Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical Advisor, Environmentally Sound Waste Management
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 06 April 2022 - 14 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-178767-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objectives of the work are to support UNEP ROE by providing technical expertise and advice on the environmental sound management of POPs wastes and contaminated sites in support of the Component 1 technology trial and the Component 2 risk management activities at ten additional sites in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan (5 in each country). The consultant will also provide review and support to development of national regulations as required.

The ultimate results of services provided by the Technical Advisor Environmental Sound Waste Management will be (as outlined in more detail in the GEF ID 9421 Project Document):

Component 1: Disposal and risk reduction of POPs
• Development of contract document for disposal technology providers including liaison with UNEP procurement service (Output 1.1);
• Management supervision of technology provider contract and independent monitoring of site operations (Outputs 1.1, 1.3 and 1.4);
• Finalization of site characterization and conceptual site models for 2 main project sites (Output 1.2).

Component 2: Long term capacity building for improved hazardous waste management: Technical support to National Implementing Partner in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to deliver Output 2.4
• Finalization of REA and Prioritisation of highest risk sites - Delivery of REA for 10 sites (Activity 2.4.1)
• Risk management planning at 5 additional sites - Delivery of risk management plans for 5 sites (Activity 2.4.2)
• Risk mitigation actions at a minimum of one site - Delivery of risk mitigation actions at one site (Activity 2.4.3)

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The duration of the consultancy is 12 months (extendable subject to availability of funds).

Duties and Responsibilities

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. 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 UNEP Europe Office’s main goal is to provide guidance to national governments at various levels, and to take part in the dialogue on environmental issues between governmental authorities, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders. The UNEP Europe Office is the Executing Agency (EA) for the project “Demonstration of non-thermal treatment of DDT wastes in Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan) (GEF ID 9421)”. The EA ensures that all activities, including procurement of goods and services, are carried out in strict compliance with the rules and procedures of UNEP and GEF, and ensures coordination between the countries and consistent execution and reporting of national project activities.

The overall objective of the project is to build national and regional capacity for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of hazardous waste including Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan in line with the requirements of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. The project is comprised of two Components: (1) Disposal and reduction of POPs and (2) Long term capacity building for improved hazardous waste management. The project duration is established at 5 years. The project will dispose of at least 5,000 tons of DDT and associated POPs wastes from the two main sites using on-site methods of Super Critical Water Oxidation (SCWO).

The Technical Advisor Environmental Sound Waste Management will support the UNEP’s Europe Office (UNEP ROE), the Project’s Executing Agency, to deliver the project outputs under Component 1 and parts of Component 2 in the two recipient countries. Component 1 will carry out a trial of an innovative waste destruction technology (SCWO) under a contract being procured by the Implementing Agency, and if successful, will introduce the technology to the two project countries. Component 2 will beside a wide range of capacity building and awareness raising activities finalize a series of Rapid Environmental Assessments (initiated in the framework of earlier obsolete and POPs pesticides initiatives in the two partner countries), carry out risk management planning for 5 sites in each country and carry out risk mitigation actions at a minimum of two sites.

The current consultancy contract will cover the technology trial period, support preparatory activities for implementation of that technology (if feasible) and support implementation of the above-mentioned risk mitigation activities under Component 2 in the two countries. If the trial is deemed successful, an additional contract will be required to support the introduction and operation of the technology in the two countries.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
First university degree in a field related to Environmental Sciences (chemistry, geology, environmental studies, environmental engineering), or equivalent experience.
Experience:
• At least 7 years of working experience in project management at the international level is required.
• Working knowledge of GEF projects (development and supervision) is required.
• Experience in management of hazardous waste in accordance with the requirements of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions is required.
• Private sector experience from the hazardous waste industry is an advantage. Experience in the implementation of environmental or health related programmes, projects and activities is desirable.
• Experience in reporting against a results-based project framework (outcomes, outputs and activities) is required.
• At least 5 years’ experience in working with POPs contaminated sites is required.
Skills:
Excellent management of office computing tools, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and data analysis and standard statistical techniques. Good verbal communication skills with proven ability to liaise with external stakeholders in Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Environmental field sampling experience.
Language:
Fluency in English, including good drafting/writing skills, is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages, particularly Russian, is an asset.

No Fee

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