Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert on Mercury Monitoring in Biotic Media
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 25 May 2020 - 21 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-135941-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant is expected to develop sections of the Monitoring Guidance for the effectiveness evaluation of the Minamata Convention relevant to biota monitoring, through the following:
• Collection / compilation of relevant literature information for the development of the draft Guidance;
• Consideration of the harmonized and comparable methods for sampling, sample preparation, sample analysis, data handling, and quality control and assurance
• Consideration of statistical analysis of the data, taking into account the different species, sizes, tissues etc, as well as possible linkage with data from water monitoring;
• Consideration of the methodologies used in existing monitoring network and feasibility of supplementary monitoring activities in line with the harmonized and comparable methods;
• Drafting of sections of the Guidance based on the above considerations;
• Consultation with experts contributing to the process and commenting among Parties and other stakeholders;
• Production of a final draft that will be a part of COP document.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Overall duration is 35 days from 1 July 2020 to 31 July 2021 with possible review.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Secretariat, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

(1) Collection of relevant information in the following areas:
a. Monitoring methods, guidance, standard operating procedures and quality control/assurance arrangements for the monitoring of mercury in biotic media, particularly in fish, used in existing global, regional and national monitoring networks.
b. Monitoring guidance used in other multilateral environmental agreements and international programmes.
c. Method for comparing and analyzing mercury monitoring data in biotic media using different methodologies (comparing across different fish species, age, size, sample preparation methods, etc). This will also include the consideration of the linkage with data from water monitoring.
(2) Development of the outline of the guidance for mercury monitoring in biotic media
a. Based on the above information, identify the methods to be described in the guidance and elements of the guidance, and develop an outline.
(3) Consultation with experts contributing to the process
a. Convene on-line consultations with experts identified by the Secretariat following the roadmap for developing Monitoring Guidance, presenting the outline developed above, seeking their views, and collecting information needed for drafting the Guidance.
b. Reach out to experts in existing global, regional and national monitoring networks to collect information for drafting the Guidance.
(4) Drafting the sections of the Guidance relevant to biota monitoring
a. Develop a first draft of sections of the Guidance relevant to biota monitoring, including sampling, sample preparation, sample analysis, data handling, quality control and assurance, and statistical analysis.
(5) Finalizing the sections of the draft Guidance based on comments
a. Review the comments received from Parties and other stakeholders during the commenting period planned between January and March 2021, revise the draft and finalize the sections of the draft Guidance.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, biochemical sciences or related field. A bachelor degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying working experience in science may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least seven years of experience in the field of environmental or biochemical sciences, which include experience in mercury monitoring in the biotic media, particularly in fish. Experience in developing guidance on biota monitoring will be an advantage.
Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential.

Additional Information

The consultant will report to the Senior Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Minamata Convention.

No Fee

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