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Consultancy: Developing EIA Guidelines for the Energy Sector (Ugandan Nationals)
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||19-Sep-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Resilience and Climate Change|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days (Spread over a period of 3 months)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days|
The overall policy goal of the National Environment Management Policy for Uganda is sustainable socio-economic development which maintains and enhances environmental quality and resource productivity. The policy seeks to integrate environmental concerns in all development policies, planning and activities at national, district and local levels, with wide participation of the people.
Following the enactment of the National Environment Act Cap 153, it is now the policy of Government that environmental impact assessment (EIA) has to be conducted for development projects and activities that are likely to cause significant impact on the environment; so that appropriate measures are identified to mitigate the anticipated environmental impacts, while positive impacts could be maximized.
The EIA process is still relatively new in Uganda, and there is still need to enhance public awareness and participation in the EIA process.
Therefore, since each sector has different technical requirements, sector specific EIA guidelines on issues related to each sector are necessary.
Background and Problem Statement:
Since the operationalisation of the EIA process in Uganda, most EIAs carried out have been mainly guided by the framework EIA guidelines that were put in place in 1997. Of late, however, there is evidence of increasing demand for EIA guidelines that specifically focus on sectoral development programmes, and projects. It is also envisaged that sector specific EIA guidelines will enhance the integration of environmental concerns into sectoral development planning. In addition, there are so many sector-based natural resources (such as Energy resources) that are experiencing degradation of varying intensity; and for which EIA would be a useful tool to control degradation through use and application of specific Sectoral EIA Guidelines relevant to the Ugandan situation.
In view of the above, there is an urgent need to prepare Sectoral EIA Guidelines, which should be based on the general principles and procedures that have already been elaborated in the framework EIA Guidelines. This initiative is thus, intended to provide the basis for meeting the demand for development of these sectoral EIA Guidelines and will further improve the capacity of sectoral agencies in assessing environmental issues of the sector.
The Government of Uganda has in recent years undertaken several socio-economic reforms in order to improve the performance of the country’s economy. For instance, the Government has put in place programmes for the development of the Energy sector through consultation and consensus-building with a wide range of stakeholders.
In order to facilitate the conduct and review of EIAs, developers, sectoral institutions, and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in particular, need to be equipped with guidelines that will enable identification of environmental problems specific to projects and activities of a sectoral nature and, therefore, be able to recommend appropriate mitigation measures based on the technical capacity available in the sector departments.
As an aspect of capacity-building, and in view of the fact that EIA review and the conduct of EIAs demands a considerable amount of time to enable effective consultation between the sectoral lead agencies, NEMA and other stakeholders, development of Sectoral EIA guidelines will, among others, provide the lead agencies and EIA Practitioners with easy and quick reference material; and thus, enhance the EIA review capacity of sectoral agencies, and reduce on time spent on the review process or actual conduct of EIAs.
Since responsibility for the conduct of EIA lies with the developer, it is also hoped that the EIA sectoral guidelines will provide reference material that will enable developers to carry out screening of their projects, as well as enable the conduct of EIAs for proposed projects. Many developers currently rely solely on hired services for EIA.
Objectives of the Consultancy:
The objectives of the consultancy are to:
These will, among others, include the following:
The implementation of the Sectoral EIA guidelines will, however, be the responsibility of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development other relevant sectoral lead Agencies, with NEMA implementing its mandated functions of supervision, co-ordination and approval of EIA activities and programmes/projects carried out in line with Sectoral EIA guidelines.
Duties and Responsibilities
During the development of Sectoral EIA Guidelines, it is expected that NEMA will collaborate closely with all the stakeholders responsible for the different sector components and areas for which sectoral guidelines for the energy sector are to be developed.
Scope of the Consultancy:
The activities to be accomplished during the drafting/development of the sectoral EIA guidelines shall be as outlined below.
The outputs from the consultancy are expected to include:
The Consultant will report to the Resident Representative of UNDP Uganda Country Office for all contractual obligations and to the Executive Director NEMA on all technical aspects of the assignment. All reports shall be addressed to the Executive Director NEMA with copy to UNDP Resident Representative. NEMA shall certify quality and completeness of the outputs before payment to the consultant are made.
Duration and Timeframe of the Consultancy:
Due to the broad nature of the energy sector, the consultancy will utilise 60 person days spread over a period of 3 months as follows:
Support by the Client:
The National Environment Management Authority shall:
Composition and Competency of the consulting team:
Required Skills and Experience
Preparation of Proposals:
Proposals prepared by the Bidder and all correspondence and documents relating to the proposal exchanged by the bidder and the procuring UNDP entity shall be in English.
Documents comprising as proposals:
Proposal shall comprise of the following documents:
The financial proposal will indicate the price which will be in Uganda Shillings.
The payment will be made in three installments:
Eligible consultants(Ugandan Nationals only) are required to submit application and a detailed CV/Resume online at http://jobs.undp.org.
Applicants should clearly indicate the position being applied for; either(i) )Team Leader: or (ii) Sociologist; or (iii)Oil and Gas Specialist. Applications/proposals without clear indication of the above will not be accepted.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.