vacance de poste

Intitulé publication: Consutant - Review of National Oil Spill Contingency Plans and Finalization of the Regional Coordination and Cooperation Framework on Oil Spill Preparedness for the WIO Region
Département / Bureau: Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
Lieu d'affectation: NAIROBI
Période de candidature: 08 septembre 2021 - 22 septembre 2021
No de l’appel á candidature: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-163020-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
Valeurs fondamentales de l'ONU: intégrité, professionnalisme, respect de la diversité
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Result of Service

a) Working document detailing the status of national level preparedness and response to marine pollution in the WIO region
b) National action plans developed/updated as appropriate
c) A regional coordination and cooperation framework on oil spill preparedness for the WIO region finalised
d) Workshop report prepared capturing the key findings, concerns, inputs and recommendations
e) Finalized regional contingency plan ready for adoption

Work Location


Expected duration

The contract duration will be six (6) months from start of contract.

Duties and Responsibilities

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, under the Ecosystems Division. The Contracting Parties to the Convention are Comoros, France (Reunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, and United Republic of Tanzania. The Convention offers a legal framework, a forum for intergovernmental discussions and coordinates the efforts of its contracting parties in the protection, management, and development of their coastal and marine environment.

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region is at risk from accidental oil pollution from vessels, oil exploration / production and the bulk transportation and handling of crude oil and related products. Incidents leading to oil pollution can result in serious ecological and socio-economic damage and disruption. Recognizing the benefit of mitigating oil pollution risks, the international community has supported the development of oil spill preparedness measures within the region, including encouraging the ratification and implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC Convention) and the Nairobi Convention’s Protocol Concerning Co-operation in Combating Marine Pollution in Cases of Emergency in the Eastern African Region (Emergency Protocol). By ratifying these intergovernmental agreements, countries in the WIO region have committed to the development of plans and procedures in readiness for possible oil spills.

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat is executing the GEF funded project titled the “Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) which has a component supporting improved regional management of potential pollution threats associated with oil spills. The Project is implemented 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 the implementing agency of the SAPPHIRE project and providing oversight in the execution of the project.

The main objective of the SAPPHIRE project is 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 as endorsed by the participating countries. The project will support technical and institutional capacity of national institutions and collaborate with other institutions to ensure sustainability of efforts and actions toward long-term management of activities within the LMEs. Component 3 of the SAPPHIRE project aims to support stress reduction through private sector/industry commitment to transformations in their operations and management practices.

The project’s deliverable 3.1.5 will promote interventions that address the potential impacts of the growing oil and gas sector in the region. Initially, this was intended to include: a) support to the development and implementation of a full Strategic Environmental Assessment; and b) negotiate the identification and implementation of a Regional Response Centre, which can effectively and swiftly coordinate regional responses to emergencies, with a focus on shipping (Search and Rescue) and response to oil and gas and other marine pollution incidents likely to show effects at transboundary scale in line with national development plans. However, after due consideration of the current status in the region and level of preparedness of the WIO countries, several priority areas of support have been identified that need to be addressed before a) and b) above can be meaningfully progressed. These priorities include the need to review the national oil spill contingency plans in the WIO countries, make recommendations on their updating and improvement, and use this information to feed into the process of finalizing the draft regional coordination and cooperation framework on oil spill preparedness for the WIO region.

The Nairobi Convention through the SAPPHIRE project collaborated with IMO and the IOC-COI in organising a regional workshop on cooperation in preparedness and response to marine spills in Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean in March 2020. The workshop generated a series of recommendations focussed on implementing regional cooperation. The grounding of MV Wakashio in Mauritius a few months later highlighted the challenges presented by a significant marine oil spill. In May 2021, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) through the MASE programme organised a consultative meeting to discuss the way forward in the implementation of the recommendations of the MARPOL exercise held in Diego-Suarez in October 2019 and the March 2020 workshop in Zanzibar on cooperation and preparedness. The meeting agreed on an action plan supporting updating of national contingency plans to inform the draft regional contingency plan (RCP) which provides the operational tool for effective regional cooperation against marine pollution, among other actions.

Objective of the Consultancy
The UNEP-Nairobi Convention would like to hire an international consultant to review the national oil spill contingency plans of each of the contracting parties to the Nairobi Convention and finalize the draft regional coordination and cooperation framework on oil spill preparedness for the WIO region as a first step towards addressing the deliverables envisaged in Component 3 of the SAPPHIRE project.
The assignment will be home-based with potential travel to WIO countries where necessary, under overall supervisor of the Head, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, and direct supervision of the SAPPHIRE Project Coordinator.
In executing the consultancy, the consultant will work closely with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat team, designated officials in Comoros, the SAPPHIRE project Implementing Agency (UNDP), National Focal Points of the Nairobi Convention and SAPPHIRE project, and partner organisations such as IOC-COI and the IMO, among others as deemed appropriate and necessary.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and the direct supervision of the SAPPHIRE Project Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for the following:
a) Develop a working document (assessment report) on the status of national level preparedness and response to marine pollution in the WIO region, the report will include:
i. An assessment of national oil spill contingency plans (NOSCPs) for preparedness using the Readiness Evaluation Tool for Oil Spills (RETOS), and identify which countries need support in developing/updating their plans
ii. A review of the national policy/legislation where available especially those linked to oil spill response including dispersant policies, waste management guidelines and wildlife response guidelines
iii. The key national stakeholders involved/tasked with oil spill preparedness and response
iv. Based on the capacity gaps identified as part of the above assessments, propose a comprehensive national capacity building programme on oil spill response for each country in the WIO region. Of particular relevance is to assess the presence of up-to-date sensitivity maps/atlases in national plans, and to determine the need to include capacity development on this element. In this regard, the applicability and potential of the sensitivity mapping tools, and linked capacity development training programmes developed by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) to strengthen national preparedness should be assessed.
b) Develop/update the national action plans as appropriate based on a) i. above.
c) Finalize the draft RCP and consult countries on the regional coordination framework, vis-à-vis the Emergency Protocol, OPRC and relevant previous or existing projects in the region.
d) Facilitate a regional meeting organized by the Nairobi Convention and Indian Ocean Commission and other partners as appropriate, present the draft regional coordination and cooperation framework on oil spill preparedness for the WIO region and prepare a workshop report by capturing the key findings, concerns, inputs and recommendations. In addition, present the draft regional coordination and cooperation framework on oil spill preparedness for the WIO region to other regional fora as necessary, either virtually or in person (e.g. the Strategy Team working on the development of a regional Ocean Governance Strategy).
e) Revise and submit the final draft of the regional coordination and cooperation framework on oil spill preparedness for the WIO region based on the regional workshop comments and inputs.

Qualifications/special skills

• Academic qualifications: A University degree in the life sciences or related disciplines is required.

• Professional Experience: A minimum of 10 years’ experience is required in the planning and/or implementation of oil spill preparedness and response programmes at international, regional and national levels is an essential requirement for this assignment. Work experience in coastal and marine conservation, management or planning to mitigate against issues impacting negatively on the environment, programme development, or management of natural resources, in an international setting including in the Western Indian Ocean region is desirable. Experience working with tools to assess oil spill preparedness and response capabilities of responsible authorities is an added advantage for this assignment.

• Language: English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this consultancy, fluency in English required. Knowledge of French is an added advantage.

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