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Expression of Interest Consultancy Vacancy Project Coordinator GEF Project Addressing Marine Plastics - A Systemic Approach

Under the supervision and guidance of the Marine Litter Project Manager at GRID-Arendal ( and UN Environment Task Manager, the Project Coordinator (‘the Consultant’), with input from the three Executing Partners (Ocean Conservancy, Ellen McArthur Foundation and UN Environment’s Economy Division) will be responsible for the overall performance of the project and delivery of the outputs/products as outlined in the CEO endorsed project document.

Background and Objective:

The Project Coordinator with support from the three Executing Partners – Ocean Conservancy, Ellen McArthur Foundation and UN Environment’s Economy Division and the Project Coordination Unit at GRID-Arendal will ensure the successful implementation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded medium-sized project titled:

Addressing Marine Plastics – A systemic approach. 

The Project Coordinator reports directly to GRID-Arendals Project Manager. This project aims at capitalizing on a growing baseline of knowledge on marine plastics sources, pathways and environmental impacts to inform the GEF and the application of a systemic approach to global plastic issues.

Specific duties and responsibilities of the Consultant include the following:

  • Provide overall project stewardship and coordination with the support of the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) to the work of the Components 1, 2 and 3 with regard to the implementation of all activities specified in the Project Document and, ensure their timely completion
  • In close consultation with the execution partners, at the onset of the project, based on the approved project document, prepare an operational work plan and revised budget as well as a framework for the resulting programme to guide project execution
  • Supervise and coordinate the production and collection of project outputs from the different component leaders and ensure their cohesiveness
  • As appropriate, provide day-to-day technical inputs into project planning and implementation processes
  • Monitor the work of the Components 1, 2 and 3 and evaluate the quality of the outputs
  • As the need arises, call for meetings of the Project Steering Committee (made of Component leads and the Implementing Agency) to collectively review and take decisions on strategic project matters
  • Following the guidance of the Project Steering Committee (PSC), enact agreed decisions
  • Ensure adherence to the Implementing Agency's reporting requirements as specified in the Project Document, with the support of the PCU, prepare substantive project reports and review the final financial reports prepared in close collaboration with the component leads
  • In close consultation with all partners and executing partners, prepare the annual Project Implementation Reports (PIR) for transmission to the GEF
  • Ensure, as far as practical, full participation of partners, government agencies, GEF agencies and other relevant stakeholders in the project and prepare a strategy for strengthening partner and stakeholder participation
  • Facilitate finalization and distribution of the project outputs and other documents
  • Represent the Project at meetings organized by other organizations and programmes, when these are deemed relevant to and, or in support of the project
  • Assist the Evaluation and Oversight Unit as required in arrangements for the terminal evaluation


  • A post-graduate qualification in environmental management/science, engineering, business administration or economics
  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience, ideally in international development, on projects with a focus on marine pollution, marine plastics, circular economy, life cycle approach and/or international environmental policy
  • Proven ability to work with partners and the ability to plan, coordinate and manage complex programmes and projects in developing countries
  • Proven skills in project team leadership, coordinating multi-disciplinary team inputs, and managing programmes and resources in developing countries
  • Demonstrated GEF project and partnership management experience
  • Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations, in particular those of the GEF and UN Environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, both at a technical level and in the preparation of information for policy makers and wider civil society
  • Computer literacy
  • Full written and oral command of English required; knowledge of other UN languages is an asset


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 will be selected based on qualifications. Daily rate will be assessed in order to calculate availability of funds for the while contract period.

Consultants replying to this Expression of Interest should send applications to: and mark in the subject "Expression of Interest – Addressing Marine Plastics - A Systemic Approach” by close of business on 

17 January 2018.

For more info, please contact: Joan Fabres, Marine Litter Project Manager,

We thank you for your interest. 

Location: Remote

Type: Independent Consultancy Contract

Duration: 2 years

Starting date: 2018-02-01

Ending date: 2019-12-31

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