Closing Date: 31/July/2017
Consultancy: Global chemicals and waste statistics
Department: SDG Data and Information Unit, Science Division, UN Environment
Location: Home-based, with some travel
Remuneration: Determined by proposal against scope of work and in line with United Nations financial rules and regulations
Duration: Spread over one year (part time)
Sound management of chemicals and waste is an essential component of sustainable development. There are a number of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators specifically aimed at monitoring chemicals and wastes and the impacts of chemicals and wastes on the environment and human health. The specific indicators on chemicals and waste for which UN Environment is the custodian include:
12.4.1 Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement
12.4.2 Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment
12.5.1 National recycling rate, tons of material recycled
Due to the cross-cutting nature of the drivers and impacts of chemicals and wastes, holistic assessment of chemicals and wastes is very complex. Additionally, many countries lack the capacity to produce and use statistics related to the generation of chemicals and wastes and the impacts of chemicals and waste on the environment and human health. The Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Montreal and Minamata Conventions, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) provide frameworks for managing and reducing chemicals; however, gaps in terms of measuring and understanding the production, use and impacts of chemicals remain.
In this context, the SDG Data and Information Unit, Science Division and the Chemicals and Health Branch of the Economy Division of UN Environment are hiring a consultant. The objective of this consultancy is to conduct a desk review, identify & conduct 3 case studies and development of draft guidance and training materials on the compilation and use of chemicals and wastes statistics (with a focus on chemicals and hazardous wastes). The consultancy should be primarily aimed at methodologies related to SDG indicator 12.4.1 and 12.4.2, for methodologies related to the indicators that are reported in MEAs and SAICM, and for methodology related to indicators needed to understand the impacts of chemicals on the environment and human health. The final products will include: Page 2 of 2
- A global chemicals and waste indicator review document covering international level targets/indicators, including indicators of relevant MEAs and other initiatives such as SAICM, existing metadata and statistical standards, and the current status of MEA and SAICM reporting on chemicals and wastes. It also includes the development of an online training module and a chemicals and waste data assessment tool.
- Three country case studies, based on the experiences learned through supporting countries in conducting, in collaboration with UN Environment staff and relevant national sectorial ministries and agencies, a chemicals and waste data statistics assessment, and documenting the assessment as a case study.
- Draft guidance and training materials on how to measure and use national chemicals and waste indicators, including data disaggregation, statistical standards and methodologies.
The consultant will also have the opportunity to participate in a global expert group meeting on measuring chemicals and wastes which will provide an opportunity to obtain feedback on the products described above.
The three target countries one each from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions, will be selected in due course.
Under the direct supervision of the SDG Data and Information Unit, Science Division and the Chemicals and Health Branch of the Economy Division, the consultant will complete the following objectives:
- Review available literature and methodology;
- Develop an approach for conducting country case studies;
- Conduct country case studies for three countries;
- Present findings to the expert group meeting on chemicals and wastes indicators;
- Integrate results from case studies, expert experiences and the literature review as the basis for the guidance on how to measure and use national chemicals and waste indicators; and
- Draft guidance and training materials based on the proposed outline.
Expected products and outputs
All the products and outputs shall be written in English. The drafts are to be submitted to the SDG Data and Information Unit, Science Division and the Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division for initial review. Based on the feedback received, a revision of the documents is expected. Throughout the consultancy, the selected candidate will maintain regular discussions on the activities with the SDG Data and Information Unit, Science Division and the Chemicals and Health Branch of the Economy Division.
How to Apply
For further details, please see the Job Description.
Applicants are requested to submit the above package of items under “Proposals and Queries” by 31 July 2017 electronically to Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Chemicals and Wastes Statistics TOR”.
Due to the volume of applications, only candidates under positive consideration will be contacted.