Job Opening

Posting Title: National 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-128585-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 coordinating and supporting the preparation of a study by an international consultant on ‘Promoting sustainable artisanal mining practices compatible with sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso’ in cooperation with national stakeholders. 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 to support the transition to an inclusive green economy.

Work Location


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 based in Burkina Faso 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 National Consultant will contribute towards achieving Outcomes 1-3 of the project.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The national consultant will support an international consultant in developing a study on “Promoting sustainable artisanal mining practices compatible with sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso”. The study 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, duties and responsibilities of the national consultant, include, but are not restricted to, the following:
• Collect data, national documents and other relevant materials required to prepare the study.
• Prepare one background knowledge brief on the socio-economic, fiscal and environmental impacts (both positive and negative) of artisanal mining activities on the agriculture sector in Burkina Faso
• Review and provide inputs on draft versions of the study provided by UNEP.
• Prepare the first scoping mission of the international consultant to Burkina Faso at the start of the study. This includes setting up a schedule of meetings, under the guidance received from UNEP, with relevant stakeholders and policymakers to gather data and consult relevant stakeholders on the study,
• Support the organistion of one stakeholder engagement workshop under the guidance of UNEP to facilitate exchange among targeted stakeholders on the findings of the draft study. The workshop will target mid-level representatives from key government departments involved in PAGE (including the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mining) together with other stakeholders including academic institutions, national research institutes, key development agencies and civil society.
• Facilitate, under the guidance of UNEP, the organization of bi-monthly meetings with the Steering Committee members on the development of the study and facilitating effective communication with national stakeholders on the progress of the work.

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: • Demonstrable communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on technical, socio-economic, and fiscal topics.
• Demonstrated experience in undertaking research and producing economic policy analysis in Burkina Faso.
• 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 experience in research, data analysis and writing reports with practical recommendations in green economy related areas, including fiscal policies, mining, agriculture, environmental economics at the national level.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French are required.

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