1 Context and objectives
The Mediterranean Sea Programme: Enhancing Environmental Security (MedProgramme) is a 43 million USD assortment of seven child projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with more than 100 coordinated actions at the regional and national levels in the 2021-2025 period. The MedProgramme aims to kick start the implementation of priority actions to reduce the major transboundary environmental stresses affecting the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas, while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. UNEP/MAP is its executing agency, and partners in execution include UNESCO/IHP, EIB, IUCN Med, GWP Med, WWF Mediterranean and the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centres Plan Bleu/RAC, PAP/RAC, SCP/RAC and SPA/RAC. Its ten beneficiary countries are Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia and Turkey. The MedProgramme is articulated around four components reflecting the priorities adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, namely:
- • Reduction of land-based pollution in priority coastal hotspots and measuring progress to impacts;
- • Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Resilience in the Coastal Zone;
- • Protecting Marine Biodiversity;
- • Knowledge Management and Programme Coordination.
2. Consultancy tasks and objectives
It builds on the MedPartnership and ClimVar & ICZM GEF projects, which enriched the knowledge on the Mediterranean environment and unravelled the implications of climate change and variability; strengthened countries’ mutual trust, cooperation and common purpose; consolidated the partnership among countries, UN bodies, civil society organizations, bilateral donors and the European Union (EU); and tested on the ground the feasibility and effectiveness of technical and policy instruments aimed at addressing major present and future threats to environmental sustainability and climate related impacts. The project notably resulted in climate risk assessments for Croatia and Tunisia.
This consultancy contract concerns the MedProgramme SCCF (Special Climate Change Fund) Project: Enhancing regional climate change adaptation in the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Areas, which Plan Bleu is contributing to in collaboration with other Executing Partners (PAP/RAC and GWP-Med).
Plan Bleu’s activities under SCCF Output 1.1. include the production of a “gender-sensitive climate risk assessment (coastal hotspots areas and based on a stakeholder-led process), which provides a platform for building coastal resilience to climate change in a sustainable and inclusive manner” in the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region (TTAH), Morocco. To this end, Plan Bleu is seeking to recruit a consultant to work in close collaboration with the Plan Bleu team and the other executing partners of the SCCF Project. Another consultant will be recruited by Plan Bleu to perform the same tasks in Kotor Bay, Montenegro.
This contract includes the following activities, which are further detailed in pdf attached.
- i) identifying and assessing existing climate risk assessments in Morocco, including gender assessments;
- ii) downscaling/updating/complementing existing assessments with relevant data (e.g., socio-economic and gender-related information focusing on the nexus of gender and climate change)
- iii) building stakeholders’ capacities to use climate risk assessments for development planning in coastal areas.
Additionally, one climate risk assessment workshop will be conducted in the priority coastal hotspot area. Stakeholders invited to participate in the workshop will represent the main social and economic sectors in the targeted coastal zone, including national and local decision makers. Plan Bleu will ensure that gender issues are fully integrated in the workshop design, that women are adequately represented in the stakeholder groups, and that the climate risk assessment duly considers gender gaps, specifically women and men’s differentiated needs, priorities and preferences as pertaining to climate risks. During the workshop, stakeholders will be able to identify the geographical areas and social issues or economic activities in TTAH most exposed to climate change impacts/risks.
The TTAH Climate Risk Assessment will support other activities of the Medprogramme SCCF Project:
1. A workshop on adaptation interventions in coastal areas to be held in TTAH, using Plan Bleu’s Climagine methodology1.
2. Sub-regional consultations for International Finance Institutions and the banking, insurance, private sectors in low-lying coastal areas concerning the financing possibilities of the adaptation priorities identified in the SCCF project (including the climate risk assessment), and the institutional support needed for the enhanced use of gender-sensitive coastal climate risk assessments in investment decisions.
It will also closely support and encourage synergies with the Medprogramme Child Project 2.1. (“Mediterranean Coastal Zones: Water Security, Climate Resilience and Habitat Protection”), which will develop an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan in Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, led by PAP/RAC and supported by Plan Bleu’s Climagine methodology.
3 Work Assessment and Requirements
- • Excellent working knowledge of English in written and spoken form
- • Excellent knowledge of Arabic. Knowledge of French a plus.
- • University degree in environment or related fields
- • At least 10 years of professional experience, preferably on coastal and climate change issues
- • Prior relevant professional experience in the Mediterranean region, preferably Morocco
- • Prior professional experience in producing climate risk assessments, preferably in the Mediterranean (please provide examples of your work if possible)
- • Familiarity with and knowledge of Integrated Coastal Zone Management and climate change adaptation in the Mediterranean region, preferably with a focus on Morocco
- • Familiarity with and knowledge of the gender and climate nexus
In his/her application, the consultant should provide a preliminary description of the overarching approach/methodology that he/she intends to use for the production of the assessment.
Travel and accommodation costs related to this mission will be covered separately by Plan Bleu.
To apply, please send your documents (CV + Cover letter) before 25 august, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org