Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainable Port Development in the WIO Region
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 June 2018 - 29 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-97852-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Policy briefs and a Toolkit on Green Port Development for the Western Indian Ocean Region.

Work Location


Expected duration

The contract duration will be eight (8) months.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background of the Consultancy

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's Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) 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 position is located UNEP/DEPI, Nairobi duty station, under the supervision of the Coordinator and Head of Nairobi Convention Secretariat.

The Nairobi Convention needs the services of a lead expert to assess the environmental impacts of operational, planned and proposed ports in the Western Indian Ocean Region with the aim of developing different scenarios for future development, produce policy briefs and a Toolkit for Green Port Development that will contribute to sustainable port development in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). The Region is experiencing unprecedented pace of large scale developments ranging from ports, mining, roads and railways, agriculture and oil & gas among others all principally driven by huge infrastructure demands and financial inflows from different funding streams. Most of these developments are concentrated around coastal zones with rich natural resources and while the region has an opportunity to define sustainable trajectories for these investments, they have potential to significantly impact on the integrity of critical habitats and the resource base that future developments will depend on.

This assessment is part of, and in support of the ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP) Project. This is informed by appreciation of the fact that port operations current, planned and proposed intersect with critical coastal and marine resources, whose sustainable management is the focus of the Nairobi Convention. The scientific information to be generated from the intended task will be shared with national governments in an attempt to support and guide the development of new policy options on sustainable port development in the WIO region through the Science to Policy Platform supported by the Convention and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

The consultant will perform duties under the direct supervision of the WIOSAP Project Manager.

• To produce relevant documentation for influencing policies towards sustainable port development in the WIO Region.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

1. Capture the spatial distribution of operational, planned and proposed ports in the Western Indian Ocean countries;
2. Using geo-spatial technology, produce visual media showing intersection of these categories of ports with critical marine and coastal resources across the region;
3. Analyse and document environmental impacts of operational ports on ecosystems and associated biodiversity;
4. Analyse and document projected environmental impacts of planned/proposed ports;
5. Conduct scenario analyses on development options from BAU to options which incorporate environmental considerations to make a business case for sustainability/limiting impacts to the environment arising out of planned/proposed port development;
6. Using information and data from the scenarios analyses above, provide key policy and management recommendations for sustainable port development in the region captured in succinct policy briefs for the Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties;
7. Develop a Toolkit for Green Port development for applicability throughout the WIO Region capturing best practice from other regions. The structure of the Toolkit will need to be agreed on between Consultant and Contractor;
8. Major consultative milestones:
(i) Produce and present workplan and spatial distribution report at the Science to Policy Forum in July 2018;
(ii) Present progress report during the COP in August 2018;
(iii) Present final report in a side meeting during the Global Blue Economy Conference to be held in Kenya in Nov 2018.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: The lead expert should have advanced training in environmental sciences, marine sciences, environmental/ocean governance, sustainable development or any related field.
Experience: Fifteen years’ experience in sustainable development, ocean governance, and policy formulation and influencing is a mandatory prerequisite. Other critical expertise in the team will include experience in port development, GIS/RS and scenario analysis.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Portugues or French is an advantage.

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