Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Consultancy to support National Baseline Budget Update
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 16 August 2018 - 24 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-102418-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Contracting Parties are supported to comply with their legal obligation under Art.13 of the Land Based Sources (LBS) Protocol regarding reporting on NAP implementation throughout preparation and submission of updated NBB (2018).

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The contract will be for the period of 3,5 months over 7 months, starting from the date of last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment (UN Environment) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment's ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.

The National Baseline Budged tool (NBB) was agreed by the Contracting parties to track progress, on five-year basis, on measures taken to reduce and prevent land-based pollution, and the implementation of the updated National Action Plans (updated NAPs). In this regard, the 2018-2019 programme of work of UN Environment/MAP highlights the delivery of National Baseline Budged to the Secretariat by the Contracting Parties which corresponds to Forth NBB Reporting Cycle (2003, 2008, 2013 and currently in 2018). For NBB update the Contracting Parties shall use methodology in the NBB Guidelines (UNEP (DEPI)/MED WG.404/7, Appendix B, (updated NBB Guidelines).

The data collected will be used by the Secretariat and the Contracting Parties to undertake a trend analysis of pollutant loads at country, sub regional, and regional levels per pollutant, sector, and subsector categories for assessment of NAPs Implementation and developing new measures for pollution prevention, reduction and elimination in the Mediterranean.

In view of the above, there is a need for a regional expert to support the countries’ delivery of updated NBB (2018) in accordance with agreed updated NBB Guidelines; the assessment of related data and support to implement the PRTR in selected pilot countries by fulfilling the following tasks:

1. Prepare and submit a detailed Workplan for the assignment;
2. Develop/update a regional data collection template (excel, XML) for the inventory of existing/new sources of pollutants per sector of activity (Annex I, LBS) for updating NBB;
3. Develop/update dictionaries for sector and subsectors under NBB and under PRTR including national/regional emission factors for priority industrial sectors which prevail in the Mediterranean region in line with PRTR Implementation Guidelines for calculation or estimation of pollution loads in 4th NBB Reporting Cycle;
4. Support countries to establish/update their national emission factors for NBB/PRTR reporting;
5. Provide technical support to countries for calculating or/and estimating the releases/emissions based on measurement, where appropriate, or/and emission factors in line with PRTR Implementation Guidelines;
6. Support countries on populating H2020/NAP indicators factsheets with the collected NBB data;
7. Support and provide training on NBB update and data submission to the NBB/PRTR MEDPOL Info system; including a hands-on exercise for two sectors;
8. Provide support for PRTR implementation at national level for selected countries (up to 3 country);
a) Conduct country missions;
b) Develop a Case Study for minimum 2 industries at national level for the pilots including process simulations and the list of chemicals section;
c) Undertake training on reporting system for reporting authorities (up to 2 industries per pilot country) for implementation of the pilot PRTR at national level;
9. Provide substantive inputs to the Regional Meeting on PRTR/NBB best practices and guidelines including law enforcement related to reporting;
10. Liaise with and provide (remote basis, webinar, skype, phone etc.) daily guidance to national NBB consultants deployed by MEDPOL for NBB update;
11. Check and compare the submitted NBB data with data provided for the years of 2008, 2013 and 2018 and prepare trend analyses;
12. Analyze NBB/PRTR data submitted by the concerned countries for quality assurance and report to the Secretariat;

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: •Excellent skills in Office tools (Word, Access, Excel,) are required;
•Good communication skills and ability is an asset.
Academic Qualifications: University degree in chemical engineering, natural sciences, environment engineering, marine environment or related disciplines is required;
Experience: •Minimum of 5 years of previous experience with pollution loads from land-based sources including PRTR implementation and development of emission factors is required;
•Knowledge of the industrial sector development of the country and overall understanding of technologies is a requirement;
•Knowledge of database management is an asset;
Language: •Fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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