The project, “Development of the National Action Plan for ASGM in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana” (NAP Guyana) aims to assist Guyana to determine a strategy for the reduction, and where feasible, elimination of the use of mercury and mercury compounds in, and the emissions and releases to the environment of mercury from artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) activities in the country. This will include activities to raise national awareness on the use of mercury in the ASGM sector and build national capacity for the implementation of the National Action Plan for the ASGM sector and the Minamata Convention in alignment with the country’s proposed  10-year phased reduction plan.

The BCRC- Caribbean in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified Legal Consultant(s)/Consultancy Team to continue an assessment on current legal and regulatory status of the ASGM sector nationally. This will include:

1. The review and update, where necessary, of the legislative and institutional assessment of the ASGM sector conducted previously under the 2016 MIA Project and proposed phased reduction plan;

2. The development of a strategy document inclusive of steps to facilitate the legislative and institutional formalisation or regulation of the ASGM sector in accordance with the relevant obligations outlined in the Minamata Convention. This strategy document should include a draft regulatory framework and accompanying briefing/explanatory memo.

The Consultant(s)/Consultancy Team will form part of a consortium selected to establish a national overview of the ASGM sector and propose relevant strategies for its management in order to assist the Government of Guyana to develop the NAP in compliance with the Minamata Convention.  Please note that the first Legal and Institutional Capacity Consultant hired in November 2019 had to withdraw from the project. However, the preliminary data collected will be made available for the continuation of the scope of works required under this consultancy.

The other national consultants consist of the ASGM Inventory Consultant, Public Health Consultant Socio-economic Consultant and have developed their Literature Reviews and are currently in the process of conducting field research/ data collection.

DEADLINE: 11:59 pm (GMT -4) on Tuesday 16th February 2021 

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