Posting Title: Sustainable Blue Economy Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 02 August 2021 – 16 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-160710-Consultant
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Result of Service
To review the scope and content of the Transition Framework from the perspective of its anticipated actual impacts on the countries and regions to move towards sustainable blue economy.
To review the process of developing this Transition Framework so that the ongoing initiatives and activities of UNEP in this field are appropriately linked with this Transition Framework.
To recommend the way forward for further development of the Transition Framework and its application.
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 consultant 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.
BACKGROUND: 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 SDGs. UNEP is committed to ensuring that sustainable and resilient oceans are a core priority on the global agenda (SDG 14) . UNEP also works towards other SDGs related to oceans, such as for example SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 6 on water and sanitation for all; sustainable and affordable energy (SDG 7); sustainable economic growth (SDG 8); sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) and climate resilience (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 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, Minamata Convention;
The 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
economies in transition
law of the sea
oceans and seas
regional development banks
water and sanitation
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 the 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 also develops supporting tools, such as blue natural capital accounting, sustainable blue economy financing and macroeconomic modelling, an integrated Knowledge Framework for SBE policy, and guidance on application of the Transition Framework as diagnostic tool to assess country baselines, options, readiness and financing for SBE policy implementation, which are to be used in the application of the prototype SBE Transition Framework and Implementation Guide. A consultant to be recruited will review the content of the Transition Framework from the perspective of its anticipated actual impacts on the countries and regions to move towards sustainable blue economy. The consultant will also review the process of developing this Transition Framework so that the ongoing initiatives and activities of UNEP in this field are appropriately linked with this Transition Framework.
The consultant 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. Review and provide recommendations on the scope and content of the prototype Transition Framework from the following perspectives:
Anticipated actual impacts that application of this Framework would bring about.
Scope of the Framework to support achievement of the environmental dimension of sustainable development;
Pathways of the countries or regions on their transitions to sustainable Blue Economy according to the prototype Transition Framework;
Use of the Transition Framework in comparison with the other existing guidance/manuals on blue economy (such as UNECA blue economy manual, etc.) outside UNEP;
Potential of partnership with external organisations and frameworks involved in sustainable blue economy, such as World Bank, regional development banks, OECD, etc.
Applicability of the prototype Transition Framework in responding to the countries’ needs for development and implementation of sustainable blue economy strategies/action plans and necessary capacity building support; and
Potential bring in additional investment by applying the Transition Framework.
2. Review of the process of developing the Transition Framework from the following perspectives:
Participation of different internal/external actors with different interests (environment, social and economic);
Functionality of the mechanisms of the development of the Framework; and
Coordination with the other ongoing and planned UNEP activities in relation to sustainable blue economy, which were identified in the inventory of UNEP blue economy activities.
3. Prepare a report of the review and recommendations encompassing the above two items; and
4. Present results in the UNEP Sustainable Blue Economy Coordination Group meetings and any other sustainable blue economy related meetings.
Please note that the reports to be prepared will be used solely for UNEP’s internal purposes and will not be published.
Academic Qualifications: Graduate degree in the field of environmental economics, financing, economic, environmental and/or social 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.
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