Wastewater and Nutrients Policy Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Result of Service

The objective of this consultancy is to develop a report to address land-based sources of pollution within the framework of the Global Environment Facility-funded CReW+ Project co-implemented by the Inter-American Development Bank and UNEP, and the Cartagena Convention’s Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution Protocol.

Work Location


Expected duration

Two (2) months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

UN Environment Programme's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

This consultancy post is in the UNEP Cartagena Convention Secretariat under the direct supervision of Programme Management for the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution Sub-Programme.

The tasks and responsibilities are as follows:

• Desk review and analysis of all existing reports, guidelines and relevant regulations relating to wastewater and nutrients management in the Wider Caribbean Region, Cartagena Convention and LBS Protocol Recommendations and Decisions, with the aim of extracting relevant information, guiding principles and approaches for the development of the report;

• Consultation with experts from the LBS Pollution Regional Activity Centres, LBS Focal Points and representatives of the Monitoring and Assessment Working Group of the Cartagena Convention;

• Collection of information to determine how UNEP, the UNEP GPA and other Regional Seas Programmes and Action Plans as well as other countries both within and outside the Wider Caribbean Region have addressed the issue of treated wastewater reuse and established nutrient discharge criteria for domestic wastewater effluent;

• Review of relevant outputs and discussions from the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) and the Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I);

• Review of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater: Volume 1: Policy and regulatory aspects; Volume 2: Wastewater use in agriculture; Volume 3: Wastewater and excreta use in aquaculture; and Volume 4: Excreta and greywater use in agriculture;

• Review of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium US EPA.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A Master's degree in the field of water and wastewater management, marine sciences or environmental sciences.
Experience: At least 10 years of professional experiences in marine environmental issues, particularly pollution and/or water, wastewater and nutrients management. At least three years of experiences in addressing land-based sources of pollution. Demonstrated capacity to write UN documents in English.
Language: Proficiency in oral and written English. Knowledge of Spanish is an asset.