National Consultant on Air Pollution and Health
Closing: Open until Filled
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
Air pollution is a growing concern in India and elsewhere. It is the major cause of various lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, ischemic heart disease), eye diseases (trachoma, allergic conjunctivitis, cataract), skin disease and even induces depressive illness. It also impairs cognitive development of children. A number of key studies from WHO have drawn attention to air pollution as the most important environmental threat worldwide, 92% of the world’s population lives in places wherein the WHO Air Quality Guidelines are not met and half of the world are still using health damaging fuels for basic household energy needs. WHO country office in India is seeking an expert in the area of health impacts of Air Pollution (Ambient and Household).
The key objectives of the consultancy assignment will be as follows:
- Provide external technical and administrative support to WHO India country office on air pollution and health related activities
SCOPE OF WORK
- Review and collate national air pollution (both ambient and household) reports, peer-reviewed studies and other related documentation as part of a working air pollution literature database for India.
- In cooperation with WHO country office, technical assistance to Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change for implementation towards National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)
- Support National Centre for Disease Control to develop the health sector response to air pollution with classification of short, medium and long term actions
- Support WHO country office towards capacity building of various stakeholders including Government on the methodology for calculation of disease burden attributable to air pollution
- Support WHO’s engagement and technical activities with other central ministries and state governments in relation to air pollution and health. This includes but is not limited to attending intergovernmental or inter-agency meetings on air pollution, providing relative risk and exposure data and supporting documentation, reviewing technical documents and policy briefings.
- Map ongoing activities and programmes of organizations and government agencies working on air pollution and their expected outputs and timeline. This mapping should include identifying gaps in responses by major polluting sectors, e.g. transport, power generation.
- In cooperation with the WHO CO team, support the technical cooperation of UN agencies for developing a one coordinated UN response to air pollution.
- Support the preparation and/or revision of communication materials and capacity building activities or products related to air pollution and its health impacts.
- Development of a IEC strategy and various methods for mass awareness and sensitisation of medical community on health effects of Air Pollution through working with various organisations like Indian Medical Association
- Provide other air pollution and health technical and administrative support to the WHO CO as needed.
DELIVERABLES (DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES/TASKS TO ACHIEVE OUTPUT(S))
- Completion of review of local/national Air Pollution studies and reports which includes a complete bibliography and database summary.
- Report on health sector response to air pollution with classification of short, medium and long term actions
- Finalized mapping of air pollution activity mapping with a focus on health sector, with an accompanying report summarizing findings, gaps and methods used for mapping exercise.
- Draft proposal suggesting UN country team response to air pollution, including a tentative timeline of activities and roles by different agencies.
- Summary report of all meetings supported specifying WHO’s role and any related interventions made on WHO’s behalf.
- Development of a IEC strategy and various methods for mass awareness and sensitisation of medical community
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE AND KEY SKILLS REQUIRED
Qualifications and Experience required:
The consultant should include people with a diverse and complementary range of expertise, including the following:
- Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Policy, Chemistry, Meteorology, Engineering or any related discipline.
- At least 5years’ experience working on environmental issues
- Excellent understanding of Air Pollution and health sector linkages.
- Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills.
- Experience in project management and stakeholder coordination
- Understanding of policy decision-making processes in India and engaging/advising governments or other stakeholders on policies.
- Understanding of the challenges and intricacies of multi-sectoral policies and decisions in India.
- Familiarity with WHO normative products, specifically the WHO Guidelines on Air Quality.
- Familiarity with methodology for calculating disease burden related to Environmental risks
- Consulting and interviewing stakeholders, including those working in the government, within the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society.
- Strong communication skills in English, both written and oral.
- Peer reviewed publications in the area of Environmental risks and health