Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert to support review of national plastic waste management capacities
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 10 August 2021 - 09 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-161566-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The following output will be delivered by the consultant for both Malawi and Zimbabwe: Review, guidance and substantive input provided to the assessments of current plastic waste management practices, capacities and infrastructures in the formal and informal sectors.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

• 8 working days within 01-15 November 2021 (Task 1.1)
• 4 working days within 01-15 January 2022 (Task 1.2)
• 4 working days within 15-31 March 2022(Task 1.3)

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Assembly at its third session called for increased action by relevant international and regional organizations and conventions, including among others, the Basel and Stockholm Conventions, to prevent and reduce marine litter and microplastics and their harmful effects. In 2019, at its 14th meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention decided to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, thereby bringing plastic waste more comprehensively under the scope of the Convention.

The current consultancy is to support the implementation of the project entitled ‘Strengthening knowledge and capacity to prevent and reduce releases of plastic waste in Malawi and Zimbabwe’ (BRS-NREF), funded by the Norwegian Retailers Environment Fund, notably component 3 on ‘Ensuring the environmentally sound management (ESM) of plastic waste’.

The project targets Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is implemented in collaboration with the Environmental Management Agency of Zimbabwe, the Environmental Affairs Department in the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources of Malawi, and the Basel and Stockholm conventions Regional Centre located in South Africa (BCRC-SCRC South Africa).

Under the general guidance of the Secretariat and in close collaboration with the BCRC-SCRC South Africa, international experts engaged by the BRS Secretariat, representatives of the Governments of Malawi and Zimbabwe, and relevant stakeholders, the consultant will carry out the following tasks for both Malawi and Zimbabwe:

1. Report on plastic waste management practices, capacities and infrastructures:
1.1. Review, provide guidance and substantive input to the local experts in drafting an assessment of current plastic waste management practices, capacities and infrastructures in the formal and informal sectors.
1.2. Review, provide guidance and substantive input to the local experts in revising the draft assessment addressing comments received from the BRS Secretariat, the BCRC-SCRC South Africa and the Governments of Malawi and Zimbabwe.
1.3. Review, provide guidance and substantive input to the local experts in finalizing the assessment based on further comments received from the BRS Secretariat, the BCRC-SCRC South Africa and the Governments of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

2. Participate in relevant face-to-face or virtual meetings (subject to Covid-19), workshops and teleconferences to gather input, advice and feedback on the above mentioned items.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in law, environment, chemistry, geography, or related discipline, or a first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least seven years of experience in the field of the environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste (preferably plastic waste), including topics such as financing schemes, waste management infrastructures, recycling etc.
Language: Fluency in English, including strong drafting/writing skills is essential.

No Fee

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