Job Opening

Posting Title: Mercury Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 15 September 2021 - 22 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-164065-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.
--Coordinated report / other deliverables to respond to PAG requests on cross cutting themes, including on mercury from oil and gas and non-ferrous metals mining and smelting
--Information flow and communication to network partners satisfactorily delivered, including through emails, newsletters, webinars, and Partnership areas meetings.
--PAG 12 organized and successfully delivered
--Research to support preparation phase of project proposals.
--List of partners maintained up to date.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building.
--Webinars successfully delivered on NAP and MIA topics
--Reviews of Francophone Africa MIAs and NAPs submitted to project countries
--Technical documents on mercury finalized, published, and disseminated
--NAP and MIA countries are assisted in questions about UNEP tools and methodologies through help desk services
--Desk research on mercury transport and fate, monitoring and policy options conducted and document.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

12 months (full time)

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 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.

KRU--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.

Note: The need for this consultant is foreseen to be of limited duration to respond to a surge in specialized tasks that will be required to complete NAP and MIA projects and respond to the requests of the Global Mercury Partnership advisory group.

The consultant is needed to support the Secretariat tasks of the Global Mercury Partnership, including in response to requests of the Partnership Advisory Group (PAG), as well as to support the global activities for Minamata Initial Assessments and Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining National Action Plans, and other mercury projects.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree or equivalent in a field related to environment/health/natural sciences. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying' experience (2 additional years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least two years of relevant experience, in a field related to international chemicals and waste management and mercury in particular.
Experience with the UN is an advantage.
Language: Fluent written and spoken English is required. Fluency in French is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

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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