Project: Developing Regulations for Mine Plans of Operation
Position: Mining Regulation Consultant
In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Georgia and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs, Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI) seeks a mining regulation consultant to work with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection of Georgia (MENRP) to develop Regulations for Mine Plans of Operation. The Mining Regulation Consultant will take a lead role in identifying appropriate international models for the Georgian Operating Plan Regulations and developing the Regulation’s provisions and technical content. The Mining Regulation Consultant will work closely with the Georgian Legal Consultant, the MENRP Mining Reform Working Group, USFS mining specialists, and other stakeholders.
In signing the EU Association Agreement in June 2014, the Government of Georgia (GoG) has assumed the obligation to harmonize its legislation and institutional processes with EU environmental acquis, including EU directives related to improved environmental governance of the extractive industry. The GoG has made significant progress in this direction in 2016 by developing a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Law. The EIA Draft Law is currently in Parliament and is expected to be enacted in autumn 2017. The GoG, will also need to develop additional legislation and regulation to meet the various requirements under the EU Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries.
The EIA Law expected to take effect in fall 2017, requires mine operators to submit a comprehensive mine Operating Plan (OP) as part of the EIA package. The Operating Plan is a document that lays out all relevant information on mine design, operation, monitoring, closure, and reclamation. Additionally it includes all relevant baseline environmental and geological data, waste and hazardous material management, proposed environmental protection measures, and risk control. Under the new EIA Law, an OP will be required to be reviewed and approved by the MENRP along with the EIA before a mining operation is permitted. Additionally, it is expected that the Mine OP Regulations can be developed in such a way that they meet all the information requirements consistent with the Waste Management Plans required by EU Directive 2006/21/EC, thus eliminating the need for submittal and approval of a separate Waste Management Plan.
Since 2014, the USFS/IP, with the support from USAID, has been providing capacity building to the MENRP on the environmental aspects of mining management. This support has taken the form of technical consultations, in-country trainings, a US-based study tour, and provision of reference documents. In 2016, this support focused on trainings for MENRP staff related to Operating Plans and legacy mine land inventory. In 2017, the MENRP has requested for USFS assistance to focus on the process of drafting the OP Regulations. The MENRP hopes to have a draft of these regulations completed by September 2017.
Responsibilities of the Mining Regulation Consultant will include:
Required Skills Set
- –Taking the lead in compiling and analyzing regulations from other countries and relevant international guidelines that can serve as models for the Georgian OP Regulation.
- –Development of a Scoping Report in coordination with the Georgian Legal Consultant. The Scoping report will describe the proposed approach as regards the Regulation’s legal context, format, outline, and example provisions. The scoping report will also contain a proposed work plan for the remainder of the project.
- –Developing the full content to be included in the OP Regulations, in close cooperation with MENRP mining working group and USFS mining specialists.
- –Requesting and synthesizing feedback from MENRP Working Group and USFS mining experts throughout the length of the project.
- –Working with the Georgian Legal Consultant to draft the OP Regulation.
- –Synthesizing the technical feedback received on OP Regulation Draft(s) and incorporation of this feedback into subsequent draft revisions.
Period of Performance and Location
- –Minimum of a University Degree in geology, mine engineering, public administration, law, or related field.
- –Minimum of five years of professional experience working with mining regulations, including work in an international context.
- –Prior experience with regulation drafting processes.
- –Excellent writing and organizational skills.
- –Ability to proactively set and meet project goals.
- –Ability to coordinate and organize input from various individuals and written materials.
- –Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a dynamic environment with Georgian and US government agencies, international donors, NGOs, industry groups, and other stakeholders.
- –Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet.
- –Fluency in written and spoken English.
The Mining Regulation Consultant will be based at their home location but will travel to Georgia for meetings/workshops as needed. This will include at a minimum one trip as part of the scoping stage and one trip during the drafting stage.
Work is expected to take place between April and September 2017. The Scoping Report is expected to be developed no later than a month following the start of the project. Subsequent time frames will be defined as part of the Scoping Report. The consultant will be originally hired for the scoping stage, with the contract modified with a scope of work for the drafting stage after the Scoping Report is submitted.
Communication and Reporting
The consultant will report to the USFS International Programs Caucasus Program Coordinator and will work closely with the USFS Georgia Project Coordinator. The consultant will also work in close coordination with the MENRP Deputy Minister Maia Bitadze and her designated Point of Contact Nodar Ruadze, and interact extensively with the MENRP mining reform working group.
How to Apply
The successful applicant will be identified through open recruitment, and will be a consultant hired by METI, Inc (in support of USFS) through funding provided by USAID. METI, Inc will be responsible for recruiting and managing the Consultant with input from USFS, USAID/Georgia, and MENRP.
Please email your resume or CV and a cover letter before April 3, 2017 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Georgia Mining Regulation” in the subject line. In the body of the email, please indicate where you saw this posting. METI is an Equal Opportunity Employer (www.meticorp.com).