Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant for PAGE study on Sustainable Artisinal Mining and Agriculture in Burkina Faso
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 December 2019 - 05 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-128584-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The services of the consultant will result in the delivery of an economic analysis study on ‘Promoting sustainable artisanal mining practices compatible with sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso’. Policymakers are able to use the results of the study to improve knowledge of the impacts of artisanal gold mining on the agriculture sector and develop policy options to promote sustainable artisanal mining practices compatible with sustainable development of the agriculture sector in the transition to an inclusive green economy.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

The consultancy contract will start on 2 January 2020 and expire on 30 June 2020. If the final deliverable under this contract is produced before 30 June 2020, the contract will be terminated sooner.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a joint initiative of five UN Agencies: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). PAGE responds to paragraph 66 of the Rio+20 outcome document "The Future We Want", which calls upon the UN system to support countries interested in pursuing green economy policies. The partnership supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to advance the 2030 Agenda, to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies.

PAGE began its work in Burkina Faso in 2014 and has worked closely with the government to provide support for inclusive green economy in the country. At the national level, PAGE has supported the development of the National Green Economy Strategy (SNEV), which serves as the backbone for Burkina Faso’s inclusive green economy transition. Building on this momentum, PAGE has supported thematic policy reform in the areas of green industry and sustainable trade and is working to integrate green economy principles into the implementation of the National Rural Sector Programme. PAGE is also building national capacities around green economy, green industry, green entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and green fiscal policies.

In this context, PAGE has received a request for technical support from the Secrétariat Permanent de la Coordination des Politiques Sectorielles Agricoles (SPCPSA) composed of representatives from the following Ministries: Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change; Agriculture; Water and Animal Resources; Rural Sector Development. The SPCPSA requested a study to assess the positive and negative impacts of artisanal mining on activities in the agriculture sector and identify policy options to promote sustainable artisanal mining practices compatible with sustainable development of the agriculture sector in the transition to an inclusive green economy.

To create a technical study on this topic, UNEP requires support from a consultant with expertise in this area. The UNEP, Economy Division, Resources and Markets Branch currently does not have the relevant expertise in house, to carry out the required tasks.

This work in Burkina Faso is funded by the European Commission project “Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Phase II” and the work of the International Consultant will contribute towards achieving Outcomes 1-3 of the project.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The international consultant will lead the development of a study on “Promoting sustainable artisanal mining practices compatible with sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso”. The study will be developed in collaboration with a national consultant (see below) and will cover aspects elaborated in Annex 1. It will build on relevant on-going initiatives in Burkina Faso including the National Action Plan on artisanal and small-scale gold mining currently being implemented and a planned study by the Belgian NGO - BND on the impact of artisanal mining on sustainable agriculture. The study will rely on desk-based research and stakeholder consultations.

The specific tasks and responsibilities of the international consultant, include, but are not restricted to, the following:
• Carry out research, review national documents and other relevant materials
• Lead the drafting of the report, collating inputs and addressing comments from the national consultant and national stakeholders
• Prepare communication materials including a summary/policy brief and PowerPoint presentation on the main findings of the report
• Participate in one initial scoping mission to gather data and consult relevant national stakeholders on the study
• Participate in one stakeholder engagement workshop to facilitate exchange among targeted stakeholders on the findings of the draft study
• Participate in bi-monthly steering committee meetings (by phone/Skype) with members of the Steering Committee, under the direct guidance of UNEP on the development of the study

The study will be coordinated by UNEP under PAGE, in collaboration with PAGE’s partner agencies. The production of the report should involve national stakeholders and experts, the project management team at UNEP, PAGE partners, UNEP Regional Office in Africa and PAGE’s strategic partners, notably the Green Fiscal Policy Network, the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and SWITCH Africa Green. A Steering Committee involving members of the Secrétariat Permanent de la Coordination des Politiques Sectorielles Agricoles (SPCPSA), the Monitoring Committee on the National Action Plan on artisanal and small-scale gold mining and the PAGE project team will be set up to guide the development of the study and ensure links with relevant on-going initiatives.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Proven capacity for conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking.
• Demonstrable communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on technical, socio-economic, and fiscal topics.
• Proven ability to analyze and communicate complex information at a simpler level to a wide audience.
• Demonstrated experience in undertaking research and producing economic policy analysis in the West African region and Burkina Faso in particular would be highly desirable.
• Proven organization skills, problem-solving, teamwork and coordination skills.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Commitment to respect the values advocated by the United Nations.
Academic Qualifications: A university degree in a relevant field: economics, finance, taxation, public policy, natural resource management, development, environment, agroeconomics, environmental economics or any other relevant field.
Experience: 3 years of professional experience in research, analysis and writing reports with policy recommendations in green economy related areas such as, but not limited to, fiscal policies, sustainable resource management, mining, agriculture, environmental economics at the national and international level.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required and fluency in written and oral French is highly desired.

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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