Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert on chemicals and wastes management and climate change
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 19 March 2020 - 02 April 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-133973-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 and climate change, including possible co-benefit measures for both the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes and climate change. The analysis will start with the collection of information on impact of the climate change on the sound management of chemicals and waste, life cycle analysis / carbon footprint, GHG emissions and releases of other hazardous substances from the actions related to the sound management of chemicals and waste, and other cross-cutting issues. The report will identify inter-linkages and provide in-depth analysis of interrelations. Consultation with relevant stakeholders and collection of comments/views will be undertaken.

Work Location

Anywhere

Expected duration

Overall duration is 45 days from 15 April 2020 to 31 October 2020 with possible review, as follows:
- 30 days from 15 April 2020 to 30 June 2020;
- 15 days from 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit was held in September 2019 to provide opportunities for concerted action to contribute towards implementation of sustainable development goals as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through enhanced cooperation on climate change and on the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes. The Summit set a clear direction for concrete, realistic plans for climate action in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

Sound management of chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions and the Minamata Convention is intrinsically linked to the climate agenda and assessing the potential to work in a cost-effective, integrated manner to address both chemicals and wastes and climate mitigation is important. Greenhouse gases (GHG) and other air pollutants - including persistent organic pollutants and mercury – are often emitted from the same sources and any mitigation option for reducing climate change impacts, particularly through reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, may also change the levels of emissions and exposure to other hazardous chemicals. Likewise, measures taken to reduce exposure to chemicals covered by the Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions and to ensure the environmentally sound management of wastes covered by the Basel Convention may as well have an impact on, for instance, emissions of carbon dioxide and methane. The opportunities for concerted action on these issues are important to guide the work countries do towards meeting sustainable development goals.

The purpose of this work is to assess the inter-relations between the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes covered by the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions and climate change and to identify possible management options and measures, including mitigation measures, that address both climate change and hazardous chemicals and wastes.

The consultant is expected to develop a 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 and climate change, including identification of possible co-benefit measures that address both the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes and climate change.

The consultant will perform the following tasks:

(1) Collection of relevant information in the following areas:

a. Impact of the climate change on the sound management of chemicals and waste, including the change in emissions and global movement of pollutants.

b. Life cycle analysis / carbon footprint, GHG emissions and releases of other hazardous substances from the following activities:
i. Basel Convention: environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and wastes requiring special consideration, including household wastes and plastic wastes (activities, partnerships, guidance available).
ii. Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions: environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals including persistent organic pollutants (pesticides, industrial chemicals and unintentional by-products): production, use, and application of alternatives to hazardous chemicals, end-of-life management (activities, partnerships, guidance available).
iii. Minamata Convention: management of the life cycle of mercury and mercury compounds including supply, trade, use, emissions, releases, storage, management of waste and contaminated sites.

c. Cross-cutting issues including the following:
i. Inventories of GHG, mercury, POPs and other hazardous substances – common techniques and data for estimating emissions, impact of nationally determined contributions on the emission of chemicals.
ii. Mitigation aspects - Common techniques and environmental practices to reduce GHG, to minimize and ultimately eliminate releases of hazardous chemicals, and to manage wastes in an environmentally sound manner.

(2) Identification of inter-linkages and analysis of interrelations:

a. Based on the above information, develop a report that: (1) identifies the interlinkages among the areas of implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions and climate change, (2) provides an analysis of the inter-relations, and (3) identifies potential co-benefit measures, including mitigation measures, for joint action addressing both chemicals and wastes and climate change, that countries may consider in their activities to meet the relevant goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

(3) Consultation with relevant stakeholders and collection of comments/views:

a. Consult with relevant stakeholders identified by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, and the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, including the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and obtain feedback on the assessment report.
b. Revise according to comments/feedback and produce a final report.

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 climate change thematics (i.e., inter alia, management options, mitigation, measures for controlling/minimizing releases).
Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential. Good Knowledge of French would be an asset.

No Fee

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