Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Consultant to Support the Implementation of IMAP component of the EU-funded IMAP-MPA project for Contaminants (Level B)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 04 April 2022 - 24 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-178183-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective of this assignment is to ensure that national country teams of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, are given the necessary technical support and guidance to effectively deliver project activities related to contaminants integrated monitoring and assessment, and related assessment scales aspects.

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

Expected duration of the contract is 66 days spread over ten (10) months from the time of signing of the consulting agreement.

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 levels. 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. United Nation’s Environment 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. This consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) – Project Pool Unit, Athens, Greece.

In line with the Decision IG.23/14 on the Programme of Work and Budget for 2018–2019 (Tirana, Albania, 17-20 December 2017) and Decision IG 22/7 on the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) for the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria (Athens, Greece, 9-12 February 2016), all the Contracting Parties shall implement their respective national monitoring programmes. This work has been supported through the EU funded EcAp MED II Project, GEF Adriatic and the Mediterranean Trust Fund (MTF). The Contracting Parties have developed national IMAP-based monitoring programmes addressing the respective IMAP Common Indicators per each cluster of IMAP namely: Biodiversity and NIS (Non Indigenous Species), Pollution (Eutrophication, Contaminants) and Marine Litter, Coast and Hydrography.

The “Towards achieving the Good Environmental Status of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast through an Ecologically Representative and Efficiently Managed and Monitored Network of Marine Protected Areas” (hereinafter IMAP-MPA) project aims at ensuring that additional support is provided for the national implementation of IMAP, and for the delivery of reliable data for IMAP indicators on three clusters: pollution and marine litter, biodiversity and NIS, and coast and hydrography by the seven Contracting Parties eligible for funding under IMAP MPA project. IMAP MPA project will also enable the development and implementation of integrated monitoring programmes at the sub-regional level which address the same above-mentioned IMAP clusters, and particularly in areas which are known to be under human activity pressure. As such, the project will enhance the level of capacity in each country to facilitate the implementation of the system and to facilitate the reporting of reliable data by each country for the selected IMAP common indicators. An important aspect of this project is related to a better definition of assessment scales and monitoring as well as assessment criteria per common indicator and across the clusters with a particular focus on biodiversity and hydrography.
In this regard, there is a need for a regional consultant to support the UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit and MED POL by providing scientific and technical guidance to the national teams and consultants for contaminants monitoring related activities under IMAP MPA project. Until January 2022 the following outputs were delivered under the project:

• First draft of an analysis of integrative aspects, with indication of some gaps to support concrete monitoring plans for EO9/Contaminants, complementary to the relevant chapters of national IMAPs for all countries (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) providing recommendations and proposals on the integration potential of IMAP EO9/Contaminants with the other IMAP Ecological Objectives (i.e. EO1, EO2, EO5, EO7, EO8 and EO10).
• This draft document was developed based on the analysis made per country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), focusing in reviewing the EO9/Contaminants chapter of national IMAPs (i.e. proposed monitoring sites, techniques and methodologies) and its integration potential with EO5 and EO10 (IMAP Pollution Cluster), as well as with EO1-EO2 (IMAP Biodiversity Cluster) and EO7-EO8 (IMAP Coast and Hydrography Cluster).

¿he consultant will work under the overall supervision of QSR Programme Officer and direct supervision of the IMAP-MPA Project manager. Substantive guidance will be provided by the MED POL Monitoring and Assessment Officer, in full respect of the reporting lines established within UNEP/MAP.

Under the direct supervision of IMAP-MPA Project Manager in consultation with the MED POL Programme Monitoring and Assessment Officer, and the overall guidance of QSR Programme Officer, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1) Prepare a detailed work plan and timetable.
2) Update as need be the analysis per country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), focusing in reviewing the EO9/Contaminants chapter of national IMAPs (i.e. proposed monitoring sites, techniques and methodologies) and its integration potential with EO5 and EO10 (IMAP Pollution Cluster), as well as with EO1-EO2 (IMAP Biodiversity Cluster) and EO7-EO8 (IMAP Coast and Hydrography Cluster).
3) Continue providing technical guidance to national country team and design concrete monitoring plans per country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) for IMAP EO9/Contaminants, specifying monitoring sites/transects, their respective Common Indicators, methodologies and protocols for their measurements, quality assurance and reporting schemes, costs of implementation and other elements necessary to build, support and implement a reliable process for project activities implementation;
4) Support national teams to identify the gaps and define a concrete roadmap to address the specific needs for the implementation of IMAP EO9/Contaminants monitoring programme.
5) Design and prepare practical training modules (incl. on monitoring areas/sites definition, application of monitoring protocols, quality assurance and quality control, reporting of data) for IMAP EO9/Contaminants considering existing knowledge and practice for IMAP implementation.
6) Provide technical support to national/sub-regional training workshops with national teams related to IMAP EO9/Contaminants.
7) Provide technical support to the design and implementation of field monitoring surveys focusing primarily on IMAP EO9/Contaminants.
8) Participate in round-table discussions at national level aimed at streamlining of the roles and responsibilities for IMAP implementation as defined in national IMAP monitoring programmes for all three IMAP Clusters (i.e. Pollution and Marine Litter; Biodiversity and NIS; and Coast and Hydrography).
9) Contribute as needed to the work of CORMON Pollution and related online Groups.
10) Provide input to the preparation of tender documentation for purchasing/renting of equipment (e.g. vessels for filed surveys, laboratory equipment) to address the needs for IMAP implementation as part of the package of the field monitoring survey.
11) Guide and support the national teams in monitoring data reporting into IMAP Pilot Info System.
12) Test and integrate the scales of assessment and assessment criteria developed under UNEP/MAP MED POL framework, into the selected monitoring sites/activities for IMAP EO9/Contaminants in relation to other relevant IMAP Common Indicators
13) Participate in round tables organized by the IMAP-MPA Project Manager in bringing together the other thematic consultants that will be engaged in the framework of the project to maximize coordination and effectiveness of work at all levels.
14) Recommend potential upgrades of national IMAPs for EO9/Contaminants taking into account outcomes of above activities and with a focus on scales and integration assessment aspects as appropriate
15) Provide mission reports.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in marine science and /or environmental science is required;
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience on monitoring and assessment of contaminants in the marine environment is required in particular of at least in two of the aspects listed below:
a) organization and participation in field monitoring surveys;
b) preparation/application of good/standardized laboratory practices;
c) sampling and sample preservation;
d) sample preparation and analysis of all matrixes; analytical quality assurance and data reporting;
f) control of data processing and reporting including data collection and statistical processing;
g) working experience in all aspects indicated above is a strong asset.
Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP system, MED POL and IMAP, is a strong asset;
Good knowledge in office automation software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and understanding of GIS is required;
Language: Fluency in English 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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