Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on mercury supply, trade and waste flow analysis
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 July 2020 - 19 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-137633-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 a report on global mercury flow and stock analysis including waste stream through the following:

•Collection and compilation of relevant literature on data sources and methodologies for mercury flow and stock analysis;
•Development of a preliminary estimate of global mercury flow and stocks;
•Facilitation of several online sessions on mercury flow and stock analysis inviting relevant researchers;
•Production of a report on mercury flow and stock analysis methodologies.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Overall duration is 60 days from 15 August 2020 to 31 December 2020 with possible review.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention was adopted in Kumamoto, Japan in 2013 and came into effect in 2017. The Secretariat functions of the Convention are performed by the UNEP. This post is located in the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention in Geneva.

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

(1) Collection of relevant information in the following areas:
a.Data sources for estimating the mercury flow in international trade, supply (primary mining, by-product and recovery/recycling), use (mercury-added products, processes using mercury), disposal (environmentally sound disposal, releases to the environment from waste management), and stocks.
b.National and regional studies on mercury flow and stock analysis.
c.Methodology for estimating mercury flow and stock including waste stream.
(2) Development of a preliminary estimate of global mercury flow and stocks
a.Based on the identified information source, develop a preliminary estimate of global mercury flows and stocks.
(3) Facilitation of several online sessions inviting relevant researchers
a.Convene five to six one-hour online sessions (webinars) inviting experts in mercury flow and stock analysis, and compile the information provided through these sessions.
(4) Production of a report on mercury flow and stock analysis methodologies
a.Develop a draft report summarizing the work, discuss with the Secretariat, and finalize the report.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in environmental science, trade analysis 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 chemicals management, waste management or trade analysis. Direct experience in material flow analysis 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 Management Officer, Secretariat of the Minamata Convention.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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