Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainable Consumption and Production, Construction and Demolition Waste
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 08 July 2022 - 28 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-185987-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Ultimate result of the service is the Construction and Demolition Waste section of the Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plan for the State of Kuwait.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

10 months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Organizational Setting, Purpose and Objective:

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. The Regional Office for West Asia delivers advisory services and capacity building support to countries to achieve environment and sustainable development objectives.
This consultancy is home- based under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator of the Finance and Economic Transformations subprogramme of the UNEP West Asia Office (UNEP ROWA).
UNEP’s work in Finance and Economic Transformations focusses on supporting regions, countries, and businesses in their transition to inclusive green economies and to sustainable consumption and production patterns. This involves promoting green finance and investments, sustainable trade, mainstreaming of green economy pathways into sustainable development planning and sectoral policies in order to decouple (i.e. delink) economic growth and activity from environmental impact while improving human well-being and job creation.
This contract aims at contributing to the preparation of the Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plan (SCP NAP) for Kuwait. The national counterpart of the project is KEPA (Kuwait Environment Public Authority). The waste sector is a priority to shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns in Kuwait, and it can set the foundation for several interconnected and cross-cutting actions to develop policies. Two waste streams will be in the focus of the SCP NAP: construction and demolition waste (CDW) and plastics. According to official statistics, CDW is estimated as high as 51% (including quarrying and mining activities), while the plastics account for 17% of the total solid waste. Targeting CDW waste and plastics will allow to drive sustainability in several interconnected sectors from business and policy perspective. Circularity will be put in the focus as a driving model.
The objective of this contract is to contribute to the CDW component of the SCP NAP. The construction sector in Kuwait is growing, with several projects that need to be framed with proper schemes to reduce and recycle CDW.
The consultant will be leading on the situation analysis, stakeholder consultation, scenario projections, definitions of actions, and elaboration of a monitoring plan to track progress about the action plan implementation, focusing on the CDW management.

2. Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Finance and Economic Transformations Regional Coordinator, a.i, in UNEP West Asia Office, the consultant will take the overall responsibility of the following:

1) Mapping of ongoing and planned interventions intended for improving CDW management in Kuwait.
a) Conduct situation analysis on the CDW generation and management in Kuwait (desk research), including the regulatory and institutional governance framework for CDW.
b) Review of ongoing and planned construction projects and initiatives intended for improving CDW management in Kuwait, highlighting the circular economy perspective, as well as collecting good practices from other countries that may be adapted to the local context.
c) Stakeholder mapping, identifying the key actors across the construction value chain that may play a role in managing CDW.

2) Identify actions and develop scenarios
a) Identify policy actions that can drive sustainability in the construction sector, with a focus on the needed review (and actions to update/change) of regulatory and governance framework for CDW.
b) Develop scenarios with projections against action implementation.
c) Consult key stakeholders, in close coordination with KEPA and UNEP.

3) Monitoring Plan
a) Development of a monitoring plan to track progress on the action plan implementation about CDW.
b) Propose a framework for measuring performance of CDW management including indicators, targets, tools, etc. Circularity must play a key role.

4) Draft the action plan for CDW
a) Draft the CDW chapter of the SCP NAP, including the list of actions identified to drive sustainability in the construction sector.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in environment sciences, engineering, waste management, or economics is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree is required.
Experience: PROFESSIONAL:

• Minimum of 8 years progressive experience on waste management, circular economy, resource management issues is required
• Solid background in resource efficiency, circular economy, green economy, and other related fields is desirable

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

• Solid overall computer literacy.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.
• Excellent analytical skills.
Language: Proficiency in English is required, and Arabic is an asset.

No Fee

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