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Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) - Retainer

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Elections
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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Background Information - Job-specific

Objective of Assignment
Mozambique is vulnerable to climate impacts due to not only its physical location, but also the socio-economic issues that amplify the negative effects of climate change and decrease the population’s capacities to cope and adapt. In 2015, according to the Climate Risk Index2, Mozambique was reported as the most affected country in the world, with 351 casualties and more than US$500 million in property losses. Climate change is expected to cause a drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of between 4 and 14 percent, and cost up to US$7.6 billion by 2050, seriously hampering economic development.  Most of Mozambique’s population lives in the coastal regions, where floods, cyclones, erosion and sea level rise pose serious threats and increase their vulnerability to climate change3. The Greater Maputo Area (GMA)4 that is located on the south-eastern coast of Mozambique has a population of over 3 million and is already severely affected by climate variability and change with the latest example of this the loss of life, damaged homes and loss of infrastructure in March 2018 due to torrential rains. Its main districts and municipalities are: Boane (municipality), Marracuene (district), Maputo (municipality and capital city), Matola (municipality) and Matutuíne (district).

 Population more than doubled in the last 20 years in some districts, and population density at the peri-urban edge of Maputo City is up to 3,670 people per km2(5).  This rapid population expansion has been a major factor in land use and landscape change in the area reducing the quantity and quality of ecosystems that provide essential goods and services to the people, the environment and to climate change adaptation efforts. As a result, levels of vulnerability to climate impacts remain high in the Greater Maputo Area. Without intervention, the degradation of the area’s valuable coastal and marine resources will continue unabated and undermine community resilience and efforts to adapt to climate change. The project entitled “Building resilience in the coastal zone through ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation (EbA) in the Greater Maputo Area” (hereafter referred to as the LDCF project) was created to respond to those issues. Funded by Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the project is intended to “increase capacity of vulnerable communities in the larger Maputo area to implement Ecosystem-based advance National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process in Sao Tome and Principe.  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the Delivery Partner for the project, with the role of supporting and overseeing the project implementation. UNDP Country Office in Sao Tome will work closely with the GDE and UNEP and provide financial management of the project.  
approaches to Adaptation (EbA)”. The project will afford the Government of Mozambique, municipal authorities, districts and especially local communities the necessary support, tools and planning frameworks to implement sustainable solutions to protect terrestrial and coastal ecosystems and therefore adapt to climate change impacts. This will be done through three main pillars:  1. Strengthening the institutional and technical capacity of national, municipal and district authorities in the GMA to plan and implement EbA interventions in urban and peri-urban coastal areas. 2. Improving capacity of local communities to implement EbA interventions at selected project sites in the GMA  3. Increasing public awareness and knowledge of the benefits of EbA 

The project also recognizes gender equality as an important component for achieving environmental and social goals that underpin sustainable development and generating environmental benefits at the national and global level. Women and men interact with the environment differently and influence environmental degradation both positively and negatively in different ways and there is commitment to better respond to these differences and negate the impact of structural inequalities.  This 6 million USD project is executed by the National Directorate of Environment within the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA/DINAB) providing the technical lead and the National Fund for Sustainable Development (FNDS) responsible for financial management supported by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Climate Change Adaptation Unit (UNEP/CCAU).  

The Chief Technical Advisor will contribute to the successful implementation of the project by providing Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) technical expertise, project management guidance and capacity building to the project team. The CTA will also support the project team in particular the project gender and environment officer to implement the project Gender Action Plan and therefore ensure that gender is mainstreamed throughout the project and that project interventions are both gender-responsive and climate-compatible. 

Functional Responsibilities

Specific tasks and responsibilities

Project management support

  • Provide overall technical backstopping for the project
  • Provide specific support at project start-up to set-up strong bases for an effective project implementation including capacity building on project and team management as well as ecosystem-based adaptation as needed
  • Provide advice on best suitable approaches and methodologies for the timely achievement of project targets and objectives
  • Assist the Project Coordinator 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 indicators and targets)
  • Ensure that economic, environmental and social safeguards are fully integrated and promoted throughout project implementation - Identify risks, issues and challenges affecting project implementation and support the project team to put in place mitigation measures to overcome those blockages
  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual reports including the Project Implementation Reviews (PIRs) and Half Year Reports (HYR)
  •  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 and good practices from project implementation
  • Where requested, advise the project coordinator in liaison work with project partners, donor organizations, NGOs and other groups to ensure the effective coordination of project activities
  • Support the follow-up on project co-financing (collaboration with co-financing partners and regular reporting on sources and amounts)
  • Perform any other tasks as may be requested by the Project Team, the Project Steering Committee, and the UNEP Task Manager

Gender mainstreaming support  

1. Support and ensure the implementation and timely completion of all activities specified in the Gender Action Plan available in Annex 1 and divided in the five following categories: 

  • Actions that guide the participatory approach to the project
  • Actions that better define gender and EbA and establish gender-sensitive baseline for the EbA project
  • Actions that improve the capacity to sustainably and consistently integrate gender into EbA
  • Actions that ensure that EbA in the project area is gender-responsive
  • Actions that assure the project’s accountability to a gender-responsive approach

 2. Monitor, promote and ensure the participation of women in project activities including training and capacity building at the institutional and community level to ensure that project overall direct beneficiary target of 60% of women is achieved.
3. Promote gender mainstreaming in the project planning, implementation and M&E through supporting among others: 

  • The review of the project activity framework and intervention strategy
  • The development of annual project workplans
  • The development of relevant ToRs and workshop/training agenda/presentations
  • The review of key inputs and deliverables
  • The publication of key knowledge and substantive products and other material
  • The design and regular revision of key M&E frameworks (indicators, targets) and tools (field surveys, questionnaires, participant feedback)
  • The regular reporting of progresses
  • The collection of lessons learned and dissemination of good practices
  • Capacity-building of the project team and all relevant consultants on gender and environment 
4. Support the development of gender-responsive advocacy messages on adaptation to climate impacts targeting key specific audience.

5. Provide support to the management of the collaborative relationships with relevant project preidentified partners and any other relevant stakeholders on gender-related issues including MUGeDe, CARE, CCS Itália and African Foundation for Sustainable Development 

6.  Provide inputs and guidance to the implementation of other specific relevant activities to ensure full integration of gender such as but no limited to: 
  • Institutional and technical gap analyses
  • Participatory mapping of resources use, adaptive capacity and vulnerability
  • Climate Vulnerability Capacity Assessments
  • Economic analyses
  • Baseline study
  • Best practice    database, communities of practice and the learning exchange activities 
  • Community perception surveys 
  • Decision-making tools
  • Policy briefs
  • EbA protocols of intervention
  • Awareness-raising activities including media campaigns and public information sessions

7. Perform any other tasks as may be requested by the Project Team, the Project Steering Committee, and the UNEP Task Manager.

Reporting lines

The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be contracted and paid by the United Nations. He/she will report to the UNEP Climate Change Adaptation Unit Task Manager and then to the National Project Director of MTA National Directorate of Environment (DINAB) who is also the chair of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and UNEP Climate Change Adaptation Unit Task Manager. In the performance of his/her duties, the CTA will work in close collaboration with the project team including the National Coordinator, the Gender and Environment officer, the M&E officer and the communication officer, MTA DINAB (technical lead) and FNDS (responsible for the project financial management). The CTA will be expected to conduct regular missions to the country (at least one per year). Each mission should result in a mission report listing implementation progress for the project as a whole and by component as well as highlighting challenges, and making recommendations for the next implementation period; The rest of the work will be carried out home-based through internet communications.

  •  Annual gender-responsive work plans and budget revisions including variance analysis are developed and submitted to UNEP 
  • Mission reports including implementation progress as well as challenges and recommendations are shared with the project national coordinator and UNEP task manager within two weeks of the end of the mission 
  • Annual Progress Implementation Review (PIR) and Half Year Reports (HYR) reports elaborated and submitted to UNEP
  • ToRs for consultants, sub-contracts, workshop agenda and presentations are developed or reviewed and integrate gender as required
  • Written reviews of technical reports and key inputs shared with relevant consultants and contractors and integrating gender as required.
  • Key project management documents such as expenditure reports, procurement plans, inventory of non-expendable expenditure, audit reports revised before submission to MTA/FNDS and UNEP
  • Key project substantial products, technical material, M&E tools and knowledge publications revised and integrate gender as required before being submitted for approval to MTA and UNEP and presented to the PSC
  • Regular progress reports on the implementation of the Gender Action Plan identifying risks, challenges and mitigating solutions submitted to the MTA and UNEP


  • An advanced University degree in the area of natural resource management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, environmental management, social sciences, gender studies or any related fields of study is required.
  • Bachelors degree with additional 2 years of relevant working experience may also be considered in lieu of an advanced University degree.


  • At least 5 years of professional experience in lead technical positions in planning and management of environmental and/or climate change programmes required
  • Past experience working on gender issues and mainstreaming is required 
  • Demonstrated experience in institutional strengthening and capacity-building is desired.
  • Ability to effectively work in and coordinate with a large, multidisciplinary team of experts and consultants is desired.
  • Strong skills in project monitoring and evaluation is an added advantage 
  • Previous experience with GEF projects and familiarity with the GEF and UN Environment Gender Equality Gender Marker, Environment and Social Safeguards system added advantage 
  • Experience of working and collaborating with developing country governments is an added advantage 


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


  • Excellent oral and writing skills in both English 
  • Proficiency in Portuguese would be a strong advantage 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA) Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration: Home-based Retainer contract with regular missions in Mozambique (Maputo and surroundings) - One year initially, renewable over the whole project duration of five (5 years) subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability'

As per UNOPS policy retainer positions in duty stations where the NPO (National Professional Officer) category has been established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a home-based retainer contract will be issued as LICA Support or LICA Specialist position.

  For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Kenya Multi-Country Office (KEMCO)

The Kenya Multi-Country Office (KEMCO) is based in Nairobi and is responsible for 15 countries in East and Southern Africa, with ongoing projects in Eritrea, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

UNOPS has worked in Kenya since 1995, where it manages a growing portfolio of engagements, providing project management, infrastructure, procurement, transactional, and financial management services. From renovations of elementary schools in Kenya to improving maternal and child health, KEMCO works to provide practical solutions to support sustainable growth and development in the region. UNOPS KEMCO helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development. UNOPS KEMCO has over twenty years of experience working in the region, including on large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high-risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.

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