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|Location :||Mauritius, MAURITIUS|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jan-11 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Resilience and Climate Change|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 months|
|To combat and be prepared for circumscribing the climate change and its impacts, the Government of the Republic of Mauritius (ROM) has signed a project agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), for the implementation of a UNDP Africa Adaptation Program (AAP) - Supporting Integrated and Comprehensive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa - The Republic of Mauritius (ROM). The Government of Japan is funding this AAP Program.
The objective of the project is to develop a robust institutional framework for the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into core development policies, strategies and plans of the ROM. The outputs of the project are: (i) dynamic long-term planning mechanisms to manage the inherent uncertainties of climate change introduced; (ii) leadership capacities and institutional frameworks to manage climate change risks and opportunities in an integrated manner at the local, regional and national levels strengthened; (iii) climate-resilient policies and measures in priority sectors implemented; (iv) financing options to meet national adaptation costs expanded at local, national, sub-regional and regional levels; (v) knowledge on adjusting national development processes to fully incorporate climate change risks and opportunities generated and shared across all levels.
The ROM comprises the mainland Mauritius and other islands such as Rodrigues, St Brandon, Agalega, etc. The mainland Mauritius is a small tropical island in the Indian Ocean and is located near latitude 20o South and longitude 57o East. It has a total land area of 2040 km2, with a coastal zone mostly surrounded by fringing reef that encloses a lagoonal area of 243 Km2. The topography of the coast comprises mostly of low lying areas, flat plains in the north and minor cliffs in the western and southern part of the island, where coral reef is absent. As at 2010 its population is estimated at around 1.3 million inhabitants.
Mauritius is swept by South East Trade Winds throughout the year, except for some short periods in the summer months, when tropical depressions approach it. The country has been affected by 23 intense Tropical Cyclones located within 100 km radius of Mauritius, between 1960 and 2010 and also by occasional droughts, the most severe being those of 1998 and 1999.
The impacts of climate change are likely to increase existing stresses on fisheries such as pollution, decreasing habitats, fishing pressure etc. Scenarios developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has forecasted certain effects (both positive and negative) of climate change such as local shifts in production, longer growing periods, faster growth rates among others with varying levels of confidence. The effects will be uneven, depending on geographic area. The global climate change is expected to cause many changes including increased air and sea surface temperatures, rises in sea level, changes in weather patterns, frequent storms and other extreme weather events in some places, possible alteration of ocean circulation patterns and changes in seawater chemistry, due to increased carbon dioxide concentrations.
Corals reefs have a very important role and human beings acquire many direct and indirect benefits from this rich and diverse ecosystem. Nearly 40% of the world population lives within 100 km from the coastline akin for a small island state like Mauritius. Many livelihoods depend on the status and health of coral reefs and their loss is irreversible. It is, therefore, of vital importance to protect and conserve this vulnerable ecosystem. Even though Mauritius has a negligible contribution to the global warming phenomenon, the negative effects are already being observed and felt. It is only fair that the larger economies and developed countries take a resolution to reduce the emission of GHGs which will allow the precious coral reefs to survive for many more future generations.
To implement the component “mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in the fisheries sector”, under the Africa Adaptation Program (AAP), the services of two specialized consultants would be required. The two consultants to be recruited would be: (i) a Fisheries Expert –Team Leader (4 months); and (ii) a Policy Expert (3 months). Each consultant would be recruited through separate bidding process and contract. The present TOR is for the recruitment of the Fisheries Expert.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Fisheries Expert (4 months) shall work in collaboration with the Policy Expert (3 months) to produce the specified deliverables. Their work will be both overlapping and complementary and would be both responsible to attain the project objectives. Specifically, the tasks of the Fisheries Expert shall comprise the following:
The consultants would be required to submit the reports cited above in English to the Director of Fisheries/ Principal Fisheries Officer, the Ministry of Fisheries and Rodrigues, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the UNDP.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Leadership and Self-Management
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.