Job Opening

Posting Title: Marine and Coastal Environmental Management Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 09 September 2021 - 28 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162536-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Mapped activities of partners of the Nairobi Convention under the Consortium for the Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C);
• Concrete linkages developed on WIO-C activities supporting the implementation of the WIOSAP project and the current Nairobi Convention Work Programme;
• Bibliography of marine and coastal experts developed to support the Science to Policy Platform for the WIO region and the Community of Practice being established under the WIOSAP project;
• Enhanced spatial and non-spatial data populating the web service of the Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse;
• Two concepts and/or proposals for funding developed to enhance pipeline funding for WIOSAP;
• Reviewed technical outputs produced under the WIOSAP project.
• Conduct geo-spatial analysis to document all major infrastructural coastal developments in the Convention countries and their intersection with key coastal and marine ecosystems
• Work with the WIOSAP Regional Task Force on Sustainable Management of River Flows to undertake a regional assessment of the spatio-temporal changes of estuaries across the region and potential environmental and socio-economic impacts

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The contract will be for 12 months duration from commencement of the contract.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting
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 (WIO), under the Ecosystems Division.

The Nairobi Convention, under the project on the ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP), requires a marine and coastal environmental management consultant to undertake various activities focusing on: strengthening of strategic partnerships for effective delivery of the WIOSAP project; enhancing pipeline funding for sustainability and ensuring specific and demand driven technical support to implementing partners.

Legislative authority reference of the consultancy is the Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties Decision CP9/1: Work Programme for 2018-2022, Decision CP 9/12: Establishment of a Platform for Science to Policy Dialogue (2015), Decision CP9/13: Enhancing cooperation, collaboration and support with partners


Background of the Consultancy:
The Nairobi Convention is seeking a Marine and Coastal Environment Management Consultant to undertake various activities focusing on: strengthening of strategic partnerships for effective delivery of the WIOSAP project; enhancing pipeline funding for sustainability and ensuring specific and demand driven technical support to implementing partners.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Head, Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, and direct supervision of the WIOSAP Project Manager, the consultant is expected to undertake the following roles:

1. Document ongoing and new areas of collaboration with partners and the relevant partners for each area and prepare an implementation work plan for the strengthening of identified partnerships;
2. Collate information on expertise available in the WIO region relevant to marine and coastal science and management issues;
3. Collect the new data generated by the countries through the WIOSAP demo projects, develop an implementation plan for inputting the data in the Clearinghouse Mechanism, and support data entry into the clearinghouse;
4. Review four technical outputs developed by respective regional Task Forces under the WIOSAP project;
5. Conduct geo-spatial analysis to document all major coastal developments in the Convention countries and their intersection with key coastal and marine ecosystems;
6. Undertake a regional assessment of the spatio-temporal changes in estuaries/river basins and potential environmental and socio-economic impacts under EFA demo projects funded by WIOSAP
7. Develop 2 concepts and their associated proposals for funding to enhance WIOSAP pipeline funding.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master's degree or equivalent is required in Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management or similar disciplines.
Experience: At least 3 years of relevant professional experience is required in; Marine and coastal management, implementation of projects and project reporting is desired. Working with different stakeholders at both strategic and technical levels and demonstrated quality and timely delivery is desired. Working knowledge of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region and experience of working with the Governments of the WIO region would be an advantage. Demonstrated competency in high level and excellent proposal/technical writing and ability to work within very short timelines and with minimum supervision is an asset.
Language: English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of local languages in the respective country of interest is an added advantage.

Additional Information

1. Map indicating the activities carried out by partners of the WIO-C and their linkage with WIOSAP project and the Nairobi Convention work programme;
2. Updated bibliography profiling experts in the WIO region working on coastal and marine issues;
3. Web service for the Nairobi Clearinghouse Mechanism (CHM) has updated information generated by the countries;
4. Two proposals submitted to donors;
5. Four reviewed technical outputs from regional task Forces;
6. A report on major coastal developments in the region and their intersection with key coastal and marine ecosystems;
7. A report on spatio-temporal changes of estuaries across the region and potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

No Fee

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