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BBRSO121812: Rapid Assessment of National Blue Economy Strategies
|Location :||UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||31-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 months|
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.
To apply, interested persons should upload the combined* Technical Proposal/Methodology (if applicable), CV and Offeror’s Letter to “UNDP Jobs” by navigating to the link below and clicking “APPLY NOW”, no later than the date indicated on the “UNDP Jobs” website. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted**: -
UNDP Job Site – https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=95934 (cut and paste into browser address bar if the link does not work)
* PLEASE NOTE: The system allows the upload of one (1) document ONLY – if you are required to submit a Technical Proposal/Methodology, this document along with your CV/P11 and Offeror’s Letter, MUST be combined and uploaded as one.
NOTE: The Financial Proposal should not be uploaded to “UNDP Jobs” **.
**Please email the password-protected Financial Proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of your email must contain the following: “BBRSO##### Financial Proposal – Your Name”
If the password for your Financial Proposal is required, it will be requested by the Procurement Unit.
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to email@example.com within three (3) days of the publication of this notice, ensuring that the reference number above is included in the subject line. The UNDP Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean Procurement Unit will post the responses*** two (2) days later, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to: -
http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=73939 (cut and paste into browser address bar if the link does not work)
A detailed Procurement Notice, TOR, and all annexes can be found by clicking the above link.
*** UNDP shall endeavour to provide such responses to clarifications in an expeditious manner, but any delay in such response shall not cause an obligation on the part of UNDP to extend the submission date of the Proposals, unless UNDP deems that such an extension is justified and necessary
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to be highly vulnerable to shocks caused by natural disasters that are now exacerbated by Climate Change. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that between 1990 and 2014, the Caribbean lost between 1.8 - 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually as a result. Losses have exceeded 100% of GDP in many instances, as demonstrated in the cases of Hurricanes Ivan (Grenada, 2004), Matthew (Haiti, 2016); Irma (BVI, 2017), (Barbuda, 2017); Maria (Dominica, 2017).
Since the hurricanes of 2017, the ongoing recovery efforts have revealed some major challenges in the Region with the most critical being the imperative of building climate resilience through economic diversification and the use of innovative approaches that are apt for the region. In this regard, several Governments in the Region have initiated discussions on optimizing the potential of the “Blue” or Ocean economy.
The ocean covers more than 72% of the earth’s surface and is responsible for 80% of global trade, 32% of hydrocarbons extracted for energy needs and for both domestic and international tourism for almost 200 countries and overseas territories. The contribution of the ocean economy to global value added has recently been estimated, conservatively suggesting its contribution is in the order of US$1.5 trillion annually, or roughly 3% of global value added. Since Rio+20, the Blue Economy has been gaining momentum as coastal and island nations are looking at the ocean as the next frontier for economic development. An ocean-based approach to growth not only offers the marine and coastal resources, but a way to boost growth and tackle some of the key challenges related to the high unemployment, food security, poverty and resilience to climate change.
The emerging concept of the Blue Economy presents a promising development opportunity for Caribbean SIDS and the wider Caribbean. This approach is centered on the promotion of economic growth and diversification, social inclusion and securing coastal livelihoods while ensuring environmental sustainability of ocean and coastal areas.
An integrated Blue Economy approach can create a new vision in a way that both supports economic development and maintains healthy and productive oceans and is directly relevant to the achievement of many of the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An effective blue economy, supported by the protection and sustainable utilization of marine ecosystem services, should map across several of the SDGs including:
• Goal 2: Zero hunger through the critical role living marine resources play in food security;
• Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy through the contribution marine renewable sources play in energy security;
• Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth through the diversification and growth of marine-based economic sectors; and
• Goal 13: Climate Action through the implicit link between the oceans and climate change, and the adaptive measures countries can take to maintain ocean integrity and resilience.
• Goal 14: Life Below Water through identifying risks to the marine environment, especially to marine living resources, and proposing strategies that mitigate those risks; and
• Goal 16: Strong Institutions through establishing robust national marine regulators and incorporating participatory processes in decision-making about marine management issues.
Following national endorsement of the initial project concept, the SDG Joint Fund has approved the Joint Programme (JP) entitled “Harnessing Blue Economy Finance for SIDS Recovery and Sustainable Development” (short description Blue Economy Finance project) led by UNDP and co-implemented in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Using the Blue Economy as an integral driver for resilient economic recovery and growth in the Eastern Caribbean, the Joint Programme’s (JP) emphasis will be on the development of an enabling and supporting environment for financing the Blue Economy in Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, through different measures (1) the identification of policy and regulation gaps; (2) a methodology to identify key Blue Economy opportunities: and (3) the definition of specific financing mechanisms for Blue Economy initiatives to achieve resilient growth.
Through a multi-country approach, the Blue Finance project is expected to enable the governments of Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to accelerate resilient economic recovery and progress towards the implementation of the SDGs in support of national commitments within the Blue Economy. Specifically, the Blue Economy calls for the sustainable management of ocean resources to drive economic growth while promoting resilience, ensuring livelihoods while promoting gender equality and conserving ocean health. Therefore, a development strategy grounded in the Blue Economy principles will enable these beneficiary countries to promote the growth of existing productive sectors, expand into emerging blue industries, improve food security, and potentially reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels. The project aims to contribute to the acceleration of several SDGs and respective targets by building on specific interlinkages between them. The project will also promote the development of a regional Blue Economy approach to measurement of SDG 14. The Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) will promote the development of key sectors within the Blue Economy context. The specific targets that will be addressed are listed in the following table.
Most critical needs/gaps the project will focus on which should be considered for this assignment include:
In the context of this joint programme, UNDP is seeking the services of an individual consultant to undertake rapid assessments of national Blue Economy objectives and priorities in the context of national SDG strategies which will contribute to the definition of a completed diagnostic of the key policy, regulatory, institutional and capacity constraints related to the development and financing of Blue Economy projects in the context of national SDG strategies.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of this consultancy is to review existing national planning and development policies, programmes, institutions and interventions to quantify the potential contribution of these blue economy strategies to the achievement of national SDG targets. The exercise will help build a baseline and recommendations for blue wealth and productivity, policy and institutional frameworks, the constraints to developing a more productive blue economy, and assess the potential for generating greater value, creating better blue jobs, and improving climate resilience.
The consultancy will be undertaken noting any ongoing relevant activities/initiatives in the 3 participating countries but ensuring the analysis goes beyond these specific Blue Economy documents to include a broad range of national planning documents which will include elements related to the BE space such as, National Development Plans, NAPs/NAMAs, Fisheries Plans, National Energy Transition Plans, Waste Management Plans, Tourism Master Plans, etc. Examples of previous/ongoing activities and initiatives are as follows:
The assessment will consider the following economic sectors: (1) fisheries; (2) aquaculture (including maricultural); (3) desalination; (4) maritime transport, ports, and related services, shipping and ship building; (5) tourism; (6) coastal development; (7) ocean monitoring and surveillance; (8) waste disposal, including waste water and agricultural runoff; and (9) maritime protected areas.
This exercise is expected to assess and articulate key national priorities for the development of the Blue Economy, analyze and provide recommendations on existing plans, strategies and interventions for Blue Economy development and clearly define opportunities for development of new Blue Economy interventions. Furthermore, the assessment is expected to provide an analysis of how the BE does and could, in the future, contribute to the achievements of the SDGs in the 3 participating countries, including the definition of a strategy to measure SDG contributions.
The following critical activities will be undertaken by the consultant:
The consultant will be expected to liaise with representatives of FAO, UNEP/UNEP FI and UNDP on an as-needed basis, especially as it relates to the finalization of his/her deliverables and to ensure synergies with similar activities undertaken by these agencies are ensured. He/she will also be expected to interact and consult with relevant national stakeholders in (but not limited to) the priority sectors outlined above in each of the participating countries.
The consultant will report directly to the the Cluster Manager, Poverty and Governance Portfolio under the direction of the UNDP Resident Representative a.i., in consultation with other relevant participating UN Agencies.
Deliverables must be submitted in an easily editable/accessible format e.g. MS Word, Excel etc. and as agreed is necessary for the type of deliverable and method of distribution
The consultant may be asked to provide periodic briefs on the progress of work, any challenges being encountered, or risks foreseen, proposed or taken mitigation measures, and where UNDP/national support may be required.
The consultant must have their own office equipment including a reliable working laptop, running up to date software, and must submit deliverables using Microsoft applications no older than Windows 7.
 Priority sectors will be chosen from the following list and in consultation with the participating countries and UNDP: (1) desalination; (2) maritime transport, ports, and related services, shipping and ship building; (3) tourism; (4) coastal development; (5) ocean monitoring and surveillance; (6) waste disposal, including waste water and agricultural runoff; and (6) maritime protected areas.
7 - 10 years' qualifying experience relevant to the assignment as laid out in the evaluation section of these TORs.
Required Skills and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences, Marine Biology, Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, or related field and at least ten (10) years of qualifying experience or A Master’s degree in the same fields and seven (7) years of relevant experience