Job Opening

Posting Title: Drafter (BRS Conventions)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-133722-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

An overview report that identifies and assesses in a comprehensive and systematic manner the inter-relations between the chemicals and wastes issues addressed in the frame of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions, as well as possible benefits of improved and environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes for the protection of biodiversity and delivery of biodiversity goods and services, identifies activities currently implemented to this end by the international community, as well as any emerging issues of relevance to biodiversity and chemicals nexus.

The analysis will build on existing research and policy documents, supplemented by interviews as appropriate.

Work Location

Anywhere

Expected duration

Overall duration is 45 days from 1 May 2020 to 28 October 2020 with possible review, as follows:
• 10 days for the collection/compilation of information.
• 15 days for identification of areas of interlinkage and preliminary analysis.
• 5 days for the development of the draft overview report.
• 10 days for consultations/review and compilation of comments/feedback.
• 5 days for revision and producing final report.

Duties and Responsibilities

Chemicals are a major pressure on biodiversity, contributing to a deteriorated status of biodiversity and its loss, as recognized in a number of studies, including those conducted on inter-cluster synergies between Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) addressing biodiversity and those addressing chemicals and wastes. Deliberations on promoting synergies between biodiversity and chemicals and waste MEA clusters were organized, among others, by UNEP in the margins of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury; in a meeting with MEA heads during the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEA4); consultation workshop on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework etc. These fora have provided opportunities for dialogue on what needs to be done nationally, regionally and globally, and have been highly appreciated by the participants. The year 2020 is a critical juncture for considering synergies in designing of timebound objectives for the biodiversity and the chemicals and waste clusters, due to the current ongoing processes on the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the Beyond 2020 framework for Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste.

Sound management of chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) and life-cycle approach to mercury management under Minamata Conventions are aiming at protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and waste, thereby directly contributing to the protection of biodiversity.

The purpose of this work is to assess the inter-relations between the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes and life-cycle approach to mercury management, covered by the BRS Conventions and Minamata Convention, respectively, and various aspects relevant to the MEAs of the biodiversity cluster, as well as identify activities currently implemented to this end by the international community.

The consultant is expected to develop a report that identifies and assesses in a comprehensive and systematic manner the above issues, including identification how improved environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes contributes to the biodiversity protection and delivery of biodiversity goods and services.

The report will also address any possible emerging issues that are of relevance to the subject of the study.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in environmental sciences/management/engineering, physical sciences (in particular chemistry or biological sciences) or related field, or a bachelor degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying working experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least seven years of experience in the field of environmental sciences/management/engineering, environmentally sound management of chemicals and/or wastes; demonstrated knowledge / expertise on chemicals and wastes issues and biodiversity thematics (i.e., inter alia, management options, measures for controlling/minimizing releases, impact of chemicals and waste on biodiversity).
Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential.

No Fee

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