go to the following link:

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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