Marine and Coastal Environmental Management Consultant
Result of Service
• Mapped activities of partners of the Nairobi Convention under the Consortium for the Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C);
• Concrete linkages developed on WIO-C activities supporting the implementation of the WIOSAP project and the current Nairobi Convention Work Programme;
• Bibliography of marine and coastal experts developed to support the Science to Policy Platform for the WIO region and the Community of Practice being established under the WIOSAP project;
• Increased spatial and non-spatial data populating the web service of the Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse;
• Development of two major proposals to ensure a funding pipeline for the WIOSAP Project;
• Reviewed technical outputs produced by designated regional Task Forces of the WIOSAP project.
• Conduct geo-spatial analysis to document all major coastal developments in the Convention countries and their intersection with key coastal and marine ecosystems
• Work with the WIOSAP Regional Task Force on Sustainable Management of River Flows to undertake a regional assessment of the spatio-temporal changes of estuaries across the region and potential environmental and socio-economic impacts
The contract duration will be seven (7) months.
Duties and Responsibilities
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 administers the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of Coastal and Marine Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), under the Ecosystems Division. The 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.
The Nairobi Convention, under the project on the ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP), requires a marine and coastal environmental management consultant to undertake various activities focusing on the development of strategic partnerships for the implementation of WIOSAP project through mapping of marine and coastal work done by partners to the Nairobi Convention and how to initiate and also strengthen specific linkages to the relevant outputs of the WIOSAP project.
Undertake various activities focusing on the development of strategic partnerships for the implementation of WIOSAP project through mapping of marine and coastal work done by partners to the Nairobi Convention and how to initiate and also strengthen specific linkages to the relevant outputs of the WIOSAP project.
Specific tasks and responsibilities:
Under overall supervision of the Head of the Nairobi Convention, the consultant will perform the following:
1. Document ongoing and new areas of collaboration with partners and the relevant partners for each area and prepare an implementation work plan for the strengthening of identified partnerships;
2. Collate information on expertise available in the WIO region relevant to marine and coastal science and management issues;
3. Collect the new data generated by the countries through the WIOSAP demo projects, develop an implementation plan for inputting the data in the Clearinghouse Mechanism, and support data entry into the clearinghouse;
4. Develop two project proposals for enhancing WIOSAP pipeline funding;
5. Review four technical outputs developed by respective regional Task Forces under the WIOSAP project.
6. Conduct geo-spatial analysis to document all major coastal developments in the Convention countries and their intersection with key coastal and marine ecosystems
7. Work with the WIOSAP Regional Task Force on Sustainable Management of River Flows to undertake a regional assessment of the spatio-temporal changes of estuaries across the region and potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (a Master's degree or equivalent) is required in Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management or similar disciplines.
Experience: A minimum 3 years of relevant professional experience is required in: Marine and coastal management, implementation of projects and project reporting. Working with different stakeholders at both strategic and technical levels and demonstrated quality and timely delivery. Working knowledge of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region and experience of working with the Governments of the WIO region would be an advantage. Demonstrated competency in high level and excellent proposal/technical writing and abiity to work within very short timelines and with minimum supervision is an asset.
Language: Language: English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of local languages in the respective country of interest is an added advantage.