Consultant to conduct Heritage Impact Assessment for four (4) small-scale mining hotspots: Otjimbojo, Omapyu, Xoboxobos and Tubussis

Location : UNDP CO Namibia / Windhoek, NAMIBIA
Application Deadline :23-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :17 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :17 Days

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The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would like to ensure that small-scale miners (SSMs) currently mining in small-scale mining hotspots comply with the requirements of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 7 of 2007, along with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations No. 30 of 2012 as well as the National Heritage Act No. 27 of 2004. At the moment, scoping studies have been conducted and EMPs developed for Omapyu, Otjimbojo, Goboboseb and Tubussis small-scale mining sites in Erongo Region. However, these could not be approved for issuance of Environmental Clearance Certificates (ECCs) by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) under the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) in the absence of Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) Reports. It is therefore required that HIAs should be conducted for mining and quarrying activities in those small-scale mining hotspots, given the potential of heritage resources within the Erongo Region. The HIA reports to be produced after the assessments are meant to present measures aimed to prevent the destruction of the heritage within the target small-scale mining hotspot, and to advise the small-scale miners on matters related to the conservation and protection of places and objects of heritage significance.

Against this background, MME in partnership with the UNDP is seeking services of a consultant to conduct heritage and archaeological assessments at the four hotspots. Each of the sites encompasses several mining claims, owned and operated by different individual persons and/ or groups, from which a range of semi-precious stones such as tourmaline, smoky quartz, beryl, amethyst, prehnite, rock crystals and Schorl are extracted. Presently, mining and extraction of these gemstones is predominantly done in a semi-mechanized manner, involving the removal of overburden with excavators, bulldozers and loaders, provided by middlemen, and subsequent manual digging of the targeted gemstones.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of this assignment is to conduct HIAs at 4 small-scale mining hotspots in Erongo Region namely Omapyu, Goboboseb and Tubussis.  Through the HIAs, the consultant will be expected to identify and locate sensitive heritage resources within the five hotspots (Omapyu, Otjimbojo, Goboboseb and Tubussis) that could be negatively affected by small-scale mining activities. The consultant is expected to compile 5 separate reports for the different hotspots. The hotspot indicated as Otjimbojo consists of two farms, part of  Otjimbojo Ouest Farm and another part of Otjakatjongo Farm; as part of the requirement from MEFT, separate reports should be produced per farm. The consultant will also be expected to deliver the Full Proposal with the timelines agreed with UNDP to allow for review before the deadline for submission.



Number of days

Target dates

Review and Approvals Required

Inception meeting

Inception Report




Field work to the 5 small-scale mining hotspots





Preparation of the 5 HIA reports

First drafts of the 5 HIA reports




Finalization of the 5 HIA reports

Final drafts of the 5 HIA reports





  • Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding the client needs;
  • Ability to focus on impact and results for the client, promoting and demonstrating an ethic of client service;
  • Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs;
  • Sound judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage competing priorities;
  • Ability to conduct heritage and archaeological studies;

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree in one the following disciplines: Archaeology, heritage studies, environmental science or management, geography and geology.


  • Environmental science or management, geography and geology.
  • 5 years professional experience in environmental assessment.
  • 5 years professional experience in heritage impact assessment.
  • Excellent research experience; and Excellent writing skills.


Fluency in written and spoken English

Application process

  • Applicants are requested to submit price offers indicating the total cost of the assignment (including daily fees). All application should be done via the online portal.
  • UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
  • Applications will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified above through a desk review.

How to apply:

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Recommended Presentation of Offer;

  • Completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or a P11 Personal History form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment (max 1 page).

Financial proposal:

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (based on the number of working days mentioned ToR.


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