Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual Contractor/Regional expert to Support the MAP Secretariat with the Preparations of COP 21
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 23 January 2019 - 04 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-110394-Individual Contractor
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 the provision of effective support to the Secretariat and the host country for the successful preparation and holding of the 21st Meeting of Contracting Parties (Naples, Italy, 2-5 December 2019).

Work Location

Athens, Greece

Expected duration

The total duration of the Contract will be six (6) months starting from April 1st, 2019. The expert will be based at the UN Environment/MAP Coordinating Unit in Athens, Greece.

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 assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.

The Mediterranean Action Plan, approved in 1975, was developed under the UN Environment Regional Seas Programme. It is a regional effort involving 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the European Union. The Barcelona Convention and its Protocols provide the legal framework for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. In line with Article 17 of the Barcelona Convention, UN Environment provides secretariat services to the Contracting Parties of the Convention through the MAP Coordinating Unit, based in Athens, Greece.

To this end, the Coordinating Unit organizes and provides the secretariat services for the meetings of the main Bodies established within the MAP framework. The Contracting Parties decide on the MAP policies, strategies, budget and programme of work at their Ministerial level meetings (COP), held every two years. To prepare this Ministerial meeting, the MAP Focal Points review the progress of work and the draft Decisions at their meeting held a few months before the COP. The Bureau of six representatives of the Contracting Parties, provides guidance on the implementation of the Programme of Work in the interim period between the COP meetings and meets approximately twice a year.

The next, 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 21) is planned to take place in Naples, Italy, on 2-5 December 2019. The preparatory activities for 2019 will involve one Bureau meeting in May 2019 which is instrumental for the COP preparations, as well as the MAP Focal Points meeting, planned for 10-13 September 2019 in Athens, Greece. In line with the above, the Programme of Work (PoW) and Budget for 2018-2019 of the UN Environment/MAP (Decision IG.23/14, adopted at COP 20 (Tirana, Albania, 17-20 December 2017) includes, under Key Output 1.1.2 “Effective legal, policy, and logistic support provided to MAP decision- making process including advisory bodies meetings”, Activity “Organize COP 21”.

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 Cooperation Agreement.

In this respect, the UN Environment/MAP Coordinating Unit needs the services of an Individual Contractor to support the preparation of the next Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 21) (Naples, Italy, 2-5 December 2019), and to act as liaison between the Coordinating Unit and the Government of Italy, host country of the COP.


Under the supervision of the MAP Programme Officer (Governance), and with the overall guidance of the MAP Deputy Coordinator and Coordinator, the expert will be responsible for the following tasks:
(1) support the preparation and organization of the 21st Meeting of Contracting Parties (COP 21), facilitating in particular issues related to the relations with the host country;
(2) act as liaison between the Coordinating Unit and the Government of Italy, host country of the COP 21.

Specific tasks

1. Hold consultations with the Coordinating Unit staff and background reading;
2. Hold consultations with Government of Italy (IMELS);
3. Support the finalization of the Host Country Agreement (HCA) of the COP, liaising between the Government of Italy and the Coordinating Unit;
4. Contribute inputs to the preparation of reports, briefings and other documents related to the preparation of the COP, for the Bureau, Focal Points, media, UN Environment Headquarters and partners as required;
5. Support the preparation of the main theme/Ministerial Session of the COP and of the Ministerial Declaration, liaising with the Host Country and keeping abreast of their expectations and priorities;
6. Support the organization and preparation of side events, award ceremonies and partner-related events at the COP, liaising between the Government of Italy and the Coordinating Unit;
7. Facilitate liaison between Coordinating Unit and Host Country on logistics, including on press/media coverage, security and VIP arrangements.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Very good understanding of the UN Environment/MAP system, its structure and operation 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 international relations, environmental sciences, law or other relevant political or social science areas is required;
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant professional working experience is required;
Language: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Italian a strong asset;

No Fee


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