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Tracking and Reporting SDG indicators for Marine Pollution


In 2015, World Leaders agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given that the goals have been in existence for around seven years, some measurable progress must have been made. Among the SDGs are some indicators to track progress in addressing the world challenge of pollution of the marine environment through plastics, nutrients, wastewater and other pollutants.

To tackle the world challenge of pollution and waste, GRID-Arendal supports global policy development through the UN frameworks, including the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. GRID-Arendal contributes to UNEA and to expert working groups on waste and marine litter and develops products to inform international policy-makers. Marine plastic pollution, circular economy, waste management, waste trade, and sanitation and wastewater are topics that GRID-Arendal is interested in for purposes of research and communication services.

GRID-Arendal also supports developing countries with capacity building and research on the impact of waste and marine litter, their sources and pathways. Our staff are developing technical research and communication tools and expertise to address waste and marine litter, including the leakage of plastic waste into the environment. We work closely with the Regional Seas Conventions and other UN agencies to find regional and global solutions to tackle the issue of waste and marine pollution.

Our global efforts to address the challenge of plastic pollution are emboldened by the recent unanimous agreement by world leaders to develop a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution through the UNEA resolution End Plastic Pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument.

GRID-Arendal (www.grida.no) is a Norwegian non for-profit foundation that specializes in complex environmental issues. Its mission is to support environmentally sustainable development by communicating information that strengthens environmental management capacity and motivates decision-makers to act. Among other tasks, we seek to trace and report progress on key marine pollution indicators under the SDGs.

Main Activities

The outcome of this task is an online product which will present Africa’s progress in reporting marine pollution. The online product will be updated regularly, and must use indicators that are comparable across countries in Africa and the rest of the world.

Objectives are to:

· Identify and define key SDG indicators, and to use the same in preparing an overview of the “state of SDG reporting for marine pollution in Africa”;

· Draw from world examples best practices for SDG tracking and reporting, and apply these to tracking and reporting marine pollution in Africa;

· Create and develop an online tool that has both reporting and visualisation capabilities, and can be updated;

· Hand over the online tool to GRID-Arendal with clear instructions for maintenance and updates.


1. An overview report based on literature review.

2. An online tool for marine pollution SDG tracking and reporting, with text and visual details on progress to date.

3. A manual on the technical specifications for maintenance and updates of the web tool.

Required qualifications:

· Capacity to undertake and interpret research, and to carry out environmental assessments and reporting, including:

i. Good understanding of SDGs and the marine plastic pollution problem, as well as current global research into SDG tracking and reporting.

ii. Capacity to mobilise sufficient, appropriately qualified personnel to lead and undertake the tasks as described in this expression of interest.

iii. Experience in research and reporting on all forms of marine pollution, including pollution from plastic waste, nutrients, wastewater.

· Technical skills in:

i. GIS and mapping

ii. Cartography

iii. Website development and web publishing

· Track record of working in low- or middle-income countries, especially those in Africa

Duration: June 2022 – December 2022.

Budget: The total cost of the assignment is not expected to exceed NOK350,000 including taxes

Award criteria:

Environmental assessment and reporting: 20

Marine plastic pollution knowledge: 20

GIS, mapping and cartography: 20

Website development: 20

Innovation: 10

Budget: 10

Type: Independent consultancy contract / Service providing contract

Requirements for submitting an Expression of Interest should include the following:

1. Detailed project proposal and financial offer based on daily rates (incl. VAT) for the contractual period.

2. Application should include a cover letter (1-page max) and curriculum vitae (including contact details of at least 2 referees for which similar work has been undertaken) of implementing staff.

3. Implementation time line.

Consultants will be selected based on demonstrated expertise and cost.

Please send your application by email to procurements@grida.no and mark in the subject: EOI Secrets to Success: Maximizing the effectiveness of a treaty on plastic pollution.

Deadline for application: 20th June, 2022

For more information, please contact the Head of Programme Waste and Marine Litter, Clever Mafuta, by email: clever.mafuta@grida.no

Type: Expression of Interest

Position type: Permanent

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