Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Consultant to Support the Implementation of IMAP component of the EU-funded IMAP-MPA project for Coast and Hydrography
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 20 May 2020 - 03 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-135986-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The objective of this assignment is to ensure that national country teams of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, are given the necessary technical support and guidance to effectively deliver project activities related to coast and hydrography integrated monitoring and assessment, and related assessment scales aspects.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

The contract will be for three (3) months spread over eighteen months (18) months starting from the date of the last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. 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. United Nation’s Environment 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. This consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) – Project Pool Unit, Athens, Greece.
In line with the Decision IG.23/14 on the Programme of Work and Budget for 2018–2019 (Tirana, Albania, 17-20 December 2017) and Decision IG 22/7 on the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) for the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria (Athens, Greece, 9-12 February 2016), all the Contracting Parties shall implement their respective national monitoring programmes. This work has been supported through the EU funded EcAp MED II Project, GEF Adriatic and the Mediterranean Trust Fund (MTF). The Contracting Parties have developed national IMAP-based monitoring programmes addressing the respective IMAP Common Indicators per each cluster of IMAP namely: Biodiversity, Eutrophication, Contaminants, Marine Litter, Coast and Hydrography.
The “Towards achieving the Good Environmental Status of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast through an Ecologically Representative and Efficiently Managed and Monitored Network of Marine Protected Areas” (hereinafter IMAP-MPA) project aims at ensuring that additional support is provided for the national implementation of IMAP, and for the delivery of reliable data for IMAP indicators on four clusters: pollution, litter, biodiversity and NIS, and hydrography by the seven Contracting Parties eligible for funding under IMAP MPA project. IMAP MPA project will also enable the development and implementation of integrated monitoring programmes at the sub-regional level which address the same above-mentioned IMAP clusters, and particularly in areas which are known to be under human activity pressure. As such, the project will enhance the level of capacity in each country to facilitate the implementation of the system and to facilitate the reporting of reliable data by each country for the selected IMAP common indicators. An important aspect of this project is related to a better definition of assessment scales and monitoring as well as assessment criteria per each IMAP cluster and across the clusters with a particular focus on hydrography.
In this regard, there is a need for a regional consultant to support the UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit and PAP/RAC by providing scientific and technical guidance to the national teams and consultants for coast and hydrography monitoring related activities under IMAP-MPA project.

The aim of this consultancy is to provide technical guidance and support to the national IMAP teams responsible for pollution monitoring as well as national consultants to monitor and assess marine environment with regards to IMAP Common Indicators (CIs) 15 and 16 related to coast and hydrography in selected areas taking into account the need for interlinkages with other ecological objectives, work undertaken on assessment criteria and integrated/joint monitoring, monitoring, assessment and reporting scales as well as interlinkages between impact, pressures and activities.

Tasks:

Under the direct cooperation with UNEP/MAP IMAP-MPA Project Manager and MED POL Programme Management and Monitoring and Assessment Officers, and the overall coordination and guidance from UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1) Prepare a detailed work plan and timetable.
2) Based on the IMAP-MPA Project Document, the Progress Report of the First Steering Committee of the Project, as well as the respective national IMAPs, follow-up and further progress the relevant work to undertake a specific, thorough and elaborated analysis per country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), focusing in reviewing the EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography chapters of national IMAPs (i.e. proposed monitoring sites, techniques and methodologies for Cis 15 and 16) and its integration potential with EO5, EO9 and EO10 (IMAP Pollution Cluster), as well as with EO1-EO2 (IMAP Biodiversity Cluster).
3) Provide technical guidance to national country team and design concrete monitoring plans per country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) for IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography, specifying monitoring sites/transects, their respective Common Indicators, methodologies and protocols for their measurements, quality assurance and reporting schemes, costs of implementation and other elements necessary to build, support and implement a reliable process for project activities implementation;
4) Support national teams to identify the gaps and define a concrete roadmap to address the specific needs for the implementation of IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography monitoring programme.
5) Design and prepare practical training modules (incl. on monitoring areas/sites definition, application of monitoring protocols, quality assurance and quality control, reporting of data) for IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography considering existing knowledge and practice for IMAP implementation.
6) Provide technical support to national/sub-regional training workshops with national teams related to IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography (CIs 15 and 16).
7) Provide technical support to the design and implementation of GIS-supported monitoring using remote data (aerial photographs, satellite images) and if necessary, field monitoring surveys focusing primarily on IMAP EO8 Coast (CI 16) and defining the baseline for the EO7 Hydrography (CI 15).
8) Participate in round-table discussions at national level aimed at streamlining of the roles and responsibilities for IMAP implementation as defined in national IMAP monitoring programmes for all three IMAP Clusters (i.e. Pollution and Marine Litter; Biodiversity; and Coast and Hydrography).
9) Contribute to the work of CorMon Coast and Hydrography and related Online Working Groups.
10) Provide input to the preparation of tender documentation for purchasing/renting of equipment (e.g. aerial photographs, satellite images, vessels for filed surveys, laboratory equipment) to address the needs for IMAP implementation as part of the package of the field monitoring survey.
11) Guide and support the national teams in monitoring data reporting into IMAP Pilot Info System.
12) Test and integrate the scales of assessment and assessment criteria developed under UNEP/MAP MED POL framework, into the selected monitoring sites/activities for IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography in relation to other relevant IMAP Common Indicators.
13) Review national IMAPs for IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography and propose the scales of monitoring that should be applied.
14) Develop a methodology for defining assessment criteria for IMAP EO7/Hydrography (CI 15) and submit it for review to CorMon Coast and Hydrography.
15) Work together with the other regional consultants towards consolidating the harmonizing the relevant input under points 13 and 14 above in an integrated manner for all IMAP clusters with regards to scales of assessment.
16) Participate in round tables organized by the IMAP-MPA Project Manager in bringing together the other thematic consultants that will be engaged in the framework of the project to maximize coordination and effectiveness of work at all levels.
17) Recommend potential upgrades of national IMAPs for EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography with a focus on scales and integration assessment aspects as appropriate

Outputs:

1) Detailed work plan and timetable is prepared and agreed (Task 1).
2) Concrete monitoring plans for EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography, complementary the relevant chapters of national IMAPs, are prepared for all countries (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) providing with recommendations and proposals on the integration potential of IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography with the other IMAP Ecological Objectives (i.e. EO1, EO2, EO5, EO9 and EO10), as well as gaps and lessons learnt (Tasks 2, 3 and 15).
3) A field survey programme for EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography is prepared for countries (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) in an integrated manner as appropriate with the other Common Indicator per each selected monitoring site, as well as related input for the Tender documentation package (Tasks 4 and 10).
4) Technical input/training material, along with transfer of hands-on experience, are provided to support the organization of capacity building workshops, training sessions and roundtable discussions, as well as field surveys including in national and sub-regional meetings/workshops (Tasks 5, 6, 7 and 8).
5) Technical inputs provided to MED POL, and CORMON and Online Working Groups on IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography, upon request (Task 9).
6) Tender document for purchasing/renting of equipment of relevance for IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography is prepared (Task 10).
7) Support to countries (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) to upload data sets coming from the filed survey implementation to IMAP Info System are provided including quality assurance (Tasks 7 and 11)
8) Report is prepared to reflect the results, lessons learnt, gaps and issues from the testing at local scales of the MAP scales of assessment and assessment criteria, including relevant recommendations (Task 12).
9) Report is prepared reflecting and elaborating elements and concrete proposals for assessment criteria for IMAP EO7/Hydrography taking stock of the results of implementation of the relevant monitoring activities under IMAP-MPA project (Task 13).
10) Proposal on scales of assessment made for IMAP EO7-EO8/Coast and Hydrography cluster is prepared (Task 14).
11) Inputs provided to the integrated report on scales of assessment for all IMAP clusters (Task 15).

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP system, MED POL and IMAP, is a strong asset;
Skills: Good knowledge in office automation software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Geographic Information System (GIS) is required;
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in marine science and /or environmental science and/or coastal zone management is required;
Experience: • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience on monitoring and assessment of Coast and Hydrography in the marine environment is required in particular of at least in two of the aspects listed below:
a) organization and participation in field monitoring surveys and experience in cartography and interpretation of aerial photographs/satellite images;
b) preparation/application of good/standardized laboratory practices and GIS;
c) control of data processing and reporting including GIS, data collection and statistical processing;
d) sample preparation and analysis of all matrixes; analytical quality assurance and data reporting;
f) control of data processing and reporting including data collection and statistical processing;
g) working experience in all aspects indicated above is a strong asset.
Language: • Fluency in English is required;
• Working knowledge of French is an asset.

No Fee

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