Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Development Expert -Preparation of GEF project document (sustainable fisheries, Ecosytem Approach, management of marine resources, blue economy
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 12 May 2021 - 21 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-155349-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 the service is the complete set of inputs associated with the project components under the sole and joint responsibility of UNEP/MAP, for the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and all mandatory annexes for the FishEBM MED project.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The contract will be for 5 months over 8 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 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 Programme'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), in Athens, Greece.
A Project Identification Form (PIF) and Project Preparation Grant (PPG) have been prepared by FAO and UNEP, and cleared by the GEF CEO for a Full-Sized Project (FSP) entitled “Fisheries and Ecosystem Based Management for the Blue Economy of the Mediterranean - (FishEBM MED)”. This project aims to reverse the overexploitation of select commercial living marine resources by enhancing the capacity of Mediterranean countries to manage fisheries, including through the application of ecosystem-based management tools, in their blue economy development pathway. FAO and UNEP are the GEF implementing agencies for this project, which will be executed by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and the Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan - Barcelona Convention Secretariat (UNEP/MAP). The project will be executed in Albania, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia.
The FishEBM MED project is composed of five components:
• Component 1: Strengthened capacity to manage commercial fisheries, with particular focus on small-scale fisheries (SSF).
• Component 2: Enhanced integration of emerging monitoring, control and surveillance technologies in the fight against illegal, undocumented and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
• Component 3: Integrated ecosystem-based management tools and ecosystem approach to fisheries.
• Component 4: Innovative blue economy solutions accounting for the fishery sector.
• Component 5: Knowledge management and outscaling.
In terms of the PPG activities, the GFCM will lead the preparation of Components 1 and 2, while UNEP/MAP is responsible for Component 3. Both UNEP/MAP and GFCM will collaborate on the formulation of Components 4 and 5, with UNEP/MAP bringing relevant experience, expertise and tools to this process from its ongoing work in the GEF-funded Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security (GEF ID 9607), for which it is the lead Executing Agency.
For this reason, UNEP/MAP is currently seeking the services of a project development expert (hereinafter ‘the Expert’) to assist with activities leading to the development of the full-fledged GEF CEO endorsement request and FAO project document for the FishEBM MED project.

The aim of this consultancy is to provide technical expertise and support to UNEP/MAP for the activities that will be needed to further develop the elements of Components 3, 4 and 5 of the approved PIF for the FishEBM MED project and integrate them in the full-fledged GEF CEO endorsement request and FAO project document. These activities will include but will not be limited to the following: technical desk studies and data collection; assistance with consultations with national stakeholders; updating on related national and transnational activities and projects ongoing or recently concluded in the beneficiary countries, formulation of detailed inputs to the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and all mandatory annexes; preparation of the report of the validation workshop; and responses to the comments raised by the relevant Project Review Committee(s). Accordingly, the Expert will also be required to collaborate with the PPG team assembled by GFCM to assist in the formulation of all necessary inputs related to the project components under the joint responsibility of UNEP/MAP and GFCM.
It is anticipated that an advanced version of the GEF CEO endorsement request and FAO project document will be ready for dissemination to the participating countries by 15 September 2021, with a final submission to the GEF by 15 November 2021.

The Expert will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Evaluate the available documentation, identify data and information gaps and prepare a detailed list of the project preparation steps required to fully develop Components 3, 4 and 5 of the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and all mandatory annexes, as well as an associated timeline.
2. Conduct technical desk studies and gather data and information that will be needed to fill the data gaps and to carry out the project preparation steps identified in Task 1. This will include, but not be limited to background information for the problem analysis, theory of change, baseline projects, alternative scenario and national/regional policy and legislative frameworks.
3. Design and support UNEP/MAP to carry out the national stakeholder consultations to complement the desk studies and to engage stakeholders in the design of activities for Components 3, 4 and 5.
4. Formulate the first draft of all inputs to the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and all mandatory annexes for the project components/outputs under the responsibility of UNEP/MAP, including but not limited to inputs for the problem analysis, theory of change, results framework, baseline projects, alternative scenario, national/regional policy and legislative frameworks, activity descriptions, budgets, knowledge management and gender mainstreaming activities, stakeholder engagement plans, and evaluation of environmental and social safeguards.
5. Assist in the preparation and facilitation of the validation workshop, in view of finalizing all key elements of the project design and securing agreement and support from key stakeholders, including with respect to co-financing and budgets.
6. Formulate the final draft of all inputs to the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and all mandatory annexes, on the basis of the decisions taken during the validation workshop and any new relevant information gathered during the national consultations.
7. Provide complete written responses to the comments of the FAO and UNEP Project Review Committees regarding the project components/outputs under the responsibility of UNEP/MAP.



Expected outputs:

1. A report summarizing the data and information gaps identified, the list of project preparation steps and the timeline for the assignment (Task 1).
2. A report summarizing the results of the technical desk studies, including references for the data cited and an indication of any remaining data gaps that could be filled through the national stakeholder consultation processes (Task 2).
3. A report summarizing the results of the consultations with national stakeholders, including identification of key stakeholder groups and their role in the project, related national and transnational activities and projects ongoing or recently concluded in the beneficiary countries, project management arrangements, appropriate indicators and baseline values associated with the outputs of Components 3, 4 and 5 and monitoring mechanisms to measure progress to impacts (Task 3).
4. The first draft of the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and the mandatory annexes, with the inputs of UNEP/MAP fully integrated in the documentation prepared thus far by GFCM (Task 4).
5. A report summarizing the results of the validation workshop, including all relevant decisions taken with respect to the final content of the GEF CEO endorsement request and the FAO project document (Task 5).
6. The final draft of all inputs to the GEF CEO endorsement request, the FAO project document and all mandatory annexes for the project component/outputs under the responsibility of UNEP/MAP (Task 6).
7. A document that provides the fully developed responses to the comments/questions raised by the FAO and UNEP Project Review Committees for the project components/outputs under the responsibility of UNEP/MAP (Task 7).

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Strong analytical skills and ability to effectively articulate and present findings orally and in writing are required.
• Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP system and the GEF Partnership in the context of the Mediterranean region is an asset.
• Strong leadership and networking skills are required.
Academic Qualifications: • At least an advanced University degree (PhD or MSc) in an environment, marine or natural sciences field is required
Experience: • At least 5 years international work experience in developing projects focused on the coastal and marine environment and resources are required. Each year of such experience in developing GEF projects will be a strong additional advantage.
• Experience working in Mediterranean countries will be an advantage.
• Experience working with UN agencies will be an advantage.
Language: • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required.
• Working 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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