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Environment Expert for development of Strategy for Combating Pollution in Iraq
|Location :||Home-Based, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||31-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||70 working days over 9 months|
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.
Pollution is a major sustainable development challenge with impacts that endanger human health and environment. According to the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, the costs of pollution in low- and middle-income countries amount to 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and up to 7 per cent of annual spending in terms of health care costs.
In Iraq, the cost of environmental degradation is estimated between 4.9 to 8 per cent of the GDP. Some of the major reasons for the environmental degradation in Iraq are2: 1. Diseases resulting from poor water quality; 2. Increased respiratory diseases due to air pollution; 3. Neglected and pressured agricultural lands; and 4. Unsustainable management wastes. Considering this, the National Environment Strategy and Action Plan identified improvement of the quality of water, soil and air as urgent priorities.
Improper waste management plays a major role in the pollution of water, soil, and air in Iraq. Since the establishment of the Ministry of Environment (now called the Ministry of Health and Environment), the Government of Iraq exerted considerable efforts to mitigate impacts of waste substances including chemicals and to join international conventions.
Iraq is now Party to Basel, Stockholm, and Rotterdam Conventions. It is also in the process of ratification of the Minamata convention. These conventions aim to protect human life and Environment from the hazardous chemicals and wastes.
While sectoral actions are necessary for controlling pollution from respective sectors, integrated planning will make the pollution control measures efficient and cost effective. It will also prevent unintended negative impacts of certain pollution control measures.
2-Project scope of work
UNDP in partnership with UNEP is implementing a project that aim to promote a holistic approach for combating pollution in Iraq through supporting the development of more integrated policies, plans, laws, and regulations. Ministry of Health and Environment is considered the main counterpart and will coordinate with Key stakeholders to support the two UN agencies in implementing the project through analyzing the current pollution situation and developing a strategy for combating pollution.
Under the overall coordination of UNDP- Iraq Environment Officer and UNEP- West Asia Programme Officer, the National Consultant will support the international consultant on the development of a strategy for combatting pollution in Iraq. The National consultant should have the relevant experience and knowledge about current state of all kind of environmental pollution and their impact on Environmental elements and human health, with experience on Iraqi’s related Environmental standards, laws and policies.
The consultant will work collaboratively with the Government stakeholders on development of pollution control strategy to ensure ownership of the Government in implementation of the plan thereafter.
More specifically, the national Consultant will carry out the following tasks:
1.Team up with the international consultant to identify and collect available data, literature, reports, plans and policies related to the Environmental pollution in Iraq.
2. Assess existing institutional and legislative policy frameworks in Iraq related to environmental pollution and identify the gaps and areas of improvements. This assessment will be integrated into the broader situation analysis report.
3. Support the international consultant in developing baseline assessment by facilitating access to the local data and by engaging with the Ministry of health and Environment Experts group in the development of the first draft of Pollution situation analysis in Iraq.
4.Coordinate with the national stakeholders in Iraq including KRG to join the 1st consultation workshop and support the international consultant in facilitation the workshop.
5. Collect all inputs and comments from all stakeholders on the 1st draft report on situation analysis of pollution in Iraq and ensure adequality and accuracy of the information needed for the situation analysis on pollution.
6. Support the international consultant on developing the final report on situation analysis of pollution in Iraq, highlighting the gaps and challenges raised by the stakeholders.
7. Work with the international consultant in drafting the pollution control strategy and action plan
8. Facilitate the engagement with the local stakeholders and organize 2nd consultation workshop with related stakeholders to review and discuss the draft strategy and action plan.
9. Provide support to the international consultant in finalizing the strategy and action plan based on the national stakeholders’ feedback including priority actions with attribution of responsibilities, timeframe and indicative costing.
 Landrigan, Philip J., and others (2017), The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Available at https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32345-0.
 The National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan for Iraq (2013-2017)
The application should contain:
- Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 2 professional referees who can certify the candidate’s competencies, professionalism, quality of presentation and overall suitability for this assignment.
Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows to upload maximum one document.
**Failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification
The short listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - ToR:
Annex II - General Terma and Conditions:
Annex III - Letter of Interest and Financial Proposal
Annex IV - P11
Link to UNDP Procurement Notice:
All documents can also be be downloaded from the above link.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expected Outputs and timeline
Key outputs of the national Consultant will expect to provide the deliverables for this assignment as follows:
6.Administration and reporting
The consultancy will be Home Based, with travel to conduct project workshops in KRG as needed with total 70 working days over a period of 9 Months to start by 1st April.
UNDP will provide administrative support to the national consultant throughout the implementation of this service. However, he/she should be proactive in making appointments, organizing discussions and consultation meetings with key stakeholders, as needed/appropriate.
The consultant will attend number of meetings in Ministry of Environment /Baghdad and (two visits, 5 days/each) in KRG, he /she needs Transport, DSA /Travel cost and communication fees of (mobile cards and internet rent ) to communicate with the project stakeholders.
Please refer to Annx I for details
Required Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will have a multi-disciplinary and professional background in natural sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, waste management, or economics, preferably related to environmental pollution with strong coordination skills with national institutions and strong communication skills.
The following attributes are essential:
Years of Experience
Language and other skills:
i.Excellent communication skills both oral and written in English and Arabic. (5 points)