Job Opening

Posting Title: Solid Waste Management Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 09 December 2021 - 06 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-169832-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The purpose of this assignment is to:
a) Carry out a solid waste audit together with a waste source inventory in Taita Taveta county focusing on Mwatate, Taveta, Voi and Wundanyi urban areas
b) Develop a Solid Waste Management Strategy for Taita Taveta focusing on Mwatate, Taveta, Voi and Wundanyi urban areas.

The Consultant will undertake a solid waste audit in partnership with the county government of Taita Taveta – in close consultation with residents. The audit will build and complement the regional marine litter assessment exercise conducted by UNEP and UN-Habitat in Mombasa. The audit will provide an overview of the solid waste generated, collected and managed in controlled facilities, including a waste characterization study. =. Based on the information from the audit, a solid waste management strategy will be developed in a participatory manner, by the Consultant in collaboration with the county, with practical recommendations and action points, and will be aligned with the marine litter strategy under development by UNEP and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). The strategy will aim at promoting the “5Rs” principles (rethink, refuse reduce, reuse, recycle) and provide a roadmap for the county to enhance its solid waste management system.

Work Location

Taita Taveta County, Kenya

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting:
UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system.

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's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), requires the services of a consultant to support the establishment of an operational solid waste recycling management system in Taita Taveta county as part of the Go Blue Project Result Area 2 Connecting People, Cities and the Ocean: Innovative Land-Sea Planning and Management for a Sustainable and Resilient Kenyan Coast, a EUR 7m project implemented by UN-Habitat and UNEP and signed between the EU and UN-Habitat (on behalf of both UNEP and UN Habitat) on 26 December 2020.

The Project aims at enhancing land-sea planning and management by addressing key socio-economic and environmental challenges while stimulating benefits from the blue economy. Specific objectives of the project include: developing an integrated, ecosystem-based land-sea planning framework that guides all other spatial planning and management activities for sustainable use and conservation of the blue economy in Kenya’s 6 coastal counties - Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Tana River - under the coast regional economic block (JKP); enhancing technical and human capacity for integrated, ecosystem-based land-sea planning and management through capacity building interventions; and the implementation of pilot project activities in selected urban areas and communities of the six counties. Through these activities, the Project lays the basis of and contributes to a sustainable blue economy in Kenya.

Through its municipal solid waste management activity/component, the Project will carry out a waste audit and develop a solid waste management strategy for Taita Taveta county focusing on the four urban areas of Mwatate, Taveta, Voi and Wundanyi. The Project will also support the county to update and upgrade solid waste management recycling and aggregation facilities and support involvement of women and young people in waste recycling and management, particularly those involved in waste picking to create jobs.

Waste Wise Cities
UN-Habitat launched Waste Wise Cities (WWC) on World Habitat Day in 2018 with a call to action to cities and local governments to tackle the global waste management crisis and supports them in moving towards a circular economy.
Waste Wise Cities has four key action areas:
1) knowledge and good practices sharing;
2) waste data and monitoring;
3) advocacy and education; and
4) project finance and bankability support.

WWC aims to support cities and local governments in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to waste and as well as in implementing the New Urban Agenda. Currently WWC has 220 member cities worldwide, as well as over 40 Affiliates. Together with other partners they form the Waste Wise Network. Under WWC, the Waste Wise Cities Tool (WaCT) , an assessment and monitoring methodology of a city solid waste management system, based on SDG indicator 11.6.1, was developed.

The Waste Flow Diagram (WFD) tool, developed by GIZ, estimates the amounts of solid waste that leak into nature and oceans by various sources, utilizing the data collected through WaCT application.

Reporting Line:
The consultant will work under the supervision of the UN-Habitat Senior Human Settlements Officer in the Regional Office for Africa (ROAF), in close collaboration with a Senior Manager at UNEP. In coordination with the Go Blue Result Area 2 project team, including waste management experts at UN-Habitat and UNEP, based in Nairobi and Mombasa, the consultant will engage the respective County Executive Committee members (CECs) of the JKP counties as well as other relevant stakeholders to finalise the assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
1. Organize a kick-off meeting and training for city officials on WaCT and WFD survey in Taita Taveta County
2. Train surveyors for the WaCT and WFD survey in Taita Taveta County
3. Apply WaCT and WFD at county level, focusing on the 4 main cities of the Taita Taveta County (Voi, Mwatate, Taveta, Wundanyi)
4. Consult with project team for the initial analysis of WaCT and WFD survey results for developing a report and strategize local stakeholders’ workshop
5. Organize one (1) local stakeholders’ workshop to discuss results of WaCT and WFD survey
6. Mobilize youths and a women group to develop waste source inventory
7. Develop a waste source inventory
8. Conduct six (6) local stakeholders’ workshop for the development of an integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) strategy at county level, focusing on the 4 main cities
9. Develop an integrated MSW strategy for Taita Taveta county with focus on the main 4 cities, linking to UNEP and NEMA strategy on marine litter and plastic waste

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Waste Management, Environmental Planning and Management or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in project development and management within Kenya and the JKP region with strong knowledge of county governments under planning, environment, policy, research and coordination is required. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in municipal solid waste management or a related field with extensive knowledge and experience in solid waste data collection and MSW strategy development is required. Knowledge in WaCT application is an asset. Experience in the United Nations or other international development agencies is regarded as an asset.

Fluency in English both oral and written is required; knowledge of Kiswahili language is an added advantage.

No Fee


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