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Reducing pollution from Mercury in Tunisia: SCP/RAC is looking for a national expert/consultant with knowledge of chemical management

3 novembre 2021

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is seeking a national expert/consultant based in Tunisia with knowledge of chemicals management to provide technical assistance on the implementation of prevention approaches for mercury in medical devices. 

The objective of the expert’s mission will be to provide technical assistance to achieve the phase out of mercury from the healthcare sector, mentioned under the Barcelona Convention – where parties are to take ‘measures to isolate and contain the mercury containing wastes to avoid potential contamination of air, soil or water’ and covered specifically by the Minamata Convention on Mercury since it became effective in 2017.   

The selected expert will support SCP/RAC in the implementation process of the inventorying, collection and safe storage of mercury containing medical devices. The expert will also be involved in specific activities aiming at providing policy support to Tunisia in strengthening regulation regarding the use of mercury in hospitals and primary healthcare centres and training/awareness raising on the alternatives. 

This consultancy takes place in the framework of the “Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security” funded by the GEF, in which SCP/RAC is mainly involved in the implementation of component 1 - Reduction of Land Based Pollution in Priority Coastal Hotspots and Measuring Progress to Impacts. 

The duration of this first consultancy is estimated until December 2022. 

Read the whole description of the activities and learn more about this project in the ToR here.  

The official forms to be submitted can be downloaded here:

Offers must be sent to kdemiguel@scprac.org  with copy to moutters@scprac.org  with the subject ‘Technical expert Mercury Tunisia - MedProgramme’  before November 15th midnight (CET). 

 

More about the MedProgramme: 

  • In June 2020, The Mediterranean Action Plan of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP/MAP) announced the “Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security” (2019-2024), a 43 million USD endeavour funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the aim of reducing major environmental stresses, strengthening climate resilience and water security, and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations in the Mediterranean region 

  • The MedProgramme represents the first GEF programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea.  

  • SCP/RAC as centre operating in support of two international treaties: the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, is playing a key role in the implementation of the MedProgramme, and is mainly involved in the implementation of component 1 - Reduction of Land Based Pollution in Priority Coastal Hotspots and Measuring Progress to Impacts 

  • In the framework of the MedProgramme, SCP/RAC has proposed an innovative approach to tackle the issue of toxic chemicals, including mercury, based on preventing the use of toxic substances identified as country priorities in order to avoid the generation of hazardous waste whose end-of-life management is very costly 

 

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