Consultant to Support Resource Mobilization in the Large Marine Ecosystem Portfolio

United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Background and Activities

Within the overall framework of the IOC Programme and Budget 2018-2019, in particular ER 6 of MPII MLA3 and in particular the project: GLO0092534 - Strengthening Global Governance of Large Marine Ecosystems and Their Coasts through Enhanced Sharing and Application of LME/ICM/MPA Knowledge and Information Tools : LME:LEARN and also GLO0095356 - IW:Learn 4 - International Waters: Learning Exchange and Resource Network, the Individual consultant will work under the overall purview of ADG/IOC and the direct supervision of GEF IW:LEARN and LME:LEARN Project Manager.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 183 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. It provides grants for projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. The GEF international waters focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as river basins with water flowing from one country to another, groundwater resources shared by several countries, or marine ecosystems bounded by more than one nation.

LME:LEARN is a GEF-UNDP-IOC/UNESCO project designed to improve global ecosystem-based governance of Large Marine Ecosystems and their coasts by generating knowledge, building capacity, harnessing public and private partners and supporting south-to-south learning and north-to-south learning. A key element of this improved governance is main-streaming cooperation between LME, MPA, and ICM projects in overlapping areas, both for GEF projects and for non-GEF projects. This Full-scale project plans to achieve a multiplier effect using demonstrations of learning tools and toolboxes, to aid practitioners and other key stakeholders, in conducting and learning from GEF projects.

Since its establishment in 1991, the GEF, through its International Waters focal area, has allocated a total of $1.14B in project grants to transboundary marine projects with approximately $7.7B in co-financing. Meanwhile, the cumulative economic impact of poor ocean management practices is at least $200 billion dollars per year. In the absence of pro-active mitigation measures, climate change will increase the cost of damage to the ocean by an additional $322 billion per year by 2050.

A recent study estimates that reducing and in some cases arresting the degradation of coastal and ocean resources would require an initial public investment of about $5 billion over the next 10-20 years. This amount would represent an average annual allocation of about $250 -$500 million per year if programmed over 10-20 years. Such a financial effort is within reach of existing financial mechanisms, particular through the diversification of GEF grants with a variety of other sources. However, there is a need for more structured support for the stakeholders of the various large marine ecosystems to effectively mobilize these resources.

The Consultancy is expected to comprise the following three activities:

  • Activity A: Update Resource Mobilization Strategy for Large Marine Ecosystems including preparation of a roadmap for its implementation
  • Activity B: Organise the LME Donors Partnership Session during the 21st Large Marine Ecosystem Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia
  • Activity C: Revise the Resource Mobilisation Strategy following the outcomes of the Cartagena meeting      

Skills and Experience Required

  • Advanced degree in environmental, natural or social sciences, international relations, economics, development studies or related fields, or equivalent demonstrated Project Manager experience;
  • At least five years demonstrated global project management experience;
  • Proven track record of fundraising and/or experience delivering investments
  • Good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to organize and facilitate meetings;
  • Excellent ability to work and write in English; proficiency in at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian) is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and reliably contribute to a geographically distributed work environment (via phone and email;
  • Experience with researching and writing on international environment and/or international development issues;
  • Familiarity with or, ideally, work experience in GEF International Waters recipient countries and/or with donors or related NGOs. 

Solicitation of Request

Interested candidates should send their expression of interest for carrying out this work. The following information should be included:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • a statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment;
  • an indication of the approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment, including any inputs that may be required from LME:LEARN PCU.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to and reach UNESCO by 17 April 2019.