Consultancy: Preparation of background document for developing joint expert review process to monitor and assess the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity

Background

In its tenth meeting, the Conference of Parties requested the Executive Secretary to develop, in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC/UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC), the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), Ramsar Convention, Antarctic Treaty, the Arctic Council, and other relevant organizations and scientific groups, subject to the availability of financial resources, a series of joint expert review processes to monitor and assess the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity and widely disseminate the results of this assessment in order to raise awareness of Parties, other Governments and organizations, and also requested the Executive Secretary, given the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and ocean acidification, to transmit the results of these assessments to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In this regard, a consultant/consultants is/are to be hired by the SCBD, under the supervision of the Principal Officer of the division of Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters (STTM), to prepare a background document for developing a series of joint expert review processes to monitor and assess the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity and a draft policy brief on the results of this assessment.

Specific work to be carried out:

1. The consultant(s) shall prepare a background document for developing a series of joint expert review processes to monitor and assess the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity, including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Identification of existing monitoring and scientific assessment activities at global and regional levels on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity;
b. Assessing gaps in terms of its geographic, biological and ecological coverage, and barriers to effective transmission of the results of such monitoring and assessment activities to relevant policy making processes;
c. Providing a draft proposal for developing a joint expert review processes at global level by addressing the identified gaps and barriers.

2. The consultant(s) shall prepare a policy brief on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity, building upon CBD Technical Series 46 and any other existing policy briefs on the same subject and including the key findings and proposal from the work described in para 1.

3. In preparing the above-mentioned documents, the consultant(s) shall closely collaborate with the Secretariat in collecting, compiling, and analysing and synthesizing relevant information as well as structuring the format of the draft documents. The Secretariat will facilitate necessary collaboration with relevant organizations.

4. The consultant(s) is/are expected to attend the first joint expert review meeting to be convened by the Secretariat and serve as a resource person to the Secretariat by providing technical support to the preparation of the meeting report. Travel of the consultant(s) will be arranged separately outside of this contract.

5. The consultant(s) is/are expected to commence work immediately upon signing of the contract and to prepare the following products:

a. An extended outline for the background document including key sources of information, for submission to SCBD within 2 weeks of signing of the contract;
b. A first full draft of the background document for developing a series of joint expert review processes to monitor and assess the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity as well as a draft policy brief for submission to SCBD by 30 June 2011;
c. A revised full draft of the background document and a revised policy brief for submission to SCBD by 30 September 2011, taking into account peer-review comments;

Qualifications of the consultant:
The consultant(s) should hold an advanced university degree in marine biology or demonstrate a longterm work experience on the works of CBD on marine biodiversity. Any prior work experiences with CBD Secretariat on scientific synthesis of this subject will be considered as priority merit.

Duration:
The whole period of consultancy is 6 months.

Remuneration:
The remuneration for this contract is US$ 25,000, to be paid in three instalments: 30% (US$ 7,500) upon delivery and approval of the extended outline of the background document; 50% (US$ 12,500) after the submission and approval of the first full draft of the background document and a draft policy brief, and 20% (US$ 5,000) upon satisfactory completion of the consultancy. The total payment of US$ 25,000 is deemed to include all costs incurred in undertaking all the tasks outlined above.

All submissions should be made electronically to secretariat@cbd.int before 15 April 2011.


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