Job Opening

Posting Title: National - Mercury inventories specialist,
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 22 March 2022 - 30 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-177584-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
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Result of Service

The national consultant will be hired to carry out the activities under the project component 3 “Development of a mercury inventory using the UNEP mercury tool kit and strategies to identify and assess mercury contaminated sites” related to execution of the project in Angola.

The consultant will support work analyzing the inventory data in a timely fashion and will lend support to train and guide participating countries throughout the whole inventory process. The aim is to ensure the high quality and comparability of the final inventory and build national capacity to use the UNEP Toolkit.

Work Location

Home-based/Online

Expected duration

2 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

UN 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 UNEP’s 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.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted in January 2013 and will come into force once the required number of countries ratifies the Convention. The GEF project “Development of Minamata Convention on Mercury Initial Assessment in Africa (MIA)” is aimed at facilitating the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention by providing key national stakeholders in participating countries with the scientific and technical knowledge and tools needed for that purpose. Participating countries will benefit from new and updated information about the mercury situation in the country and from increased capacity in managing the risks of mercury. The sharing of experiences and lessons learned throughout the project is also expected to be an important contribution to other similar countries. UNEP’s Africa Office is the Executing Agency of the MIA regional project for Angola, Malawi, and Zimbabwe (MIA II).

A national consultant will be hired to assist the Mercury Inventories expert to carry out the activities under the project component 3 “Development of a mercury inventory using the UNEP mercury tool kit and strategies to identify and assess mercury contaminated sites” related to execution of the project in Angola. This component will provide Angola with improved data on mercury sources and releases. The UNEP Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases has been revised in 2019. The consultant will apply the most current Level II version, which is a comprehensive description of all mercury sources, as well as a quantitative analysis of mercury. More specifically, the mercury toolkit will assist Angola to address: a) Mercury supply sources and trade (Article 3); (b) Mercury-added products (Article 4); (c) Manufacturing processes in which mercury or mercury compounds are used (Article 5); (d) Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (Article 7); (e) Emissions (Article 8); and (f) Releases (Article 9). It will also include a description of mercury storage conditions. The consultant will assist with the analysis of the inventory data in a timely fashion and will train and guide participating countries throughout the whole inventory process. The aim is to ensure the high quality and comparability of the final inventory and build national capacity to use the UNEP Toolkit.

The requirements of the Job Opening will be carried out online thus home-based. The Consultant will provide operational support and will play a critical role in the implementation of UN Environment Programme related activities.

The Consultant shall work under the direct supervision of the Acting Regional Sub-programme Coordinator for Chemicals, Waste and Air Quality of UNEP Africa Office (UNEP ODED ROA).

Specific tasks and responsibilities of the consultant include the following:

1. Support the Mercury Inventory Expert to develop an inventory of mercury in Angola utilizing the most current Level II version of the UNEP Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases, which is a comprehensive description of all mercury sources, as well as a quantitative analysis of mercury;
a. Liaise with government and private sector counterparts, as directed;
b. Collect data on mercury sources and uses in Angola, as directed;
2. Assist the Mercury Inventory Expert with the preparation of a the Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) for Angola following the most recent guidance;
a. Acquire additional data, as directed;
b. Support analysis and interpretation of data, as directed

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A Master’s degree in environmental protection or another related field is required. A first level degree in Environmental protection or another-related field with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master's degree. A degree in Health and Environment Science will be an asset.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years experience in environment and health and/or other relevant disciplines, preferably in governmental institutions, NGOs or the United Nations, is required. Specific experience in mercury or other pollutant inventories is also required. Knowledge of the UNEP Mercury Inventory Toolkit is desirable. The candidate should have excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.

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

No Fee

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