Job Opening

Posting Title: Support MED POL in the Implementation of Child Project 1, 1 for PCBs and Mercury Wastes Disposal in the framework of the Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 24 September 2021 - 03 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-164182-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 this service is reducing pollution from harmful chemicals and wastes in the Mediterranean by completing the removal and disposal of PCBs in Lebanon and Algeria and support the inventory of mercury in order to assist all participating countries to proceed with the implementation of the GEF Funded MedProgramme Child Project 1.1 activities.

Work Location

Homebased

Expected duration

The contract will be for the period of four (4) months over 10 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. The MedProgramme is expected to deliver a set of complementary results embracing three categories of priorities identified by the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the Mediterranean Sea which are translated into three components of the Programme: i) Reduction of Land-Based Pollution in Priority Coastal Hotspots and measuring progress to impacts; ii) Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Resilience in the Coastal Zone; and iii) Protecting Marine Biodiversity.
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. The overall targets for Child Project 1.1 include reduction and disposal of 2,000 tons of Persistant Organic Pollutant (POPs)/ Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and 50 tons of mercury wastes. 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 to in chapter 4 of this ToR, as listed below, to complete the training of the national authorities and provide technical support for the implementation of legal instruments and overside the sound environmental management of PCBs and Mercury , as defined under the C.P 1.1 (activities 1.1.1; 1.1.2; and 1.2.1).
Under the direct supervision of the UNEP/MAP MEDPOL Programme Management Officer and the overall coordination with Medprogramme Management Officer, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Prepare a detailed workplan for the assignment including timeline
2. Provide training on PCBs Inventory to national trainers in Algeria and Lebanon; (training of trainers of project phase 1)
3. Provide Technical support on tender documents and evaluation criteria for the international contractors for PCB waste disposal; (phase 1)
4. Possible visits to Lebanon and Algeria to supervise the environmental and sound handling of PCBs wastes and to train local staff and experts on draining the transformers, packaging, and transport prior to shipment abroad for disposal; (phase 1) (provided that the contractor is awarded and started the PCBs handling)
5. Provide technical support to draft and develop SSFAs (or ToRs) with Tunisia, B&H, Albania and Morocco; (phase 2)
6. Provide support to MEDPOL on the technical implementation of SSFAs and guide national consultants on the ground supporting the national stakeholders under the C.P.1.1 (phase 2)
7. Prepare a ToR for purchase PCB screening equipment analyzers for Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia, BiH, Albania and Morocco; (phase 2)
8. Train National experts in, Tunisia, B&H, Albania and Morocco on PCB inventory (data logging, oil and soil sampling, screening labelling, testing); (training of trainers of project phase 2)
9. Train National expert and inspectors in Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia, B&H, Albania and Morocco on the use of PCB screening analyzers; (phase 2)
10. Provide technical support for Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia, B&H and Morocco on Mercury waste audits
11. Prepare monthly progress reports for all activities undertaken to compile a quarterly report to be submitted (including mission reports) and final report for the implementation of activities under this assignment.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in the field of environmental science, environmental engineering, chemical engineering or equivalent is required;
Experience: 1- A minimum of 5 years of experience in the Hazardous wastes Management is required.
2- Working knowledge of GEF projects is an asset.
3- Experience in inventory-making and management of hazardous wastes in accordance with the requirements of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions is required:
o Private sector experience from the hazardous waste industry is an asset.
o PCBs management experience is an asset;
o Hazardous waste management experience in the Mediterraneam region is an asset
Language: 1- Fluency (both oral and written) and excellent writing skills in English are required.
2- Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is 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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