Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional consultant/expert on Offshore Monitoring Operations to support UNEP/MAP – GEF MedProgramme Child Project 1, 1, Component 2 to implement the Offshore Monitoring Strategy and Monitoring Plans
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 13 September 2021 - 02 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-163430-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the services is to provide the GEF/MedProgramme with a national offshore operational monitoring plans, through definition and identification of monitoring activities in GEF beneficiary countries.

Work Location


Expected duration

The contract will be for 4 working months extended over 6 months 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), Athens, Greece.

This consultancy assignment is in the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security (GEFID 9607), and Child Project 1.1 (GEF ID 9684): Reducing Pollution from Harmful Chemicals and Wastes in Mediterranean Hotspots and Measuring Progress to Impacts executed by UNEP/MAP.
The GEF/UNEP MedProgramme represents the first GEF programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea aiming to operationalize priority actions to reduce major transboundary environmental stresses in its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. The MedProgramme is implemented in ten beneficiary countries sharing the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco,Tunisia and Turkey. It involves a wide spectrum of developmental and societal sectors, ranging from banking institutions, the private sector, governmental and non-governmental bodies, industry, research, media, and various other organizations. It builds on the work of UNEP/MAP and previous GEF investments in the region which have enriched the knowledge on the Mediterranean environment and unraveled the implications of climate change and variability; strengthened countries’ mutual trust, cooperation and common purpose; consolidated partnerships among countries, UN bodies, civil society organizations, bilateral donors and the European Union (EU); and tested on the ground the feasibility and effectiveness of technical and policy instruments aimed at addressing major present and future threats to environmental sustainability and climate related impacts.
The specific objectives of CP1.1 will be achieved through a multi-focal area collaboration between the GEF CW and IW focal areas, with three project components aiming to 1) reduce land based sources of pollution (CW component); 2) improve monitoring capacity in order to be able to measure these and future reductions in pollution levels (IW component); and 3) monitoring and evaluation and information dissemination (CW and IW component). The CP1.1 Component 2 (IW) aims to strengthen the regional cooperation frameworks to identify priorities and actions that will lead to increased environmental and socioeconomic benefits in the Mediterranean. Activities will provide a support to the Mediterranean Countries. Among others, the activities will improve the environmental data collection processes and the GEF Countries will be assisted to upgrade their national monitoring programmes in line with IMAP requirements to also cover the offshore areas beyond coastal or territorial waters and address topics not sufficiently covered under the existing monitoring (primarily for pollution and litter). The capability to assess different elements (including linkages between drivers, pressures and impacts; cumulative impacts; etc.) of the complex Mediterranean LME will be enhanced and inputs provided to ensure better availability and accessibility of pertinent data.

Under the outcome of Component 2 (Outcome 2: Littoral Countries enabled to identify trends and progress to impacts ) of the Child Project 1.1 (GEF ID 9684) and Output 2.3 of the WP related to Offshore monitoring strategy and identification of 20 locations for the offshore monitoring stations, the Output 2.3 activities will build upon progress achieved across the region, supporting specifically IMAP extension in offshore areas for Common Indicators of IMAP (for GEF eligible Countries). The project will provide technical guidance to determine up to 20 suitable offshore monitoring stations, including reference stations, considering monitoring network set in respective national IMAPs. Up to 5 pilot monitoring stations field survey will be organized in eligible Contracting Parties in order to support data collection and reporting for selected Common Indicators The activities are designed and will be executed with a view to also supporting the preparation of the thematic assessments of the TDA.

To this aim, UNEP/MAP requires the services of regional expert to develop based upon progress achieved across the region:
1- Prepare an Offshore monitoring strategy of marine environment based on IMAP, which should include the identification of at least 20 locations in offshore monitoring areas, including also the list of selected Common Indicators to be monitored as well as national operational offshore monitoring plans for GEF eligible countries
2- Prepare an operational plan for implementing the offshore monitoring strategy in 5 pilot areas

Therefore, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Prepare a detailed work plan and methodological approach;
2. Prepare a concise stocktaking rmapping report and an Excel format summary for all eligible GEF countries of their marine environment monitoring capability including but not limited to:
a. R/V, O/V vessels and/or alternatives (e.g. status, base port, technical specifications, ownership, crew, costs, etc.)
b. National existing marine monitoring operativity, if any, and/or along with other relevant national institutions participating in/or with the capacities to support national IMAPs implementation (e.g. academia, research centers, consortiums, etc.);
c. Existing national observing infrastructures for marine environment data sampling and reporting (e.g. observing systems);
d. Monitoring protocols and procedures in place for implementation of specific IMAP Common Indicators;
3. Review the national IMAP reports to ensure alignment with the offshore monitoring activities.
4. Prepare the glossary of definitions for monitoring and assessment in the offshore areas;
5. Undertake a review of existing IMAP monitoring guidelines prepared for IMAP and identify the need, if any for additional protocols and or guidelines,
6. Review the existing regional and national frameworks for offshore monitoring and propose a governance mechanism for implementation of the Offshore strategy;
7. Identify at least 20 locations for offshore monitoring stations in offshore monitoring areas, considering monitoring network set in respective national IMAPs;
8. Prepare an offshore monitoring strategy;
9. Define 5 pilot areas in consultation with the eligible countries and the main elements of the field surveys in selected offshore monitoring locations;
10. Support the eligible GEF countries to develop national Offshore Monitoring Operational Plans adressing among others 1: at on board observations, Needed vessels, Durations and the schedule, The area and sampling stations, On-board facilities-On board data management/data sharing policy, -In-situ training needs -Land-based laboratory analysis and required samples
2 Materials: -Inventory of equipment and materials (fungible) -Crusie schedule and participant’s instructions (e.g safety)-Transects, Legs -Data sharing, Parameters lists, Laboratories lists, Protocols/methodologies lists -and Reporting formats (e.g station codes, coordinates, samples info)
11. Complete the final consultancy report.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • University degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, marine sciences, chemistry, physics, geology, biology or related disciplines required;
Experience: • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work and experience on marine monitoring (i.e. oceanographic and/or marine surveys) is required;
• Working experience in participation in oceanographic and/or marine surveys is an asset (e.g. seawork certificates);
• Experience with/knowledge of the UNEP/MAP and IMAP is an asset;
Language: • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required;
• Fluency in French and/or Arabic (written and spoken) is an asset;

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