Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Consultancy to Support Implementation of the UNEP/MAP Programme of Work for Elaboration of the Scales of Assessment IMAP Pollution and Biodiversity Clusters
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 22 May 2020 - 04 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-136115-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The ultimate result of this assignment will be used to support the Contracting Parties and the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea (MED POL), Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC) and Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) in delivering the implementation of the Roadmap and Needs Assessment for the 2023 Mediterranean Quality Status Report with regards to IMAP Pollution and Marine Litter and Biodiversity Clusters as provided in Annex V of the Decision IG.24/4 on Assessment Studies.

Work Location

home based

Expected duration

The contract will be for the period of 2 working months and 2 working days spread over 12 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) – Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean (MED POL), Athens, Greece.

In line with the Decision IG.22/7 (COP19) on the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria and Decision IG.23/6 (COP 20, 2017) on the 2017 Mediterranean Quality Status Report (QSR) recommending directions for the development of the 2023 Mediterranean Quality Status Report, IMAP is being implemented at regional and national levels. To this aim, the regional and national activities have been supported through the Mediterranean Trust Fund (MTF), along with the EU funded Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) MED II Project and the GEF Adriatic Project. The most important results achieved during the previous biennium are as follows:

­ the methodologies for Good Environmental Status (GES) integrated assessment based on DPSIR (drivers-pressures-state-impacts-responses) approach. These methodologies are set for further testing, addressing respectively the approaches to definition of the scales of assessment and related areas for aggregation, along with suitable tools to support mapping of the interrelations of drivers-pressures-impacts-state-responses for the various ecosystem elements in line with DPSIR approach;
­ updated assessment criteria proposed for assessment of the contaminants in biota at sub-regional level;
­ recommendations to guide further discussions on scales of monitoring; and
­ national IMAP-based monitoring programmes. These programmes address spatial and temporal scope of scales of monitoring related to the respective IMAP Common Indicators per each Cluster of IMAP, namely Biodiversity, Pollution and Marine Litter, and Coast and Hydrography.

The above results are fully in line with the Roadmap and Needs Assessment for the 2023 Mediterranean Quality Status Report as provided in Annex V of the Decision IG.24/4 on Assessment Studies.

In line with above, the Decision IG.24/14 on the Programme of Work and Budget for 2020–2021 adopted by the 21st Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 21) held in Naples, Italy from 2 to 5 December 2019, mandated MED POL with the implementation of a number of activities related to the outcomes 1.4.1, 2.4.1, 2.4.3 and 2.5.1, namely:

1. Undertake actions defined in 2023 MED QSR road map related to IMAP Cluster on Pollution toward integrated assessment of GES;
2. Continue supporting updated national monitoring programmes on marine litter, contaminants and eutrophication in line with IMAP, the Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) and the Regional Plan on Marine Litter;
3. Consolidate data dictionaries and data standards for all IMAP Common Indicators related to Pollution and apply data quality control schemes;
4. Undertake harmonized and coordinated quality assurance programmes (contaminants, marine litter and eutrophication) at regional/ sub-regional and national levels;
5. Harmonize and standardize the monitoring and assessment methods of pollution and marine litter in line with IMAP;
6. Update thematic assessment products related to pollution and marine litter cluster of IMAP, including prevailing industrial sectors and priority pollutants/sectors addressed by the Regional Plans; and sea-based sources of pollution;
7. Support countries in the implementation of IMAP with a particular focus on scale of assessment, offshore monitoring, integration of indicators towards GES and joint monitoring.

The Consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:

1. Prepare a detailed work-plan.
2. Prepare an analysis of the scales of monitoring proposed/recommended for all IMAP Common Indicators related to Ecological Objectives 5, 9 and 10 of IMAP Pollution Cluster at regional and sub-regional levels, as well as the scales of monitoring defined at sub-divisions and finer spatial scope level in National IMAPs, taking into account Ecological Objectives 7 and 8 of IMAP Coast and Hydrography Cluster, as appropriate, in order to define the “adequate” nested approach for integration of the monitoring units into the scales of assessment.
3. Considering the outcome of Task 2, prepare an analysis of the scales of monitoring proposed/recommended for all IMAP Common Indicators related to Ecological Objective 1 of IMAP Biodiversity Cluster at regional and sub-regional levels, as well as the scales of monitoring defined at sub-divisions and finer spatial scope level in National IMAPs, taking into account Ecological Objectives 7 and 8 of IMAP Coast and Hydrography Cluster, as appropriate in order to define the “adequate” nested approach for integration of the monitoring units into the scales of assessment.
4. Prepare a proposal of the scales of assessment that are fit-for-purpose applying optimal nested approach for integration of the scales of monitoring respectively monitoring units for both i) the Ecological Objectives 5, 9 and 10 related to IMAP Pollution Cluster, and ii) the Ecological Objective 1 related to IMAP Biodiversity Cluster.
5. Prepare a proposal of the integrated scales of assessment related to IMAP Pollution Cluster that are fit-for-purpose by i) building on the scales of assessment to be proposed for the Ecological Objectives 5, 9 and 10, as well as for the Ecological Objectives 1, taking also into account optimal spatial scope related to the Ecological Objectives 7 and 8; ii) applying the approaches to define the scales of assessment and related aggregation of areas (i.e. regions, sub-regions, sub-divisions and finer scales), as initially provided in UNEP/MED WG.450/3 and UNEP/MED WG.463/5, in order to ensure optimal harmonization between the Contracting Parties; iii) testing its integration with the proposals of integrated scales of assessment that need to be prepared for IMAP Biodiversity and Coast and Hydrography Clusters, if they would be available at the time of this consultancy delivery.
6. Propose main common elements for adjustment of national IMAPs with regards to the scales of monitoring at the sub-divisions and finer spatial scope level considering the proposal of the integrated scales of assessment that is outcome of Task 5.
7. Prepare technical paper that defines concrete steps and provide scientific opinion to be followed by MED POL and its expert team responsible for preparation of GIS atlas for the deliverables of this consultancy respectively for the scales of monitoring and scales of assessment to be integrated into IMAP Pilot Info System.
8. Contribute to the preparation of documents by UNEP/MAP - MED POL and SPA/RAC of, and participate in the On-line Working Groups related to IMAP Pollution Cluster and the Meetings of CorMons on Contaminants and Marine Litter that will be held back to back in March 2021, as well as the Meeting of Integrated CorMon that will be held in November 2020.
9. Prepare final report of deliverables for the consultancy with details on methodology for performance of tasks and activities to achieve the deliverables.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
• Advanced university degree in marine science and /or environmental science with a focus on monitoring and assessing phenomena related to impacts of contaminants on marine environment is required;
• Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP - MED POL and IMAP is an asset. Experience with regards to monitoring and assessment of the impacts of contaminants and marine litter on the status of Mediterranean marine environment ecosystems, as well as implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, is a strong asset;
Experience:
• A minimum of 7 years of relevant scientific background and experience in implementation of the marine environment monitoring strategies, specifically with regards to application of the integration and aggregation approaches of relevance for integrated GES assessment and joint monitoring is required;
Language:
• Fluency in English;
• Knowledge of French is an asset.

No Fee

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