Formulation of a Framework to Support Setting-Up Functional Blue Governance Coordination Mechanisms in African Union Member States and RECs via ReliefWeb

African Union (AU)

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The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), is mandated to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union. The Vision of the AU-IBAR Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace. AU-IBAR’s intervention in the fisheries and aquaculture sector is guided by the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) which is aimed at improving governance of the sector for increased sustainable contribution to food security, livelihoods and wealth creation. Also within the framework of the African Union Agenda 2063, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy environed an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth.

The Global Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy was organized in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2018. African leaders at the Conference directed the African Union to work with relevant stakeholders to develop a blue print of Africa’s Blue Economy Strategy that will guide sustainable development and utilization of resources of the Oceans, Seas, Lakes and Rivers for blue economy growth and livelihoods while maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Accordingly, the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) was requested by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission to lead the process of formulation of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy. The Africa Blue Economy Strategy was eventually developed and subsequently endorsed in October 2019 by the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC-ARDWE).

The Africa Blue Economy Strategy is consolidated based on the following five detailed thematic areas considered essential to the Africa blue economy growth:

  1. Fisheries, aquaculture, conservation and sustainable aquatic ecosystems
  2. Shipping/transportation, trade, ports, maritime security, safety and enforcement
  3. Coastal and maritime tourism, climate change, resilience, environment, infrastructure
  4. Sustainable energy and mineral resources and innovative industries
  5. Policies, institutional and governance, employment, job creation and poverty eradication, innovative financing

The Africa Blue Economy Strategy and the Annexes can be sourced from the AU-IBAR website.


The STC-ARDWE in October 2019 made further recommendations on the Africa Blue Economy Strategy for necessary actions as follows:

  1. The African Union Commission to support adequate awareness creation, capacity building, disseminating and sharing of best practices for the application of the Blue Economy concept;
  2. The African Union Commission to support setting up Blue Governance mechanisms to ensure planning and coordination at continental, regional and national levels; and,
  3. The African Union Commission to mobilize resources for the implementation of Blue Print for Africa’s Blue Economy Strategy.

Blue Governance is an emerging concept and relates to public and private institutional mechanisms including: institutional coordination, private-public partnerships, institutional arrangements, networking, among others, required to implement Blue Economy and Blue Growth initiatives, strategies and policies. The Governance of Blue Economy initiatives is cross-cutting and should be at the core of Blue economy development. This calls for establishing regional and national blue governance institutional coordination mechanisms that integrate all the critical and essential vectors of blue economy. This would also require strengthening of the institutional abilities and technical capacities of key national and regional agencies and organizations for the effective and efficient implementation of blue economy related programmes, projects, activities and functions. It would further entail capacity enhancement and incentivization of those entities and structures that are related to the key sectoral aspects of the blue economy.

However, notwithstanding the progress made to date in blue economy development in AU Member States, significant institutional, governance gaps and challenges remain, constraining the ability of Member States to effectively formulate and implement programmes and policies relating to growth and development of blue economy in Africa.

In light of the above, with support from the Kingdom of Norway, AU-IBAR seeks to develop a framework to support the establishment of functional, integrated Blue Governance Coordination mechanisms or structures for the effective implementation of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy by AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The coordination mechanisms should serve as nexuses to facilitate collaboration across stakeholders in blue governance in AU member states or regions. It will provide multi-discipline expertise to the multi-sector and multi-user landscape of aquatic governance.

Objectives of the Consultancy

The objective of this consultancy is therefore to recruit a suitable consultant with requisite multi-disciplinary experience and skills in broad issues of Blue Economy Governance mechanisms, including coordination and planning, the design, set-up and implementation of blue growth with strong emphasis on harmonizing and synergizing aquatic resources conservation and socio-economic development that is critical to sustainable Africa blue economy development.

Specific Objectives

  • To develop a framework for establishing functional, integrated blue governance coordination mechanisms in AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities, for sustainable and holistic implementation of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy;
  • The framework to incorporate guidance on the design, setting up and institutional arrangements, operationalizing and managing blue governance coordination mechanisms and
  • The framework should incorporate mechanisms with options for implementation at i. AU member states’ level as well as ii. for implementation at regional levels by RECs.
  • Make recommendations on strengthening cooperation and regional integration with convergence of competing interests of the various blue economy actors

Methodology of Conducting the Assignment

The Consultant is expected to:

  • Gain access to, and be thoroughly conversant with, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy document and any other relevant documents;
  • Conduct extensive desk research and source information on case studies, lessons and best practices on the design, establishment and operations or implementation of blue governance coordination mechanisms (reference should also be made on other existing cross-sectorial coordination mechanisms);
  • Conduct online consultations with AU member states and RECs that have evidently made progress in blue economy development;
  • Liaise and hold discussion with the Director and relevant staff of AU-IBAR;
  • Consult electronically and/or virtually with relevant staff at AUDA-NEPAD and relevant AUC departments;
  • Develop a set of coordination mechanisms with options (national, regional and continental) to be validated during the consultative workshops; and,
  • Support national and regional consultative workshops on establishing blue governance coordination structures.

The assignment will be executed primarily from home with electronic interaction with stakeholders.


  • A draft inception report within five (5) calendar days of signing the contract. The inception report should demonstrate a clear understanding of the assignment by the consultant. The report should also include a detailed work plan, timelines and deliverables of the assignment.
  • A first draft blue governance coordination mechanism framework (national, regional, continental) that will be circulated electronically for inputs by AUDA-NEPAD, AU Commission departments, RECs etc driving implementation of Africa Blue Economy Strategy.
  • A second draft blue governance coordination mechanism framework that will incorporate all comments and suggestions made by the AU and RECs. The second draft will be validated virtually and opportunistically during regional consultations on Africa Blue Economy Strategy.
  • A final Framework for Blue Governance Coordination mechanisms, to ensure planning and coordination at continental, regional and national levels, will incorporate comments and suggestions made by stakeholders


The consultant selected for the assignment will possess an advanced degree in the relevant blue economy fields, including and not limited to natural resource economics. A PhD degree in relevant disciplines would be an added advantage.

General Experience

The successful consultant is expected to have the following experiences:

  1. At least 5 years combined research and academic experience in oceans governance, marine and fresh water ecosystems in the context of blue economy and global processes or initiatives
  2. Record of engagement and familiarization with relevant blue economy institutions in AU member states
  3. Good record of working with regional institutions and specialized regional institutions dedicated to Africa blue economy sector
  4. Record of formulation of policies, strategies and frameworks for AU member states and regional institutions in Africa
  5. Familiarization of relevant AU and Global instruments related to blue governance

Specific Experience

  1. Evidence of in-depth knowledge of Africa blue economy sector
  2. Evidence of formulation of blue economy strategy at national, regional and continental levels
  3. Record of formulation of implementation and monitoring frameworks for structured rolling out of similar strategies, frameworks in Africa and/or other tropical regions
  4. Experience of overseeing establishment and management of blue economy governance framework or entity
  5. Record of evidence of interaction of stakeholders from blue economy sector in the continent

Other Essential Attributes

  1. Record of good writing skills and scientific publications in relevant fields of blue economy
  2. Good experience of facilitating workshops in related fields
  3. Record of delivery assignment within tight schedules
  4. Proficiency in at least two AU official languages

Duration for this Consultancy

30 days


A lump Sum Payment of USD9000 will be made for this consultancy and shall be paid after submission of the final draft blue governance coordination framework.

Supervision and Approval of Report

Under direct technical supervision of the AU-IBAR Senior Fisheries Officer and with oversight supervision by the Director of AU-IBAR.

How to apply


To apply, please submit the following:

  • A technical proposal elaborating your understanding of the TORs;
  • A detailed CV including information on nationality, age, gender, qualifications and relevant experience;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail addresses and phone contacts) of three referees.

Applications must be received not later than Friday 7th August 2020 and should be addressed to the Director of AU-IBAR P.O. BOX 30786, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya E-mail: [email protected] copied to: [email protected] . FAX: +254-20-367-4143

The successful candidate will be notified by email.





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