Call for Applications: African and Adjacent Island States Oceans Decade Working Group

Deadline: 25 Aug 22

Following the launch of the Oceans Decade Roadmap for Africa, a new call for applications is open for members of the Oceans Decade Working Group from African and Adjacent Island States. Be part of a multi-stakeholder body responsible for overseeing and promoting the implementation of the Africa Roadmap in the region.

The Ocean Decade Roadmap for Africa, unveiled at the African Conference on Setting Priorities and Developing Partnerships for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (10-12 May 2022), provides an ambitious vision and a solid plan for diverse stakeholders to come together around a set of priorities to implement the Ocean Decade at the African continental level and in adjacent island states.

Building on this momentum, a new working group is being set up to engage various African partners in the Decade of the Oceans.

Areas of intervention

Their skills and expertise must cover at least one of the following areas:

  • intergovernmental processes and coordination;
  • Ocean aspects of sustainable development;
  • Ocean sciences (natural/social dimensions);
  • Science-policy/decision/end-user interface and engagement;
  • Ocean Economy / finance / partnerships;
  • Innovation / technology / infrastructure development;
  • Capacity development, training and transfer of marine technologies, education, communications and awareness; and or
  • Mobilization of resources and development of large-scale multi/interdisciplinary international programmes/projects.
  • The mandate of the African and Adjacent Island States Oceans Decade Working Group is to oversee and promote the implementation of the Roadmap for Africa and the enabling environment necessary for its success. This will help ensure that ownership of the Ocean Decade Roadmap for Africa is systematically reconfirmed and strengthened among African nations, research institutes, NGOs, industry and philanthropic partners, and regional organizations and organizations. indigenous.
  • The working group:
    • Provide strategic vision, direction and coordination of specific actions
    • Provide advice on measures and initiatives needed to create the enabling environment for translating Africa’s roadmap into co-designed actions for the Ocean Decade at multiple levels, resource mobilization, development new partnerships, from coordination to research and policy initiatives
    • Facilitate and provide support for the development of co-designed programmes, projects and initiatives to be submitted in response to calls for actions for the decade
    • Pursue socialization/communication on the Decade of Oceans in Africa and the African roadmap with existing networks, institutions, actors and stakeholders
    • Identify multi-sectoral/multi-stakeholder engagement and outreach activities to engage other regional stakeholders outside of the working group and raise awareness of the Ocean Decade. This will include specific mechanisms to engage priority groups, including indigenous and local knowledge holders, early career ocean professionals, port authorities and maritime services, business and industry or philanthropy.
    • Provide advice and support on the mobilization of financial and in-kind resources to support the implementation of the roadmap
    • Establish specific/thematic working groups as needed
  • The working group will include up to 15 expert members drawn from government, the private sector, philanthropy, civil society and the scientific community, plus five members representing regional organizations (United Nations agencies, regional intergovernmental organization and NGOs).
  • Expert Members will be selected for a two-year term with due consideration to expertise, geographical, generational and gender balance, and will serve on a voluntary and unpaid basis in their personal capacity.

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Lynn A. Saleh