Project officer – Socio-economic analysis (fixed-term contract,18 months)


Socio economic analyses of measures to achieve Good Environmental Status of the Mediterranean

  • Home structure

The position is based at Plan Bleu, Regional Activity Center of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), established as an Association “Loi 1901”, in Marseille (France).

MAP is one of the main components of the Regional Seas Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Endowed with a political instrument: the Barcelona Convention, it relies on six regional activity centers (the RACs) in charge of favouring the implementation of the different protocols attached to the convention.

Plan Bleu’s mission is to protect the Mediterranean Basin by providing guidance for making informed decisions.

The five main activities are:

  • Observing environment and development to inform governments and the general public
  • Producing socioeconomic and environmental studies to enlighten decision-makers
  • Supporting and accompanying transition towards green and blue economies
  • Drawing up possible futures for sustainable development
  • Assisting the science-policy and civil society interface, notably regarding climate change impacts and responses

  • Context

In the framework of the European project of implementation support to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, entitled “SUPPORT COHERENT AND COORDINATED ASSESSMENT OF BIODIVERSITY AND MEASURES ACROSS MEDITERRANEAN FOR THE NEXT 6-YEAR CYCLE OF MSFD IMPLEMENTATION – ABIOMMED” (2021-2023), Plan Bleu is in charge of the activity 5 “socio economic analyses of measures”.


  • Purposes and missions
Responsability Missions / Contributions Deliverables
  • Monitoring and contributing to the ABIOMMED project implementation
  • Co-managing the ABIOMMED project’s activity 5 “socio economic analyses of measures”
  • Creation, implementation and monitoring of project management tools (agenda/schedule, …)
  • Applying socio economic analysis principles and tools to public policies concerning the marine and coastal environment (cost-efficiency, cost-benefit, multicriteria analysis)
  • Contributing to works relative to coastal and marine environment or concerning socioeconomic analyses
  • Contributing to data gathering and foresight analyses of sea and coast uses, the pressures they cause and their impacts on coastal and marine environment
  • Contributing to the development of new projects/ grant requests linked to socioeconomic analysis
  • Written contributions to Plan Bleu publications
  • Collaboration with ABIOMMED project partners
  • Potential contributions to Plan Bleu’s other projects (foresight, economic tools, Observatory, etc.)
  • Potential contributions to MAP publications
  • Project proposals/written grant requests
Organization / Animation
  • Organization and participation to project meetings (virtually and face-to-face)
  • Co-animation of the activity 5 working group of the ABIOMMED project
  • Coordination with ABIOMMED project partners
  • Synthesis of the discussions, conclusions and recommendations
  • Documents for preparing webinars and meetings
  • Meeting reports on ABIOMMED project monitoring
Representation /


  • Participation to Plan Bleu’s communication activities
  • Maintaining contacts with Plan Bleu’s partners
  • Creating new partnerships and contacts
  • Plan Bleu publications
  • Meetings, seminars
  • Interventions, presentations
  • Contributions to Plan Bleu’s website update


  • Responsibilities in terms of quality, security and environment

The post holder is responsible for respecting the applicable legal and regulatory dispositions and notably the internal operating procedures.

The post holder is also responsible for respecting security rules as stated in the internal policy.

In accordance with the values of the association, the post holder will perform his/her tasks with a permanent concern of respect of the environment.

  • Hierarchical links and contact persons

The project officer is placed under the authority of Plan Bleu’s Director.

The privileged interlocutors are:


– The Deputy Director, with whom the project officer will co-lead ABIOMMED project activity 5.

– The entire Plan Bleu team, and in particular the expert in charge of the Observatory and the Foresight expert.

Externally, his/her counterparts in national, regional and international organizations, science and institutional partners concerned by the missions.

  • Required skills for all Plan Bleu staff
    • Confirmed experience in project coordination (at least 3 years experience)
    • Ability to work in a team, in an international context
    • Organizational ability and capacity to synergize between projects
    • Analysis, synthesis and writing skills
    • Interest for environment and sustainable development issues
  • Required skills and experience
    • Graduate degree in environmental economics or any other field that includes a component on environmental economics, of Master’s level or equivalent
    • Experience in socio economic analysis related to the environment, ideally applied to marine and coastal ecosystems
    • A knowledge of MSFD as well as the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp), and/or Integrated Coastal and Marine Zone Management, and/or conservation of marine biodiversity would be an asset
    • Specialized tools:MS-Office software package, proficiency in Google workspace suite and Chromebook would be a plus
    • Languages: excellent command of English is essential both oral and written (ABIOMMED project is primarily implemented in English), proficiency in French is an asset
    • Proven writing skills


  • Recurring constraints of the position

Considering the regional character of Plan Bleu’s work, the position implies to travel to the countries around the Mediterranean.

The position is located in Marseille (France) – Tour la Marseillaise (2nd arrondissement).


  • Type of contract and starting date

The contract is a fixed-term contract for a period of 18 months.

The starting date is planned for January 2022.

  • Remuneration and benefits
    • The expected remuneration is between 33 000 € and 35 500 € per year, depending on the candidate’s experience.
    • End-of-year user premium (paid on a pro rata basis)
    • Complementary health insurance covered 100% by Plan Bleu
    • Luncheon vouchers
    • Travel allowances
    • Partial teleworking possible (2 days per week)
    • Reduction of working hours (RTT) (1 day per month)
    • Working space both pleasant and convivial

End of this job offer:12 December 2021.

Please send a CV and a cover letter via Plan Bleu’s website:,as well as to the following e-mails: and

Should you have any questions on the position, you can contact Lina Tode at the following email:

The selection process might include an interview (by videoconference if needed), and a pre-selection phase followed by requests for additional information when needed.

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