Mediterranean MPAs Data management officer

Website MedPAN MedPAN, the Mediterranean MPAs network

Network of Mediterranean MPAs

The MedPAN Network

The MedPAN network brings together the managers of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas and supports them in their management activities. The MedPAN network gathers to date more than 66 members, primarily MPA management institutions from the whole Mediterranean basin, and 41 partners willing to contribute to the creation and strengthening of the network. These actors manage more than 110 MPAs in 19 Mediterranean countries. The network exists since the 90s. It is now run by the MedPAN organisation, a permanent structure established in late 2008 with a Secretariat based in Marseille (France) that employs 7 employees.

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The MedPAN network’s mission is to promote the sustainability and operation of the network of MPAs in the Mediterranean. To achieve this, MedPAN has developed, through a partnership approach, 3 main strategic axes:

  1. Being a network for knowledge, information, anticipation and synthesis
  2. Reinforce the vitality of the network, interactivity between members and building their capacity for an effective management of MPAs
  3. Reinforce the MedPAN network’s sustainability, prominence, governance and resources

In addition to its own actions, the aim of MedPAN also consists in capitalising and spreading the experience gained by its partners.

The network contributes to achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2020 Aïchi targets), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 14), the Barcelona Convention, in particular its protocol relating to Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean, and other regional instruments. MedPAN also contributes to the implementation of related European policies (Habitats Directive, Marine Directive, Common Fisheries Policy, Maritime Policy…).

MedPAN works with a large partnership approach to develop its activities. This includes its members and partners, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations on a local, national, regional and international level. MedPAN developed strong collaborations in particular with the UNEP/MAP/SPA-RAC, IUCN-Mediterranean, WWF Mediterranean, Conservatoire du Littoral, Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative, GFCM, ACCOBAMS, the French Biodiversity Agency. MedPAN is also developing collaboration with other Regional MPA networks in the world such as RAMPAO in West Africa, CAMPAM in the Caribbean and NAMPAN in North America.

The MAPAMED database

MAPAMED is a GIS database on MPAs and other sites of interest for the conservation of the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea. It is run jointly by the MedPAN organisation and UNEP/MAP/SPA-RAC, and adopts a broad approach of marine conservation by recording a large variety of sites, including sites that are not (yet) protected but have somehow been recognised as ecologically important. MAPAMED particularly stores information on:

  • Nationally designated MPAs,
  • Natura 2000 sites at sea (European Union),
  • Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMIs, Barcelona Convention),
  • Ramsar sites (Ramsar Convention),
  • Biosphere reserves (UNESCO),
  • World Heritage sites (UNESCO),
  • Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs, IMO),
  • Fisheries Restricted Areas (FRAs, GFCM)
  • Cetacean Critical Habitats (CCH, ACCOBAMS),
  • Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs, CBD),

The general objective of the MAPAMED database is to provide users, either scientists, institutions, NGOs, decision-makers or the general public, with the best possible information on conservation areas at the Mediterranean scale.

More specifically, the database aims to:

  • Facilitate access to data about conservation areas in the Mediterranean sea by gathering and structuring data and providing free online access to these data,
  • Enable the assessment of the status and trends of the Mediterranean MPA system (Mediterranean MPA Status Report),
  • Promote Mediterranean MPAs by improving the visibility of these sites and providing information to the various stakeholders,
  •  Identify management issues at a supra-MPA scale by offering a general view of the MPA system.

The Mediterranean MPA Status Report

Once every 4 years, MedPAN, together with other partners, publishes the Mediterranean MPA Status Report. This report aims to assess the progress made towards Aichi target 11 to point out what remains to be done to reach this target, and to provide key players with concrete recommendations to achieve a coherent and effectively managed network of MPAs in the Mediterranean Sea.

More specifically, this reports attempts:

  • to provide readers with an overarching and integrated view of the current Mediterranean MPA system,
  • to assess the ecological coherence of the current Mediterranean MPA system,
  • to evaluate how much resources are put into managing these MPAs,
  • to identify where further development of the MPA system is needed and suggest ways forward to key players (decision makers, institutions, scientists, MPA managers, NGOs and to some extent the private sector).
  • Aside from these main objectives, this report is also a good opportunity to point out methodological issues and data gaps and to recommend improvements or new approaches for future assessments.
  • This report also provides food for thoughts on what needs to be done beyond the Aichi target.

The monitoring resource center

The monitoring resource center is intended to be an online platform which will provide MPA managers and scientists with a variety of tools (methodological guidelines, monitoring protocols, video tutorials, citizen science projects…) to help them conduct ecological and socio-economic monitoring activities in MPAs.

This platform will aim to:

  • Promote existing monitoring tools by sharing them online, thus avoiding duplication of efforts,
  • Propose new monitoring tools tailored to the needs of Mediterranean MPA managers,
  • Support MPA practitioners in the implementation of monitoring activities by facilitating the connection with experts.

This platform will be integrated with other services provided to MPA managers, such as experience-sharing workshops, exchange visits, training sessions and other management guidelines and tools. Altogether, these services are the cornerstone of the MedPAN capacity building strategy.

Job description

Under the supervision of the Scientific Manager, the tasks of the data management officer include:

  • Technical coordination of the GIS Mediterranean MPA database, MAPAMED (data collection and update, database technical specifications and evolution, data analysis…),
  • Technical contribution to the Mediterranean MPA Status report produced every 4 years, (spatial analysis, map production, data processing and analysis…)
  • Supervision of the monitoring resource center for MPA managers,
  • Supervision of the development of specific monitoring protocols useful for MPAs,
  • Collaboration with scientific and institutional partners,
  • Participation to technical meetings and conferences in the Mediterranean and at European or international levels,
  • Technical contribution to the MedPAN website.

Requested qualifications / Knowledge / Experience

  • Post-graduate in database/GIS management and related to environment sciences
  • At least 5 years’ experience in database and GIS management. Working experience in the Mediterranean would be an asset
  • Knowledge in marine conservation would be an asset
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English is required. A good knowledge of another Mediterranean language would be an asset.
  • Solid computer skills
  • Editorial and visual communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Personal qualities: ability to take initiative, ability to work in a team and a network, communication and interpersonal skills, adaptability, thoroughness.

Contract period and location

This is a full-time permanent contract with a trial period of 3 months (renewable for 3 months).

This position will be based at the MedPAN Organisation headquarters in Marseille, France. Travelling in Mediterranean countries will be required (and some travels outside the Mediterranean).

Gross annual salary: 31K€.  Based on the French national collective agreement of animation (Group F).

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in English to Marie Romani

Application deadline: 1 December 2017.


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