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Project Name: Review and update of the national implementation plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Reports to: UNDP Programme Specialist
Duty Station: Jamaica
Duration of Assignment: 60 working days over an eleven-month period
Jamaica is a party to the Stockholm Convention which has as its objective the protection of human health and the environment from specific Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The heavy reliance of the productive sectors of the economy (agriculture, mining and quarrying, tourism and manufacturing) on Jamaica’s natural resources underscores the need to strategically manage the environment to ensure sustainability of these industries and manage the use and disposal of POPs in the country. Jamaica is strengthening its national and local capacities to effectively manage Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). However, much more work needs to be done. There is an established link between poverty and the increased risk of exposure to toxic and hazardous chemicals. Exposure of persons to toxic chemicals is often strongly correlated to geography, where low-income populations typically reside in places considered undesirable, such as areas in proximity to a factory, waste disposal site, incinerators and/or hazardous waste dumps (UNDP, 2011). In Jamaica, some of these situations persist and, in some cases, POPs threaten human and environmental health. Jamaica, as party to the Stockholm Convention, is required to update and submit its National Implementation Plan (NIP). These regular updates and the implementation of the NIP contribute to reducing the negative impacts of POPs. UNDP is providing support to the Government of Jamaica in updating its NIP through the “Review and update of the National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs)”.
The overall goal of the project is to review and update the NIP for Jamaica to comply with Articles 7 and 15 of the Stockholm Convention. The project will be implemented through four main components which are as follows:
1. Establishment of workplan and stakeholder engagement
2. Development of POPs Inventories and assessment of national infrastructure and capacity
3. Development of Action Plans for new POPs and updating of Action Plans for initial POPs
4. Formulation, endorsement and submission of updated NIP
A lead consultant has been engaged to provide effective technical support and guidance to the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation in updating its National Implementation Plan for the reduction and elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The lead consultant will oversee and manage the formulation of the POPs National Implementation Plan. In light of this, two (2) NIP Research Consultants are required to support the lead consultant in updating Jamaica’s National Implementation Plan.
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