Result of Service
Draft guidance “From Science to Action under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention” (approx. 40 pages).
45 days of work spread over the period from 9 September 2021 to 20 December 2021.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) conventions are science-based, legally binding global treaties aimed at the protection of human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes. Policy decisions taken by their governing bodies, the Conferences of the Parties (COPs), are underpinned by various scientific assessments.
In 2019, the BRS COPs took note of the revised road map for further engaging Parties and other stakeholders in informed dialogue for enhanced science-based action in the implementation of the BRS conventions and encouraged Parties and others to initiate action that would promote the implementation of the road map. The Secretariat was requested, subject to the availability of resources and in collaboration with regional centres, to undertake capacity-building and training activities to support Parties in science-based decision-making and action in the implementation of the BRS conventions. To provide such capacity-building activities, the Secretariat is preparing to develop guidance materials.
Under the current consultancy, the expert is expected to develop draft guidance “From Science to Action under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention”. This guidance will contain (i) a concise description of the processes already put in place under the conventions to ensure science-based work and decision-making; (ii) succinct analysis of the possible contribution to the consideration under UNEP for strengthening the science-policy interface at the international level for the sound management of chemicals and waste as per UNEA resolution 4/8 on sound management of chemicals and waste, particularly with regard to possible synergies and opportunities between the existing mechanisms under the BRS conventions and the science-policy interface for the wider sound management of chemicals and waste; (iii) tips for using scientific information in decision-making; involving stakeholders in science based decision-making and building networks and partnerships for science-based action for the implementation of the BRS convention.
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in science, environment, or related discipline, or a first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least seven years of experience in the field of chemicals and/or waste management. Experience in developing publications of a technical nature within the context of the United Nations, preferably related to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Expert knowledge of and experience in using scientific information in policy and decision-making at the international level are desired.
Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential.
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