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National Consultant for E-Waste Project in Jordan
|Location :||Amman, JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||20-Mar-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||32 working days during April – August 2014.|
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.
In many developing countries and countries with economies in transition, there is an active, informal or less-organized small-scale sector, collecting used and end-of-life computing equipment for repair and re-use. In a smaller number of countries, an informal sector has evolved which attempts to recover materials such as copper, gold and plastics from electronic and electrical waste (‘e-waste’), but does so utilizing processes that harm human health and the environment.
It is recognized that the low costs of setting up a computing equipment repair and resale business provide a unique economic development opportunity in low-income, poverty-stricken areas. It is nonetheless also recognized that the environmental impact from such operations can be severe if these operations and final disposal of any remaining parts are not carried out in an environmentally sound manner
Activities and studies undertaken by SBC to date have found that stakeholders in the informal collection, recycling and reuse sector often lack the necessary education and training to properly manage collection and materials recovery in an environmentally sound manner, therefore, these stakeholders are often unaware of potential environmental, health and safety risks, as well as all of the options involved in recycling computing equipment.
Most developing countries lack the infrastructure and industrial capacity to manage, in an environmentally sound manner, all processes needed for a complex electronic waste stream and therefore must rely on facilities outside of their country to ensure such environmentally sound management. However, many local businesses are ill-informed and/or ill-equipped to sell their material into environmentally sound, global markets.
This project aims at improving collection and materials recovery practices in an environmentally sound manner in Jordan. It is anticipated, by the end of the project, to have e-waste polices and legislation reviewed and updated, awareness of stakeholders and decision makers raised and new collection technologies installed in order to facilitate proper handling and processing of e-waste in Jordan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within the context outlined above, UNDP seeks the recruitment of a national consultant to provide technical assistance to the e-waste project team, and assess and review national policies and legislation related to e-waste.
To assess and examine the existing e-waste materials regulatory frameworks related to effective control of the e-waste in Jordan including Environmental Sound Management (ESM) of e-waste (handling, sampling, testing, packing, labeling, storage and disposal) through reviewing the existing laws and regulations, internationally recommended benchmarks developed by the Basel Convention Secretariats and legal framework in developed countries and to review the mechanism of legal enforcement and implementation mechanism, and to orient the decision makers on the gaps in laws and implementations(taking into consideration the Regulatory Impact Assessment).
The consultant is expected to work under the supervision of the MoEnv mainly e-waste project manager, and in close consultation with UNDP Jordan Country Office, and to:
Below are the required activities and expected outputs (deliverables), based on the objectives and scope of work stated above:
Required Skills and Experience