Job Opening

Posting Title: Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 28 July 2021 - 27 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-160701-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• support the adoption of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management at national and regional level, including through technical support and communication activities, while ensuring close coordination with other initiatives promoted in relation to mine tailing facilities, including the establishment of the Global Tailings Management Institute

• assist with knowledge management activities in relation to the identification, mapping and risk assessments of tailing facilities globally, feeding into the Global Tailings Portal

Work Location

Remotely

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical support
- Develop a project document on tailings management, in close coordination with UNEP regional offices and divisions, which encompasses all initiatives related to tailings management required at national, regional and global with medium- and long-term objectives and targets and support the development of a resource mobilization strategy for this programme document.
- Support selected countries with the adoption of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) at the regional and national level, including by updating and aligning national legislation to the GISTM.
- Support capacity building and institutional strengthening of public authorities overseeing the management of tailing dams.
- Provide technical advice to non-ICMM mining companies, including SMEs with the adoption of the GISTM.
- Support the organization of consultation processes with relevant stakeholders on the development and adoption of new national standards and legislation on tailings management in line with the GISTM
- Identify gaps for GISTM implementation and opportunities for the uptake of the Standard.

Communication/awareness raising
- Promote the awareness of the GISTM to governments and non-ICMM companies, including through the organization of webinars, publications, and outreach events.
- Work with community representative groups, mining industry, insurance professionals, investor groups and other stakeholders to raise awareness on the safe management of tailing facilities in and support the uptake of adoption of the GISTM.

Knowledge management
- Support on-going work on the identification, mapping and risk assessments of tailing facilities globally, feeding into the Global Tailings Portal .
- Promote close coordination with the Global Tailings Management Institute in relation to work related to mine tailing facilities and the implementation of the GISTM.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results, is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns, shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, and remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication: excellent communication skills, written and spoken as well as ability to draft or edit a variety of written reports including summaries and briefing notes. Ability to ask questions to clarify, exhibiting interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; proactively develops partnerships with other institutions, public and private, securing effective cooperation; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others, and able to work in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, working with transparency and building trust and confidence with colleagues and staff members.

Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (or equivalent) in a field related to international law, environmental affairs, environmental policy, environmental or geological sciences or a field related to the work of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management.

Experience: At least 7 years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of environmental management or environmental governance with specific expertise in the mining / extractive sector.
Substantial and demonstrated experience in dealing with extractive industries with particular focus on compliance / accountability to sustainable development objectives is required. Former engagement in the adoption of mining sector related frameworks, certifications and standards would be an advantage. Former exposure to the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management would also be an advantage. Professional experience working with a diverse range of organizations including governments, private sector, academia, NGOs and foundations or charities is required, including in developing country context.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee

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