Job Opening

Posting Title: National consultant on urban environmental assessment
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GEORGETOWN
Posting Period: 23 April 2018 - 07 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-96426-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The main activities to be carried out within the framework of this consultancy are:

1. Establish a methodology for environmental assessment. The consultant will select an existing rapid environmental assessment methodology or develop a new one. The methodology will include the following:

a. Detailed municipal solid waste profile of the Centre (i.e the 7 core avenues of Bartica) and an estimate of industrial waste from mining
b. Geophysical profile of the city and its boundaries
c. Topography of the town
d. Fragile ecosystems
e. Geological structure and soil type
f. Water resources and water consumption distribution
g. Climate data (rainfall, atmospheric temperature)
h. Energy and transport profile
i. Socio economic profile

2. Develop a report consolidating the baseline data collected in the implementation of the methodology (deliverable 1) and providing recommendations for further work as well as mechanisms to continue data gathering (e.g. on waste). This report will complement the development of the Municipal Development Plan, which is being drafted by the Ministry of Communities. It is important to note that much of the needed data is already available in national/regional assessments and some estimations can be done after appropriate analysis.

3. Develop communications materials that present the current situation (Deliverable 2) and future scenario. This output will be developed according local government priorities and community consultations (e.g. energy transition or increase in open space)

Work Location

Georgetown, Guyana

Expected duration

The consultancy is expected to be for a period of one (1) month.

Duties and Responsibilities


The UN Environment 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.

In an increasingly urbanized world, UN Environment, and our partners support cities across the world in addressing environmental impacts and integrating the environment into cities’ long-term strategic planning. We focus on buildings and infrastructure, transport, air pollution, waste and water management, biodiversity, and ecosystems. The emphasis is on supporting developing countries to develop and implement policies; policies which support low-carbon, resource efficient and green growth as well as policies on mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The Municipality of Bartica, is a new municipality of about 15,000 people. Is commonly known as the “gateway” to Guyana’s interior and economically driven by gold, diamond mining and no a lesser extent the hospitality industries. According to President David Granger’s vision for a green economy throughout Guyana, Bartica will serve as the first model green city and is intended to be emulated by all cities and towns across the country.

Furthermore, the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) (under development) is meant to be the national development plan, to provide long-term vision and guide Guyana’s economic, social and environmental development. It will provide the foundation for an inclusive green economy, which results in improved human well-being and social equity, whilst scientifically reducing environmental risk and preventing ecological scarcities. The GSDS recognizes the importance of support local authorities in conducting local assessments to improve municipal management.

The Ministry of Communities, the national office that supports local governments, is working with the local council in drafting the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) that will guide future development. Under the supervision of the Resource Efficiency Coordinator in the UN Environment Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (based in Panama), and the Cities Unit (Economy Division, based in Paris), the consultant will complement this effort trough strengthening the environmental components of the MDP and supporting participatory planning.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in a field related architecture and/or environmental engineering. Ideally with experience on urban planning and environmental assessments. A first-level university degree in combination with at least (2) two year of qualifying and relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of relevant and progressively working experience in environmental studies.

Language: Fluent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other official languages in the United Nations System is an advantage.

Competencies and values

• Integrity and professionalism: Demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgement; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client orientation. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results: is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

• Planning and organizing: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers timely performances of assigned tasks, cost and quality standards, operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments.

• Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients point of view: establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies client’s need and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the client´s environment to keep informed and anticipate problems, keeps clients informed of progress of setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with UN Environment colleagues to achieve project goals and to learn from others, and able to work in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment.

• Communication: Proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Additional Information

Supervision: The first supervisor will be the Regional Coordinator of Resource Efficiency; the second supervisor will be the Regional Director, both at the UN Environment Latin America and Caribbean Office

Reporting: The activities will have as a result three separate reports that will be requested to process payment.

Payments will be divided into two separate disbursements, the initial one, after completion of deliverable 1. Methodology for environmental assessment. and a draft of deliverable 2. Baseline data collected in the implementation of the methodology (deliverable 1) and providing recommendations for further work.
The final payment will be disbursed upon submission of finalized version of deliverable 2 and deliverable 3. Communications materials that present the current situation (Deliverable 2) and future scenario.

No Fee


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