Result of the service

A functioning data and information system supported by data collection and gap filling, enhanced knowledge management systems and exchange mechanisms that support management, governance and awareness in the western Indian Ocean



Expected duration

The contract will be carried out for a total of 6 months from the date the contract is signed.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational attitude

The Nairobi Convention within UNEP is a partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector working towards a prosperous region of the western Indian Ocean with healthy rivers, coasts and oceans. It pursues this vision by providing a mechanism for regional cooperation, coordination and joint action; it enables the parties to draw on resources and expertise from a wide range of stakeholders and interest groups; thus helping to resolve the interrelated problems of the region’s coastal and marine environment. The Nairobi Convention, which was signed for the first time in 1985 and entered into force in 1996, is part of the Regional Seas Program of UNEP. The program aims to address the increasing degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment. It does this by engaging countries that share the western Indian Ocean in measures to protect their common marine environment. The parties to the Convention (Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa) to the Convention are part of more than 143 countries participating in 18 regional sea initiatives. The work program is a partnership program based on the priorities of the Western Indian Ocean countries, partner programs and links between different environmental issues: socio-economic development issues and science and policy. The Nairobi Convention work program is funded by governments, through the East African Trust Fund and by partners / donors. The Secretariat has been encouraged to promote cooperation and communication between the Parties and civil society, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, local governments and local authorities in carrying out the work of the program through Decision CP8 / 13 on Improving Cooperation, Collaboration and Support with Partners Nairobi Convention for Impact and Commitment to take advantage of synergies and collaboration.

The project

The Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Coastal and Marine Environment of the Western Indian Ocean of the UN Environment and the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) of the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa are setting up a joint partnership project to promote responsible Maritime Policy and Fisheries
Management for Sustainable Blue Growth in the West Indian Ocean region. A joint project between the two organizations is financed by the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and strengthens the cooperation between SWIOFC and the Nairobi Convention.

The Nairobi Convention requires a suitably qualified web design, development and database management consultant to support the maintenance and administration of the Clearinghouse Mechanism (CHM) of the Nairobi Convention to ensure that the online platforms and website have the required backend structure and have relevant contextualized data and knowledge to support the partnership project Component 1 Activity 1.4.5 to support knowledge, analysis and networking for information sharing on successful adaptation through networks, partnerships, knowledge products and knowledge sharing events. The consultant will also contribute to the Nairobi Convention project websites and integrate convention partner projects. The advisor will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Nairobi Convention Secretariat.

The consultant must take on the following specific tasks:

1. Perform a production readiness audit of dashboard applications developed by partners such as: B. CEDARE, WIOSymphony, Conservation International Ocean Health Hub and projects of the Nairobi Convention, e.g. B. WIOSAP project, SAPPHIRE project, Nairobi Convention – SWIOFC partnership project, ACP-MEAs project. Test with additional data, new functions and improvements and integrate them into the clearing house of the Nairobi Convention and ensure a smooth organization.
2. Support the development of web mapping services from data available in the Nairobi clearinghouse and from national data centers and partners; Migrate data, maps, web content, and other visualizations as developed by partners; Test all mapping services and correct common errors if necessary.
3. Improve the Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse dashboard
a. Enable the use of performance interfaces (APIs) and their integration to enable the dashboard to be embedded in other software products.
b. Enrich the data dashboard with additional web mapping products to provide an interactive central dashboard; Enable real-time analyzes (measuring, analyzing, monitoring and extracting a wealth of visual insights from relevant data sets in several central subject areas).
c. In the dashboard, allow and activate the use of a standardized and expandable collection of data schemas (entities, attributes and relationships).
d. Enable the collection of data from online portals and the data connection from various sources and formats, e.g. B. Excel, Access, Adobe Analytics, SQL Server, Azure, Github, Google Analytics, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Salesforce, Teradata, CSV, PDF, Cloud, local data etc. to enable integration and visualization on the dashboard.
e. Improve artificial intelligence, especially in the dashboard, so that users can access image recognition and text analysis.
f.Customize the Nairobi Convention website, web mapping services and dashboard to run on multiple browsers and mobile apps
4. Perform troubleshooting, performance tuning, and general system maintenance to ensure that the Nairobi Convention website, GIS geospatial databases, web mapping services, and dashboard are functioning optimally and responsive on all available platforms.
a. Update software requirements to ensure the websites are responsive and search engine optimized (SEO) based on the dashboard and other visualization tools provided.
b. Work with designated Nairobi Convention personnel to provide institutional knowledge of the operation and maintenance of the Nairobi Convention clearinghouse and all of its functions.

Qualifications / special skills

Academic qualification
A degree in computer science, information technology, website design and programming, or a related field is required

A minimum of 7 years of professional experience implementing interactive web-based database applications to support dynamic content updates is required. Experience in relevant programming, image editing tools and web tools such as HTML / XML / ASP / ASP.NET / CSS coding, Drupal, Adobe Designer, Adobe Photoshop and ArcGIS is required. Experience in enabling metadata interoperability standards for spatial and non-spatial data is desirable.

English and French are the working languages ​​of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this position

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