Current Vacancies

Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 30 March 2021 – 12 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-152446-J-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

This position is located in the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi Duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Secretariat for the Nairobi Convention.

Expected duration

One year, and may be subject to extension.

 

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Project Planning and Execution
    • Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned SAPPHIRE (Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms) project; directs subordinates in SAPPHIRE project implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with the relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
      • Prepares an annual work plan and budget on project implementation based on the approved project document and inception report; a procurement/implementation plan; a result-oriented technical progress report (narrative) which will track the progress on project implementation, the project’s contribution to the WIOSAP (Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities) project implementation, gender mainstreaming and Sustainable Development Goals, and monitor risks; and a financial report, for review and approval by Project Steering Committee;
      • Directs research related to SAPPHIRE project, evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources; Coordinate and monitor the activities described in the SAPPHIRE Work Plan and develop systems and processes necessary for the tracking, planning and execution of the project; Ensure high quality of the project outputs;
      • Coordinates policy development; reviews and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies.
      • Alerts the Executing Agency, Implementing Agency, and Steering Committee about emerging risks related to project implementation and proposes risk management/mitigation measures; Addresses and rectify issues raised by Executing Agency, Implementing Agency, and Steering Committee, with respect to project execution in a timely manner; Notify Project Steering Committee, UNDP, GEF and other donors in writing, through the Executing Agency, if there is need for modification to the agreed implementation plan and budget and seeks prior approval at appropriate levels;
      • Ensure project compliance with all relevant policies, regulations, procedures, and reporting requirements of the SAPPHIRE project; Ensure both mid-term review and terminal independent evaluation are conducted in a timely, efficient and effective manner;
      • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding and ensures preparation of related documents/reports, work plan, project budgets, etc.) including approval of all administrative and financial reports, external communications and travel requests, as well as the acquisition of equipment, goods and services;
      • Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
      • Keeps the Steering Committee informed of project development including through the organization of Steering Committee meetings; Acts as Secretary to the Steering Committee meetings.
  2. Preparation of Project-related Documents
    • Ensures the preparation of substantive, financial reports and written outputs e.g. background papers, analysis, project reports, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications etc.; Compiles the required reports; Prepare working documents for discussion at the meetings of task teams and working groups; Prepare the agenda and all technical background documentation in consultation with other partners, for Steering Committee meetings; Coordinate and oversee preparation of the substantive and operational reports from the project.
      • Make available to the project the cash and in-kind co-financing from the Donors and ensure that all pledged third-party co-financing materializes or undertake resource mobilization efforts to compensate for any shortfall in co-financing;
      • Present the quarterly Cash Advance Request, accompanied by the quarterly financial report, with substantiation for the GEF funds for the Project to the Executing Agency;
      • Ensure that all documents and reports to be tabled at a Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting are circulated at least two weeks prior to each PSC meeting in relevant languages to maximize the effectiveness of the PSC meeting;
  3. Staff Recruitment and Oversight
    •  Undertakes technical approval of candidates for consultancy contracts with local and international experts and supervision of their work; Prepare Terms of Reference for consultancy contracts and monitor their execution; Directly supervise the day to day work through a team consisting of professional, technical and administrative staff; and
      • Manages the Project Coordination Unit, its staff, budget, in line with UN Rules & Regulations, and conduct their performance appraisal;
  4. Project Coordination and Communication to partners
    •  Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentation etc.
      • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities; Organise and supervise expert meetings, interagency consultations and training workshops or seminars as required; Submits press releases, relevant news items, opinion pieces and interviews, publications and speeches that are directly related to the project to Executing Agency prior to their publication;
      • Supports the project midterm review/evaluation as an adaptive management tool and develops a management response to the review; Collaborates with the project terminal evaluation, and provide all information requested by the evaluation team
      • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries etc.
      • Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization on matter related to the SAPPHIRE project.
Posting Title: Marine Ecosystem Management & Ocean Governance Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 February 2021 – 02 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-150268-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract will be for a 12-month (one year) period

Purpose of the consultancy:

The SAPPHIRE Project is seeking a highly motivated national consultant to assist the Project Coordinator with the technical management of the project. The consultant will undertake various activities focusing on enhancing the ecosystem-based management of the resources of the WIO Large Marine Ecosystems, improved ocean governance in the WIO, and enhanced regional and national responses to threats such as oil spills.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Head of the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator of the SAPPHIRE Project, the consultant will be responsible for the following:
• Review demonstration project proposals from countries and partners participating in the SAPPHIRE project and draft small-scale funding agreements/Project Cooperation Agreements (SSFAs/PCAs) for review by the project coordinator.
• Work with the national Marine Ecosystem Diagnostic Analysis Coordinators to ensure delivery of the MEDA reports from each of the 9 participating countries.
• Work with partners to develop a background paper on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the WIO.
• Organize the technical components and write a report on a regional consultative meeting on ABNJ in the WIO region.
• In collaboration with partners assess the readiness for oil spill contingency planning by countries of the Nairobi Convention and work with Nairobi Convention Contracting parties in developing up-to-date contingency plans where necessary.
• Work with partners on the establishment of a regional oil spill response mechanism.
• Travel to the field to monitor progress in the implementation of demonstration projects and prepare reports as required.
• Work with partners in the preparation of a regional Ocean Governance Strategy with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the Nairobi Convention area.
• Organise the technical components and write a report on a regional consultative meeting on Ocean Governance in the WIO region.
Posting Title: Consultant: Science Policy Interface
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 February 2021 – 08 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-150277-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract duration will be six (6) months.

Purpose of the consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy will be to provide policy and governance analysis of the technical briefs/papers submitted by the science to policy stakeholders to ensure they are well designed, are of high standard, fully capture input by the institutions responsible, and clearly link scientific evidence to policy-making. The review, analysis will lead to an update of policy documents as inputs in preparation of the tenth Conference of Parties (COP 10) to the Nairobi Convention.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Head, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, and the direct supervision of the Project Manager- EU funded project, the consultant will be responsible for the following:
• Review the technical briefs/papers submitted by stakeholders to ensure they are well designed, are of high standard, fully documents input by the institutions responsible, and clearly link scientific evidence to policymaking.
• Provide substantive input to ensure the technical briefs/papers have an increased consistency of selection and use of indicators and reference points to guide the interpretation of status and trends.
• Identify and highlight elements of technical papers that integrate ecosystem assessments and can inform on the state of systems from ecosystem, social and economic aspects.
• Review the extent to which technical papers submitted provide effective mechanisms for the efficient transfer of knowledge on the coastal and marine environment, and the effectiveness with which the scientific community uses them to communicate to policy advisers and decision makers.
• Identify potential inputs from indigenous and local knowledge, how this knowledge could be integrated into decision-making processes and management plans, and where improvements can be made with respect to future scientific assessments.
• Identify gaps in the interface of science and policy, including inputs and participation of the private sector.
• Facilitate a regional multi-stakeholder science-policy dialogue and follow-up on policy briefs on separate thematic studies emanating from the forum for further review by the Nairobi Convention focal points.
• Prepare a policy-oriented report linked to the implementation of the 2018 Decisions of the Ninth Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP9) and key lessons learnt at national and regional level.
• Prepare a succinct report on the implementation of the Work Programme of the Nairobi Convention and identify appropriate linkages with ongoing projects and pinpoint potential new projects to support implementation of the work programme.
• Compile inputs and draft potential decisions resulting from the science-policy forum, program of work implementation report, and other national inputs as recommended by policy makers at the 10th Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP10).

Posting Title: Consultant – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments in Selected Coastal Communities in Kenya
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 January 2021 – 26 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-148683-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract will be for a 3 months duration from commencement of the contract

Purpose of the consultancy:

Assessing the vulnerability of communities to climate change is essential, particularly those that are highly dependent on coastal and marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Specifically, socio-ecological vulnerability assessments are efficient tools for informing climate change adaptation strategies for communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems. These assessments involve describing the intensity of threats and identifying potential impacts, relative to the capacity of the interacting human and ecological systems to cope with such threats. It can also help identify the communities that are most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts, and help in crafting adaptation plans to help lift those communities that will be severely affected to a state of enhanced resilience. Given this need and urgency, the Nairobi Convention will undertake climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVA) for representative communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems in four countries i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Nairobi Convention has recently commissioned the development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVA) toolkit, which requires pilot testing. The terms of this consultancy are to help support the pilot test of the CCVA toolkit in the selected Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries. More specifically, this consultancy will mainly involve gathering and analyzing of social and economic data relevant to the CCVA of local communities dependent on major coastal ecosystems i.e. mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds, and other marine resources, such as artisanal fisheries, and developing knowledge management products, identify specific adaptation technology needs, based on existing science and national plans and with a focus on the needs of coastal communities, including mapping of risks and possible responses to extreme climatic events, identify potential networks for the sharing of information on successful adaptation, for management and policy decision making. It will provide for the definition and inclusion of coastal and marine adaptation options in climate change policies at national level depending on country context, and contribute to the enhancement of critical habitats conservation and sustainable marine conservation networks explicitly supporting the social and economic sustainability of coastal communities.

The CCVAs will involve quantifying the exposure dimensions at the ecosystem level, and the sensitivity and the adaptive capacity of both the social and ecological systems. This component of CCVA focuses on the social adaptive capacity and sensitivity dimensions applied to selected local communities in Kenya covering the sites of Gazi, Vanga, Mida and Faza in Lamu. Furthermore, communities will be chosen based on social and ecological characteristics that are common across the region. Examples of these social characteristics include poor communities with few opportunities besides resource extraction and relatively wealthy communities with diverse options for subsistence. Each community would also have access to a diversity of ecosystems, with varying states of ecosystem health, which could provide them with different kinds of opportunities. This study will require participation and inputs from local partners and representatives in the WIO, which could also facilitate capacity building of the said participants. It is expected that these assessments will yield critical information on the adaptive capacity of the selected communities, opportunities to enhance their resilience, and key management and policy implications to inform decision making within the context of climate change adaptation. The assessment will provide information necessary to raise and promote awareness around climate change adaptation through networks, partnerships, knowledge products and knowledge sharing events, and platforms in the WIO region. Technical support in field designs and eventual data analysis and interpretation will be availed to the Consultant by the lead Institution i.e. KMFRI and Macquarie University, Australia.

Posting Title: Legal Expert:  Amendment of Protocol Concerning Protected Areas and Wild Fauna & Flora for the Eastern African Region
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 29 January 2021-7 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21–UNEP-148415-C-NAIROBI
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract will be for a 8 months duration from commencement of the contract

Purpose of the consultancy:

The purpose of the consultancy is the preparation of a report on the text of the Protocol concerning protected areas and wild fauna and flora of the Eastern African region by:

i. elaborating the justification for amendments to the protocol including the why and the how of amending specific articles;
ii. Reviewing latest scientific reports on the status of critical habitats, species, and ecosystems on the Western Indian Ocean as the basis for proposed amendments of the Protocol and its annexes. These include the Marine Protected Areas Outlook, Critical Habitats Outlook, Sharks and Rays Review Report, among others;
iii. highlighting specific articles for review, updating or amendment in line with global instruments including CITES, CBD, CMS and ongoing discussions on protected areas, wild fauna and wild flora, Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, CBD post 2020 processes, the Paris Agreement,  African Union Agenda 2063, including biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction;
iv. reviewing and amending the listing in the annexes of the Protocol, based on scientific rationale and including alien species category;
v. revamping the protocol to a practical and modern instrument (i.e. include aspects such as use of species as indicators of ecosystem health, use of management options, ecosystem-based management etc.).

Posting Title: Consultant – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments in Selected Coastal Communities in Mozambique
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 January 2021 – 26 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-148406-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract will be for a 3 months duration from commencement of the contract

Purpose of the consultancy:

Assessing the vulnerability of communities to climate change is essential, particularly those that are highly dependent on coastal and marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Specifically, socio-ecological vulnerability assessments are efficient tools for informing climate change adaptation strategies for communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems. These assessments involve describing the intensity of threats and identifying potential impacts, relative to the capacity of the interacting human and ecological systems to cope with such threats. It can also help identify the communities that are most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts, and help in crafting adaptation plans to help lift those communities that will be severely affected to a state of enhanced resilience. Given this need and urgency, the Nairobi Convention will undertake climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVA) for representative communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems in four countries i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Nairobi Convention has recently commissioned the development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVA) toolkit, which requires pilot testing. The terms of this consultancy are to help support the pilot test of the CCVA toolkit in the selected Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries. More specifically, this consultancy will mainly involve gathering and analyzing of social and economic data relevant to the CCVA of local communities dependent on major coastal ecosystems i.e. mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds, and other marine resources, such as artisanal fisheries, and developing knowledge management products, identify specific adaptation technology needs, based on existing science and national plans and with a focus on the needs of coastal communities, including mapping of risks and possible responses to extreme climatic events, identify potential networks for the sharing of information on successful adaptation, for management and policy decision making. It will provide for the definition and inclusion of coastal and marine adaptation options in climate change policies at national level depending on country context, and contribute to the enhancement of critical habitats conservation and sustainable marine conservation networks explicitly supporting the social and economic sustainability of coastal communities.

The CCVAs will involve quantifying the exposure dimensions at the ecosystem level, and the sensitivity and the adaptive capacity of both the social and ecological systems. This component of CCVA focuses on the social adaptive capacity and sensitivity dimensions applied to selected local communities in Mozambique. Furthermore, communities will be chosen based on social and ecological characteristics that are common across the region. Examples of these social characteristics include poor communities with few opportunities besides resource extraction and relatively wealthy communities with diverse options for subsistence. Each community would also have access to a diversity of ecosystems, with varying states of ecosystem health, which could provide them with different kinds of opportunities. This study will require participation and inputs from local partners and representatives in the WIO, which could also facilitate capacity building of the said participants. It is expected that these assessments will yield critical information on the adaptive capacity of the selected communities, opportunities to enhance their resilience, and key management and policy implications to inform decision making within the context of climate change adaptation. The assessment will provide information necessary to raise and promote awareness around climate change adaptation through networks, partnerships, knowledge products and knowledge sharing events, and platforms in the WIO region. Technical support in field designs and eventual data analysis and interpretation will be availed to the Consultant by the lead Institution i.e. UEM and Macquarie University, Australia. The assessments will cover the following sites in Mozambique: Maputo Bay including Inhaca, Inhambane Bay, Limpopo estuary and Xai-Xai beach landscape. The proposed assessments will be conducted in four countries in the region i.e. Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar to complement recent ecological piloting of the regional CCVA Toolkit in the same countries as part implementation of the Climate Change Strategy for the Convention.

Posting Title: Consultant – Socio-economic Assessments on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments in Selected Coastal Communities in Tanzania
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 January 2021 – 26 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-148409-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract will be for a 3 months duration from commencement of the contract

Purpose of the consultancy:

Assessing the vulnerability of communities to climate change is essential, particularly those that are highly dependent on coastal and marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Specifically, socio-ecological vulnerability assessments are efficient tools for informing climate change adaptation strategies for communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems. These assessments involve describing the intensity of threats and identifying potential impacts, relative to the capacity of the interacting human and ecological systems to cope with such threats. It can also help identify the communities that are most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts, and help in crafting adaptation plans to help lift those communities that will be severely affected to a state of enhanced resilience. Given this need and urgency, the Nairobi Convention will undertake climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVA) for representative communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems in four countries i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Nairobi Convention has recently commissioned the development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVA) toolkit, which requires pilot testing. The terms of this consultancy are to help support the pilot test of the CCVA toolkit in the selected Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries. More specifically, this consultancy will mainly involve gathering and analyzing of social and economic data relevant to the CCVA of local communities dependent on major coastal ecosystems i.e. mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds, and other marine resources, such as artisanal fisheries, and developing knowledge management products, identify specific adaptation technology needs, based on existing science and national plans and with a focus on the needs of coastal communities, including mapping of risks and possible responses to extreme climatic events, identify potential networks for the sharing of information on successful adaptation, for management and policy decision making. It will provide for the definition and inclusion of coastal and marine adaptation options in climate change policies at national level depending on country context, and contribute to the enhancement of critical habitats conservation and sustainable marine conservation networks explicitly supporting the social and economic sustainability of coastal communities.

The CCVAs will involve quantifying the exposure dimensions at the ecosystem level, and the sensitivity and the adaptive capacity of both the social and ecological systems. This component of CCVA focuses on the social adaptive capacity and sensitivity dimensions applied to selected local communities in Tanzania. Furthermore, communities will be chosen based on social and ecological characteristics that are common across the region. Examples of these social characteristics include poor communities with few opportunities besides resource extraction e.g. rural communities of Rufiji Delta and Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary, with few opportunities besides resource extraction and relatively wealthy communities, e.g. peri-urban communities of Dar es Salaam and Tanga Cities with diverse options for subsistence. Each community would also have access to a diversity of ecosystems, with varying states of ecosystem health, which could provide them with different kinds of opportunities. This study will require participation and inputs from local partners and representatives in the WIO, which could also facilitate capacity building of the said participants. It is expected that these assessments will yield critical information on the adaptive capacity of the selected communities, opportunities to enhance their resilience, and key management and policy implications to inform decision making within the context of climate change adaptation. The assessment will provide information necessary to raise and promote awareness around climate change adaptation through networks, partnerships, knowledge products and knowledge sharing events, and platforms in the WIO region. Technical support in field designs and eventual data analysis and interpretation will be availed to the Consultant by the lead Institution i.e. UEM and Macquarie University, Australia. The proposed assessments will be conducted in four countries in the region i.e. Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar to complement recent ecological piloting of the regional CCVA Toolkit in the same countries as part implementation of the Climate Change Strategy for the Convention.

Posting Title: Consultant – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments in Selected Coastal Communities in Madagascar
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 January 2021 – 17 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-148404-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Expected duration

The contract will be for 3 months’ period, from the commencement of the contract.

Purpose of the consultancy:

Assessing the vulnerability of communities to climate change is essential, particularly those that are highly dependent on coastal and marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Specifically, socio-ecological vulnerability assessments are efficient tools for informing climate change adaptation strategies for communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems. These assessments involve describing the intensity of threats and identifying potential impacts, relative to the capacity of the interacting human and ecological systems to cope with such threats. It can also help identify the communities that are most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts, and help in crafting adaptation plans to help lift those communities that will be severely affected to a state of enhanced resilience. Given this need and urgency, the Nairobi Convention will undertake climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVA) for representative communities that depend on coastal and marine ecosystems in four countries i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Nairobi Convention has recently supported the development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVA) toolkit, which requires further pilot testing. The terms of this consultancy are to help support the pilot test of the CCVA toolkit in the selected Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries. More specifically, this consultancy will mainly involve gathering and analyzing of social and economic data relevant to the CCVA of local communities dependent on major coastal ecosystems i.e. mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds, and other marine resources, such as artisanal fisheries, and developing knowledge management products, identify specific adaptation technology needs, based on existing science and national plans and with a focus on the needs of coastal communities, including mapping of risks and possible responses to extreme climatic events, identify potential networks for the sharing of information on successful adaptation, for management and policy decision making. It will provide for the definition and inclusion of coastal and marine adaptation options in climate change policies at national level depending on country context, and contribute to the enhancement of critical habitats conservation and sustainable marine conservation networks explicitly supporting the social and economic sustainability of coastal communities.

The CCVAs will involve quantifying the exposure dimensions at the ecosystem level, and the sensitivity and the adaptive capacity of both the social and ecological systems. This component of CCVA focuses on the social adaptive capacity and sensitivity dimensions applied to selected local communities in Madagascar led by WWF-Madagascar. Furthermore, the communities will be chosen based on social and ecological characteristics that are common across the region. Examples of these social characteristics include poor communities with few opportunities besides resource extraction and relatively wealthy communities with diverse options for subsistence. Each community would also have access to a diversity of ecosystems, with varying states of ecosystem health, which could provide them with different kinds of opportunities. This study will require participation and inputs from local partners and representatives in the WIO, which could also facilitate capacity building of the said participants. It is expected that these assessments will yield critical information on the adaptive capacity of the selected communities, opportunities to enhance their resilience, and key management and policy implications to inform decision making within the context of climate change adaptation. The study will focus on the areas of: BATAN (Five Bays in the North West + Nosy Hara); Boeny (Bombetoka Bay or Mahajamba); Menabe (including Tsiribihina and Mangoky) and the Bay of Assassin (South West). The assessment will provide information necessary to raise and promote awareness around climate change adaptation through networks, partnerships, knowledge products and knowledge sharing events, and platforms in the WIO region. Technical support in field designs and eventual data analysis and interpretation will be availed to the Consultant by the lead Institution i.e. WWF-MD and Macquarie University, Australia. The proposed assessments will be conducted in four countries in the region i.e. Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar to complement recent ecological piloting of the regional CCVA Toolkit in the same countries as part implementation of the Climate Change Strategy for the Convention.

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