Job Opening

Posting Title: Assessment of funding needed to implement the Stockholm Convention over the period 2022-2026 (two consultancy positions)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 19 December 2019 - 08 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-128988-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A full assessment of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period 2022–2026, based on, among other things, the experience in using and lessons learned from the methodology and available data gained from the preliminary assessments of funding needs for the periods 2006–2010, 2010–2014, 2015, 2019, and 2018–2022 .

The two Consultants will undertake, in collaboration with the Secretariat, the following tasks:
d) Refinement methodology for assessing the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention:
- Review and possible revision of the format set out in annex I of document UNEP/POPS/COP.8/INF/33 that was developed to allow Parties to provide information on funding needs associated with implementation of the Convention and the type of in-kind assistance needed in order to eliminate, restrict, or reduce the unintentional releases of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention;
e) Information collection and compilation:
- The Secretariat will be responsible for sending out the information requests to Parties, which are requested to provide information on funding needs associated with implementation of the Convention and inventory data using, as appropriate, online questionnaires and other formats and any other information regarding their experiences in implementing the Convention. All submissions will be forwarded, as received, to the Consultants for further processing. The Secretariat will also grant the Consultants access to all submitted NIPs, Article 15 reports, and other relevant information.
- For any other relevant supplementary information, where available, the Consultants will reach out to the following stakeholders:
o The Global Environment Facility, which, as the principal entity entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism on an interim basis, is invited to provide information gathered through its operations relevant to the assistance needs of eligible Parties and to the calculation of disposal costs as set out in paragraph 6 above;
o Intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, which are invited to provide information relating to the needs assessment and, as appropriate, to the calculation of disposal costs as set out in paragraph 6 above;
o Other international financial institutions that provide bilateral or multilateral financial or technical assistance pursuant to paragraph 6 of Article 13 of the Convention, which are invited to provide information on such assistance, including the levels of such assistance;
o The secretariats of other multilateral environmental agreements, which are invited to provide information relevant to modalities for conducting similar needs assessments in connection with their agreements.
f) Undertake a full assessment of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period 2022–2026.
- Consideration should be given to the experience with and lessons learned from the methodology and on available data gained from the preliminary assessments of funding needs for the periods for the periods 2006–2010, 2010–2014, 2015¿2019, and 2018–2022 .
- The assessment should include an estimation of baseline and agreed full incremental costs of activities described primarily in national implementation plans and required to implement Parties’ obligations under the Convention.
g) The methodology for assessing the funding needs over the period 2022-2026 may also include, as appropriate and subject to the availability of funding, validation missions to developing-country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to verify existing inventory data and to collect additional data and other relevant information.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

A total of 70 working days during the period 1 January to 31 December 2020 (140 days for two consultants).

Duties and Responsibilities

BRS is seeking to recruit two consultants to gather and review information submitted by Parties and other stakeholders and develop a report for consideration by the COP in 2021. The assessment of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention should be comprehensive and primarily directed towards assessing total funding needs, with a view to identifying funding needed for baseline and agreed full incremental costs to enable all parties to fulfil their obligations under the Convention. In developing the assessment of funding needs, the work will draw primarily on information provided by Parties in the national implementation plans submitted pursuant to Article 7 and reports submitted by Parties pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention.

The assessment methodology for the funding needed over the period 2022-2026 will be complemented by the following three-step approach:
a) Step one involves the consolidation of inventory data from multiple sources to estimate the quantities of persistent organic pollutants to be disposed of by developing-country Parties and Parties with economies in transition from 2022 to 2026;
b) Step two involves the estimation of average disposal costs for groups of chemicals;
c) Step three, based on the findings of the first two steps, involves the estimation of disposal costs for groups of chemicals and the aggregation of such by United Nations region.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in environmental science, economics, or earth science, or a related discipline, or a first university degree in another field in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least ten years of experience in the field of the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and projects under the Global Environment Facility or the Multilateral Fund xxx. Expert knowledge of the Stockholm Convention Financial mechanism, the Global Environment Facility, national reports and National Implementation Plans. Experience with methodologies of assessing funding needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the context of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential.

No Fee

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