Job Opening

Posting Title: Deposit Refund System Expert - Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 September 2020 - 27 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-141662-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Situation Analysis report. The report should include: i) Analysis of policy, legal and institutional structure for EPR for packaging waste and introducing DRS packaging waste management in Armenia; ii) Existing waste management system; ii) Market analysis; iii) Examples of best practice from existing DRS schemes in the EU; iv) Strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for Armenia; and v) Description of the proposed DRS model and options for Armenia based on a range of appropriate design features.

• Cost Benefit Analysis report. The report should include: i) Material flow analysis; ii) Economic cost of the DRS model and options; iii) Economic benefit of the DRS model and options; iv) Direct costs and benefits to business; v) DRS options and potential alternatives; and vi) Conclusions and recommendations.

• A PowerPoint presentation of the main outputs at a stakeholder consultation.

All materials prepared must be in line with the graphic identity of the EU4Environment project (logos will be provided by UNEP).

Work Location

home-based

Expected duration

From 10.10.2020 to 30.03.2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The EU-funded “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment) aims to help the six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine preserve their natural capital and increase people's environmental well-being, by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of the five partner agencies implementing a newly launched EU-funded EU4Environment Programme (2019–2022). Under EU4Environment’s component 1.2 on “Sectoral investment planning and comparative analysis of costs and benefits”, UNEP will support countries with assessing the investment needs for specific green growth areas/sectors which will help countries identify national investment gaps that might lead to specific investment programmes and to provide recommendations for a financing strategy.

Armenia has recently completed an initial gap analysis study for the establishment of the Deposit Refund System (DRS) to understand what legislative amendments need to be put in place for the DRS to operate. A DRS can help reduce the amount of littering, boost recycling levels for relevant material, offer the possibility to collect high quality materials in greater quantities and makes it easier for consumers to recycle through clear labelling and consumer messaging. An effective, functional and convenient DRS may entail high investment outlays. DRS needs to be thoroughly designed under framework of overall country’s waste management strategy, recycling and Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) schemes; its introduction may take time and requires an extensive information campaign.

In order to facilitate introduction of the DRS in Armenia, the next step for the country is to undertake an economic analysis of the DRS models (based on international experiences and best practices) to identify DRS options that are best suited for the country.

To this end, the support of an International Expert on DRS is required to undertake the economic analysis for introducing the Deposit Refund System (DRS) in the Republic of Armenia.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • Post graduate degree in economics, business administration, environmental science, environment management, waste management, engineering or a related field.
Experience: • Expert with at least 10 years of relevant experience, in the area of sustainable investments, waste management, environmental management, sustainable development and circular economy.
• Knowledge of the principles of circular economy, waste management, Deposit Refund System (DRS) and Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) is required.
• Proven experience in conducting analysis and comparison of the economic and environmental aspects of different packaging waste management scenarios.
• A working experience in conducting cost-benefit analysis for waste management/EPR related field.
• Proven experience in dealing with diversified entities encompassing government agencies, development partners, donor organizations.
• Knowledge of international practices on DRS in EU member states is an advantage.
Language: • Language requirements: English. Knowledge of Russian and/or Armenian is an asset.

No Fee

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