International Consultancy Firm to provide the technical assistance on the Assessment of industrial and production sectors (B-181201)


Location : Homebased and Hanoi
Application Deadline :30-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :127d 13h 59m
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-6
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
20-Dec-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months


Background

The Viet Nam Chemical Agency (Vinachemia) under Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) is implementing the Project “Application of Green Chemistry in Viet Nam to support green growth and reduction in the use and release of POPs/harmful chemicals (Green Chemistry)” funded by GEF/UNDP and with co-financing by Viet Nam agencies/institutions and companies. The project is currently in its first year of implementation.

The project aims to create the enabling environment for the introduction of Green Chemistry in Viet Nam and introduce Green Chemistry applications in productive sectors with the purpose of reducing the use and release of chemicals controlled under Stockholm and Minamata Conventions. The project also expects to result in a reduction in the use and release of chemicals of concern not covered under the MEAs, as well as improve energy and natural resource efficiency and generate Green House Gas (GHG) release reduction co-benefits in the sectors and industries supported by the project.

The project will reduce the use of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and release of Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (U-POPs) through the introduction of green chemistry approach in six industrial sectors in Viet Nam: chrome plating, pulp and paper manufacturing, plastic manufacturing, textile, pesticides and solvents. Specific guidance for each sector will be developed, and the green chemistry approach will be streamlined into the relevant legislation. Two industrial facilities from 2 different sectors (out of the above six sectors) will be selected for the practical demonstration of the green chemistry approach. The project is structured in 3 components:

  1. Developing the enabling environment for Green Chemistry in Viet Nam;
  2. Promote awareness on Green Chemistry and the benefits of the application of Green Chemistry and its guiding principles; and
  3. Introduce Green Chemistry approaches into priority sectors and at least 2 entities.

The activities to be carried out under this contract are related to Output 3.1.1. (In-depth GC assessments concluded of priority production / manufacturing sectors.) of the project, which is one of the outputs under project Outcome 3.1 (15 g-TEQ/a of UPOPs releases, 1 tonne of POPs, 0.002 tonnes of mercury reduced and at least 65 tons of CO2 through the introduction of GC in priority sectors),

Output 3.1.1 concerns the assessment of industrial and production sectors that present opportunities for the introduction of Green Chemistry. Based on the preliminary outcomes achieved during the project preparation phase, the following shortlist of priority sectors for the application of GC principles has been identified:

  1. Electro-plating industry, due to its use of PFOS as etching agent and mist suppressant;
  2. Plastic manufacturing industry, due to its use of deca-BDE (which has the potential to be degraded into POPs-PBDE) as well as PBBs (flame retardant) used in many plastic polymers and due to the use of short chain chlorinated paraffins;
  3. The textile industry, due to the potential release U-POPs into products associated with contaminated raw materials (i.e. dyes), the potential use of PFOS and PFAS for water – repellency purposes, the potential use of deca-BDEs as flame retardant, and the use of chlorine as bleaching agent;
  4. The pulp and paper industry, due to the use of chlorine-based bleaching agents that may result in the secondary formation of chlorinated compounds in the environment (including PCDD/F);
  5. The pesticide sector, due to the continuation of the import and use of some restricted chemicals including POPs, and for the use of mercury in some pesticide or biocide formulations
  6. The solvent and paint sector, due to the use of chlorinated solvents and short chain chlorinated paraffins in paints, as well as the use of mercury in some paint formulations.

For common understanding, green chemistry (GC) is defined as “the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances “. The green chemistry approach has been standardized in 12 general principles: 1. Prevent waste; 2. Maximize atom economy; 3. Design less hazardous chemical syntheses; 4. Design safer chemicals and products; 5. Use safer solvents and reaction conditions; 6. Increase energy efficiency; 7. Use renewable feedstocks; 8. Avoid chemical derivatives; 9. Use catalysts, not stoichiometric reagents; 10. Design chemicals and products to degrade after use; 11. Analyse in real time to prevent pollution; 12. Minimize the potential for accidents[1].

Studies undertaken as part of this output will allow for the establishment of baselines and identify opportunities for green chemistry introduction on a sector-based approach. Assessment results will be presented in sector-specific reports.

The baseline situation and potential for implementation in the 6 industrial sectors which will be covered under the Green Chemistry project are reported in Annex I

UNDP, the GEF Implementation Agency for this project, is seeking an international consultancy firm to provide technical assistance, guidance, training and supervision to the Vietnamese national consultancy firm recruited with a separate TOR to undertake assessment the above mentioned six targeted industrial sectors.

 

[1] Anastas, P. T.; Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press: New York, 1998, p.30.


Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is now seeking for an International consultancy firm to provide technical assistance on the Assessment of industrial and production sectors that present opportunities for the introduction of Green Chemistry and energy saving measures in Vietnam

 

The objectives of the assignment are to provide technical support, guidance, training and supervision to a Vietnamese consultancy firm and national consultants.

The selection will be on a competitive basis and will comply with UNDP procurement regulations.

Procurement Notice with enclosed TOR and evaluation criteria can be down load from the below link:

http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=52119

Interested bidders are invited to submit technical and financial proposals and other information following guidance in the Request for Proposal to:

 

Procurement Unit

UNDP Viet Nam                                                                                                                                                                                

304 Kim Ma, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Direct: (+84 24) 38500143

Email: quach.thuy.ha@undp.org

 

with notification by email (without attachment) to: procurement.vn@undp.org that the bidder has submitted proposal.

 

UNDP will not be responsible for the missing of proposal if the bidder does not send notification email to above address.

 

Deadline for submission: Thursday 13 December 2018


Competencies

To be eligible, bidders should have minimum following qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of chemistry and environment and more specially, in the management of POPS, hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste, green chemistry, cleaner production
  • At least 5 years of experience in calculating POP and UPOP release and mercury
  • Working experience with enterprises, industrial facilities/areas
  • Working experience with Viet Nam

The Team Leader should have knowledge, skills and experience as follows:

  • At least 10 years of practical working experience in environmental management, chemical and waste management in industrial processes, management of hazardous and toxic chemical including POPs/PTSs and Mercury;
  • At least 10 years of  experience in environmental audits, such as: energy saving in industrial processes, management of POPs, management of hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste, environmental monitoring of industrial processes (including the development of monitoring plans), sampling of waste and environmental indicators, handling of waste and hazardous substances;
  • Knowledge of the use of chemicals in industrial processes with specific reference to two or more sectors among the six targeted industrial sectors;
  • Good understanding and knowledge of MEAs (especially Stockholm Convention on POPs, Minamata Convention on Mercury, Basel Convention)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English (with submission of at least two sample reports)

The Team Member should have knowledge, skills and experience as follows:

  • At least 10 years of practical working experience in environmental management, chemical and waste management in industrial processes, management of hazardous and toxic chemical including POPs/PTSs and Mercury;
  • Good understanding and experience in POPs/mercury baseline assessment and calculation;
  • Good understanding and knowledge of MEAs (especially Stockholm Convention on POPs, Minamata Convention on Mercury, Basel Convention)
  • Have working experience in developing countries, experience of Viet Nam is an advantage.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English (with submission of at least two sample reports)


Required Skills and Experience

The Team Leader should have knowledge, skills and experience as follows:

Postgraduate or higher education degree in chemistry, , environment, engineering, or related field

 

The Team Member should have knowledge, skills and experience as follow

Postgraduate or higher education degree in chemistry, , environment, engineering, or related fields;


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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.


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