Job Opening

Posting Title: Integrated plastic waste management
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 23 November 2021 - 02 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-168791-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Consultant will provide drafts of all deliverables for review, and final versions which all comments and inputs are incorporated, based on work plan agreed by the COBSEA Secretariat and relevant partners. All deliverables are to be developed and finalized based on UNEP and COBSEA visibility guidelines and considerable requirements of donors or partner agencies. The Consultant is responsible for maintaining regular communications with the COBSEA Secretariat and providing progress and information as well as all background resources/data/information collected for the preparation of all deliverables under this contract in editable and accessible formats adhere to UN values and codes of conducts, respect the intellectual property rights of the UN and follow a human rights-based and inclusive approach

Work Location


Expected duration

8 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational setting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The assignment is located in the Ecosystems Integration Branch in the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) in Bangkok, Thailand.

COBSEA is a regional intergovernmental mechanism and one of 18 Regional Seas programmes. It is the decision-making body for the East Asian Seas Action Plan, bringing together nine countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Viet Nam – in protection and sustainable development of the marine and coastal environment. The COBSEA Secretariat is hosted by Thailand and administered by UNEP. The Twenty-fourth Intergovernmental Meeting of COBSEA (IGM 24) adopted the 2019 Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) to guide regionally coherent action to reduce and prevent marine litter from land-based and sea-based sources, strengthen monitoring and assessment, and create an enabling framework for implementation. The COBSEA Working Group on Marine Litter (WGML) provides guidance on implementation of the RAP MALI and develops respective biennial workplans. COBSEA is developing the East Asian Seas Regional Node of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) as a knowledge hub on marine litter.

Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and UNEP ‘Cooperation on Global Environmental Programs’ umbrella agreement and in line with the RAP MALI biennial workplan, COBSEA is developing pilot activities in the East Asian Seas to demonstrate integrated waste management good practices to reduce and prevent plastic waste leakage into rivers and the coastal and marine environment. COBSEA will assist target countries to develop a more integrated and cohesive approach to solid waste and marine litter management that engages and caters to the needs of local communities and disadvantaged groups and prioritizes low-carbon waste management solutions.

Under direct supervision of the COBSEA Coordinator ai. of the Secretariat, the consultant will support the implementation of activities.

Under COBSEA with a focus on Battelle and Alliance to End Plastic Waste through coordination with USEPA and project partners. Consultant will perform the following specific tasks.

1. Develop the implementation plan and Implement at least 3 demonstration projects on inclusive waste management;
2. Produce at least 3 knowledge products to support knowledge sharing and outreach of good practices.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in environmental sciences, sustainable development, waste management or other relevant field is required. A first level university degree with additional two years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of Advanced degree.
Experience: • At least 10 years of working experience in waste management, environmental policy and management, or sustainable development, preferably in relation to marine litter, plastic pollution or solid waste management is required;
• Experience of environmental policy and management in the East Asian Seas region is desirable;
• Experience in planning and managing complex projects and programmes is desirable;
• Experience in knowledge management, communication and outreach is desirable;
• Experience working with bilateral/multilateral donors and development partners in the East Asian Seas is desirable;
• Experience working with government officials, local authorities, community stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and waste management entities is desirable;
• Working experience in a multicultural environment including United Nations is desirable;
• Previous involvement in and knowledge of Regional Seas and/or COBSEA work is desirable.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other languages from the East Asian Seas region is an advantage.

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