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Posting Title: Terms of Reference for a Consultant/Regional Expert for UNEP/MAP to support the MAP Secretariat with the preparation of the UNEP/MAP Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2027
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 27 February 2020 - 04 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-132375-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 the delivery of the main text on the UNEP/MAP Medium-Term Strategy 2020-2027, so that the Secretariat and the Contracting Parties are provided with substantial inputs for their review, and for negotiation and possible approval.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

The total duration of the Contract will be three (3) months spread over 18 months, starting from the date of last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, at their 19th Meeting (COP 19, Athens, Greece, Athens, Greece, 9-12 February 2016) adopted the UNEP/MAP Mid-Term Strategy (MTS) 2016-2021 (Decision IG.22/1) “as the framework for the development and implementation of the Programme of Work of UNEP/MAP”. Through the same Decision, the Contracting Parties requested “the Secretariat to launch an independent evaluation of the MTS implementation in 2020 for the consideration of COP 22 in 2021, with special emphasis on the interlinkages with the objectives of the MSSD 2016-2025 and the UNEP/MAP EcAp-based Ecological Objectives.”.

The Contracting Parties at their 21st Meeting (COP 21, Naples, Italy, 2-5 December 2019) through Decision IG. 24/2 on Governance “Approve[d] the Roadmap for the Evaluation of the 2016-2021 Medium-Term Strategy and the preparation of the 2022-2027 Medium-Term Strategy, as set out in Annex V to the present Decision;”. The roadmap provides the framework and suggested timeline for both for the evaluation of the current MTS 2016-2021 and the preparation of the new MTS 2022-2027. Through the same Decision, the Contracting Parties “Request[ed] the Secretariat to prepare the UNEP/MAP 2022-2027 Medium-Term Strategy in close cooperation with MAP components and with the full involvement of the Contracting Parties, under the guidance of the Bureau and through a dedicated steering committee that will be composed by the Bureau complemented by a limited group of interested Contracting Parties (3 additional persons, one nominated by each sub-group, to ensure a balanced geographical representation), and to submit a first draft to an open ended working group, for final submission to the Contracting Parties at their 22nd Meeting (COP 22);”.

Annex V to Decision IG. 24/2 provides the outline of the methodology and roadmap for the preparation of the MTS for 2022-2027 and notes that it should be based on a number of key documents and processes, such as: (a) the evaluation of MTS 2016-2021; (b) the MSSD 2016-2025 and SCP Action Plan mid-term evaluations; (c) the results of the main MAP assessment studies as well as results of global assessment studies; and (d) global processes or relevance. Moreover, it notes that the new MTS will be built on the basis of the structure of the current one and will take into account relevant global processes and initiatives, reflecting also the strategic guidance provided through the Naples Ministerial Declaration. The process of the preparation will be transparent, participatory and Contracting Party driven, and will be conducted under the guidance of the Bureau. Further details are provided in Annex V of Decision IG. 24/2.

Following the above, the UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit-Barcelona Convention Secretariat needs the services of a consultant/regional expert to support the MAP Secretariat with the preparation of the UNEP/MAP Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2027, under Activity 6 of Key Output 1.1.2 of the UNEP/MAP Programme of Work and Budget 2020-2021 (PoW).

Tasks

Under the overall guidance of the UNEP/MAP Coordinator and under the supervision of the UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator, the Consultant will work closely with the UNEP/MAP Programme Officer and will be responsible for the following overall tasks:
(1) an analysis of key recent documents and processes, such as: (a) the evaluation of MTS 2016-2021, (b) the MSSD 2016-2025 and SCP Action Plan mid-term evaluations, (c) the results of the main MAP assessment studies and processes (such as the 2017 MED QSR, the 2019 SoED as well as the SAP BIO, NAP/SAP MED evaluations, the Regional Strategy on pollution prevention from ships, and the Offshore Action Plan) as well as results of global assessment studies of relevance to the Mediterranean (such as the GEO-6, IPBES, MedECC, and IPCC reports), (d) the outcome of COP 21 and especially the Naples ministerial Declaration, and (d) global processes or relevance (with information from UNEP, global MEAs, the EU and main partners such as FAO/GFCM, WWF, IUCN, UfMS, etc), with concrete recommendations on how to reflect these evolutions in the MTS 2022-2027 to serve as background document for the 90th Bureau and MTS Steering Committee back-to-back meetings;
(2) a preliminary version of the new MTS, i.e. the main directions and strategic outcomes, to serve as background document for the MAP Focal Points Meeting on the MTS (planned for April 2021);
(3) a final version of the document incorporating comments/inputs by Contracting Parties and partners for the Secretariat to review and further submit for approval.

Specific tasks

1. Prepare an inception report with a detailed work plan and timetable;
2. Perform a desk review of key recent documents and processes relevant to the preparation of the MTS 2022-2027, such as: (a) the evaluation of MTS 2016-2021, (b) the MSSD 2016-2025 and SCP Action Plan mid-term evaluations, (c) the results of the main MAP assessment studies and processes (such as the 2017 MED QSR, the 2019 SoED as well as the SAP BIO, NAP/SAP MED evaluations, the Regional Strategy on pollution prevention from ships, and the Offshore Action Plan) as well as results of global assessment studies of relevance to the Mediterranean (such as the GEO-6, IPBES, MedECC, and IPCC reports), (d) the outcome of COP 21 and especially the Naples ministerial Declaration, and (d) global processes or relevance (with information from UNEP, IMO, global MEAs of MAP relevance including on the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC, IPBES, the EU, and main partners such as FAO/GFCM, WWF, IUCN, UfMS, etc);
3. Hold consultations with the Secretariat, including MAP Components as appropriate;
4. Prepare an analysis (report) with concrete recommendations on how to reflect the key outcomes of the recent global and regional documents and processes to the MTS 2022-2027, and with a mapping of complementarities;
5. Follow-up to the Bureau discussions (89th meeting), and, if needed, hold consultations with Contracting Parties and stakeholders;
6. Support the preparation of the main directions of the new MTS (90th Bureau meeting);
7. Prepare a document with the contents and proposed structure as well as main directions and strategic outcomes of the MTS 2022-2027 to share with the Secretariat for review and submission to the MAP Focal Points meeting on the MTS;
8. Prepare a first draft of the MTS 2022-2027, incorporating inputs from the MAP Focal Points meeting on the MTS, as background document for the 91st Bureau and MTS SC/OEWG back-to-back meetings;
9. Prepare a revised version of the document incorporating comments/inputs by the Bureau, Contracting Parties and partners as appropriate, for the Secretariat to review and further submit to the MAP Focal Points meeting (September 2021) for approval;
10. Support the finalization of the fully edited document, during and following the MAP Focal Points meeting (September 2021), before final submission to COP 22.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Very good understanding of the global and regional evolutions related to the environment and sustainable development of the Mediterranean in the last 5 years is highly desirable;

Working experience on ocean governance matters is desirable;

Very good understanding of the UNEP/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/engineering, law or other relevant political or social science areas is required;
Experience: At least 7 years of relevant professional working experience is required, including a minimum of 4 years of proven experience related to sustainable development issues;
Language: Fluency in English is required; fluency in French is an asset;

No Fee

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