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National Expert in Briquette Production
|Location :||Freetown, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||19-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||One Month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One Month|
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.
Cooking energy in Sierra Leone is heavily reliant on wood consumption, particularly at the household level. With increase in urbanization, demand for wood and wood products particularly charcoal which is the fuel of choice in many urban areas, is also on the increase. This has contributed to deforestation in many parts of the country. Accordingly, the search for the supply of a substitute for fuel wood for domestic use has emerged as a policy priority for the Government of Sierra Leone.
Consequently, in recent years gas stoves have been introduced in the local market to help reduce this dependency and has gained some level of traction especially with middle income families. However largely due to poverty, uptake has been low for lower-income families as the initial investment is relatively high along with its refilling cost. It is estimated that a 6kg gas cylinder costs up to SLe 150 and a 12kg gas cylinder costs up to SLe 300 for which refilling depends on the level of usage. Whilst on the other hand, a bag of coal (costs SLe 45) or wood is cheaper, lasts much longer and there are smaller portions that can be purchased based on the availability of funds at that point in time for the families.
As a result of some of these dynamics influencing this reliance coupled with an in-depth understanding of the local context, traditional cooking beliefs and the environmental implication of deforestation, UNDP through its Natural Resource Management (NRM) portfolio intends to complement government and private sector efforts in adopting and promoting innovative approaches to cooking differently using cheap, tried, and tested clean cooking energy source dubbed briquette affordable for low and middle income families. In collaboration with stakeholders both influencers and affected alike, design and build a production, supply and distribution network that can be an ideal, eco-friendly substitute to coal, available in the market in various sizes.
Through UNDP’s grassroot solutions mapping exercises, it is evident that some breakthroughs have been made by local emerging entrepreneurs/innovators in clean biomass energy. Through a call for an expression of interest and a subsequent thorough screening process, the Country Office has selected a few successful emerging local entrepreneurs/ start-ups across the country who are currently involved in briquette production. These applicants will be given the opportunity to form part of the clean cook campaign team.
Considering the above, the UNDP is looking for an expert in briquette making to share knowledge with the selected local briquette team to ensure that the product meets the required standard, and to also teach the team how to use the machines.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is to share knowledge with the local briquette team to ensure that the product meets the required standard also teach the team how to use the machines. It is hoped that these start-ups will be supported to move from small scale to medium /large scale production to meet market demands as awareness raising continues. This first batch will serve as regional manufacturers of briquettes.
Scope of work
Liaising with the UNDP’s Accelerator Lab and the SLED Programme Specialist, the National consultant will be expected to provide technical support through hands-on training and mentorship to enhance briquette product and production standards. Specifically, the consultant shall:
The entire assignment will be completed within 21 working days starting from the 15th August 2022 and is expected to be completed by 14th September 2022.
The consultant shall be directly supervised by UNDP SLED Cluster Lead, in collaboration with the SLED Cluster Programme Specialist/Project Manager for NRM. Submission of the reports shall be through UNDP Resident Representative. Upon confirmation of acceptable reports, authorization for disbursement of payments and evaluation of performance shall also be undertaken by the SLED Cluster Lead.
Based on the scope of work outlined above, the consultantsShall be expected to deliver the following outputs by the completion date as outlined in section V (deliverables).
Deliverables Estimated Completion Date Related payments Review and Approval Required by
Report 1: An Inception report developed 19th August 2022 20% UNDP
and approved by UNDP detailing work
plan, methodology of the implementation
modality and in-country product certification.
Report 2: Needs Assessment Report 28th August 2022 40% UNDP
produced and approved by UNDP
Report 3: Training report produced and 14th September 2022 40% UNDP
approved by UNDP including trainer
assessment feedback from participants
Fluent in English
Required Skills and Experience
The national consultant must meet the minimum requirement of diploma in environmental science, recycling, waste management or any related academic qualification.
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
Financial proposal (using the template provided by UNDP).
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