ONFI vacancy: Climate adaptation senior expert, Deputy technical coordinator at Kiwa Initiative Secretariat

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Since its creation in 1997, ONF International has been promoting French forest management skills and expertise across the world.  As a subsidiary of the French National Forest Office (ONF), ONFI’s strength lies in its dual approach when carrying out its missions: an institutional body in matters of international cooperation projects on the one hand; a competitive player as an expertise consultancy firm on the other.

ONF International mainly focuses on four priority areas:

  • Assessing and managing forest ecosystems
  • Sustainable development of territories
  • Promoting mitigation and adaptation to climate change
  • Using remote sensing to monitor forests and changes in land use


The Kiwa Initiative is a multi-donor program that aims to strengthen the climate change resilience of Pacific Island ecosystems, communities and economies through Nature-Based Solutions (NbS), by protecting, sustainably managing and restoring biodiversity. It is founded on an easier access to climate change adaptation and NbS funding for national and local authorities, civil society, international and local NGOs and regional organizations in Pacific Island Countries and territories, including the three French overseas territories. Kiwa is a regional initiative bringing together international donors (Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand and the European Union) in a coalition recently set up in the Pacific region. The initiative has a substantial budget and is managed by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), supported by a Secretariat based in Noumea. https://kiwainitiative.org/en/

ONF International is in charge of the Kiwa Initiative Secretariat, whose mission is to support AFD in implementing all the components of the Kiwa Initiative. As part of the significant strengthening of the Kiwa Initiative, ONF International is launching this call for applications to identify a Senior climate change expert, responsible as deputy coordinator within the Kiwa Secretariat.


The climate adaptation Senior expert/Deputy technical coordinator will support the Kiwa Secretariat Technical Coordinator in the management of the Kiwa Initiative and contribute to the expertise provided to the Kiwa Initiative beneficiaries as regards climate adaptation.

In particular, he/she will:

  • Ensure the technical monitoring of the contribution of the Kiwa project to climate adaptation and reduction of communities’ vulnerabilities.
  • Ensure the technical monitoring of at least two regional projects (EUR 5M/project) and contribute to the general technical monitoring of the Kiwa Initiative.
  • Participate in the supervision of the Kiwa local project component, implemented by the IUCN Oceania regional office (EUR 25k to EUR 400k/project).
  • Prepare and draft terms of reference for technical studies (e.g. feasibility studies), capitalisation, evaluation and dissemination services for Kiwa Initiative projects and the Kiwa programme as a whole, and monitor the implementation of these services.
  • Contribute to the technical and administrative monitoring of the capacity-building activities proposed as part of the Kiwa Initiative.
  • Contribute to the adjustment of existing monitoring tools of the Kiwa Initiative to better capture the contribution of the funded projects to climate adaptation.
  • Ensure that the Initiative’s monitoring tools are properly implemented, in conjunction with the various counterparts (beneficiary partners).
  • Contribute to the drafting of the Initiative’s semi-annual and annual technical reports based on the periodic reports from the counterparts (beneficiary partners).
  • Support the counterparts in the management and evaluation of their projects through regular exchanges and/or ad hoc missions to the field.
  • Draft information documents relating to projects and activities funded by the Kiwa Initiative, and participating in the implementation of the communication strategy.
  • Carry out technical and administrative appraisals of regional projects submitted for funding under the Kiwa Initiative, and liaise with thematic experts in this context.
  • Participate in the consolidation of technical information for presentation, meetings and/or communication purposes .
  • Represent the Kiwa Secretariat to international, regional and national partners and to AFD (steering or technical committee meetings, events).
  • Prepare environmental and social risk management monitoring reports for donors.
  • Monitor the implementation of beneficiaries’ environmental and social commitment plans.


  • Technical skills (adaptation to climate change in tropical island environment and ideally in the Pacific Island countries and Territories; management of tropical ecosystems).

Candidates must have proven experiences in one or more of the following areas: ecological rehabilitation and restoration, watershed management, integrated coastal zone management, forest ecosystem management, agroecology, managed/protected marine and terrestrial areas, governance of natural areas, natural risk management including solutions to coastal and terrestrial erosion and vegetation fires, livelihood activities, agroecology and value chains, livelihoods, water resource management, etc.

  • Skills in monitoring (MEL) and/or technical and administrative management of complex international climate adaptation and/or development projects.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Rigour and adaptability.
  • Excellent writing skills in English and ability to produce summaries.

The following skills will be considered:

  • Good knowledge of the institutional and technical players in the Pacific region.
  • Knowledge of evaluation and monitoring (MEL) of development projects.
  • Argumentation skills.
  • Writing and speaking skills in French.

Experience and training required

  • Degree in environmental sciences, adaptation to climate change, forestry, agriculture, water resource management, coastal zone restoration and management (marine and terrestrial) –  Master or PhD.
  • Perfect command of technical English (read, spoken and written).
  • At least 10 years’ proven experience in leading, managing and monitoring (MEL) international climate adaptation and/or development projects of up to EUR 5M/and on the themes covered by the Kiwa initiative.
  • Proven Work Experience in Pacific Island Countries and Territories or in tropical island countries.

The following experience is required:

  • Good knowledge of several international donors (including AFD and the EU) and their procedures.
  • Good knowledge of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and AFD’s environmental and social risk management policy.

Job specifications

  • Location:  Noumea (New Caledonia)
  • Remuneration according to experience
  • Work permit is required for non-French citizens working in New-Caledonia

Detailed resume, together with a covering letter and at least 3 recent references, should be sent to the following address by the 6th of June 2024 at the latest: careers@onfinternational.org Cc mahe.charles@onfinternational.org with “Kiwa Senior CCA expert_ Deputy Coordinator” in the subject line.