Small-scale mining is considered as one of the strategies to reduce poverty in Namibia. To date, many less advantaged people are engaged in small-scale mining activities in efforts to generate income. Small-scale mining in Namibia is concentrated mainly on semi-precious stones, such as tourmaline, smoky quartz, beryl, amethyst, prehnite, rock crystals and schorl.
Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) have recently been developed for the following small-scale mining hotspots: Otjimboyo, Omapyu, Xoboxobos and Tubussis, following the environmental scoping studies that were conducted for those sites. In the EMPs, various recommendations have been made to the small-scale miners, including the need to construct toilets. This particular recommendation was made, after noting the negative environmental impacts as a result of lack of proper sanitation. Not only this is an environmental issue, but is also a health risk. Therefore, addressing this challenge needs to be considered as a matter of agency, to avoid the worst impacts.
Nevertheless, as much as the construction of toilets needs to be prioritized, careful consideration of their potential impacts on the environment is of utmost importance. There is a concern that excreta from such may potentially leach into groundwater, thereby threatening human health through contamination. Therefore to avoid such impacts, services of an specialist in the hydrology field are required to help identify and select the best possible sites where the toilets can be constructed without negatively impacting the environment and its surroundings, or with minimal impacts.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective for this consultancy is for an expert to provide services aiming to identify the best locations for toilets to be installed at four (4) Small-Scale Mining Hotspots: Otjimbojo, Omapyu, Xoboxobos and Tubussis. The sites must be chosen with due care, considering the long-term effects on the environment; such that the toilets to be constructed there should not pose negative environmental impacts, both during the construction and operational phases.
|Activity||Deliverable||Target dates||Review and Approvals Required|
|Inception Report||Inception Report||26/07/2021||UNDP & MME|
|Field work||11/08/2021||UNDP & MME|
|Preparation for a report||Completion Report||16/08/2021||UNDP & MME|
- 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 estimate the water table depth; and
- Understanding of issues related to environmental management, geology, hydrology and geography.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree with 10 years of experience.
- Hydrology, Geohydrology, Geology, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, and Environmental Health;
- GIS and understanding of maps;
- Extensive knowledge and experience in Construction industry; and Solid knowledge in landscape mapping
Fluency in written and spoken English
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