Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to support UNEP/MAP MED POL in the Implementation of Child Project 1, 1 for PCBs in the framework of the MedProgramme
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 27 July 2021 - 05 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-158815-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the service is reducing pollution from harmful chemicals and wastes in the Mediterranean by completing the removal of the hazardous wastes in Lebanon in order to assist all participating countries to proceed with the implementation of the GEF Funded MedProgramme Child Project 1.1 activities aiming for the ultimate disposal of 2000 tons of POPs and safe storage of 50 tons of mercury wastes.

Work Location


Expected duration

The contract will be for 2 months over a period of 16 months starting from the date of the last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment Programme's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), Athens, Greece.
This consultancy assignment is in the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security (GEF ID 9607), and Child Project 1.1“Reducing Pollution from Harmful Chemicals and Wastes in Mediterranean Hot Spots and Measuring Progress to Impacts” (GEF ID 9684) executed by UNEP/MAP.
The MedProgramme represents the first GEF programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea aiming to operationalize priority actions to reduce major transboundary environmental stresses in its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. The MedProgramme is implemented in ten beneficiary countries sharing the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. It involves a wide spectrum of developmental and societal sectors, ranging from banking institutions, the private sector, governmental and non-governmental bodies, industry, research, media, and various other organizations.
Component 1 of the MedProgramme is devoted to the reduction of land-based pollution in priority coastal hotspots, and measuring progress to impacts; its associated programme outcomes will be achieved through three Child Projects (Child Projects 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3). UNEP/MAP, through the MED POL Programme and SCP/RAC, will implement Child Project 1.1 entitled “Reducing Pollution from Harmful Chemicals and Wastes in Mediterranean Hot Spots and Measuring Progress to Impacts” (GEF Project ID 9684) (hereinafter referred to as Child Project 1.1). Child Project 1.1 will be implemented in several countries including Lebanon. The overall targets for Child Project 1.1 include elimination of 2,000 tons of Persistant Organic Pollutant (POPs)/ Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and 50 tons of mercury. The activities will comprise of interventions to significantly reduce the production, use, consumption and emissions/ releases of targeted chemicals and wastes (POPs, mercury) through environmentally sound disposal of wastes and stockpiles; the adoption of sustainable production and consumption practices; investments in innovative techniques; and regulatory approaches. The activities of Child Project 1.1 will also contribute to the promotion and harmonization of existing data platforms, monitoring protocols and indicators to comply with the Barcelona Convention’s ecosystem approach-based Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP).
To this aim, UNEP/MAP MED POL requires the services of a consultant to support the tasks referred below, including in-situ validation of previously carried out inventories, carrying out a new/additional PCB inventory (if needed) and supervision of environmental sound management of approximately 400 tons of PCB equipment and other PCBs’ wastes from Lebanon,
The consultant will be responsible for the following specific tasks:
1. Prepare a workplan for the assignment including timeline;
2. Validation of list of inventories which apply principally to transformers containing PCBs. These are typically found in electrical utilities, industrial facilities, military installations, residential/commercial buildings, research laboratory, wastewater discharge facilities, automotive service stations. With reference to the “Guidelines for the Identification of PCB and Materials Containing PCB” (UNEP, 1999), the consultant shall validate information in the prepared inventories regarding key facilities identified for collecting and storage of PCB in Lebanon. As part of this validation process, the willingness of these facilities to submit the quantities of collected PCB for disposal by the international contractor should be assessed;
3. Review of the legislative and regulatory framework: Examine national controls, standards and procedures in Lebanon to ensure that they are keeping with the obligations of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions, including those that pertain to ESM (environmentally sound management) of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with PCBs. To this aim, the consultant should review elements of the regulatory framework applicable to PCBs and provide concrete statements on the state of legislation and regulations (if available) in Lebanon with a focus on the following:
a. Environmental protection legislation setting release limits and establishing environmental quality criteria;
b. Prohibitions on the manufacture, sale, import and export (for use) of PCBs;
c. Phase-out dates for PCBs that remain in service, inventory or storage;
d. Hazardous materials and waste transportation requirements;
e. Specifications for containers, equipment, bulk containers and storage sites;
f. Specification of acceptable analytical and sampling methods for PCBs;
g. Requirements for waste management and disposal facilities;
h. Public notification and review of proposed government regulations, policy, certificates of approval, licenses, inventory information and national emissions data;
i. Requirements for identification and remediation of contaminated sites;
j. Requirements for health and safety of workers;
k. Other potential legislative controls, as for waste prevention and minimization, inventory development and emergency response);
l. Review the latest National Implementation Plan (NIP) and National Action Plan (NAP) prepared, respectively, in response to Stockholm and Barcelona Convention requirements;
4. Participate in meetings with government authorities responsible for preparation of activities related to disposal of PCB and liaising with MED POL (PMO) on outcomes of meetings;
5. Coordinate between the Lebanese government and the contractor in order to address/resolve any pending issues and if necessary, to bring up to the attention of MED POL (PMO);
6. Training and capacity building; The consultant shall undertake training in capacity building to inspectors in the Ministry of Environment with regard to the following subjects:
a. Sampling of PCB liquid from transformers and waste motor oil;
b. Analysis in determining dioxin-like PCBs;
c. Monitoring of facilities for managing wastes;
d. Handling and collection of PCBs including arrangements and collection depots for wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with PCBs;
e. Packaging of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with PCBs;
f. Labelling of containers and equipment containing or contaminated with PCBs;
g. Transportation of PCBs waste;
h. Safe storage of PCBs wastes;
i. Environmentally sound disposal including pretreatment, destruction and irreversible transformation methods;
j. Remediation of contaminated sites;
k. Health and safety including higher risk and lower risk situations;
l. Emergency response plans for PCBs that are in service, in storage, in transport and at a disposal site;
m. Arrangements for open public participation process.
7. Follow up in the export process until receiving all the certificates of PCBs disposal with the aim of informing MED POL (PMO) on the status/progress of issue of these certificates;
8. Monitor and report on work progress of the international contractor(s) engaged by UNON and of the trained inspectors.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences. Chemical Engineering, or equivalent experience; (required)
Experience: a) A minimum of 5 years of experience in inventories and management of PCBs/POPs waste; (required)
b) Experience in PCBs/POPs waste management, in Lebanon following the rules and restrictions of Basel and Stockholm Conventions; (required)
c) Knowledge of administration and legislative framework in Lebanon for removal of POPs and PCB waste; (asset)
d) Previous experience with UNEP/MAP and or GEF projects for removal of POPs and/or PCBs waste or any type of hazardous waste; (asset)
e) Private sector experience in the hazardous waste industry; (asset)
f) Experience in HW management /inventory. (asset)
Language: Fluency (both oral and written) and excellent writing skills in Arabic and English; (required)

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