Regional Consultant to Support the Implementation of IMAP component of the EU-funded IMAP-MPA project for Eutrophication

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


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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 eutrophication integrated monitoring and assessment, and related assessment scales aspects.

Work Location

Home Based


Expected duration

The contract will be for three (3) months spread over eighteen months (18) months starting from the date of the last signature.

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, Eutrophication, Contaminants, 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 four clusters: pollution, litter, biodiversity and NIS, 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 each IMAP cluster 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 eutrophication monitoring related activities under IMAP MPA project.

The aim of this consultancy is to provide technical guidance and support to the national IMAP teams responsible for pollution monitoring as well as national consultants to monitor and assess marine environment with regards to IMAP Common Indicators (CIs) 13 and 14 in selected areas taking into account the need for interlinkages with other ecological objectives, work undertaken on assessment criteria and integrated/joint monitoring, monitoring, assessment and reporting scales as well as interlinkages between impact, pressures and activities.

Under the direct cooperation with UNEP/MAP IMAP-MPA Project Manager and MED POL Programme Management and Monitoring and Assessment Officers, and the overall coordination and guidance from UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1) Prepare a detailed work plan and timetable.
2) Based on the IMAP-MPA Project Document, the Progress Report of the First Steering Committee of the Project, as well as the respective national IMAPs, follow-up and further progress the relevant work to undertake a specific, thorough and elaborated analysis per country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), focusing in reviewing the EO5/Eutrophication chapter of national IMAPs (i.e. proposed monitoring sites, techniques and methodologies) and its integration potential with EO9 and EO10 (IMAP Pollution Cluster), as well as with EO1-EO2 (IMAP Biodiversity Cluster) and EO7-EO8 (IMAP Coast and Hydrography Cluster).
3) Provide 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 EO5/Eutrophication, 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 EO5/Eutrophication 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 EO5/Eutrophication considering existing knowledge and practice for IMAP implementation.
6) Provide technical support to national/sub-regional training workshops with national teams related to IMAP EO5/Eutrophication.
7) Provide technical support to the design and implementation of field monitoring surveys focusing primarily on IMAP EO5/Eutrophication.
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 Coast and Hydrography).
9) Contribute 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 EO5/Eutrophication 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 EO5/Eutrophication with a focus on scales and integration assessment aspects as appropriate

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Good knowledge of the UNEP/MAP system, MED POL and IMAP, is a strong asset.

Skills: Good knowledge in office automation software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and understanding of GIS is required.

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 eutrophication 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.

• Fluency in English is required;
• Working knowledge of French is an asset.

Additional Information

Due to COVID-19 the travel related activities are on hold and once the travel restrictions will be lifted, a new contract will be issued stating travel required. However, the time required for the physical presence of the consultant to attend the national, sub-regional and regional meetings, trainings, and its physical presence at country level has been already taken into account in the working-days that have been allocated per each output. When travel restrictions will be lifted the consultant is expected to undertake mission/s to MAP Secretariat for the needs of the current assignment, including a minimum of two missions per beneficiary country (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia).