Terms of reference for the recruitment of a consultant
The long-term global regulations of the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem
Prioritization of the transboundary problems, analysis of impacts and causes
This project is being developed by Plan Bleu, the Regional Activity Centre of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), established as an association under the French Law of 1901 in Marseilles with an office in Marseilles(https://planbleu.org/en/). MAP is one of the main components of the Regional Seas Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is endowed with a legal instrument: the Barcelona Convention and relies on six regional activity centres (the “RACs”) responsible in particular for promoting the implementation of the various protocols attached to the Convention. Plan Bleu is one of these six centres mandated by the twenty-one country Parties to the Barcelona Convention and the European Union (Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention). Plan Bleu acts as an observatory for the environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean, and conducts thematic, systemic and foresight analyses likely to enlighten the region’s stakeholders and decision-makers on environmental risks and sustainable development issues.
Plan Bleu will hire a consultant to carry out a study aiming at laying out the foundations of an analysis and assessment of the long-term global regulations problems facing the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem, covering prioritization of the transboundary problems, analysis of impacts and causes.
The study will be undertaken by identifying and prioritizing thelong-term global regulations problems facing the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem; gathering and interpreting information on the environmental impacts and socio-economic consequences; and analyzing the immediate, underlying, and root causes for each problem.
In full accordance with the GEF TDA methodology, the assessment will identify, quantify, and set priorities for environmental transboundary issues that are affecting the long-term global regulations of the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem. More specifically it will:
- Identify and prioritise environmental transboundary issues such as circulation patterns of water bodies, climate change impacts on the marine and coastal zone and interactions with physical and biological domains in the marine environment.
- Gather and interpret information on the environmental impacts and socio-economic consequences of each issue.
- Analyse the immediate, underlying, and root causes for each issue, and in particular identify specific practices, sources, locations, and human activity sectors from which environmental degradation arises or threatens to arise.
The results of this study will feed the updated TDA which will in turn provide a factual basis for expected follow-up activities towards formulation of the next Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Mediterranean that will (through strategic planning and negotiations) set priorities for the time horizon beyond 2025 to resolve the priority transboundary problems identified in the TDA.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of MED 2050 programme and overall guidance of the GEF MedProgramme Manager, the consultantwill be responsible for producing the following deliverables (in English only):
A Draft Report on transboundary problems facing the Mediterranean LME – Identification, baseline, impacts and root causes, including the following sections:
- The identification and qualification of transboundary problems facing the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem.
- A baseline on Mediterranean LME transboundary problems.
- The identificationand analysis of the environmental and socio-economic impacts related to Mediterranean LME transboundary problems.
- An analysis of the immediate, underlying and root causes of identified and prioritized Mediterranean LME transboundary problems.
3. Selection of the Consultant
The selection of the consultant will be based on the assessment of his/her competence in relation to the required qualifications described above, the technical offer and an evaluation of the most economically advantageous offer.
Candidates should provide references of previous work on similar subjects and relevant documents by email to the address below if these cannot be easily found online.
In addition, applicants should demonstrate their legal capacity to sign contracts and issue invoices according to the legislation of their country. To this end, they should also include the following documents in their tender:
For consultancy firms:
- Extract of KBIS less than 3 months for companies based in France.
- Documents proving registration as a company in their country, clearly indicating the tax number (for companies based out of France).
For individual consultants:
- Registration certificate in the directory of companies (for consultant based in France).
- Document attesting to the right to exercise this profession (certificate of registration, for example) according to the legislation in force in their country, clearly indicating the tax number (for consultants based out of France).
Qualified young professionals and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
The final selection of the candidate may require an interview. In this case, depending on the Covid pandemic situation, candidates will be offered the choice of participating in a face-to-face interview in Marseille (France) or by videoconference.
4. Procedure to respond to this call for tenders
Plan Bleu invites consultancy firms or individual consultants interested in this consultation to indicate their motivation by sending a response to this call for tender including: a letter of expression of interest, the CV of the expert(s), as well as a detailed financial and technical offerin response to these terms of reference.
Applications should be submitted no later than 20 May 2021 at 17:00 (GMT+1) on www.planbleu.org and by e-mail to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact:
Head of Programme MED 2050
E-mail : email@example.com