Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant/regional expert to assist UN Environment/MAP Secretariat in identifying gaps and needs regarding the integration of GES and targets and MSP processes in the Offshore Action Plan implementat
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 10 December 2018 - 20 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-108051-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of services is to have the Offshore Action Plan reviewed, aiming at streamlining GES and targets as well as the ICZM Regional Framework and MSP, as appropriate.

Work Location

Home-based position

Expected duration

The contract will be for the period of one and a half (1,5) months over a period of six (6) months, starting from its signature. The Consultant is not required to be stationed at the Coordinating Unit for the duration of the contract.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment's ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.

At COP 19 (Athens, Greece, 9-12 February 2016) the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention adopted Decision IG.22/3 on the “Mediterranean Offshore Action Plan in the framework of the Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution resulting from Exploration and Exploitation of the Continental Shelf and the Seabed and its Subsoil”. This Offshore Action Plan aims at defining measures which, if applied at regional level and by each Contracting Party within their jurisdiction, will ensure the safety of offshore activities and reduce their potential impact on the marine environment and its ecosystem.

In parallel, several processes are ongoing, both at the global and regional levels. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of its Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, and the work on its implementation that has been ongoing since then, is the most important relevant development at the global level. At the regional level, there is ongoing work in relation to Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), including the preparation of the Common Regional Framework on ICZM in the Mediterranean, which may influence the implementation of the Offshore Action Plan. Furthermore, at COP 19 the Contracting Parties adopted Decision IG.22/3 on the “Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria (IMAP)”. This decision and the relevant work that has been progressing on the Ecosystem Approach implementation and the achievement of the Good Environmental Status (GES), are developments that may influence the work relevant to the implementation of the Offshore Action Plan.

To this end, initial work has already been carried out to address GES and IMAP in the context of the Ecosystem Approach, and within the framework of the Programme of Work and Budget 2016-2017 (Decision IG.22/20, adopted at COP 19). This includes (a) work related to the establishment of National and Regional Offshore Monitoring Programmes, including pollutants, parameters and minimum requirement that was submitted to the First Meeting of the Barcelona Convention Offshore Oil and Gas Group (OFOG) Sub-Group on Environmental Impact of Offshore Monitoring Programmes (Loutraki, Greece, 3-4 April 2017), and (b) work under REMPEC to focus on a smaller number of eight common indicators directly relevant to the potential impact and effects of oil and gas operations.

Furthermore, Draft Regional Standards and Guidelines for offshore activities have been prepared by REMPEC, as a contribution to the Implementation of the Offshore Action Plan:
• Guidelines for the conduct of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA);
• Guidelines for the use and disposal of drilling fluids and cuttings;
• Guidance on the disposal of oil and oily mixtures;
• Common standards and guidelines for special restrictions or conditions for specially protected areas within the framework of the Mediterranean Offshore Action Plan.

Following the above, and to enhance the effectiveness of the implementation of the Offshore Action Plan, it is important at this point to identify gaps and needs regarding the integration of GES and targets, as well as ICZM and MSP processes, in the Offshore Action Plan implementation. In line with the above, the Programme of Work (PoW) and Budget for 2018-2019 of UN Environment/MAP (PoW, Decision IG 23/14, adopted at COP 20, Tirana, Albania, 17-20 December 2017) includes, under Key Output 5.1.2 “SAP BIO, SAP MED, Offshore Action Plan and Strategy to combat pollution from ships implemented in an integrated manner, including through the Mediterranean regional framework, as set out in ICZM Protocol to enhance the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources.”, a specific activity to address this issue (Main Activity 1: “5.1.2.1. Ensure synergies and coherence during the implementation of the ICZM Protocol and other UNEP/MAP Regional Strategies/Policies”).

In the framework of the Cooperation Agreement between UN Environment and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS), support is provided to the implementation of a number of activities of the MAP PoW which are within the scope of the four components of the Cooperation Agreement. One of these activities, is Activity 5.1.2.1.

In this respect, the Coordinating Unit of UN Environment/MAP needs the services of a regional consultant to support the Secretariat in delivering this activity under Key Output 5.1.2 of the PoW.


The overall objective of this consultancy, in line with the COP decisions and the PoW, is to assist the Secretariat in: (a) preparing a desk study identifying gaps and needs regarding the integration of GES and targets and ICZM/MSP processes in the Offshore Action Plan implementation, and, (b) preparing recommendations based on the desk study, to be submitted to the relevant bodies of the MAP-Barcelona Convention system.


Tasks
Under the supervision of the MAP Deputy Coordinator and with the overall guidance of the MAP Coordinator, the Consultant will work closely with the MAP and MED POL Programme Officers and will be responsible for the following overall tasks:
(1) Identification of gaps and needs regarding the integration of GES and targets and ICZM/MSP processes as well as relevant SDGs (i.e. 12, 13, 14) in the Offshore Action Plan implementation;
(2) Review of the Annexes to the Offshore Protocol, recommending changes as necessary;
(3) Review of the Offshore Guidelines to support their submission to MAP technical bodies;
(4) Preparation of concrete recommendations on how to address such possible gaps and needs in the Offshore Action Plan, with the view to supporting a more holistic approach in the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, to achieve/maintain GES.

Specific tasks
1. Prepare an inception report, with work plan and timetable;
2. Through a desk study and through consultations with MAP, especially MED POL and REMPEC and the Coordinating Unit, acquire a thorough understanding of the Offshore Action Plan and its implementation up to date;
3. Perform a desk review/analysis of the main evolutions taking place in parallel to the adoption and implementation of the Offshore Action Plan, mainly in relation to the Ecosystem Approach/GES and ICZM/MSP processes;
4. Review the Draft Regional Standards and Guidelines for offshore activities taking into account the comments received through consultation processes and meetings of Contracting Parties representatives for onward transmission MAP technical bodies;
5. Further to the specific task 4 above, revise accordingly the documents submitted to the First Meeting of the Barcelona Convention OFOG Sub-Group on Environmental Impact of Offshore Monitoring Programmes (Loutraki, Greece, 3-4 April 2017);
6. Identify gaps and needs regarding the integration of GES and targets and ICZM/MSP processes, as well as addressing relevant SDGs (i.e. 12, 13, 14), in the Offshore Action Plan implementation;
7. Prepare an analysis with concrete recommendations on how to address possible gaps and needs regarding the integration of GES and targets and ICZM/MSP processes as well as addressing relevant SDGs (i.e. 12, 13, 14), in the Offshore Action Plan implementation, for submission to the Offshore Oil and Gas Group (OFOG), REMPEC Focal Points and MAP Focal Points, and, as appropriate, to other relevant MAP bodies;
8. Prepare recommendations for updating the annexes to the Offshore Protocol, taking into account the relevant analysis presented at the First Meeting of the Barcelona Convention Offshore Oil and Gas Group (OFOG) Sub-Group on Environmental Impact of Offshore Monitoring Programmes (WG.434/3).

Qualifications/special skills

Experience: At least 5 years of relevant professional working experience on monitoring, evaluation and review of policy instruments and related technical documents addressing measures to combat marine pollution from different sources is required;

Competency: Good understanding of the UN Environment/MAP system, including the work on ecosystem approach implementation, its structure and operation, is highly desirable;
Good understanding of safety and environmental considerations in relation to offshore activities is highly desirable;

Skills: Good knowledge of office software is required;
Knowledge of gender mainstreaming issues is highly desirable.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, engineering, law or other relevant political or social science areas is required;

Language: Fluency in English is required;
Knowledge of French is an asset;

No Fee

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