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International Consultant – Public Relations Expert for EU/UNDP Black Sea Project: “Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea, Phase 2 – EMBLAS II”
|Location :||home based, with travels in the Black Sea region|
|Application Deadline :||18-Feb-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||estimated February 2016 – December 2016|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||approximately 30 working days|
The Black Sea is one of the most vulnerable regional seas in the world given its limited exchange of water with the open oceans and the large area of continental Europe from which it receives the drainage. The four strongly interlinked priority trans-boundary problems of the Black Sea are eutrophication - nutrient enrichment, changes in marine living resources, chemical pollution (including oil), and biodiversity/habitat changes, including alien species introduction - as well as the underlying root causes like industrial activities, agriculture, domestic wastewater, sea transport (oil spills, ballast water), and coastal zone degradation (urbanisation, tourism). The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution (Bucharest Convention) addresses these problems through enhanced cooperation among its signatories. The development/improvement of a monitoring network and data collection to provide for ecosystem-based and knowledge-based decision-making is considered to be a management target of high priority. Further coordination in policies and legislation between the Black Sea countries is of common interest in the region and specifically to the EU's partners countries – being also members of the Black Sea Commission (BSC) - in so far it influences their own ability to comply with EU legislation and policies, notably the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
The following activities are carried out in the Phase 2 of the project – EMBLAS II:
The project will strengthen capacities of the respective national authorities for biological and chemical monitoring of the Black Sea, taking into consideration the requirements of EU water related legislation (EU WFD and MSFD). Significant effort will be put into training and other capacity building activities. In order to promote ownership, engagement of local experts and organizations is foreseen.
Home based, with travels in the Black Sea region for the project events, particularly for the monitoring cruises (Odessa, Batumi). The project will be implemented in Georgia, Russia and Ukraine
Duties and Responsibilities
The Expert for Public Relations will support the project implementation in the activities related to public communication and promotion of project results, with particular attention to the PR activities related to the monitoring cruises organized in May/June 2016. He/she will work under the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader (PMA) and UNDP Regional Technical Advisor for International Waters, who will have the overall supervision role on the project from the UNDP side.
The consultant will prepare several deliverables in cooperation with the project experts, within the following time frame and payment schedule:
February 2016 (30% of payment):
May 2016 (50% of payment):
December 2016 (20 % of payment):
The assignment will require travel in the region, upon request by UNDP (to be covered separately). The consultant will travel for the press conferences in Ukraine (Odessa) and Georgia (Batumi).
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants:
Only those candidates, who will receive at least 70 % of technical points based on the P11 desk review will be invited for the interviews. Candidates who obtained at least 70% of points in each of the steps of the process will be considered for financial proposal evaluation.
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.
The application should contain:
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). Travel costs for missions will be covered separately according to UNDP rules and regulations.
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.