International Consultant – Project Design Specialist on Solid Waste Management


Location : Home-based with 4 days mission to Tashkent
Application Deadline :07-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Aug-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months

Background

The objective of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme is to support the Government of Uzbekistan in strengthening their national capacities to effectively and efficiently plan for, access, manage, deploy and monitor climate financing in particular through the GCF. These activities are implemented in line with national policies and priorities. The Programme targets two important aspects of the GCF approach, access to funds and private sector engagement, both of which require significant preparatory work before GCF financing is possible at scale. The GCF Readiness Programme focuses on a range of preparatory activities to: a) build and strengthen the institutional capacity of national entities in Uzbekistan, with a focus on enabling direct access; and to b) help Uzbekistan to prepare climate change mitigation and adaptation investment strategies, programmes and projects, including through the active involvement of the private and financial sectors.

One of the main objectives of the programme is to assist the country to prepare project concepts for the pipeline of projects ideas approved by the government of Uzbekistan.

In this regard, technical expertise is being sought to develop a GCF project concept note on waste management, in consultation with the State Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection (Goskomecology), and under the guidance of UN Environment and UNDP.  This work builds on the assessments and data collections on waste management carried out under this GCF Readiness Programme/UNDP in Uzbekistan. This GCF waste management project needs to be designed to reduce substantive GHG emissions in a cost-efficient way and to bring paradigm shift for country’s waste management approach. Climate Change adaption impact (monetary value) may be explored if applicable for some of the candidate geographical location which is subject to this project development.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the International Consultant will be responsible for: (a) assisting the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection with the overall development of the GCF concept note on sustainable waste management, (b) reviewing all the data collected (e.g. GHG calculation), existing strategies, policies, laws on waste management, (c) designing and leading the national consultants to collect relevant additional data and information (e.g. recycling potentials), (d) drafting the GCF concept note on waste management in consultation with the State Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection, UNDP and UN Environment project managers, and (e) preparing pre-feasibility study which would be submitted together with the GCF Concept Note.. The consultant is also required to identify innovative approaches and possible application of sustainable waste management and GHG reductions. The consultant will also prepare the list of the required prefeasibility studies with terms of reference for the development of the full GCF project proposal


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct coordination of the Project Manager and overall guidance of Sustainable Development Cluster, an incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Stocktake of the existing national and regional strategies, policies, programme and legislative background of the waste management system (all streams of waste);
  • Analyse solid waste management institutional arrangements, including the possibility of private sector involvement;
  • Compile existing/planned investment plans for waste management;
  • Review all the relevant assessments and studies carried out under the leadership of UNDP as well as existing waste management related data and GHG emission calculation;
  • Provide recommendations on the additional study/assessment required for the GCF concept note development;
  • Hold consultations with the national and international agencies and stakeholder organizations;
  • Hold consultations with circular economy and waste management experts to seek innovative GHG reductions from waste (i.e. separate collection of organic waste from household waste, recycling) as well as business opportunities from waste management/recycling;
  • Analyse the possibility of the above mentioned innovative approach in the context of Uzbekistan;
  • Work closely with a team of national experts to collect missing information, define the role of national partners, UNDP and UN Environment, and prepare a draft pre-feasibility assessment as per GCF requirements;
  • Draft a GCF project concept note for further submission and internal review of UNDP Uzbekistan and UN Environment;
  • Provide continuous consultancy support (via e-mail, Skype calls and/or using other means of communication) to the national team of experts during the preparation of the project concept note;

Identify areas, including additional feasibility studies/assessments, that may need further elaboration for the development of the full GCF project proposal.


Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills, focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment;
  • Initiative, good analytical skills, ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics and honesty;
  • Ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Postgraduate (master’s) degree in the field of climate change, environmental science, environmental policy, economics; or other relevant sciences.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in projects development and project management in climate change and waste management (assessment, design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation);
  • Extensive technical knowledge in waste management, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change is required;
  • Experience in project development and implementation is Central Asia is required;
  • Familiarity with governance and policy structure and institutions in Central Asia is an asset;
  • Experience in data collection and indictors in the field of waste and climate change is required, including practical experience in conducting various assessments and studies;
  • Relevant experience in preparing detailed project proposals for submission to financing agencies (e.g. Banks and financial institutions) in developing countries is an asset;
  • Experience in GEF/GCF funded project development will be considered as an advantage;
  • UN experience would be considered as an advantage; Familiarity with gender analysis and mainstreaming is an asset;

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must, knowledge of Russian is required.

Application Process:

Interested candidates need to apply online and upload requested documents in Part 5. no later than end of July 27, 2018 (New York time).  Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged to your email address provided in application. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary.

Application submitted via email, incomplete applications or received after the closing date (July 27, 2018) will not be given consideration. Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

For more detailed information about UNDP Uzbekistan please visit our website at www.uz.undp.org UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates, people with disabilities, and minorities are highly encouraged to apply. UNDP Balance in Manage Policy promotes achievement of gender balance among its staff at all levels.

Requests for clarification must be sent in writing to pu.uz@undp.org, ensuring that the reference number above is included in the subject line. UNDP shall endeavor to provide such responses to clarifications in an expeditious manner, but any delay in such response shall not cause an obligation on the part of UNDP to extend the submission date of the Proposals, unless UNDP deems that such an extension is justified and necessary.

A detailed Procurement Notice, TOR, and all annexes can be found at: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=48475.

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Filled in and signed a Personal History Form (P11 form)
  2. Letter confirming interest and financial proposal using the template provided by UNDP (Annex III)
  3. Brief methodology and work approach (not more than 5 pages)

UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates, people with disabilities, and minorities are highly encouraged to apply. UNDP Balance in Manage Policy promotes achievement of gender balance among its staff at all levels.

 


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.

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