Job Opening

Posting Title: Assessment of funding needs under the Stockholm Convention over the period 2018-2022
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 March 2016 - 30 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-United Nations Environment Programme-57697-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A full assessment of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period 2018–2022 and for all the continuing needs, as identified in previous assessments of baselines, by developing-country parties and parties with economies in transition to be considered by the COP at its eighth meeting in 2017. The assessmen is to be based on, among other things, the experience with and lessons learned from the methodology and on available data gained from the preliminary assessments of funding needs for the periods 2006–2010, 2010–2014 and 2015-2019 .

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

3 months during the period from 15 April 2016 to 31 January 2017.

Duties and Responsibilities

By its decision SC-7/18, and consistent with paragraph 7 of article 13 of the Stockholm Convention, the Conference of the Parties (COP) decided to undertake the assessment of funding needed by developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to implement the Convention over the period 2018-2022. Terms of reference for the needs assessment (TOR) were adopted in annex I to decision SC-7/18. The objectives of the work to be carried out under the TOR are:
- To enable the COP to provide to the principal entity entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism referred to in Article 13 of the Convention and to other entities, should they be so entrusted, at periodic intervals, assessments of the total funding, which consists of funding for baseline and agreed full incremental costs, needed by parties eligible for assistance from the financial mechanism to facilitate their effective implementation of the Convention; and
- To provide the principal entity and any other entities with a framework and modalities for the determination in a predictable and identifiable manner of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention by parties eligible for assistance from the financial mechanism.

The terms of reference in decision SC-7/18 require the Secretariat to hire a team of up to three independent experts to undertake a full assessment of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period 2018–2022.

The up to three experts will undertake, in collaboration with the Secretariat, the following tasks:
a) Refinement methodology for assessing the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention:
- Review and possible revision of the format set out in annex II to decision SC 5/22 that was developed to allow Parties to provide information on funding needs associated with implementation of the Convention and any other information on their experiences in implementing the Convention;
- Review and possible revision of the general guidance documents set out in annex III to decision SC-5/22.

b) Information collection and compilation:
- While the Secretairat will be responsible for sending out the information requests to Parties, all submissions will be forwarded, as received, to the Consultants for further processing. The Secretariat will also grant the Consultants access to all submitted NIPs, Article 15 reports and other relevant information.
- For any other relevant supplementary information, where available, the Consultants will reach out to the following stakeholders:
o The Global Environment Facility, which, as the principal entity entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism on an interim basis, is invited to provide information gathered through its operations relevant to the assistance needs of eligible parties;
o Other international financial institutions that provide bilateral or multilateral financial or technical assistance pursuant to paragraph 6 of Article 13 of the Convention, which are invited to provide information on such assistance, including the levels of such assistance;
o Intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, which are invited to provide information relating to the needs assessment;
o The secretariats of other multilateral environmental agreements, which are invited to provide information relevant to modalities for conducting similar needs assessments in connection with their agreements.

c) Undertake a full assessment of the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period 2015–2019:
- Consideration should be given to the experience with and lessons learned from the methodology and on available data gained from the preliminary assessments of funding needs for the periods 2006–2010, 2010–2014 and 2015¿2019 .
- The assessment should include an estimation of baseline and agreed full incremental costs of activities described primarily in national implementation plans and required to implement Parties’ obligations under the Convention.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in chemistry, environmental sciences, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of 7 years of relevant working experience in the field of implementation of the Stockholm Convention and other relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), especially extensive knowledge of the Stockholm Convention Financial mechanism, the Global Environment Facility, national reports and National Implementation Plans. Experience with methodologies of assessing funding needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the context of MEAs is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

Additional Information

The needs assessment report has to be finalized and submitted to the Secretariat by October 2016 at the latest.

No Fee

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