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Expert In International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Co

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Poste proposé : Expert In International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Co

Specific Work Context

  • As mentioned, the greatest and most immediate opportunity for Equatorial Guinea to advance the maritime economy is to leverage its ports and port facilities.  At present, Equatorial Guinea moves fewer containers per year than some of the nearby ports like Douala, Cameroon move per month.  Yet Equatorial Guinea has several features that could make it competitive with all the other ports of the region. In relation to space, Douala, Lagos, and other major ports of the region are saturated and have run out of space. On the other end Equatorial Guinea’s ports have immense space. This opens opportunities for both transshipment and storage, as well as an expansion of services including ship repair. In addition, contrary to most African ports that face a critical limitation in that their waters depth that is only about 12 meters deep, the waters in the port of Bata and Malabo are respectively 14.5 meters and 16 meters deep. This creates the possibility for much larger vessels to call in Equatorial Guinea and drop of cargo that is destined for other countries in the region – both coastal and landlocked.
  • The country can also count on existing transportation Infrastructure with road links that could transport cargo to neighboring countries quickly and smoothly, and in term of security Equatorial Guinea’s maritime domain is relatively safer than some neighboring states, which should make it more attractive for enhanced and diversified maritime traffic. A final asset is the strategic location of the country that can serve as a hub for the Gulf of Guinea and provide transshipment and port-related services to regional states – both coastal and landlocked. 
  • As one of the results of this latest mission, it was assessed that the biggest impediment to realizing the economic potential of Equatorial Guinea’s ports is currently the lack of certified compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.  The ISPS Code was developed in 2011 is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities to reduce the possibilities of terrorist attacks. 
  • In 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) identified 24 areas of non-compliance in Equatorial Guinea’s ports. Since then, Equatorial Guinea has taken on one of the most challenging of the issues and developed comprehensive legislation, only passed in June 2022. ISPS non-compliance is also one of the main reasons why freight costs are higher in Equatorial Guinea than other countries. Therefore, getting fully compliant with the ISPS Code will help attract shippers to Equatorial Guinea while also dropping freight costs.
  • The current strategy to pursue the diversification of Equatorial Guinea’s National Economy is based on two phases. The first phase will seek the most immediate opportunities and can be described as “Leveraging Existing Maritime Capacity and Infrastructure.” This portion is focused on working to maximize the revenue generation of the infrastructure that Equatorial Guinea has already developed, particularly its ports. That will require getting the ports to be compliant with the ISPS Code; efficient, effective management of the ports to optimize economic yield; and marketing to ensure the maritime industry is aware of the opportunities in Equatorial Guinea.  In addition to creating rapid increase in revenue, this will also help to create jobs, reduce economic inequalities, and set the stage for longer term structural economic transformation.  It will also serve as a signal that Equatorial Guinea is pursuing its maritime potential. In a second phase the focus will not just be on the maritime economy, but more broadly on the blue economy focusing on a series of opportunities already identified by the recent studies done and the outcomes of the mission. However, this will require a significant and genuine long-terms commitment to sustainable, inclusive and environmentally friendly maritime economic activity. 
  • It is within this context and more specifically for the successful implementation of the first phase of this strategy that UNDP is looking for an experienced international expert to support the country to achieve full compliance with the ISPS Code. As mentioned, ISPS compliance will be the key building block on which Equatorial Guinea can build the future of its blue economy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main objective of the work will be to guide and oversee the successful implementation of the IMO recommendations, so that to achieve full compliance with the ISPS Code and contribute to the country blue economy transition.
  • Summary of key functions/results expected:
  • Support planning and programming for the ISPS compliance;
  • Manage the implementation of the IMO and ISPS compliance roadmap and work-plan;
  • Provide technical support in the implementation of the recommendations identified;
  • Provide and/or coordinate relevant capacity enhancement activities. 

A. Support planning and programming for the ISPS compliance

  • Review and assess the 2018 IMO Report on ISPS Code Compliance and the recent assessment of ports legislation
  • Review and assess the existing security management systems and the technical security measures, both pre-planned and already existing
  • Identify a date by which the country can reasonably expect to be in compliance and establish clear benchmarks to that end;
  • Develop an operational security concept outline as basis for the ISPS compliance
  • Prepare a detailed annual workplan with detailed activities and costing;
  • Identify potential technical/constructional weak points of the ports;
  • Supporting ports / port facilities with the execution of Port Facility Security Assessments (PFSA) and the development of a tailor-made Port Facility Security Plans (PFSP);
  • Identify and anticipate risks and present solutions/contingencies
  • Identify quick wins through additional activities/reforms that could already be implemented in parallel and synergy with the compliance of ISPS code for smarter/greener port facilities.  

B. Manage the implementation of the IMO and ISPS compliance roadmap and work-plan

  • Monitor the implementation of IMO recommendations
  • Assist in the identification and retentions of consultants in ports management
  • Organize workshops/meetings as required to accelerate implementation of planned activities
  • Ensure compliance with the commitments made for the planned activities
  • Prepare monthly and by-weekly reports on the implemented activities
  • Regularly brief relevant stakeholders on developments, challenges and opportunities as they arise and requiring attention

C. Provide technical support in the implementation of the recommendations identified

  • Providing advice for Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO) in planning security duties
  • Provide technical input and conduct quality control of the planned activities
  • Provide close and regular technical backstopping as required
  • Support the recruitment of consultants (drafting of TORs, advertisement, screening, long and short listing, interviews, etc)
  • Advise of any deviation from the project plan

D. Provide and/or coordinate relevant capacity enhancement activities. 

  • Provide training to port and shipping operators to build technical capacity to maintain ISPS compliance and more broadly to deal with ISPS matters.
  • Develop training material for the newcomers to ensure long term sustainability of the results achieved
  • Conducting mandatory security training for PFSOs as well as other port personnel assigned with security-relevant duties
  • Share knowledge on the implemented activities and ISPS issues by documenting lessons learnt and best practices
  • Ensure technically empowerment of the core national team implementing the plan and maximize learning by doing
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Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent degree) in engineering, maritime economics and logistics, maritime law and management, statistics and related fields OR Bachelor’s degree with 9 years of relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of Master’s.


  • At least 7 years with master’s degree, or 9 years with bachelor’s degree, of professional experience in subjects related to socio-economic development work, with demonstrated research and substantive capacity to analyze critical blue/maritime development issues such as transport, logistics fisheries, security; economic transformation and diversification; international trade and regional/spatial/network integration among others.
  • Well proven analytical and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated abilities and contributions to policy and guideline formulation, resource mobilization, team leadership and management.
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS word, Excel, etc) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.

Desired Criteria:

  • Proven expertise in maritime security and law enforcement aspects, as well as maritime governance and legal requirements for blue economic development.
  • Familiarity with the Central African maritime space and regional context, such as the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) and the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (OMOC).
  • Experience in working with port and shipping authorities, in establishing inter-organizational networks and partnerships at both strategic and operational level.
  • Experience with UNDP or other United Nations agencies.
  • Experience in handling of web-based management system an asset.

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in Spanish and either French or English is essential.
Critères de l'annonce pour le poste : Expert In International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Co
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Transport, logistique
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Région :
Boké - Conakry - Faranah - Kankan - Kindia - Labé - Mamou - Nzérékoré
Niveau d'expérience :
Expérience entre 5 ans et 10 ans
Niveau d'études :
Bac+5 et plus
Nombre de poste(s) : 1
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