Mongolia: National consultant/Air Pollution Action Plan (Open for Mongolian nationals only)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Mongolia
Closing date: 01 Dec 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Background & Rationale

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Outdoor air pollution is the most significant environmental risk that children in Ulaanbaatar are facing. The country’s capital hosts about half of the total population and its air pollution is amongst the highest in the world during the winter. The vast majority of that pollution is caused by the burning of coal for heating in the residential areas. The pollution is significantly linked with acute respiratory infections such as pneumonia. In 2015, up to 435 children under the age of five in Ulaanbaatar died from pneumonia. In December 2016, the levels of PM2.5 pollution reached 1,985 micrograms per cubic meter — nearly 80 times the level WHO recommends as safe. Air pollution is linked to reduced foetal growth, preterm birth, low birth weight, and even spontaneous abortion. It is also linked with diseases that can be highly debilitating for children, such as bronchitis and asthma, causing children to miss school and other important learning and development opportunities. It can affect children’s growth and development with long-term consequences, including reduced lung function and recurring or chronic respiratory conditions that can last a lifetime. Barriers to be addressed are multiple and require a holistic approach. These include but are not limited to low awareness amongst communities about the impacts of air pollution on child health and how to respond, lack of access to finance and technology for clean heating solutions, insufficient capacity of the health sector to effectively treat children with pneumonia and financial constraints amongst poor households to purchase good quality medicine for their children.

Addressing the air pollution crisis requires multiple partners’ enhanced action (government partners, development partners, the private sector and CSOs), both at policy and community level, in terms of improving treatment, making them less vulnerable, reducing exposure of children and pregnant women, improving air quality, and strengthening awareness and information. In order to contribute towards addressing the air pollution crisis in urban Mongolia UNICEF has developed an air pollution action plan. This plan has priorities and proposed areas of engagement which span across five action areas including: Improved capacity to prevent and treat pneumonia and related diseases triggered by air pollution; Address undernutrition and lack of exclusive breastfeeding as the risk factors for air pollution related disease; Piloting action on the ground to reduce air pollution and reduce children’s exposure to air pollution; Private Sector engagement on the reduction of environment pollution and children’s exposure to air pollution and Public Advocacy and Awareness.

The engagement will look at stakeholders, government policies and relevant programmes in Mongolia towards addressing air pollution. It will also implement recommendations on how UNICEF Mongolia could further incorporate and strengthen work on air pollution action building on recommendations arising from the UNICEF study, Understanding and Addressing the impact of air pollution on children’s health in Mongolia as well as the recently completed Public Expenditure Analysis of the treatment of air pollution related respiratory disease in children, and the costs of inaction or ineffective air pollution mitigation measures.

Purpose

The Consultant Programme Officer reports to the Environment and Sustainability Specialist for supervision and guidance and shall provide professional technical and operational support in the implementation of UNICEF Mongolia Air Pollution Action Plan, including coordination, progress monitoring and reporting.

Assignment Tasks

  • Support to Air Pollution Action Plan (APAP) implementation, development and planning
  • Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programs and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare regular/mandated sectoral program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.
  • Networking and partnership building
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with key government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to enhance program implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to deliver concrete and sustainable results.
  • Draft communication and information materials for country office program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for health programs.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Assist with oversight of research and ensure results are available for use in knowledge products
  • Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders in addressing air pollution for children.
  • Expected Deliverables

    January:

  • Inception report including plan of action for duration of consultancy, partner mapping of air pollution activity in Ulaanbaatar, and identification of other relevant potential partners.
  • Partnership coordination and engagement with relevant partners: key internal sector specialists (4); national partners/ministry focal points (at least 3); key NGO’s/CSO’s (at least 2); and any relevant Private Sector partners.

  • Meeting notes
  • Progress report on Air Pollution Action Plan (APAP) implementation across all focal areas including:
  • Weekly priority tasks jointly identified with the contract supervisor
  • Weekly progress notes of priority tasks shared with contract supervisor
  • February- June,at the end of every Month:

  • Progress report on Air Pollution Action Plan (APAP) implementation across all focal areas including:
  • Weekly priority tasks jointly identified with the contract supervisor
  • Weekly progress notes of priority tasks shared with contract supervisor
  • Overall consultancy monthly report including recommendations, challenges and other priorities assigned
  • Payment

    Payment will be made after submission of deliverables at the end of every month, subject to certification of satisfactory completion by the supervisor. The number and date of draft submissions is fifteen unless there are any revisions applied to timeline from contract Supervisor.

    Consultancy Classification: National Consultancy

    This consultancy is payable at market rates and the consultant should submit an all-inclusive fee (lump sum, including travel cost) in his/her proposal.

    Penalty clause

    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold up to 25% of the total contract fee in the case that the deliverables are not submitted on schedule or do not meet the required standard. Copyright and ownership of all documents.

    Travel

    The consultant is expected to work in Ulaanbaatar UNICEF Office during the consultancy period with 1 required local travel for approximately 5 days (including travel time) to any of these locations: Gobi Altai, Bayankhongor, Zavkhan province (to be confirmed once consultant is hired) to conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders and local authorities from the energy, environment and climate change sector; and to review various local policies and plans for CEE at the provincial level. The consultant shall be accompanied by UNICEF staff (as need be).

    The Consultant will cover costs for local travel and travel-related costs in line with organizational policies and procedures. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the Consultant and no Travel Authorization will be issued by UNICEF.The consultant should include a proposed travel lump sum budget to cover per diem allowances, and local travel costs, as part of the proposal.

    Contract Supervisor: Environment and Sustainability Programme Specialist

    Frequency of performance review: Progress report and informal discussions on performance will be done at every stage of payment. Formal performance assessment shall be conducted at the end of the assignment.

    Discussion on contract work assignments and deliverables will be provided by the Contract Supervisor. The contract Supervisor will be available, as/when required, to provide comments to submitted deliverables in a timely manner. The consultant will be provided administrative support to perform the tasks as per the TORs

    Office space will be provided. The Consultant is expected to use his/her own personal computer.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in environmental health sciences, public health, development studies, communications, environment, climate change, social and economic development, international cooperation or related areas is required. Two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in climate, environment, energy, health-related programmes at the international level and/or in a developing country is required.
  • Experience in program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in air pollution issues is essential
  • Expertise in child rights and/or environment-related issues desirable
  • Experience in producing informational or technical documentation is an added value
  • Ability to exercise sound technical judgment.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and a high sense of integrity.
  • Fluency in English, verbal and written.
  • Excellent writing skills required.
  • Excellent research skills required
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in MNT) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance and professional fee). Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=508920

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