Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vacancies at Federal Ministry of Environment



The Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is presently executing a Project on Mainstreaming Sound Management of Chemicals into MDG Based Development Plans and Policies.


The sound management of chemicals (SMC) in Nigeria is essential for achieving sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease, the improvement of human health and the environment and the elevation of standard of living. The overall Project objective is to impact the average Nigerian involved in various aspects of the chemical life-cycle; while bringing coherence and synergy into the Nigerian chemicals management infrastructure with the integration of chemicals safety into national development projects and programmes targeted at poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Currently, the Project is at the stage of developing a national situation report on sound management of chemicals as an important step to identifying a baseline of capacity for SMC. The report into be developed as part of a process that identifies gaps, needs and opportunities, sequel to which priority-setting exercise and ultimately, integration within national development policies and plans would be accomplished. The national situation report would function as an awareness-raising tool needed to familiarize government decision-makers and stakeholders with the strengths, weaknesses and overall capacity for SMC within the Country, as well as identifying what most pressingly needs to be addressed.

To this end, the services of National Consultants and an International Consultant (SMC Expert) are required as specified below:



Consultants
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • Min Qualification
  • LocationAbuja
  • Job FieldAdministration
1.) National Consultant, Ref No: NC1
2.) National Consultant, Ref No: NC2
3.) International Consultant, Ref No: IC/SMC

Terms of Reference for NC1
Consultant for developing Baseline analysis and Identification of Sound Management of Chemicals Priorities.

Responsibilities
  • Undertake a comprehensive desk review of relevant legal frameworks, policies, studies, researches and reports in the area of SMC.
  • In liaison with constituted sector teams, conduct research to identify gaps in the national SMC governance regime.
  • Develop basis for the identification of highest priorities for SMC actions.
  • Draft National SMC report.
  • Facilitate the review of draft national SMC report by Stakeholders.
  • Integrate comments received on draft situation report from stakeholders and present the final situation report.
  • Develop a national chemical management situation report that provides information on the degree of integration of SMC into national development planning.
  • Identify specific opportunities and priorities to address gaps in the national SMC regime and other major chemical management problems and opportunities.
  • Presents developed concept papers to stakeholders (ICM) for inputs.
  • Update the original concept papers with inputs of ICM
  • Any other task that would ensure the development of a national SMC situation report and issue concept papers
  • Delivery of a draft national Situation report is 8 weeks from commencement date.
  • Delivery date for developed concept papers is2weeks from date of delivery of National SMC report.
Qualifications and skills required
The following lists specific expertise and experience that the consultant should possess:
  • University degree (At least a masters degree) in environmental law, environment chemistry, chemistry or public health and other related sciences;
  • Accreditation with the Federal Ministry of Environment as an Environmental Consultant
  • Familiarity with the background and implementation of various international treaties, programs and initiatives applicable to chemicals, including the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
  • Experience in developing National Profiles on Chemicals Management.
  • Familiarity with the environmental and chemicals issues, including priorities in environmental problems and management system.
  • Experience in working with Federal and State authorities;
  • Working knowledge of environmental and health management capacity, professionals and stakeholders at the national and state levels
  • Experience in implementation of other environmental projects and working in team;
Terms of Reference for NC2
Consultant for development of economic evaluation i.e cost of action and inaction of selected policy options for addressing the gaps and needs identified tnthe National SUC situation report.

Responsibilities
  • Development of a Cost-Benefit Analysis Framework for each of the SMC priorities that will be the subject of economic analysis
  • Quantitative assessment of the costs and benefits of action or inaction to address each of identified priority SMC issue; and
  • Conduct studies on policy instrument options to enable government action on identified priorities.
  • Provide input for one day workshop for the main project stakeholders to: a) formally review the economic analysis framework(s), b) raise awareness among government officials about and produce comments on the major benefits and costs that are identified in the framework(s), c) produce comments on and revise an needed major assumptions in the framework, and d) develop possible solutions to major data gaps anticipated by the framework, including identifying by whom and when data gaps will be filled if possible.
  • Integrate comments received on draft from the target stakeholders and present the final version of the assessment;
  • Update the Issue Concept Papers with the results of the economic and policy analysis.
  • Communicating results to finance and planning ministries and political leaders in an economic language that they are accustomed to working with.
  • Collect all relevant existing cost material related to National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan. Material to be collected will include but not limited to studies prepared by international experts and institutions, by the Federal Government of Nigeria, including government budget and estimates, strategies and plans
  • Identify best opportunities to influence national development process,
  • Develop mainstreaming road map.
  • Assist in identification of co-funding sources;
  • Develop a resource mobilization proposal on national priorities that have been mainstreamed for Government, to obtain necessary funding to address these national priorities.
Qualifications and skills required
The following lists specific expertise and experience that the consultant should possess:
  • University or Advanced Degree in finance, economy, environmental economics, or other relevant fields, Education in chemicals/waste management, environment protection will bean asset;
  • At least 5 years of experience in finance, economy, environmental economics, environmental protection or chemicals/waste management or other relevant fields;
  • Strong abilities in developing quantitative cost-benefit assessment in chemicals/waste areas or other relevant areas
  • Familiarity with the background and implementation of various international treaties, programs and initiatives applicable to chemicals, including SAICM.
  • Familiarity with the international environmental and chemicals issues, including priority environmental problems management system will bean asset;
  • Strong communication and writing skills;
  • Experience of work in teams;
  • Experience in developing resource mobilization proposals.
Terms of Reference for IC
International SMC expert.

Responsibilities
  • To provide technical guidance to the National SMC team on international practices on sound management of chemicals.
  • Establish a monitoring system for implemented actions to determine their relative success and cost-effectiveness.
  • Support country's request and facilitate regional and sub-regional discussions and interactions.
  • Assist in preparation for relevant multilateral events and processes.
Qualifications and skills required
The following lists specific expertise and experience that the consultant should possess:
  • Advanced degree in environment, economics, development or a closely related field.
  • Al least 10 yrs of work experience, preferably including support to government through policy and strategic in Interventions.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of climate change adaptation and development
  • Technical knowledge of the implications of climate change on development, finance, environment and other relevant fields is critical.
Interested applicants should kindly quote the reference number of the position on the cover letters and resume and send to:
The Director,
Department of Pollution Control & Environmental Health,
Federal Ministry of Environment,
14, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja.

ATTENTION: National Coordinator (Mainstreaming SMC Project)
Deadline: 25 February, 2013

 
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