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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 :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||17 Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||17 Days|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in one the following disciplines: Archaeology, heritage studies, environmental science or management, geography and geology.
Fluency in written and spoken English
How to apply:
To apply please access UNDP Jobs site http://jobs.undp.org.
Recommended Presentation of Offer;
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.
Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.
To view the full Terms of Reference (TOR) and download other submission documents, applicant may should access the UNDP Procurement Notice site on the following direct link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=80773