Job Opening

Posting Title: Solid Waste Management International Technical Advisor
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 29 June 2021 - 08 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-157929-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Onsite training on how to receive and treat daily waste in a landfill based on the Fukuoka Method
• preparation of landfill operational manual based on the Fukuoka method of landfill management
• Technically support the rehabilitation and stabilization of Hawassa open dumping site and capacity development for better waste management

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

9 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
UN-Habitat plays an important role in providing technical assistance in the areas of urban basic services such as solid waste management and water & sanitation, disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation, urban legislation, land and governance, urban planning and design, housing and slum upgrading, urban economy, and research and capacity building for change management of urban areas, together with partner governments at both central and local levels.
1. Waste SDGs implementation through African Clean Cities Platform
The African lean Cities Platform (ACCP) was established in April 2017 jointly by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), UN-Habitat and the City of Yokohama, with the aim to realize clean and healthy African countries and cities by 2030. Currently 80 cities in 37 countries in Africa are participating. UN-Habitat is hosting the ACCP secretariat and supporting member cities in the assessment of MSW management data (using the Waste Wise Cities Tool (WaCT), the monitoring methodology for SDG indicator 11.6.1) and development of project proposals based on the generated data. WaCT application is planned in 6 cities in this year – Sousse (Tunisia), Alexandria (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Cape Coast (Ghana), Bukavu (DRC), and Harare (Zimbabwe).

2. Technical support to Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Hawassa, Ethiopia; Rehabilitation of the Hawassa dumpsite through implementing the Fukuoka Method
Hawassa serves as the capital city of the newly established Sidama regional state, hosts the country’s first large-scale industrial park since 2016, and known as the fastest growing city, with a population of 350,000 people and a growth rate of 4%. In 2010, the city has planned for a sanitary dumpsite. However, the practice since then has been open dumping without cover soil or compaction. Currently, the dumpsite has already exceeded its capacity and is in a very poor and risk condition.
There are no leachate and landfill gas collection systems, which makes the dumpsite to be at the risk of flooding, subsidence, and landslides. The present condition of the site has been gravely affecting the surrounding population with regards to health and well-being, environmental degradation as well as a general decrease in socio-economic value in the area.

B. Objective of the consultancy
Under the direct supervision of UN-Habitat’s Waste Management Expert of Urban Basic Services Section and the Senior Human Settlements Officer and ECO Programme Manager, the ITA will work towards the realization of following goals of two project, namely ‘Waste SDGs implementation through African Clean Cities Platform’ and ‘Technical support to Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Hawassa, Ethiopia; Rehabilitation of the Hawassa dumpsite through implementing the Fukuoka Method’:
1) Waste SDGs implementation through African Clean Cities Platform
a) The environmental performance of a municipal solid waste management system (SDG Indicator 11.6.1), food waste generation (12.3.1) and resource recovery systems (12.5.1) in ACCP member cities assessed;
b) Key intervention areas of city’s municipal solid waste management system including policy and infrastructure investment gaps identified, and project developed; and
c) Increased knowledge and technical capacity of government authorities, ACCP stakeholders, external stakeholders including Implementing partners and local consultants, and citizens including the youth and women through technical and awareness building through webinar series.
2) Technical support to Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Hawassa, Ethiopia; Rehabilitation of the Hawassa dumpsite through implementing the Fukuoka Method
a) Existing Hawassa dumpsite rehabilitated by adding functions such as methane gas reduction, waste compaction, leachate treatment, and odour reduction including construction of a model pilot new landfill based on the Fukuoka Method.
b) Increased knowledge and technical capacity of government authorities, site staff, operators, waste pickers, and other stakeholders such as universities, schools, citizens including the youth and women through technical and awareness building workshops and onsite/offsite trainings.
c) Technical assistance provided for capacity development for improved municipal solid waste management for Hawassa city.

C. Tasks and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of UN-Habitat’s Waste Management Expert of Urban Basic Services Section and the Senior Human Settlements Officer and ECO Programme Manager, the ITA is responsible to implement the following activities under the project of ‘Waste SDGs implementation through African Clean Cities Platform’ and ‘Technical support to Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Hawassa, Ethiopia;
1) Rehabilitation of the Hawassa dumpsite through implementing the Fukuoka Method’
2)Waste SDGs implementation through African Clean Cities Platform
Under the direct supervision of UN-Habitat’s Waste Management Expert of Urban Basic Services Section, ITA will be responsible for the following activities:
a) Develop project concept notes and proposals for various funding opportunities based on the WaCT survey results and local stakeholders workshops;
b) Organise webinar series on (1) Governance of Municipal Solid Waste Management
3) Technical support to Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Hawassa, Ethiopia; Rehabilitation of the Hawassa dumpsite through implementing the Fukuoka Method
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer and ECO Programme Manager, ITA will be responsible for the following activities:
a) Technical and strategic management of project design, work planning, technical surveys, budgeting, procurement, and monitoring of timely execution of activities.
b) Coordinate with the experts (Implementing Partners) as and when required during the project implementation.
c) Lead effective and efficient implementation of project activities by working in close collaboration with team members, implementing partners, contractors, workers, etc. for timely execution of each activity to achieve set targets and goals.
d) Lead in building strong relationship and coordination with partners, donors, and stakeholders.
e) Ensure timely and relevant informal and formal donor reporting and communication through briefings, meetings, and site visits.
Further, the project entails the technical support by the NPO SWAN-Fukuoka, the inventor of the Fukuoka Method to be implemented in the project. As SWAN-Fukuoka will carry out regular missions to Ethiopia, the ITA will have to liaise daily.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

• Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in Environment, Engineering, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or related field that is relevant for the post is required. A first level degree with additional two years maybe accepted in lieu of Advanced university degree

Experience:
•A minimum of 10 year's of work experience in municipal solid waste management (MSWM) is required.
•Proven experience in managing MSWM related projects in particular with the Fukuoka Method of landfill management is required.
•Experience in providing technical and policy assistance to governments at both central and local levels preferably with experiences in Africa is desirable.
•Experience in conducting trainings and research on solid waste management and/or on related environmental subjects with familiarity with the UN system is desirable.
Language:

•Fluency in English. Knowledge of Japanese and/or another UN official language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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