Job Opening

Posting Title: SRO-EA Consultant to develop a socio-economic and ecological assessment of the Blue Economy in Tanzania using the ECA BEVTK
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: KIGALI
Posting Period: 25 February 2022 - 07 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Commission for Africa-174575-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result will be a reviewed and validated economic, social and ecological assessment of the Blue Economy in Tanzania and capacity development of key stakeholders, to support informed decision-making and policy development for the Blue Economy in Tanzania.

Work Location

Kigali

Expected duration

The assignment will last for 3 months, starting from 28 February 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

In close consultation with and under the guidance of the project manager in the Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA), the selected consultant will have the main duty and responsibility to develop an in-depth economic, social and ecological assessment of the Blue potential in Tanzania using UNECA Blue Economy Valuation Toolkit (BEVTK).

With the view to perform above duty, the consultant will carry out the following tasks and activities:
1. Produce an inception report including training plan, two weeks after signature of the contract.
2. Liaise with national stakeholders, interested UN Agencies and other relevant partners/institutions and undertake initial consultations.
3. Complete data collection and review and produce an initial analytical assessment report as per guidelines provided by the BEVTK, 1.5 months after signature of the contract.
4. Facilitate an in-person training (3-5 days) on the BEVTK for local officials, wherein the consultant should also present initial findings of the socio-economic assessment for review and feedback purpose, 2 months after signature of the contract
5. Submit a revised draft socio-economic assessment report based on the above training’s conclusions and contributions, for a latest round of comments, 2.5 months after signature of the contract.
6. Finalize the socio-economic assessment no later than 3 months after signature of the contract.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, sustainable development studies, accounting, statistics or a related field (PhD preferred). A first-level university degree in the specified fields in combination with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of 10 years of work experience on Blue Economy related sectors and/or policy development and/or economics, accounting and statistical systems. This should include macroeconomic and social analyses and/or policy development.

Also, the consultant should have:
- Good understanding of the Blue Economy landscape in Africa.
- Familiarity with the UNECA Blue Economy Valuation Toolkit, or similar assessment tool.
- Record of publications and research on sustainable development, or related areas.
- Demonstrated experience working under tight deadlines and delivering high-quality outputs.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work independently, proactively and with little supervision.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required (oral and written).

Additional Information

Aquatic and marine resources are central to the delivery of the global 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and regional goals of the African Union, including the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy and Agenda 2063. A sustainable Blue Economy seeks to promote inclusive and equitable economic growth, responsible production and consumption, social inclusion, and the preservation and improvement of livelihoods and environmental sustainability of aquatic and marine ecosystems and associated resources. However, the full potential of aquatic and marine ecosystems and associated resources is still not well understood globally and in Africa. For informed decision-making, member States need an accurate valuation of the Blue Economy ecosystems, resources, sectors and socio-economic contributions.

As a think tank pioneering work on the Blue Economy in Africa, UNECA has developed a Blue Economy Valuation Toolkit (BEVTK) tested in Djibouti and Seychelles This toolkit complementing the multi-sectoral approach and step-by-step methodology for policy development in the Blue Economy Policy Handbook for Africa aims to guide sub-regional and national in-depth socio-economic assessments that will support informed decision-making.

Ocean-based economies are not new to the mainland or islands of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT). Tourism, transport, and fisheries are critical marine, lake and coastal activities, contributing to income and food security. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Economy agenda has been prioritized by both the government and several development partners. For example, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has developed a Blue Economy Policy and is in the process of developing a Blue Economy Strategy for the archipelago. The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is committed to ensuring that the Blue Economy reaches its full potential and has indicated a desire to use investments in the Blue Economy as a strategy to accelerate its post-COVID-19 recovery. These efforts would benefit directly from thorough socioeconomic assessments of their blue resources.

No Fee

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