The Black Sea is one of the most vulnerable regional seas in the world given its limited exchange of water with the open oceans and the large area of continental Europe from which it receives the drainage. The four strongly interlinked priority trans-boundary problems of the Black Sea are eutrophication – nutrient enrichment, changes in marine living resources, chemical pollution (including oil), and biodiversity/habitat changes, including alien species introduction – as well as the underlying root causes like industrial activities, agriculture, domestic wastewater, sea transport (oil spills, ballast water), and coastal zone degradation (urbanisation, tourism). The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution (Bucharest Convention) addresses these problems through enhanced cooperation among its signatories. The development/improvement of a monitoring network and data collection to provide for ecosystem-based and knowledge-based decision-making is considered to be a management target of high priority. Further coordination in policies and legislation between the Black Sea countries is of common interest in the region and specifically to the EU’s partners countries – being also members of the Black Sea Commission (BSC) – in so far it influences their own ability to comply with EU legislation and policies, notably the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
The project will strengthen capacities of the respective national authorities for biological and chemical monitoring of the Black Sea, taking into consideration the requirements of EU water related legislation (EU WFD and MSFD). Significant effort will be put into training and other capacity building activities. In order to promote ownership, engagement of local experts and organisations is foreseen.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Economy Expert will support the project implementation in the activities related to economic assessment of the national monitoring programmes and identifying relevant economic instruments and funding mechanisms for these programmes and guide the national economy experts from Ukraine, Georgia and Russian Federation (if needed). He/she will work under the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader and UNDP Regional Technical Advisor for International Waters, who will have the overall supervision role on the project from the UNDP side.
February 2017 (40% of payment)
May 2017 (40% of payment)
December 2017 (10% of payment)
The consultant may be asked to make some minor contributions also to the deliverables prepared by other experts, related to other activities arising during the project implementation. The assignment will require travel in the region, upon request by UNDP (to be covered separately as per UNDP rules and regulations). The consultant is expected to work closely with UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and Country offices, with the staff, responsible for the project implementation.
Required Skills and Experience
Only those individual consultants who obtained at least 70% of points from technical criteria will be considered for financial proposal evaluation
Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services…). Travel costs for missions will be covered separately according to UNDP rules and regulations.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.