The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is seeking a consultant with the requisite experience in international development/economics/marine or environmental policy or related fields. The selected consultant will prepare a review report in line with the Terms of Reference.

At the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit (September 2015), member States of the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. As outlined in the Strategic Plan of ISA for 2019-2021, the mission of ISA is, inter alia, “to be the organization through which States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) organize and control activities in the Area, which is the common heritage of mankind, to promote the orderly, safe and responsible management and development of the resources of the Area for the benefit of mankind as a whole, including through the effective protection of the marine environment and contributing to agreed international objectives and principles, including the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Accordingly, ISA is committed to the timely and effective achievement of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda through implementing the economic, social and environmental mandates assigned to it by UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement. Such mandates include: (i) ensuring that activities in the Area are carried out for the benefit of mankind as a whole (ii) ensuring effective protection for the marine environment and of human life with respect to activities in the Area (iii) promoting and encouraging the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area (iv) fostering healthy development of the world economy and balanced growth of international trade and (v) promoting the effective participation of developing States in activities in the Area.

All SDGs are of relevance to the work of ISA. Although ISA currently contributes particularly to advance 9 of the 17 SDGs, particular emphasis is placed on SDG14 and its associated targets.

Several efforts and initiatives are currently being undertaken by ISA to discharge its responsibilities as per the mandates given to it under UNCLOS as well as to contribute to international development principles and objectives, such as the delivery of SDGs.

The ISA Secretariat is now seeking an international consultant to produce a report describing the contribution of ISA through its mandate, functions and voluntary commitments to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

All applications should be submitted no later than 31 March 2021 by sending CV and cover letter to

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Stefanie Neno, Communications Specialist, ISA,


For more information visit our website or follow us on Twitter @ISBAHQ