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Expert in Integrated Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
|Location :||Abidjan, COTE d'IVOIRE|
|Application Deadline :||02-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Abidjan Convention has received European funding to implement the programme “Capacity Building related to MEAs in ACP Countries Phase III (“ACP MEAs”)”. The support of activities funded by the European Commission in ACP countries and in relation to MEAs will aim at reinforcing Regional Seas Conventions governance frameworks and associated protocols; development of regional representative networks of MPAs; reduction of the influx of waste (plastics and other forms of human and industrial liquid and solid waste) entering the marine environment of the Convention’s regions and awareness raising/outreach activities, among others.
In the Abidjan Convention region, achieving these results will involve activities such as (i) ratifying the Convention and its protocols, (ii) curbing biodiversity loss by protecting endangered species, developing the MPA network, drawing up a protocol on MPAs, protecting the genetic heritage of the area, regulating coastal tourism, (iii) combating marine pollution, in particular by setting up a regional framework for plastic waste management, helping countries to draw up action plans to combat plastic pollution... (iv) raise awareness among stakeholders on issues related to biodiversity and pollution, increase the visibility and profile of the Abidjan Convention.
The overall objective of the Programme is to promote environmental sustainability in ACP countries by strengthening environmental governance and the implementation of MEAs, which will be achieved by enhancing capacities to improve enforcement and compliance with MEAs related to biodiversity, chemicals and waste, ocean governance. The implementation period of ACP MEAs III is from November 2019 to April 2024.
Phase 1 and 2 of the ACP MEAS programme capacity building efforts have mainly increased technical knowledge of MEAs at the regional and country level, enhanced the negotiation skills of government officials and civil society stakeholders, and developed institutional frameworks to support the implementation of MEAs. In the agricultural sector, the programme has strengthened the capacity to assess, mitigate and regulate the risk associated with the use of pesticides on the environment and human health and to safely dispose of chemical waste.
The Convention for the Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (Abidjan Convention) will provide the regional platform and legal framework to promote the effective implementation of the Parties’ commitments to ensure improved compliance with the enforcement of key policies and legislations in the Convention Area.
The purpose of the Abidjan Convention component of the Action is to support activities of the member countries to better manage their coasts and oceans and to promote the effective implementation of their commitments.
To properly implement the project’s activities, Small Scall Funding Agreement (SSFA) have been signed with many technical partners and grants allocated to country members. As a follow-up, to ensure, oversee and support proper implementations of activities, the MEAs Programme is recruiting an Expert in Ocean and Coastal Zone Management.
Purpose of the assignment:
For the implementation of a range of activities relating to Ocean Governance and Marine Protected Areas (MPA), the ACP MEAs programme signed Small Scall Funding Agreement (SSFA) with technical partners and grant allocations with selected countries. The activities to be covered include:
To properly implement activities related to MPAs, SSFA and grants, the MEAs Programme is recruiting an Expert in Ocean and Coastal Zone Management to ensure, oversee and support proper implementations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expected tangible and measurable output(s):
The Consultant will follow up and ensure technical counseling on the implementation of SSFA and grants by providing guidance and supports to partners and countries. His assignment will cover both desk reviewing, on field monitoring and evaluation of SSFA and grants through an active collaboration with partners. SSFA and grants covers thematic as: i) Integrated Coastal Zone Management, ii) Marine Litter and Plastics wastes, iii) Marine Protected Areas (MPA), etc. This will lead to the drafting of policies, guidelines and additional protocols that will help increased the scope of management tools of the Abidjan Convention. The development of these tools will require intensive stakeholders’ consultation to which the consultant will provide supports and guidance through the provision of substantive support to meetings, conferences, training workshops, seminars and making presentations.
Work in collaboration with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicit input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; be willing to learn from others; place team agenda before personal agenda; support and act in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Required Skills and Experience