Ministry of Environment and Energy

Terms of reference

Senior Technical Officer

The Senior Technical Officer (STO) will be responsible for the oversight and guidance of all technical activities of the project. S/he will work with contracted national and international consultants and advisors to achieve the outputs of the project. S/he will build and manage relationships and partnerships at site level on the demonstration islands.



  • Supervision of all technical activities of the project and quality control of project outputs;
  • Develop detailed Terms of References for national and international consultants and contractors in collaboration with NPM and NPD, and organize and oversee delivery of subcontracts;
  • Review all technical reports produced by national and international consultants and ensure quality comments and feedback by independent experts (e.g. through peer review processes);
  • Assist in the establishment of technical cooperation between the project and international research institutions;
  • Provide methodological guidance  to technical activities of the project in the field of land-use planning and coastal protection;
  • Prepare a  structure for technical reports and review their quality;
  • Undertake technical oversight of project activities on a daily basis, including the monitoring of technical  project activities in pilot sites;
  • Identify, analyse and communicate lessons learned that may be useful for the  design and implementation of similar projects in Maldives and other SIDS; Provide regular overviews and reports on technical issues and findings of the project to the NPM, NPD and Project Board;
  • Ensure universal availability and dissemination of technical materials developed by the project across relevant government departments;
  • Contribute to technical training initiatives conducted by the project and support in the review and drafting of communication and awareness materials pertaining to the project;  


Qualifications/ Requirements

  • Graduate with at least 5 years working experience within the disciplines of environmental science,geography, natural resource management, coastal zone management or engineering;
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience working on applied land-use planning and/or coastal zone development and management issues in Maldives or other SIDS;
  • Demonstrated experience working in the context of technical projects and sound understanding of project monitoring frameworks;
  • Sound understanding of climate-related hazards and their impact on coastal zones;
  • Extensive network of national and international technical institutions on issues related to land-use planning, coastal zone management and/or disaster risk reductionVery good communication and presentation skills;
  • Previous experience working with local authorities and communities on applied technical questions related to land-use planning, coastal zone management, or disaster risk reduction;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel within and outside the Maldives;
  • Demonstrable skills in computer use including and not limited to word processing (MS-Word), spread sheets (MS-Excel) and presentation software (MS-PowerPoint). Experience working with GIS is a strong advantage.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Dhivehi


24 December 2013