United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

International Consultant (Hazardous Waste/ E-waste Expert)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  UNDP is implementing the project “Reduction and elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other chemical releases through implementation of environmentally sound management of E-Waste, healthcare waste and priority Unintentional POPs release sources associated with general waste management activities” in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders, The project aims to avoid the releases of Unintentional POPs, Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and CO2, contributing at the same time to the development of the waste circular economy elements based on the 3R (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle) approach principles. The project is designed with the three (3) components: Project Component 1: Development of an environmentally sound management (ESM) system for E-waste, which has the objective to improve and enforce the E-waste regulation in the country, and to develop capacity for the collection and disposal of POPs Contaminated E-waste products and end-of-life articles; Project Component 2: Achievement of environmentally sound healthcare waste management (HCW), which has the objective to build on the existing potential of the country to further improve and extend the current HCW practices, including training, certification and procurement of HCW waste treatment technology; Project Component 3: Developing waste diversion/resource recovery capacity for GHG and U-POPs reduction This component addresses several priority chemicals waste and U-POPs release issues associated with waste management generally along with potential GHG release reduction and avoidance.  This is done through support for demonstration of modern SW and HW management practice improvement based on waste diversion and qualification of environmentally sound recycling, resource recovery and energy from waste options. It further links to the other Project components, particularly Component 1, and supports substantive national and international initiatives related to SW and HW management. E-waste policy in Jordan The Ministry of Environment - the national focal point for chemicals and hazardous waste management- drafted instructions to manage the electronic and electrical waste, to achieve a safe and sound management with reduced or minimal environmental and health impact. These instructions define several e-waste aspects including collection centres, consumers, types of electrical and electronic waste, sources and others. Also, it bans importing e-waste into the country and provide management measures on dealing with e-wastes. This project aims to assist the Ministry of Environment (MoEnv) in completing the development of the E-waste management policy and the basic supporting regulatory framework in the form of an Instruction on e-waste management in consultations with different stakeholders, to ensure that the E-waste policy is sustainable and in line with Basel Convention requirements and applicable in the country. E-waste generation in Jordan Based on data reported in the Step Initiative, the generation of E-waste is estimated to be 30,000 t/year, and the annual per-capita E-waste generation to be 4.5 kg/capita/year. This amount is considered relatively high even for most developing countries. The content of hazardous components in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is a major concern during the waste management phase and recycling of WEEE is not undertaken to a sufficient extent. The estimated amount of information and communication technologies (ICT) waste accumulated in Jordan in the period 2007 – 2015 was a total of 43,310 tons and mostly distributed to (TV’s of 29,650 tons; PC’s of 13,158 tons; Mobile phones of 502 tons). Our concern is to eliminate the POPs and achieve sustainable management of EEE waste, following the best available technology. Hazardous waste: The MoEnv is the national focal point for chemicals and hazardous waste management (among which is the hazardous, medical and pharmaceutical waste). Within the overarching Environmental Protection Law No. 6/ 2017, the management of hazardous waste is currently covered by the Hazardous Materials Management Regulation No. 24/ 2005, and by the Instruction for Hazardous Waste Management and Handling – 2019. Apparently, the enforcement of the legislation of Hazardous Waste in the country is ineffective, therefore the amount of hazardous waste properly collected and disposed is low. Currently, the only facility for the management of Hazardous waste is Swaqa hazardous waste treatment center (about 80 Kms from Amman). Most materials arriving at the site are randomly piled in the site due to actual infrastructure limitation and undergo severe weathering due to the meteorological conditions of the site (wide daily and seasonally temperature variations, strong wind/rain episodes during winter). This term of Reference is directly linked to component one and component three of the project which will include the following outputs; Project Component 1: Development of an environmentally sound management (ESM) system for E-waste
  • Output 1.1 Effective policy implementation and regulatory control for ESM of E-waste in place
  • Output 1.2 Sustainable financial and business mechanism supporting E-waste management established and implemented
  • Output 1.3 E-waste collection and primary processing capability established
  • Output 1.4 Awareness and human resource strengthening for E-waste management delivered
Project Component 3: Developing waste diversion/resource recovery capacity for GHG and U-POPs reduction
  • Output 3.1 Sustainable prevention of open burning through minimization, segregation, landfill surveillance in pilot waste basin and pilot MSW landfill.
  • Output 3.2 Inventory, labelling and safeguarding of hazardous waste potentially contaminated by POPs in synergy with bilateral activities aimed at improving the HW management in Jordan
  • Output 3.3 National energy from waste management capability though utilization of waste derived fuel in commercial cement kilns developed and qualified.
Objectives of the assignment: The objective of the assignment is to provide technical assistance on hazardous waste and e-waste management in specific to achieve outputs described above. this is inclusive of operational environmentally sound collection, processing and residuals management capability. In terms of outputs and activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Following a participatory approach, the consultant will conduct the following: Expected deliverables
  • Inception report and methodology of work, 2 days.
  • Reviewing e-waste management instruction and providing suggestions for improvement to comply with international conventions, 2 days.
  • Incentive mechanisms applicable in Jordan is designed and discussed with policy makers and stakeholders (5 meetings), 3 days.
  • Report on the assessment of the current situation of private sector involvement based on the site visit conducted and available information collected for the needs to develop the required infrastructure to ensure efficient e-waste management, services provided from private sector and the municipalities, 3 days.
  • Typical e-waste collection units designed included: - Prepare a mass flow schematic design and collection system, considering the life cycle of the e-waste generation for each municipality (Amman, Irbid, Zarka and Aqaba). - Preparing specifications of e-waste collection container for the selected 5 sites, 3 days.
  • “Call for proposal” for interested private sector, municipal service provider to develop basic primary processing facilities developed, 2 days.
  • Specifications and technical assistance on procurement of E-waste processing equipment submitted, 2 days.
  • - A Manual for e-waste operations and safety procedures focusing on e-waste possibly contaminated with POPs developed. -Methodology for applying financial mechanism, 1 day.
  • Training on e- waste collection, processing, best environmental practices and technologies and safe workplace environment and the use of proper PPEs for private sector and interested Municipalities. (Theoretical and practical training) (2 days training for 20 persons), 3 days.
  • Training for 100 generators of hazardous waste generators on Stockholm and Basel conventions on hazardous waste as well as on the minimization of hazardous waste generation and waste potentially contaminated by POPs. (2 days training; each day targeting 50 persons), 2 days.
  • E-waste stored at Swaqa and other POPs waste inventoried and procedures for labelling and safeguarding for future disposal recommended, 2 days.
Competencies
Functional competencies
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis and strong synthesis skills
  • Proven experience conducting field assessments.
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills
  • Proven ability to deliver quality results against tight deadlines.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of environment and waste topics and issues.
  • Highly developed inter-personal, negotiation, teamwork skills and a networking aptitude.
  • Excellent English drafting and communication skills
  • Working experience in research/development/technical assistance on hazardous waste, and e-waste in specific;
  • Knowledge of e-waste operations and best practices.
  • Knowledge of Basel and Stockholm conventions technical guidelines is desirable;
  • Working experience in developing countries is desirable.
Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic in goals of the UNDP and the CPR Unit;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced University degree in the field of environment/chemistry/environmental engineering/Mechanical engineering/economic/ finance or any other relevant field;
  • At least 15 years of progressive experience in the field of hazardous waste and minimum 5 years’ experience in E-waste management and treatment;
  • Proven experience in environmental Economics and developing financial mechanisms is a must (if not, the consultant can arrange for Joint venture with economist) to work on e-waste financial mechanism.
  • Extensive experience in the areas related to the Stockholm and Basel conventions and other conventions and protocols that govern POPs management, disposal, transportation and handling considering GEF waste and chemicals focal areas related policies and procedures;
  • Proven previous experience in designing E-waste facilities and conducting training sessions on E-waste management and recycling processes;
  • Language skills: fluency in English, Arabic is an asset.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents in order to be considered for the assignment:      1.Technical Proposal (i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work (1-page max.) (ii) Providing a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work. (2-3 pages) (iii) Submit samples of similar work conducted in the area of e-waste financial mechanism       2. Financial proposal (ii) Indicating the total lump sum for the assignment. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.  The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days). Considering that the cost of the trainings, venue, in addition to required transportation to conduct meetings and site visits will be covered by the project. Personal CV including experience in similar projects and at least 3 references. Evaluation Received offers will under go two phases of evaluation as described below: When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. * Technical Criteria weight; 70% * Financial Criteria weight; 30% Only conditions obtaining a minimum of 50 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation Technical evalaution criteria
  • Background and similar experience in similar tasks, 20 points.
  • Methodology – demonstrating good understanding of assignment and scope of work, 30 points.
  • Relevant experience in other countries , 20 points
Candidates should upload only one file including technical, financial proposals and CV. UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All individuals including persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence and equally. Technical and financial proposals along with CV & 3 references should be submitted, and without such will not be considered). (Only Short Listed Candidates will be contacted) UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both males and females. Fund code: 62000
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