National Environmental Economics Expert to calculate the quarrying sector’s dues to the national treasury in Lebanon.


Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :18-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months (35 working-days).
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 months (35 working-days).

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

Based on Decree 6569/2020 related to the volumetric surveying of quarries in Lebanon by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) - and more particularly the articles related to securing the sector’s past dues to the national treasury, as: volumetric fees; cost of environmental degradation; cost of rehabilitation; punitive claims (for delays and/or infringing the law by working without a permit or not abiding by the permit conditions), and following progress achieved by the LAF in undertaking this survey, UNDP has been approached by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) to support in calculating the sector’s dues at the quarry level.


Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of the consultancy is to support the MoE in calculating the quarrying sector’s past dues
to the national treasury based on decree 6569/2020. Under the overall guidance of the UNDP SSGR
Project Manager and in close coordination with the Ministry of Environment, the Consultant will
assume the lead responsibility of preparing the following:
1. Get familiarized and extensively analyse the survey results from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
(maps, volumes and owners).
2. Develop a methodology for assessing the cost of environmental degradation (COED) at the
quarry level and estimate the COED for each site.
3. Calculate the cost of implementing the most appropriate rehabilitation technique for each site.
The rehabilitation techniques should be discussed with the UNDP team (from several projects)
and the Ministry of Environment.
4. Calculate the fees due to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), including VAT, by:
4.1 Estimating the theoretical dues based on unit cost and volume
4.2 Comparing with the dues already paid to the MoF for each site.
5. Calculate the dues to the respective Municipalities, by:
5.1 Estimating the theoretical dues based on unit cost and volume
5.2 Comparing with the dues already paid to the respective municipalities for each site.
6. Determine the penalty/ punitive claim due for each site considering all the below parameters (as
well as others if determined based on existing legislation):
a. working without a permit (as a function of the number of years of operating without a
permit) – based on relevant data from MoE and Ministry of Interior and Municipalities
(MoIM);
b. working with an illegitimate permit (ie an administrative authorization not issued by the
competent authority) - also a function of the years of operating with an illegitimate permit;
c. delay (yr-based) in paying the COED;
d. delay (yr-based) in rehabilitation;
e. delay (yr-based) in paying the dues to MoF;
f. delay (yr-based) in paying the dues to the municipalities;
g. violating environmental conditions set in the permit; etc.
7. Based on the above, calculate the total dues for each site.
8. Review the draft template legal warning (previously prepared) to the site owner/ operator and
provide comments if any.
9. Provide recommendations on the following:
a. the most suitable entity to send the warning on behalf of the Government of Lebanon
b. the fund which the dues should be transferred to while considering operational capacity
and legal maturity of each option (e.g.: link to the National Environment Fund foreseen
under law 444/2002 after issuing its bylaws on a private or public-private basis; Lebanon
Green Investment Facility; others).
10. Summarize the above methodology in a concise report, with a summary table of the results
related to all sites, and detailed data for each site as annexes (one sheet for each site).
The UNDP and MoE teams will provide the consultant with all available data and will also be available
to provide guidance and directions to support in the development of the outputs as needed.
For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Knowledge of the UN preferable.


Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in Economics.
- Master ‘s degree in Environmental Economics is an asset
II. Years of experience:
Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience in environmental economics
III. Technical experience:
- Experience of the Lebanese public sector and/or national public legislative context.
- Previous work experience with the UN.
- Experience in the field of environmental policy.
- Proficiency in English and Arabic.

How to apply:
The consultancy is open for all national consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a
competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal.
Submissions through any other media will not be considered.
The application must include all of the following documents:
1. P11,
2. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
3. Financial proposal
All files shall be submitted in one single document and uploaded as word or PDF file to the UNDP job
site.
It has been observed that bidders don’t submit all requested documents and thus reducing their chance
to be selected for a contract with UNDP. before you submit your offer please revise that the application
is complete and comprises all four (4) documents.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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