Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical expert on disposal and destruction of PCB
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 June 2021 - 27 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-157611-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will support to the Knowledge and Risk Unit for effective delivery of targeted technical assistance of the GEF project "Disposal of PCB oils contained in transformers and disposal of capacitors containing PCB in Southern Africa", including technical inputs and guidance to project countries on control measures for environmentally sound management and disposal of PCB in conformity with the Stockholm Convention objectives.

Work Location


Expected duration

80 days within 8 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

--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 of the Chemicals and Health Branch promotes scientific approaches and knowledge for the sound management of chemicals including through implementation of UNEA resolutions. The Knowledge and Risk Unit gathers, compiles and analyses state of the art information and data, including through monitoring activities, inventories and assessments, to allow policymakers to make informed decisions on the sound management of chemicals and waste. The Unit executes projects and covers topics related to lead in paint, persistent organic pollutants, highly hazardous pesticides, chemicals in products, among others. The Unit also addresses issues of concern highlighted by governments, such as antimicrobial resistance, and assists in implementing mandates received through the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on the GCO-II, sustainable chemistry and the Sustainable Development Goals.

--Notes to Consultants and Individual Contractors:
As per UN policy, Consultants and Individual Contractors may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. This restriction does not apply to associate experts (Junior Professional Officers) appointed under the Staff Rules.
ST/AI/2013/4 - 5.8 In order to limit the repeated use of the same consultant, either to perform different tasks within the workplan or a series of tasks within the same project, no consultant shall provide services for more than 24 months in a 36-month period, whether continuous or not, and irrespective of the cumulative months of actual work.

--Purpose /Justification for request
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Knowledge and Risk Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division, the consultant will i) provide targeted technical assistance on the disposal and destruction of PCB contaminated transformer oil and capacitors in support of the development and implementation of PCB phase-out plan at national level, and ii) support awareness raising with scientific knowledge.
Support from a technical expert on the international health and environmental standards of disposal and destruction operations of PCB is needed to support the execution of activities on technical assistance for the implementation of the project "Disposal of PCB oils contained in transformers and disposal of capacitors containing PCB in Southern Africa", as well as other mandates of the Knowledge and Risk Unit related to PCB and the sound management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

--Work location
Remote / home-based
Important: Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2013/4, point 5.20:
The fees of consultants and individual contractors are expressed in gross amounts. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. The United Nations does not reimburse consultants or individual contractors for any taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultants or individual contractors on payments made under the individual contract. The United Nations does not issue statements of earnings to consultants and individual contractors.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, environmental management or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying' experience (2 additional years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Special skills/knowledge
--Excellent communications skills (written and oral), fluent command of English and ability to craft and deliver messages in an articulate manner.
--Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to build robust relationships with key strategic partners.
Experience: --A minimum of five years of experience in safe and environmentally sound PCB disposal and destruction technology, environmental decontamination techniques of POPs or related area.
--Practical experience with managing PCB transport and storage on the operational level conforming to the local regulations and international standards.
--Experience in the field of environmental health risk assessment for sound chemicals and waste management; including knowledge on health and environmental safety standards in workplaces of hazardous chemicals.
--Experience of the United Nations system in particular UNEP is an asset.
Language: --Fluent written and spoken English is required.
--Knowledge of French is an asset.

No Fee


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