Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical Specialist –End of life vehicle management and recycling in SIDS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 February 2022 - 02 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-174433-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective of this assignment is to ensure that the execution of the GEF ISLANDS Programme is informed by guidance on existing best practice on end-of-life vehicle management, circular economy approaches and opportunities to improve management across SIDS.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

1 April 2022 to 15 June 2022 (2.5 months)

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s 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 Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) is hosted by UNEP, in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). These organizations serve as the joint host of the GGKP Secretariat (www.greengrowthknowledge.org) on behalf of the GGKP Steering Committee (UNEP, GGGI, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the World Bank). The GGKP is a global network of over 80 international organisations, research institutes, and think tanks focused on promoting a green economy transition by:

• Identifying major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and addressing these gaps through the promotion of collaboration and coordinated research; and
• Using world-class knowledge management and communication tools to provide practitioners, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to access, share, and utilize green growth policy analysis, guidance, information, and data.

The aim of this consultancy is to provide technical guidance, expertise and support to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States” (ISLANDS) Communication Coordination and Knowledge Management (CCKM) project for the development of a best practice guidance on used oil management for the GEF ISLANDS Programme. This will contribute directly to Output 2.1 in the CCKM project document.

A Technical Specialist is sought to document case studies from select ISLANDS SIDS on end-of-life vehicle recycling and management initiatives. This will require research on government taxes related to second hand vehicles being imported into SIDS, scrapping activities for end-of-life-vehicles in SIDS, export activities to access scrap metal markets, as well as onshore scrap metal activities and any incentive schemes to promote vehicle recycling. The consultant will conduct baseline research on existing recycling activities (including policy approaches such as import taxes on second hand vehicles) in SIDS, highlight and document detailed case studies of SIDS end-of-life vehicle management (e.g., drivers, issues, enabling conditions, impacts, gaps and challenges), identify lessons from previous experience, identify tailored recommendations and potential activities related to end-of-life vehicle management in SIDS for replicability and scaling up, and prepare 5 case studies. Particular focus will be put on the required economy of scale for end-of-life vehicle recycling operations to be viable, as well as consideration of gender-differentiated issues and impacts within the stream and practices.

Specific tasks and responsibilities
1) Brief technical note with initial baseline research findings and outlining five proposed case studies.
2) Full list and contact details of end-of-life vehicle stakeholders consulted across ISLANDS SIDS.
3) Five detailed end-of-life vehicle case studies focused on SIDS in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions.
4) Presentation of case study key findings and recommendations.

Qualifications/special skills

• An advanced degree in environmental management or economics, environment engineering, environmental science, waste management, circular economy, or related field is required. Two additional years of relevant work experience, along with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
• A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of waste management, circular economy, recycling, and/or environmental management.
• Strong analytical skills as well as the ability to effectively articulate and present research and analytical findings in writing are required.
• Understanding of the chemicals covered by the Stockholm Convention, including the POPs chemicals in end-of-life vehicles.
• Understanding of, and ability to apply knowledge on, the differentiated socioeconomic considerations in and across waste management.
• Experience working with international organizations is preferred.
• Experience working in the context of SIDS is strongly preferred.
• Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be an asset.
• Women and minority representatives are highly encouraged to submit applications for consideration as the consultant.

No Fee

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