Consultant/Regional Expert (Systemic analysis and assessment of the required capacity and operational costs to deliver the UNEP/MAP Medium-Term Strategy)

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 ultimate result of services is the delivery of the systemic analysis and assessment of the required capacity and operational costs of the UNEP/MAP system to deliver the new MTS.

Work Location


Expected duration

The total duration of the Contract will be two and a half (2.5) months spread over 12 months, starting from the date of 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 level. 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. UN Environment Programme's 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. The assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.

The Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols at their 21st Meeting (COP 21, Naples, Italy, 2-5 December 2019) through Decision IG. 24/2 on Governance “Approve[d] the Roadmap for the Evaluation of the 2016-2021 Medium-Term Strategy and the preparation of the 2022-2027 Medium-Term Strategy, as set out in Annex V to the present Decision;”. The roadmap provides the framework and suggested timeline for both the evaluation of the current MTS 2016-2021 and the preparation of the new MTS 2022-2027. Through the same Decision, the Contracting Parties “Request[ed] the Secretariat to prepare the UNEP/MAP 2022-2027 Medium-Term Strategy in close cooperation with MAP components and with the full involvement of the Contracting Parties, under the guidance of the Bureau and through a dedicated steering committee that will be composed by the Bureau complemented by a limited group of interested Contracting Parties (3 additional persons, one nominated by each sub-group, to ensure a balanced geographical representation), and to submit a first draft to an open ended working group, for final submission to the Contracting Parties at their 22nd Meeting (COP 22);”.

Furthermore, the Contracting Parties at COP 21, through Decision IG. 24/14, on the Programme of Work and Budget 2020-2021, “Also request[ed] the Secretariat to submit a budget for 2022-2023, sufficient to cover the implementation of the mandate deriving from the 2022-2027 Medium-Term Strategy and the required capacity and operational costs of the entire Secretariat including MAP Components, considering also the need for adequate MTF allocation required to effectively execute their mandates and operations”.

In this context, there is a need to undertake a parallel process, together with the preparation of the substance of new MTS, in order to assess the capacities required for the Secretariat and MAP Components, and the entire MAP system, for the effective delivery of the MTS 2022-2027. This exercise will also feed the preparation of a budget for 2022-2023, as well as for the two following biennia.

Following the above, the UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit-Barcelona Convention Secretariat needs the services of a consultant/regional expert to support the MAP Secretariat with the systemic analysis and assessment of the required capacity and operational costs to deliver the new MTS.

Under the overall guidance of the UNEP/MAP Coordinator and under the supervision of the UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator, the Consultant will work closely with the UNEP/MAP Officers and will be responsible for the following overall tasks:
(1) a systemic analysis of the capacities required in the medium term, in order for UNEP/MAP to effectively deliver the new MTS;
(2) inputs to the draft MTS 2022-2027 and to the budget for 2022-2023, based on the assessment of the required capacity and operational costs to deliver the new MTS.

Specific tasks
1. Prepare detailed work plan and timetable;
2. Develop a methodology for undertaking the systemic analysis of the capacity and operational costs of the MAP-Barcelona Convention system, looking at the available best practices of UNEP and other UN organizations, in particular MEAs;
3. Perform a desk review, including a comparative analysis of operational costs of previous and current MTS, including mapping of capacities and mandate of the Secretariat, including the Coordinating Unit and MAP Components (based on consideration of the mandate, structure, functions, staff levels, approved biennium budgets, etc.);
4. Identify the MAP systemic needs to deliver the new MTS in line with the mandate of: (a) Coordinating Unit, (b) MED POL, and (c) RACs (This analysis is to give due regard, inter alia, to the following elements: Coordinating Unit core and other functions, staffing and levels; MAP Component mandates, including identification of need for possible adjustment; MAP Components core and other functions, staffing and levels; operational needs of Coordinating Unit and MAP Components; relationship between the Coordinating Unit and MAP Components; effective decision-making process of the MAP-Barcelona Convention system. Furthermore, the wider governance set-up of the MAP-Barcelona Convention system needs to be part of the background analysis, including the role of MAP and Component Focal Points and the way the existing structure currently facilitates or hinders the operational capacity of Coordinating Unit and MAP Components; such analysis will facilitate the Secretariat to prepare proposals for a most effective functioning, including of the Contracting Parties/National Focal Points system);
5. Develop/upgrade ToRs for core functions of the Coordinating Unit and MAP Components, and the respective staffing needs; supported by a cost benefit analysis in short, medium and long term and including planning for gradual implementation;
6. Hold bilateral consultations with the Coordinating Unit and MAP Components;
7. Attend governance meetings of the MAP-Barcelona Convention system related to the MTS, as required;
8. Provide inputs for the preparation of the budget for 2022-2023 (to take into account required capacity and operational costs for the implementation of the PoW for the first biennium of the new MTS);
9. Draft a document on the required capacity and operational costs of the Coordinating Unit and MAP Components, as background document for the 91st Bureau and MTS SC/OEWG back-to-back meetings;
10. Adjust the required systemic capacity report for submission to the MAP Focal Points meeting (September 2021) for approval, including reflection on comments received;
11. Prepare inputs to the MTS regarding the capacity assessment, based on tasks 9 and 10 above, for the Secretariat to review and further submit to the MAP Focal Points meeting (September 2021) for approval;
12. Support the finalization of the fully edited relevant documents, during and following the MAP Focal Points meeting (September 2021), before final submission to COP 22.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Very good understanding of the UNEP/MAP system, its structure and operation is highly desirable;

Familiarity with the UN programme budget structure and the budgeting process;

Very good understanding of the global and regional evolutions related to the environment and sustainable development of the Mediterranean in the last 5 years is an asset.
Skills: Good knowledge of office software is required;

Knowledge of gender mainstreaming issues is highly desirable.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration, environmental sciences/engineering, law or other relevant political or economic science areas is required;
Experience: At least 7 years of relevant professional working experience is required, including a minimum of 3 years of proven experience related to capacity assessments and budgetary issues, preferably in relation to Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Language: Fluency in English is required; fluency in French is an asset

Additional Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel-related activities are placed on hold. Once restrictions are lifted, a new contract will be issued with the required mission/s for fulfilment of the deliverables of this contract. The consultant will be expected to undertake the travel missions in line with the requirements of the new contract. It is noted that the working days related to travel missions have been incorporated into the total number of working days of this contract; hence, also included in contract fees (excluding travel fees such as airfare, terminal expenses and DSA).