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Expression of Interest Consultancy vacancy – Developing and Implementing Capacity Development activities for the Blue Solutions and Mami Wata projects

The purpose of this call for expressions of interest is to provide GRID-Arendal (www.grida.no) with extra support needed to conduct capacity development activities, mostly training workshops for the MAMI WATA project.

BLUE SOLUTIONS is a partnership project implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in partnership with the Norwegian foundation GRID-Arendal, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Marine Ecosystems Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
 
The MAMI WATA project is a collaborative effort of GRID-Arendal and the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention. It aims to strengthen national and regional action to capture the value of marine and coastal ecosystems through a dual approach, developing capacity through training and applying State of Marine Environment Assessments (SoME), UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Ecologically and Biologically Significant marine Areas (EBSA) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), in a framework for Integrated Ocean Management.
 
Both projects develop and conduct capacity development activities, mostly training workshops. Previous topics included integrating ecosystem services into marine and coastal planning, climate change adaptation in coastal and marine areas and to Blue Planning in Practice (see https://bluesolutions.info/capacity-development/ for more detail), while future additional topics include the description of EBSAs and SoME Assessments.
 
In order to enhance the reach of these trainings, and to make the organisation of these trainings more efficient, GRID-Arendal is seeking a consultant for the review and adaptation, as well as implementation of training workshops, including to train future trainers.
 
Activities are expected to take place in the course of 2017 and 2018, in collaboration with GRID- Arendal and other Blue Solutions partners. The consultant is expected to travel to developing countries. The total amount of workdays expected is approximately 50 days.
 
The consultant will be selected based on demonstrated experience, expertise and cost.
 
Selection Criteria
 
The consultant should have:
  •  A master’s degree or better in Environmental studies or other related studies
  •  Proven experience in designing and facilitating training events and workshops
  •  Strong analytical and conceptual skills
  •  Excellent organisational and communication skills
  •  Highly proficient in both spoken and written English
  •  Proven international experience, in particular working in Developing Countries
  •  The ability to use visual facilitation (i.e. visual storytelling and visual meeting facilitation)
  •  The ability to thrive in a team environment, and to meet critical deadlines
Consultants will be selected based on a mixture of skills and cost.
 
Duration: Around 50 days during the next two years (until end 2018)
Starting date: 01 March 2017
Ending date: 31 December 2018
Type: Independent Consultancy Contract
 
Application
Expressions of interest should include the following:
  •  Brief covering letter, including relevant experience and any information about availability
  •  CV (including contact details of at least 2 referees for which similar work has been undertaken)
  •  Costs (in USD): The consultant should identify their daily rate (which would be valid for any assignment entered into within the next 24 months)
Consultants replying to this Expression of Interest should send applications to: hr@grida.no and mark in the subject "Expression of Interest – Developing and Implementing Capacity Development Workshops for the Blue Solutions Initiative” by close of business on 22 February 2017.
 
For more info, please contact: Christian Neumann, Christian.Neumann@grida.no, Programme Leader, Ecosystems, Economy and Sustainable Development.
 
We thank you for your interest.

GRID-Arendal, a Norwegian foundation and Center collaborating with UNEP, is located in southern Norway. Established in 1989 by Norway’s Ministry of Environment, GRID-Arendal’s activities specifically support UNEP’s Programme of Work. GRID-Arendal’s mission is to provide environmental information, communications and capacity building services for information management and assessment. Together with its partners, GRID-Arendal’s core focus is to support decision-making processes aimed at securing a sustainable future.