Job Opening

Posting Title: Marine Ecosystem Management & Ocean Governance Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 February 2021 - 02 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-150268-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The following will be the expected deliverables of this consultancy duly completed and submitted in high quality:
• Draft small-scale funding agreements/Project Cooperation Agreements (SSFAs/PCAs) based on demonstration project proposals from participating countries and partners.
• Reports on National Marine Ecosystem Diagnostic Analysis from each of the 9 participating countries.
• Background paper on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the WIO.
• Report on a regional consultative meeting on ABNJ in the WIO region.
• Report on the readiness for oil spill contingency planning by countries of the Nairobi Convention and up-to-date national contingency plans.
• A roadmap for development of a regional Ocean Governance Strategy for the WIO region.
• Report on a regional consultative meeting on Ocean Governance in the WIO region.

Work Location

Nairobi - Kenya

Expected duration

The contract will be for a 12-month (one year) period

Duties and Responsibilities

Introduction
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP administers the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of Coastal and Marine Environment of the Western Indian Ocean. The Contracting Parties to the Convention are Comoros, France (Reunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and United Republic of Tanzania.

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat is executing the GEF funded project on the “Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) in coordination with the participating countries and partners both at national and regional level. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Regional Service Centre for Africa is implementing the SAPPHIRE project, and providing oversight in the execution of the project. The SAPPHIRE project seeks to achieve effective long-term ecosystem management in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Large Marine Ecosystems in line with the Strategic Action Programme for sustainable management of the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) as endorsed by the participating countries. The project will support technical and institutional capacity of national institutions and collaborate with other institutions to support knowledge-based governance approaches and decision-making for adaptive management of the LMEs.

Scope
Legislative Authority Reference: Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties Decision CP9/1: Work Programme for 2018-2022, Decision CP.9/6. Ocean governance, Decision CP.9/8. Environmental management for oil and gas development, Decision CP.9/10. Marine spatial planning for the blue and ocean economy, Decision CP9/13: Enhancing cooperation, collaboration and support with partners

Objective of the Consultancy
The SAPPHIRE Project is seeking a highly motivated national consultant to assist the Project Coordinator with the technical management of the project. The consultant will undertake various activities focusing on enhancing the ecosystem-based management of the resources of the WIO Large Marine Ecosystems, improved ocean governance in the WIO, and enhanced regional and national responses to threats such as oil spills.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Head of the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator of the SAPPHIRE Project, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

• Review demonstration project proposals from countries and partners participating in the SAPPHIRE project and draft small-scale funding agreements/Project Cooperation Agreements (SSFAs/PCAs) for review by the project coordinator.
• Work with the national Marine Ecosystem Diagnostic Analysis Coordinators to ensure delivery of the MEDA reports from each of the 9 participating countries.
• Work with partners to develop a background paper on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the WIO.
• Organize the technical components and write a report on a regional consultative meeting on ABNJ in the WIO region.
• In collaboration with partners assess the readiness for oil spill contingency planning by countries of the Nairobi Convention and work with Nairobi Convention Contracting parties in developing up-to-date contingency plans where necessary.
• Work with partners on the establishment of a regional oil spill response mechanism.
• Travel to the field to monitor progress in the implementation of demonstration projects and prepare reports as required.
• Work with partners in the preparation of a regional Ocean Governance Strategy with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the Nairobi Convention area.
• Organise the technical components and write a report on a regional consultative meeting on Ocean Governance in the WIO region.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (a Master's degree or equivalent) is required in Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management or similar disciplines. A first level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of 3 years of professional experience is required, working on regional marine and coastal-related projects at a technical level; development/review of proposals for small-scale interventions in coastal ecosystem conservation, natural resources management (ecosystem management, climate change, community engagement, water resource management etc.); working with different stakeholders at both strategic and technical levels. Demonstrated ability to produce quality products in a timely manner and working knowledge of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region and experience of working with the Governments of the WIO region would be desirable. Experience in working in a multidisciplinary environment and demonstrated broad understanding of developmental matters in the WIO region are required. Demonstrated competency in excellent scientific/technical writing and consistency in critical writing and review of documents and ability to work within very short timelines and with minimum supervision will be an added advantage.
Language: English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this position fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge in French is an added advantage.

No Fee

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