Job Opening

Posting Title: Support MED POL to assess costs of implementation of measures of Regional Plans
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 01 September 2020 - 15 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-140618-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 this assignment is to enable MEDPOL and the Working Groups composed of representatives of the Contracting Parties to assess potential costs of and socio economic benefits from new and updated measures emanating from the new/upgraded Regional Plans for Wastewater Treatment, Sewage Sludge Management and Marine Litter Management, mandated by COP21 Decision IG.24/10 for delivering the three aforementioned Regional Plans.

Work Location

home-based

Expected duration

The contract will be for the period of two (2) months (44 days) spread over ten (10) months.

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.

During the MED POL Focal Points Meeting, held in Rome, Italy in May 2017, a review of a “list of potential new/updated measures” was undertaken, and a priority clustering of new measures under six potential categories was approved. These included (a) urban wastewater treatment; (b) sewage sludge, (c) agriculture nutrients, (d) aquaculture nutrients, (e) stormwater, and (f) marine litter management.

The 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention COP21 (Napoli, Italy, 2-5 December 2019) adopted Decision IG.24/10 which endorsed the main elements and timeline for development/update of six new Regional Plans related to the six aforementioned categories with the view to submitting to COP22 in 2021 three Regional Plans, namely (i) urban wastewater treatment;
(ii) sewage sludge management; and (iii) marine litter management. Decision IG.24/10 also mandated the Secretariat to the Barcelona Convention to establish Working Groups with representatives designated by the Contracting Parties for reviewing the proposed upgrades/new measures of the Regional Plans.

The Programme of Work (PoW) and Budget for the biennium 2020-2021, which was adopted in Decision IG.24/14, mandated MED POL under Midterm Strategy (MTS) Key Output 2.2.2 to develop/upgrade “Regional programmes of measures identified and negotiated for pollutants/ categories (sectors) showing increasing trends, including the revision of existing regional plans and areas of consumption and production.”

In order to promote implementation by the Contracting Parties of the new/upgraded Regional Plans for Wastewater Treatment, Sewage Sludge Management and Marine Litter management in the Mediterranean, there is a need to assess costs of implementation of the main regional and national measures proposed in the new/upgraded Regional Plans and associated socioeconomic benefits. Findings will be presented to the Meeting of the Working Groups composed of countries’ designated experts in wastewater treatment; sewage sludge management, and marine litter and plastic waste management prior and back-to-back to MED POL Focal Points Meeting with the aim of reviewing the results of the assessment and providing inputs for the consideration of the MED POL Focal Points Meeting in May 2021.

In line with the endorsed “Main Elements” elaborated for each of the Regional Plans included in the annex to Decision IG.24/10, there is a need to recruit a consultant to undertake assessments of costs of implementation of the main regional and national measures proposed in the new/upgraded Regional Plans, including cost implications of national regulatory, monitoring, reporting and enforcement measures, as well as associated socioeconomic benefits, including during negotiations by the Working Groups as established by the Contracting Parties and the MED POL Focal Points Meeting.

The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNEP/MAP MED POL Programme Management Officer, under the guidance of the UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator and overall guidance UNEP/MAP Coordinator.

In line with above the consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:
1. Prepare a detailed work plan and timetable for performance of the following tasks accompanied with a timetable for completion.
2. In cooperation with the Regional plans’ experts, and through consultations with MED POL, prepare templates/ tables with guidance for members of the Working Group for Urban Wastewater Treatment and Sewage Sludge Management to collect up to date information on:
a) the state of wastewater collection and treatment in agglomerations of more than 2,000 inhabitants in the Mediterranean coastal zone as defined in line with the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol or using River Basin Management approach, including information on operational Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) and type of treatment they provide, as well as information on possible reuse of treated wastewater;
b) the state of existing sludge treatment, reuse and disposal facilities in municipal wastewater treatment plants around the Mediterranean.
3. Provide support for the First Meeting of the Working Group for Urban Wastewater Treatment and Sewage Sludge Management to ensure detailed country-specific information is collected.
4. Take stock of and review the existing socio-economic assessments for marine litter measures, including the work done under the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) implementation, Plan Bleu’s socio-economic analysis of best practices to prevent/ reduce SUP (bags and bottles) and The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) impact assessment of SUP-related measures.
5. In cooperation with the Regional plan expert and through consultations with MED POL, prepare templates/ tables with guidance for members of the Working Group on Marine Litter Management to collect up to date information on the implementation of the most mature/ key measures of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean.
6. Provide support to the First Meeting of the Working Group on Marine Litter Management.
7. Further to preparation of the draft Regional Plans on urban wastewater, sewage sludge and marine litter, provide estimate of costs of implementation of the regional measures included in the three Regional Plans.
8. Based on the data received from the Working Group for Urban Wastewater Treatment and Sewage Sludge Management members and further to the prepared draft wastewater and sewage sludge Regional Plans, identify additional technical measures Contracting Parties will need to implement to meet the Regional Plans’ requirements and estimate their costs for the national level by using general investment and operation costs assessments provided by the Regional Plans experts.
9. Based on the data received from the Working Group on Marine Litter and further to the draft upgraded Regional Plan on marine litter management, identify additional technical measures Contracting Parties will need to implement to meet the Regional Plan’s terms and estimate their costs for the national level. Estimation of costs to focus on the key/ most mature measures agreed upon with MED POL while taking into account results of the existing assessments in the Mediterranean.
10. Analyse cost implications of implementing regulatory and other (monitoring, reporting, enforcement) measures included in the draft Regional Plans on the national level.
11. Identify and evaluate main socio-economic benefits likely to arise due to implementation of the three Regional Plans, including health and benefits related to provision of ecosystem services; for the upgraded Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, the assessment of benefits will focus on the selected measures.
12. Based on cost estimates and assessments of the main socio-economic benefits, identify and discuss distributional aspects (who bears which costs and who benefits from them) of the implementation of new/ upgraded Regional Plans at regional and national levels.
13. Provide technical support during the Second Working Groups Meeting for the three Regional Plans as well as the MED POL Focal Points Meeting.
14. Prepare the final report of deliverables for the consultancy with details on methodology for performance of tasks and activities to achieve the deliverables.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Knowledge of the UNEP/MAP–MED POL and of the relevant programmes of measures/regional plans with related working experience is an asset;
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics, finance, valuation of natural and manmade capital, or related field is required;
Experience: A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in assessments of socio-economic and environmental costs of major projects and programmes; technology assessments; economic assessment for ecosystem services; benefits derived from proposed measures to reduce environmental impacts on marine and coastal environment; and working with public administrations in the Mediterranean region is required;
Language: • Excellent writing skills in English are required; and
• Knowledge of French is an asset.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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