National expert on identification of populations at risks and gender dimensions under the MIA project

Tirana

Background

The project will support the government of Albania through the Ministry of Environment to undertake an initial mercury assessment to identify the national mercury challenges and the extent to which legal, policy and regulatory framework will enable Albania to implement future obligations under the Minamata Convention.

Project Description and objective

Albania became a signatory to the Minamata Convention on 9 October 2014 and it has been also actively participating in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury.

During the past 10 years the Ministry of Environment (MoE) has been engaged in policy dialogues involving potential donors in prioritizing interventions to address the problematics of inherited industrial pollution. Currently, the Government of Albania is in the process of transposing European Union legislation related to the management of chemicals, (such as REACH, CLP, POP Regulation, Import-export regulation) into its national legislative framework.

The project’s objective is to undertake a Mercury Initial Assessment to enable the Government of Albania to determine the national requirements and needs for ratification of the Minamata Convention and establish a sound foundation to undertake future work towards the implementation of the Convention. It will do so by implementing four components as specified in the GEF guidelines (GEF/C.45/Inf.05 paragraph 19), as well as a fifth component on mainstreaming. 

Duties and Responsibilities

In line with the report of the Preliminary Mercury Inventory, the Consultants will work under the guidance of the International Expert and local expert to:

Task 1: Develop a preliminary review of potential populations at risk and potential health risks

  1. Summarize all the relevant information from reports, impact studies and case studies, from academia, state and non-state stakeholders as well as the “Assessment of the legislation and of the capacities of main institutions for the implementation of the Minamata Convention in Albania” and the Preliminary Mercury Inventory, through a desk review and generate a report on potential populations at risk and potential health risks in women and men/girls and boys.
  2. Provide an assessment of the groups of people (female/male/child) susceptible to mercury, namely those who are more sensitive to the effects of mercury and those who are exposed to higher levels of mercury.

Task 2: Assessment of potential gender dimensions related to the management of mercury

Develop a report presenting the different roles of gender with regards to mercury in the country, with the aim to ensure that gender considerations are effectively mainstreamed into the national priority actions. The assessment with include the concentration to exposure where people spend time and activity patterns—for example, sports participation, work-related chemical and ergonomic exposures, and use of personal care and cleaning products,  occupational exposure, household exposure, food chain exposure, cosmetic exposure, and other relevant exposures. 

Other topics to be targeted by the report include:

  • National gender policies and commitments related to chemicals in general and mercury in particular.
  • Sex- and gender-based analysis to better understand the ways in which environmental contaminants pose different biological risks for women and men.
  • Women’s and men’s respective roles in a better-informed decision-making related to the environment at household and community levels;
  • Women’s and men’s different vulnerabilities—access to resources, the gender dimensions of different exposures to chemicals such as mercury.
  • Understanding how men’s and women’s roles and gender relations change and may complement each other when coping with mercury;
  • Provide recommendations for gender best practices to ensure that participatory planning methods are appropriate, inclusive and can encourage women and men to engage in the process of the discussions for Minamata Initial Assessment;
  • Identify entry points for mainstreaming gender considerations in the area of mercury management in the follow-up steps of the project;
  • Under recommendations section of the report develop gender-responsive outcomes, baselines, targets, and indicators (disaggregated by sex and other relevant, intersecting forms of identity)  for the project future development.

Useful resources: 

While undertaking a preliminary review of potential populations at risk you are encouraged to make use of the “WHO/UNEP Guidance for Identifying Populations at Risk from Mercury Exposure”

http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/risk-mercury-exposure/en/

While undertaking the assessment of potential gender dimensions related to the management of mercury you are encouraged to make use of existing guidance materials, such as the

UNDP Guidance Document “Chemicals Management – The Why and How of Mainstreaming Gender” or any other relevant guidance document. http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/environment-energy/chemicals_management/chemicals-management-the-why-and-how-of-mainstreaming-gender.html

Deliverables are as follows:

The following deliverables are requested:

50%-  December 20, 2017- Task 1: Develop a preliminary review of potential populations at risk and potential health risks

50%-  March 30,2017- Task 2: Assessment of potential gender dimensions related to the management of mercury

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Core Competencies:

  • Communication - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.
  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards.

Functional Competencies

Thorough understanding of disability issues, human rights, social inclusion and social services

  • Excellent inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking attitude;
  • Capacity to deliver as per deadlines;
  • Knowledge of environmental conventions such as Minamata, Stockholm or relevant.
  • Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily;

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Required skills and experience include the following:

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in legal studies, socio- economic studies, natural sciences, public health or related fields with knowledge on environmental issues related to chemicals.

Experience:

  • At least seven years of professional work experience
  • Familiarity in the area of gender research and analysis with strong research and writing skills. 
  • Knowledge of chemicals effects in the perspective of populations at risk exposed to them.

Languages:

  • English, both written and oral.

Evaluation Procedure

  • Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated;
  • Individual consultants will be evaluated based on Combined Scoring method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal;
  • Combined weighted scoring: Technical (70%); Financial (30%).

30% or 30 points: - Advanced university degree in legal studies, socio- economic studies, natural sciences, public health or related fields with knowledge on environmental issues related to chemicals.

20 % or 20 points: - At least seven years of professional work experience with knowledge of the chemicals effects in the perspective of populations at risk.

20% or 20 points: - Familiarity in the area of gender research and analysis with strong research and writing skills.  

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability-please fill in the attached form...http://www.un.org.al/doc/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Letter%20to%20UNDP.docx
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV. Download here.
  • Financial Proposal in ALL* - specifying a total lump sum in Albanian Lek  for the tasks specified in this announcement.  The attached template may be used - http://www.un.org.al/doc/Financial%20Offer%20template.doc Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services).
  • Copy of Diplomas and copy of Passport.

*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application.

How to Submit the Application:

How submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs);

  • Merge your UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs), Financial ProposalLetter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability  and cover letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded;

  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement); 

  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;”

  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);

  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

  • Merge your UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs), Financial Proposal Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and cover letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women and individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tirana
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Non-Proliferation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons
    • Environment
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-24

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