Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Development Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 19 August 2020 - 26 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-140194-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The results of the work will contribute to the success of the Chemicals and Health Branch’s implementation of its Programme of Work and of the mandates obtained through the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) 3 resolution 9 “Eliminating Exposure to Lead Paint and Promoting the Environmentally Sound Management of Waste Lead Acid Batteries, UNEA 3 resolution 4 “ Environment and Health”, UNEA 4 resolution on the “Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste” and the relevant ICCM resolution II 4 B (Emerging Policy Issue: Lead in Paint).

Ultimately, as a result of this work, countries will have increasing institutional capacities and policy instruments for the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

2 months (up to 6 November 2020)

Duties and Responsibilities

Venue of Workplace:

Home based

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Background (Org. Setting)
--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 overall objective of the UNEP’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

The Knowledge and Risk unit is a technical partner of a GEF funded project “Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management”, over the period 2019-2022, including a component on lead in paint, as well as a component on Knowledge Management. In addition, the unit is executing a pilot project on environmentally sound management of used acid batteries (ULAB) in Bangladesh and acts as the co-secretariat of the Lead Paint Alliance. Furthermore, the unit is implementing project 5 III “Accelerating implementation of MEAs” that requires communication outreach expertise.

Purpose/Justification

The Chemicals and Health Branch, Knowledge and Risk Unit requires the services of a consultant to provide assistance to the Branch in activities related to “Accelerating implementation of MEAs, used lead-acid batteries, lead paint, and other sources of lead.

The consultant will deliver on mandates related to lead paint as an emerging policy issue, adopted at the second session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 2) and on mandates from the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) 3 and 4, on activities related to used lead-acid batteries and lead paint.

Outputs / Work assignments
(Include the final and intermediate results and outputs of services which should be measurable; performance indicators should allow for the evaluation of the results; include details as to how the work must be delivered (e.g. electronic submission, hard copy, etc.))

1) Development of outreach and communication materials, including figures and graphics as part of project 5.III; Development of awareness-raising materials with other project executing partners and provision of inputs on the SAICM knowledge management platform; support to the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
2) Review and analysis of the national strategy on used lead-acid batteries (ULAB) recycling and legal framework analysis in Bangladesh and in selected countries in Africa
3) Development and updates of new modules and layout of Toolkit for establishing laws to eliminate lead paint
4) Provision of inputs and logistical support during the webinar on ULAB in Latin America
5) Collection and analysis of data based on the lead paint laboratory survey and compile in a database
6) Compilation and analysis of the SAICM GEF project substantial and financial reports of the project executing partners; regional progress reports and integration into one global report for the project; drafting of minutes of project global and regional team meeting, Bangladesh Working Group on lead and the Lead Paint Advisory Council meeting
7) Provision of technical assistance in selected countries through the identification of needs and next steps, tracking of progress on awareness-raising and legal review on lead paint laws in selected countries and review and analysis of reports
8) Provision of inputs into reports of the SAICM GEF project on lead in paint component
9) Inputs and layout of the Lead Paint Alliance September Newsletter

Performance indicators

The consultant will be evaluated on the deliverables electronically. A monthly report of accomplishments is also required.
Above listed tasks successfully delivered, including satisfactory acceptance by the Programme Officer of the Knowledge and Risk Unit

Specific tasks, responsibilities and deliverables (cover all aspects of the work to be carried out)

--Communication materials developed as part of Project 5.III and GEF funded SAICM project (lead in paint, and knowledge management)
--Draft report highlighting analysis of national strategy and legal framework on ULAB in Bangladesh and selected countries in Africa
--Draft presentations and layout template for the updated lead paint regulatory toolkit
--Draft presentation for UNEP and records of the list of participants and questions and answers during the ULAB webinar in Latin America and the Caribbean region
--Analysis of the lead paint laboratory survey results, compile into a database and development of infographics and materials to promote the key findings
--Draft minutes of the lead paint project global and regional team meetings; Bangladesh Working Group on lead, Lead Paint Alliance Advisory Council meetings
--Draft inputs provided to the reports of the SAICM GEF project on lead in paint component
--Draft report on the technical assistance (awareness-raising, legal drafting) provided to project executing partners and lead in paint project countries
--Inputs and draft layout of the September Lead Paint Alliance newsletter

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: --A university degree in Chemistry, Health, Environment, Economics / or Social Sciences with a proven professional experience is required.
--A Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development or International Relations is an asset.
Experience: --At least one year of experience with intergovernmental organizations, academia, civil society and other stakeholders;
--Minimum one year of experience related to chemicals sound management; Experience with lead, is preferred.
--Demonstrated knowledge of international chemicals and waste management topics.
--Experience working with partners from various countries, including developing countries.
--Experience working with UNEP or other UN agencies
Language: Fluent written and spoken English is required.
Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

No Fee

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