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Call for LIFE techincal evaluators
 

Call for LIFE technical evaluators


In line with Framework Contract EASME LIFE 2017/028 concluded between the European Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), Stantec and Agreco, independent technical experts are sought to evaluate proposals received under the LIFE Programme.

This call is open to experts of any nationality with a high level of professional expertise in any of the fields listed below. All technical experts should be fluent in English (at least C1 level in the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages) and in at least one other EU official language and have previous experience in assessing and/or managing EU projects. Skills to evaluate the business implications of Close to Market projects are an asset.

For LIFE Nature and Biodiversity:

  • General requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. natural sciences, biology, ecology etc.) and a proven professional experience in nature conservation in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union of at least 4 years, and;

    • Proven experience in evaluating or managing projects in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Nature and Biodiversity.

  • Specialisms in the following Nature thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Improvement of the conservation status of habitat types or species of Community Interest under the EU Birds and Habitats directives, targeting Natura 2000 sites proposed or designated for these habitat types or species;

    • Improvement of the habitat types or species of Community Interest, provided, their status is not ‘favourable/secure and not declining’ or ‘unknown’, and;

    • Implementing the marine component of the Habitats and Birds Directives and related provisions under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, with a focus on: national inventories of offshore marine sites; preparation and implementation of site management plans; addressing conflicts between conservation needs and local fishing / other economic activities and sustainable use of natural resources, and; approaches to assess or monitor the impact of human activities on the status of these sites to support the implementation of concrete conservation measures.

  • Specialisms in the following Biodiversity thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Development and implementation of Green Infrastructure Plans and actions to improve ecosystems and the services that they provide and/or the connectivity between Natura 2000 sites and/or other protected areas;

    • Development and application of Green Infrastructure-related widely replicable methods and/or techniques that effectively mitigate the negative impacts of energy or transport infrastructure on biodiversity by enhancing connectivity;

    • Development and application of tools aimed at integrating biodiversity into financial and business decisions so as to ensure, through the conservation and restoration of biodiversity carried out during a project, no net loss of biodiversity and/or enhanced income delivering ecosystem services;

    • Actions targeting threatened species or habitats that are not included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive but have a status of ‘endangered’ or worse in the European species or habitats Red Lists or, for those species not covered by the European Red Lists, in the IUCN Red List, and;

    • Addressing Invasive Alien Species (IAS) by testing and implementing plans, within technical, legal and /or administrative frameworks, that seek to (i) prevent the introduction of IAS, (ii) establish an early detection and rapid eradication system, and then (iii) eradicating, controlling or containing established IAS.



For LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency:

  • General requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. environmental engineering, industrial engineering, environmental management etc.) and a proven professional competence of at least 4 years in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency,

    • Proven experience in evaluating projects in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency, and;

  • Specialisms in the following Water thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Implementation of flood and/or drought risk management through application of nature based solutions, support to policy, land use planning, risk reduction, post event resilience and emergency management and integrated risk assessment and management taking into account social vulnerability and delivering socially acceptable improved resilience;

    • Addressing hydro-morphological pressures as identified in River Basin Management Plans to support achievement of Good status or potential under the Water Framework Directive;

    • Integrated management of nutrients and organic pollution from human and/or agricultural sources at the river basin or catchment scale to support achievement of the requirements of both the Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives;

    • Use of appropriate substitutes or alternative technologies to reduce pressures on the water environment by emissions by priority substances as well as other chemical pollutants;

    • Implementation of water saving measures in water stressed basins as defined in River Basin Management Plans;

    • Application of measures to ensure the sustainability of human activities in the marine environment, with particular reference to underwater noise, disturbance of the sea floor, deep sea mining, fishing, agriculture and/or navigation,

    • Prevention and reduction of marine litter or contaminants at source on land or in the sea;

    • Application of new water and wastewater treatment technologies and processes to reduce or eliminate the discharge of emerging pollutants or pathogens to the environment;

    • Application of tools to support the resource efficient provision of water services to rural communities that meet the requirements of both the Drinking Water and the Urban Waste Water Directives, and;

    • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of recycled / reclaimed water solutions and/or treatment options, through alternative concepts to the water / wastewater treatment and disposal cycle, source control methods related to the discharge of emerging pollutants or pathogens to wastewater collection systems, innovative means of developing and trialing new approaches, and, improving use of water, energy and resources in industrial production as well as water / wastewater systems.

  • Specialisms in the following Waste thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Implementation waste management plans in the Outermost Regions of the EU or islands with a resident population of less than 250,000 inhabitants;

    • Implementation of innovative waste management techniques targeting the following: WEEE and/or batteries and accumulators, end of life vehicles, selective deconstruction of buildings to provide added value recycled materials, plastics, bio-waste and composite wastes to recover critical raw materials;

    • Identification and separation of hazardous substances contained in wastes to support added value recycling of treated waste and safe disposal of hazardous substances, and;

    • Implementation of new business and/or consumption models and/or approaches to support resource efficiency aligned with the priority industrial sectors as set out in the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy.

  • Specialisms in the following Resource Efficiency thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Implementation of the circular economy concept with respect to at least one of the priority sectors of the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy, with a focus on SMEs and integration of the social dimension in the value chain;

    • Development of regional or nationwide spatial development without further land take or soil sealing;

    • Implementation of integrated soil management practices through regional, national or transnational networks or organisations;

    • Implementation of methods to deliver close to nature forest management approaches and similar silvicultural alternatives to more intensive forest management approaches (including planted even aged and single species stands) that have an equivalent cost-effectiveness for medium to large scale enterprises, and;

    • Testing and implementation of methods to increase the fire resilience of existing highly fire prone forests, based on sustainable practices.

  • Specialisms in the following Environment and Health thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Reduction in the impact on the environment or human health by safer use, reduced exposure or substitution, of at least one of the following: substances identified as hazardous to human health or to the environment under the CLP Regulation, combination effects of chemicals including endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials and biocidal products and/or pesticides;

    • Reduction in noise from roads inside densely populated urban areas through the use of low noise surfaces and tyres with comparable life cycle costs to standard alternatives, and;

    • Implementation of the Severso III Directive through human health and environmental risk mapping and addressing domino effects.

  • Specialisms in the following Air quality and emissions (with a focus on urban areas) thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Implementation of technical, management, regulatory and/or incentive based approaches to improve air quality and reduce particulate matter emissions for domestic heating based on use of biomass, coal and peat etc.;

    • Sustainable road transport mobility to reduce emissions, focusing on one or more of the following: cleaner real world driving, use of cleaner two or three wheeler vehicles, use of electric or super low emission vehicles, use of alternative fuels, innovative fuel retrofit programmes, alternative drive train technology, use of high impact traffic access systems and innovative logistic platforms;

    • Reduced emissions from sustainable aviation and non-road mobile machinery;

    • Reduced emissions of ammonia, methane and PM emissions from agriculture;

    • Implementation of emerging techniques under the Industrial Emissions Directive on pollution prevention and abatement, and;

    • Implementation of integrated urban policies and regulatory approaches for sustainable planning with innovative technologies to improve at least one of the following: urban public transport and mobility, improved energy / resource efficiency; local food production and urban ecosystems and their services.



For LIFE Environment Governance and Information:

  • General Requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. environmental sciences, environmental law, political sciences etc.) and proven professional competence of at least 4 years in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union in at least one environmental and/or nature conservation priority area of action of LIFE Environment Governance and Information, including communication principles to target audiences, and;

    • Proven experience in evaluating projects in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Environment Governance and Information.

    • Roughly, an expert should cover one or more the following thematic areas waste/circular economy, water, resource efficiency, air, chemicals, health, nature and biodiversity, Natura 2000, birds and habitats directive, invasive alien species. This should ideally be coupled with experience in governance, awareness raising and behaviour change or compliance assurance. This will help to evaluate proposals along the priorities as defined in the LIFE MAWP – see below.

  • In supporting the above specialisms, expertise drawn from a wide range of disciplines including:

    • Information and communications technology, in particular those with a knowledge of active dissemination to the public and data-sharing under the INSPIRE Directive, 2007/2/EC

    • Land-use planning and environmental assessment

    • The preparation of different types of environmental plans and decisions;

    • Public consultation processes

    • Environmental standard-setting and application

    • Environmental labelling and environmental auditing

    • Environmental inspections, investigations and other checks

    • Environmental liability, prosecutions or other forms of environmental enforcement

    • Ombudsman systems

    • Environmental litigation and/or of mediation

The LIFE MAWP specifies the below thematic project topics for GIE action grants. The experts will evaluate proposals in these areas:

  • Specialisms in the following sphere of information systems, quality of public administration and voluntary approaches are particularly sought:

    • Improving environmental information systems operated by public authorities for electronically collecting, processing, storing and sharing environmental information;

    • Improving the capacity and quality of public administration in relation to plans, programmes, analyses, reviews and assessments and/or to permits, derogations, and other decisions on specific activities, where appropriate also in partnership with private entities, with a view to reducing the administrative burden while optimising environmental outcomes and integrating, where appropriate, nature conservation, and;

    • Development, promotion, implementation and/or harmonisation of one or more of the voluntary approaches (third party verification of innovative technologies, environmental footprinting, reuse of products with uptake of recognized ecolabels, fostering uptake of green and circular public procurement, wider use of EMAS, and environmental performance of buildings) and their use by entities aiming at reducing impact on the environment of their activities, products and services.

  • Specialisms in the following sphere of environmental compliance assurance and access to justice are particularly sought:

    • Implementation of environmental compliance assurance through cross-border, national or regional risk-based strategies to promote, check and enforce compliance through use of a mix of administrative law, criminal law and environmental liability covering waste crime, wildlife trafficking, wildlife and nature crime, water pollution and/or illegal water abstractions and point and mobile sources of air pollution;

    • Implementation of environmental compliance assurance through cross-border, national or regional networks of environmental compliance assurance practitioners or experts and/or improving professional qualifications and training to improve compliance with binding EU environmental instruments, through promoting, checking and enforcing compliance using a mix of administrative law, criminal law and environmental liability;

    • Development and use of innovative risk based tools and actions to promote, monitor and enforce compliance through the use of tools and actions belonging to one or more of the following categories: compliance promotion systems and techniques, systems and techniques for effective monitoring of compliance and systems and techniques for effective follow-up and enforcement where required;

    • Implementation of systems to improve the handling by public authorities of environmental complaints and submissions from the public to optimise the reliability of the information provided, to facilitate inter-action between authorities and the public, to minimise administrative burden, and contribute to the successful implementation of binding EU environmental instruments, and;

    • Implementation of schemes to promote access to justice in environmental matters and/or mediation amongst the public, NGOs, lawyers, the judiciary, public administrations or other stakeholders to improve knowledge, understanding and application of these approaches to address environmental disputes, with a particular focus on health and well-being, protecting nature, biodiversity and water quality and application of the Environmental Liability Directive.


For LIFE Climate Change Mitigation:

  • General Requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. environmental engineer, agronomy etc.) and proven professional competence of at least 4 years in an EU Member State and/or at the level of the European Union in climate change mitigation issues;

    • Proven experience in evaluating projects in the field of climate change mitigation, and;

  • Specialisms in the following thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Development and implementation of local, regional and national plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in sectors NOT covered by the EU Emissions Trading System and in the Effort Sharing Decision i.e. transport and fuels, agriculture, construction (e.g. energy efficiency in buildings), land use, land use change and forestry;

    • Development and implementation of greenhouse gas accounting and climate change mitigation in the land use sector;

    • Development and implementation of land management practices which have an impact on emissions and removals of emissions;

    • Development and implementation of measures which enhance the functioning of the emissions trading system and which have an impact on energy and greenhouse gas intensive industrial production;

    • Development and implementation of projects focused on implementation of the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali amendment on ozone-depleting substances and the EU Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases, and;

    • Development and implementation of projects to support greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting by relevant local, regional and national authorities.



For LIFE Climate Change Adaptation:

  • General Requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. urban development, agronomy, sustainable development etc.) and proven professional competence of at least 4 years in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union in climate change adaptation issues, and;

    • Proven experience in evaluating projects in the field of climate change adaptation.

  • Specialisms in the following thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Development and implementation of urban adaptation and land use planning focused on limiting the impacts of climate change;

    • Designing for the climate resilience of infrastructure, including application of blue-green infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation;

    • Development and implementation of plans for the sustainable management of water in drought-prone areas, flooding and coastal management under climate change;

    • Development and implementation of plans to support enhancing the resilience of the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors, including in island and mountain areas, and;

    • Provision of support to the EU's Outermost Regions including preparedness for extreme weather events, particularly in coastal areas.


For LIFE Climate Change Governance and Information:

  • General Requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. environmental sciences, political sciences, environmental law etc.) and proven professional competence of at least 4 years in climate change issues as well as in general communication issues in EU Member States and/or at the level of the EU, and;

    • Proven experience in evaluating projects in the field of climate change.

  • Specialisms in the following thematic areas are particularly sought:

    • Development and implementation of national 2030 climate and energy strategies and/or mid-century strategies;

    • Projects that incentivise behavioural change, mainstreaming emission reduction and resource efficiency actions in key sectors;

    • Development and implementation of assessments by relevant authorities of the functioning of the EU ETS;

    • Design and implementation of projects building capacities, raising awareness among end-users and the equipment distribution chain of fluorinated gases

    • Engagement in projects that focus on climate policy monitoring, assessment and ex post evaluation, and;

    • Development and implementation of projects focused on best practices and awareness-raising activities addressing adaptation needs.


For LIFE operating (NGO) Grants/Capacity Building:

  • General Requirements:

    • Relevant educational background (e.g. political sciences, European studies etc.) and proven professional background in the environmental and climate fields in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union, and;

    • Proven experience in evaluating projects.

  • Experience and expertise in the following areas are particularly sought:

    • Understanding of the process behind the development and implementation of the EU environment and climate policy and the role that NGOs are playing in this process;

    • Experience of reviewing NGO strategic plans with respect to EU policy relevance, EU policy shaping and EU policy implementation as well as positioning to respond to new and emerging environmental challenges and the organizational and technical capacity to develop as a key stakeholder to the EU’s policy process.

    • Experience in reviewing NGO implementation plans to ensure alignment with NGO strategic plans and goals.

Interested candidates are invited to fill their application through the online platform available here.

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. LIFE began in 1992 and since that time has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. Find more information about the LIFE programme on its website.

Stantec is a global consulting company working with major international funding institutions and aid agencies in the areas of environment and institutional capacity building. Find more information about Stantec on our website.

Agreco is a European Economic Interest Group between the consulting companies AGRER and AGRICONSULTING and is specialized in the preparation and implementation of large-scale studies and projects in the field of biodiversity conservation and natural resources management. Find more information about Agreco on our website.

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