Type d'offre
Poste terrain

Type de contrat

Date limite de candidature
10/03/2024 23:59

Portage salarial / Cabinet d'expertise

12 months (renewable until the end of the project)

Description de la mission

To support the implementation of project activities, Expertise France will set up a Project Team based in Colombo. Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Deputy Project Manager – Technical (hereafter, “the Deputy”) is responsible for technical oversight and coordination of EF’s part of the “CIRCULAR : Promoting a Circular Economy in the Food Sector” programme in Sri Lanka, funded by the European Union.

The Deputy will oversee and coordinate the Technical Team - and is based in Colombo. He/she will work on a daily basis with and will coordinate the work of 3x Technical Specialists: Awareness Raising Specialist; Grants Officer; and Sustainable Finance Specialist.

He/she will need to be able to travel regularly within Sri Lanka (Colombo and Galle Districts) to meet with stakeholders and contribute to the smooth running of the project. The position implies a high degree of autonomy, and interpersonal skills appropriate to working in an international and multicultural environment.

Working with the Technical Team, indicative tasks of the Deputy include:

Technical project coordination

  • Define the technical intervention strategy to reach the project’s objectives, in consultation with the local stakeholders, and in close collaboration with the Technical Team
  • Oversee the development of the project’s action plan, in close collaboration with the Technical Team, and in alignment with the FAO and GIZ Technical Teams
  • Coordinate the Technical Team (Awareness Raising Specialist; Grants Officer; and Sustainable Finance Specialist) and oversee their work in the implementation of activities
  • Directly manage the Inception Phase’s activities (incl. the SUP waste assessments; awareness and behaviour assessements; awareness raising strategy development; and access to finance strategy development)
  • Manage, supervise and coordinate the work of short-term experts and service providers, ensuring the quality of their deliverables

External liaison, including with the CIRCULAR programme

  • Oversee EF’s technical input to the CIRCULAR programme’s Steering Committees
  • Coordinate EF’s participation in the CIRCULAR programme’s technical Working Groups
  • Act as a thematic focal point for different institutions and cross-sectoral actors

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Ensure the technical input to the M&E framework
  • Contribute in the production of annual narrative reports to the donor
  • Contribute in the EF-internal operational and financial monitoring

This job description is not exhaustive. Generally speaking, the Deputy coordinates the activities necessary to reach the project’s technical objectives (as described in the project’s LogFrame).

In addition, the Deputy acts as Officer in Charge (OiC) in the absence of the Project Manager in all matters related to the operational planning, team coordination and external representation tasks. 

The signature of the contract for this position will be subject to the prior signature of the Agreement between the European Union and Expertise France.

Description du projet ou contexte

Expertise France is the French public international cooperation agency. It designs and implements projects which aim to contribute to the balanced development of partner countries, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda and the priorities of France’s external action.

The EF project is part of a threefold umbrella “CIRCULAR” programme funded by the European Union (EUD-Sri Lanka), for a period of 40 months (2024-2027). This umbrella programme will be implemented by the three following Implementing Partners (IPs): Expertise France (EF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

CIRCULAR takes an integrated approach to “promote a circular economy in the food sector” in Sri Lanka, especially aiming at the reduction of food waste and loss, as well as the reduction of Single-Use-Plastic.

The Specific Objectives (outcome) of the Action are twofold:

  • Specific Objective 1 (SO1): to increase recovery, processing and supply of edible and safe food surplus and/or waste for the benefit of vulnerable consumers and/or food producers.
  • Specific Objective 2 (SO2): to enhance effectiveness of the sustainable production, distribution and consumption models related to food waste/loss and single-use plastic food packaging.

Only SO2 is tackled by EF, with a focus on Single-Use Plastic (SUP) reduction. SO1 will be tackled by FAO. 

The Outputs necessary in order to achieve SO2 are:

  • Output 2.1. Increased awareness (and behavioural changes) among the general public, economic operators, consumers and civil society about public incentives, sustainable products, solutions and services on the market
  • Output 2.2. MSME, startups, social enterprises and cooperatives have increased access to sustainable and gender sensitive business models and practices that utilize new technologies and innovations
  • Output 2.3. MSME, startups, social enterprises, cooperatives have increased access to finance and Business Development Services (BDS) related to sustainable and gender sensitive business models and practices
  • Output 2.4. Enhanced technical capacity of workers and business staff related to sustainable and gender sensitive business models that integrate waste reduction

Expertise France (EF) will work on reducing SUP in the food sector by raising awareness of actors along the SUP supply chain via Output 2.1., and enabling access to finance for growth- and expansion-stage companies via Output 2.3; whereas FAO will implement Outputs 1.1, 1.2 and 2.1 (with focus on food waste/loss); and GIZ will mainly work on Outputs 2.2, 2.3 (with focus on early-stage companies) and 2.4.

EF, FAO and GIZ will work jointly to implement as “one programme” with the respective distribution of tasks mentioned above but feeding and complementing each other for the overall success of the programme. GIZ will assume a coordinating role to ensure that implementation between the three partners happens in an integrated fashion and that activities mutually strengthen one another.

Profil souhaité

  • Master’s Degree (minimum 5 years' higher education) in environmental sciences, sustainable development, economics, finance, project management, political science, international relations/international cooperation or relevant field.
  • A minimum of 10-years professional experience in awareness raising and/or sustainable finance to promote the circular economy.
  • Previous experience working in international development and cooperation will be considered a strong asset.
  • At least 3 of the last 6 years of professional experience in Sri Lanka will be considered a strong asset.
  • At least 1 experience in coordinating a technical team will be considered a strong asset.
  • Proficiency in English is required. Full professional working proficiency in Sinhala and/or Tamil will be considered a strong asset. Professional working proficiency in French will be considered an asset.

Specific knowledge, experience, skills or competences

  • Excellent knowledge of circular economy issues, especially with regards to (single-use) plastics and the food sector.
  • Good knowledge of awareness raising and access to finance approaches will be considered a strong asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Sri Lankan context, (decentralised) institutions, professional networks and Civil Society Organisations.
  • Experience working with other emerging markets, especially in South Asia, will be considered an asset.
  • Good knowledge of cooperation mechanisms and implementation of technical assistance project, in particular for projects financed by the European Union.
  • Ability to communicate well and reach out, both verbally and in writing, with a wide range of stakeholders.

Soft skills

  • (Multicultural) teamwork and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Analytical and conceptual skills as well as independent and objective thinking;
  • Sense of responsibility, thoroughness and proactivity;
  • Good organisational and coordination skills, with a solutions- and results-oriented mind-set;
  • Excellent (verbal and written) communication skills.

Informations complémentaires

What we offer

  • An exciting job in an international environment
  • A contract for a term of 12 months (renewable three times, for a total of 40 months) based in Colombo, at Expertise France’s offices at the centre of Colombo, with field visits in Colombo and Galle districts
  • A salary package that comprises the monthly gross salary, in accordance with our salary scales, and other benefits. The exact salary will be defined according to relevant recognised experience for the function.

Provisional calendar

  • Project intended start date: April 2024 (pending project validation)
  • Job intended start date: May 2024 (pending project validation)

How to apply

  • Link:
    Applications sent outside the platform will not be considered.
  • Deadline: 10/03/2024
    Expertise France reserves the right to choose a candidate before this date.
  • Please provide the following documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • CV (max. 5 pages),
    • cover letter (max. 2 pages),
    • and 3 professional references (incl. email and phone contacts).

Date limite de candidature : 10/03/2024 23:59

Expertise France est l’agence publique de conception et de mise en œuvre de projets internationaux de coopération technique. L’agence intervient autour de quatre axes prioritaires :

  • gouvernance démocratique, économique et financière ;
  • paix, stabilité et sécurité ;
  • climat, agriculture et développement durable ;
  • santé et développement humain.

Dans ces domaines, Expertise France assure des missions d’ingénierie et de mise en œuvre de projets de renforcement des capacités, mobilise de l’expertise technique et joue un rôle d’ensemblier de projets faisant intervenir de l’expertise publique et des savoir-faire privés.

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