Sustainable Blue Economy Framework development and application Expert

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Home-Based / Remote

Result of Service

Workplan and initial assessment of prototype transition framework application programmes as well as assessment of ongoing tool development.

First progress report with recommendations on technical guidance on assessment of national/regional Sustainable Blue Economy baselines, options, readiness, capacity gaps and financing strategies.

The second report on the recommendations on the development and practical application of macroeconomic modelling tools and public financing frameworks, as well as the blue economy financing tools.

Third report summarizing identified gaps or limitations of the Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework approach and options for future enhancements of the Transition Framework based on pilot applications and country consultations.

Submission of the final reports to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Work Location


Expected duration

5 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.” 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. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development provides a framework for addressing the sustainable development challenges facing the oceans. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is working with the member States and partners for the accelerated implementation of the ocean related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNEP is committed to ensuring that sustainable and resilient oceans are a core priority on the global agenda Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14). UNEP also works towards other SDGs related to oceans, such as for example Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) (zero hunger); Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water and sanitation for all; sustainable and affordable energy, Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7); sustainable economic growth, Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8); sustainable consumption and production, Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG 12) and climate resilience, Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13).

The basis for action is hinged on the following legislative authorities:

• The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 14 (Life below water) and Goal 6 (Water and sanitation for all);

• United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, particularly Part XII;

• Relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, and Minamata Convention;

• The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway on addressing marine pollution and protection of blue carbon ecosystems;

• UNEP Assembly Resolutions: UNEP/EA.1/Res.6 Marine plastic debris and microplastics, UNEP/EA.2/Res.10 Oceans and seas, UNEP/EA.2/Res.4 SAMOA Pathway, UNEP/EA.2/Res.5 Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNEP/EA.2/Res.11 Marine plastic litter and microplastics, UNEP/EA.3/Res.7 Marine litter and microplastics, UNEP/EA.2/Res.13 Sustainable management of natural capital for sustainable development and poverty eradication, UNEP/EA.3/Res.10 Addressing water pollution to protect and restore water-related ecosystems UNEP/EA.4/Res.12 Sustainable management for global health of mangrove, UNEP/EA.4/Res.13 Sustainable coral reef management, UNEP/EA.4/Res.11 Protection of the environment from land-based activities, UNEP/EA.4/Res.6 Marine plastic litter and microplastics, UNEP/EA.4 Res.21 Implementation plan “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet;”

• UNEP Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2022-2025 and Programme of Work for 2022-2023;

• Regional Seas Strategic Directions 2022-2025;

• UNEP’s Marine and Coastal Strategy for 2020-2030; and

• Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, as well as Decisions of their Conferences of the Parties (COP) or Intergovernmental Meetings.

As part of the UNEP effort to promote and enable a Sustainable Blue Economy, UNEP has developed a prototype Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework including a draft Implementation Guide to support development of sector and cross-sector policy pathways and implementation strategies at local, national and regional level. Through the UNEP internal Coordination Group on Sustainable Blue Economy, multidisciplinary perspectives and substantive inputs has been provided, which has been incorporated into Transition Framework. After the development of the prototype Transition Framework, UNEP is moving to pilot testing and applying it in selected countries and regions. UNEP develops supporting tools, such as blue natural capital accounting, sustainable blue economy financing and macroeconomic modelling, an integrated Knowledge Framework for Sustainable Blue Economy policy, and guidance on application of the Transition Framework as diagnostic tool to assess country baseline, options, readiness and financing for Sustainable Blue Economy policy implementation, which are to be used in the application of the prototype Sustainable Blue Economy Transitional Framework and Implementation Guide. A consultant to be recruited will support the application of the Framework and Implementation in selected countries/regions and will oversee development of supporting tools and guidance resources.

The consultancy will work directly with and will be supervised by the Programme Officer responsible for the Sustainable Blue Economy in the Marine and Coastal Unit, Ecosystems Division of UNEP. The tasks of the consultant are:

  1. Provide input and technical support to the development of supporting tools, protocols and guidance for pilot-application of the prototype Transition Framework, including blue economy financing, public financing for blue economy, economic modelling, integrated knowledge frameworks for Sustainable Blue Economy, and diagnostic tool to assess national/regional baselines;
  2. Provide technical support to the application of the prototype Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework and Implementation Guide through issuing necessary guidance to the entities that apply the Transition Framework;
  3. Provide advice and recommendations for experts and institutions which are engaged in the tool development and test application of the prototype Transition Framework;
  4. Provide technical comments on draft documents emanating from and associated with the above tasks
  5. Identify gaps and limitations of the Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework protocol based on end-user consultations and feedback;
  6. Present the work in the UNEP Sustainable Blue Economy Coordination Group meetings and any other sustainable blue economy related meetings; and
  7. Prepare and submit monthly reports detailing the progress of the implementation of the above-indicated tasks.

Please note that the reports to be prepared will be used solely for UNEP’s internal purposes and will not be published.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Graduate degree in the field of environmental economics, financing, economic policies, political economy, or other related areas is required. A first level degree with additional two years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of Graduate degree.

Experience: At least 10 years of professional experiences in environmental economics, green economy/financing, particularly related to ocean economy, ocean policy and strategies for ocean sustainability is required. Practical working experience at country level in facilitating ocean economy development and enabling environment for it is required

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

No Fee