Industrial and Municipal Sewage Pollution Abatement Expert (IRH)


Location : Home-based with missions to Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi Georgia, TURKEY
Application Deadline :22-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Estimated 1 March 2019 – 31 January 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :Approximately 85 working days

Background

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) (www.thegef.org) unites 183 member governments—in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector—to address global environment issues. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. Since 1991, the GEF has provided US$12.5 billion in grants and leveraged US$58 billion in co-financing for 3,690 projects in 165 developing countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) the GEF has made more than 20,000 grants totaling about US$1 billion to civil society and community-based organizations.
The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems. The IW portfolio comprises 242 projects to date and some US$1.4 billion of GEF grants invested in 149 different countries. This investment has leveraged about US$8.4 billion in co-financing. 
UNDP GEF Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans” will be implementing the Strategic Action Program for the Kura River Basin in partnership with the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The SAP is framed around four agreed Ecosystem Quality Objectives (EQO) which are:

  • To achieve sustainable utilization of water resources to ensure access to water and preserve ecosystem services;
  • To achieve water quality such that it would ensure access to clean water for present and future generations and sustain ecosystem functions in the Kura river basin;
  • To achieve and maintain ecosystem status whereby they provide essential environmental and socio-economic services in a sustainable manner in the Kura River Basin; and,
  • To achieve mitigation of adverse impacts of flooding and climate change on infrastructures, riparian ecosystems and communities.

The GEF will support priority activities towards these objectives. The GEF funded SAP implementation Project has the objective “to integrate water resources management in the Kura river basin to address water-energy-food-ecosystem security nexus through the implementation of agreed actions in the SAP”.
There will be five components to support the countries to achieve this objective. These are:

  • Project Component 1: Establishment of effective cross sectoral IWRM governance protocols at the local, national and transboundary levels in the Kura Basin;
  • Project Component 2: Strengthening national capacities to implement multi-sectoral IWRM in the Kura basin;
  • Project Component 3: Stress reduction in critical areas and pre-feasibility studies to identify investment opportunities for improving river system health;
  • Project Component 4: Targeted education and involvement projects to empower stakeholders in implementing local / national / regional actions in support of SAP implementation;

Project Component 5: Enhancing science for governance by strengthening monitoring, information management and data analysis systems for IWRM.


Duties and Responsibilities

Protecting the river basin from pollution starts from pollution sources. Enforcement of the water laws and regulations on all facilities that dump its wastewater to the river basin will reduce the pollution load released to the river basin. Industrial discharges of metals, oil and grease, and other pollutants can interfere with the operation of local sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment plants, leading to the discharge of untreated or inadequately treated pollutants into the river basin. Therefore, Capacity for assessing the river polluting sources and develop pollution abatement plans for these sources was included in the project document under output 2.3. This output will provide the two countries with a staged capacity building strategy for auditing the polluting sources and develop pollution abatement plans for these sources. These approaches must align with the EU Water Framework Directive and appropriate Daughter Directives. 

During year 2017, the UNDP-GEF Kura II project developed a capacity building strategy for law enforcement and pollution abatement. This strategy included 3-staged training programs for both Law enforcement and environmental inspection for polluting sites, and the development of the Pollution abatement plans. The project is planning to implement these training programs during 2018-2019 to build the capacities in the inspection units in both Azerbaijan and Georgia in the enforcement and inspection. This training will also include representatives from the polluting industries to build their capacities on how to develop the pollution abatement plans.

The project is also planning to develop pollution abatement plans for major polluting sectors. The project team with the support of the focal ministries will select one or two facilities in each sector to develop the pollution abatement plans for these facilities. These plans will be model for the development of the pollution abatement plan for other facilities under each of these polluting sectors. The project will also select one major source of pollution in each country and develop the detailed pollution abatement plan for that source together with the feasibility study for the cost of implementing this pan.

The services of a qualified and highly competent consultant will be required to assist the Project Management unit in developing the above-mentioned capacity building strategy and support its implementation in the two countries. 

Scope of Work
The Industrial and Municipal Sewage Pollution Abatement Expert will work closely with the UNDP-GEF Kura II project and the Water Law Enforcement International Expert to design and implement the 3-staged training program to improve the capacities of the local experts on auditing the polluting facilities and how to develop a pollution abatement plan.
The consultant will also work closely with the environmental inspection units in both Azerbaijan and Georgia to identify the main polluting sectors in each country and select one or two facilities in each sector. He/She will conduct environmental audit to these facilities and develop a pollution abatement plans for them. 

He/she will work closely with the national firm in each country that will be hired for field data collection for the selected facilities. He/she will provide technical assistance and field training to these firms in making any field measurements for water emissions from the selected facilities.

The consultant will also be responsible in developing a detailed pollution abatement plan for one of the main hot spots polluting facility in each country. This abatement plan in each country will be analyzed by the project environmental economics to develop the prefeasibility study for each polluting site.

The consultant, in collaboration and close coordination with the Project Coordination Unit, the Water Law Enforcement Expert, the Environmental Economics Expert, the local firms, and the National Focal Points, shall carry out the following activities:

For the selection of the National firms that will collect the field data and conduct field measurements (Including 1 field missions to the region for 5 days)

  • Develop the technical specification and TOR for the field data collection local firm 
  • Assist the project PCU in the technical evaluation of the received proposals 
  • Field mission to the region to attend the Kickoff Meeting to start the field work for data collection by the local firm.

For Conducting the 3 staged training on auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans (Including 3 field missions to the region, each mission for 5 days)

  • Develop the training material for the 3-staged training program for auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans
  • Field mission to the region to conduct the auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans Training- Block (1) 
  • Field mission to the region to conduct the auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans Training- Block (2) 
  • Field mission to the region to conduct the auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans Training- Block (3) 
  • Final report on the Capacity Building on auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans

For the development of the Pollution Abatement Plans and the prefeasibility studies (Including 4 field missions to the region, three missions each for 5 days, and one mission for 10 days)

  • Liaise with relevant project experts in establishing high level objectives for the Plan for Pollution Abatement
  • Field mission to the region for 5 days to assist the two national experts for environmental inspection in identifying the priority facilities representing the main polluting sectors for river water in each country
  • Develop facility Audit Check List and develop baseline monitoring program for the polluting facilities (includes in process, discharge and waterbody monitoring)
  • Field mission to the region to for 10 days to undertake compliance assessment for the sectoral facilities to identify Compliance Gaps for Wastewater discharges and produce compliance assessment report for each facility
  • Provide report on the BAT and BEP requirements for the sectors to be assessed in the priority sectoral facilities. 
  • Develop the Compliance Action Plan for each sectoral polluting facility
  • Field mission to the region for 5 days to undertake detailed environmental assessment for one major hot spot in each country and develop environmental assessment report for each hotspot
  • Develop a 'statement of needs' to address compliance deficiencies identified for the major hot spot in each country
  • Undertake costing exercise to quantify abatement requirements based on statement of needs
  • Develop technical report on the prefeasibility study for waste water compliance in the major hot spot in each country
  • Develop 2 final Reports (one for each country) summarizing all the Pollution Abatement activities done by the Kura II project.
  • Field mission to the region for 5 days to attend the final meeting (one meeting in each country) to present the compliance action plans to the funding agencies 

Key Deliverables of the consultancy:

  • Field mission to the region for 5 days to assist the two national experts for environmental inspection in identifying the priority facilities representing the main polluting sectors for river water in each country
  • Develop the technical specification and TOR for the field data collection that should be done by a local firm 
  • Field mission to the region for 5 days to attend the Kickoff Meeting to start the field work for data collection by the local firm.
  • Develop the training material for the 3-staged training program for auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans 
  • Conduct 3 field missions to the region to implement the 3-staged training to stakeholders in both countries
  • Final report on the Capacity Building on auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans
  • Develop facility Audit Check List and develop baseline monitoring program for the polluting facilities (includes in process, discharge and waterbody monitoring)
  • Conduct Field mission to the region for 10 days to undertake compliance assessment for the sectoral facilities to identify Compliance Gaps for Wastewater discharges and produce compliance assessment report for each facility
  • Develop Compliance assessment reports for the sectoral polluting facilities
  • Report on the BAT and BEP requirements for the sectors to be assessed in the priority hotspot facilities
  • Develop the pollution abatement Plan for each sectoral polluting facility
  • Field mission to the region for 5 days to undertake detailed environmental assessment for two major polluting hot spots (one in each country) and develop environmental assessment reports for these two hotspot
  • Develop technical report on the prefeasibility study for the pollution abatement plan of the major hot spot in each country
  • Develop a final Report summarizing all activities done by the Kura II project for Pollution Abatement
  • Attend the final meeting to present the compliance action plans to the funding agencies

Timeframe for Deliverables and financial arrangements:

Deliverable 1:
Field mission to the region for 5 days to assess the selection of polluting sectors in each country and submit detailed work plan for implementation of activities
Start Date: 1st of March 2019
End Date: 15 March 2019

Deliverable 2:
Develop facility Audit Check List and develop baseline monitoring program for the polluting facilities (includes in process, discharge and waterbody monitoring)
Start Date: 1 March 2019
End Date: 31 March 2019

Deliverable 3:
Develop the technical specification and TOR for the field data collection that should be done by a local firm 
Start Date: 15 March 2019
End Date: 31 of March 2019

Deliverable 4:
Field mission to the region for 5 days to attend the Kickoff Meeting to start the field work for data collection by the local firm.
Start Date: 1st of May 2019
End Date: 15 May 2019

Deliverable 5:
Develop the training material for the 3-staged training program for auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans
Start Date: 1 March 2019
End Date: 31 March 2019

Deliverable 6:
Conduct the 3-staged training program for auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans to stakeholders in both countries (3 field missions to the region with 5 days each)
Start Date: 1st April 2019
End Date: 30 Jun. 2019

Deliverable 7:
Final report on the Capacity Building on auditing Polluting sources and development of abatement plans
Start Date: 1 July 2019
End Date: 31 July 2019

Deliverable 8:
Field visit to the region for 10 days to audit the sectoral polluting sites and develop the compliance assessment reports for the main polluting sectors in each country
Start Date: 1 August 2019
End Date:  31 August 2019

Deliverable 9: 
Report on the BAT and BEP requirements for the sectors to be assessed in the priority hotspot facilities. 
Start Date: 1 Sep. 2019
End Date: 30 Sep. 2019

Deliverable 10:
Prepare the Pollution abatement plans for sectoral polluting sites in each country
Start Date: 1 Sep. 2019
End Date:  30 Nov. 2019

Deliverable 11:
Field mission to the region for 5 days to undertake detailed environmental assessment for two major polluting hot spots (one in each country) and develop environmental assessment reports for these two hotspot
Start Date: 1 Sep. 2019
End Date:  15 Sep. 2019

Deliverable 12:
Develop technical report on the prefeasibility study for the pollution abatement plan of the major hot spot in each country
Start Date: 16 Sep. 2019
End Date:  31 Dec. 2019

Deliverable 13:
Develop a final Report summarizing all activities done by the Kura II project for Pollution Abatement
Start Date: 1 Jan. 2020
End Date:  20 Jan. 2020

Deliverable 14:
Field mission to the region for 5 days to attend the final meeting to present the compliance action plans to the funding agencies
Start Date: 20 Jan. 2020
End Date: 31 Jan. 2020

Payment Schedule

  • 20% of total fee, by 31 March 2019, upon completion of Deliverables 1, 2, 3, and 5
  • 20% of total fee, by 30 June 2019, upon completion of deliverables 4, and 6
  • 20% of total fee by 31 August 2019, upon completion of deliverables 7, and 8
  • 25% of total fee, by 30 Nov. 2019, upon completion of deliverable 9, 10, and 11
  • 15% of total fee, by 31 Jan. 2020, upon completion of deliverables 12, 13 and 14.

Information on Working Arrangements: 

The international Expert for Industrial and municipal sewage Pollution Abatement will report to the Project Chief Technical Advisor / Regional Project Coordinator (CTA/RPC). Deliverables will be reviewed and approved by the project team and ultimately by the CTA/RPC.

Time Frame 

The expected time frame for the Consultant to complete these activities is 11 months starting from approximately March 1, 2019 with approximately 85 working days during this period (app. 40 days home based and 8 missions to the region with a total working days of 45 days (7 missions with 5 working days per mission (3 days in Azerbaijan+2 days in Georgia), and one mission for 10 days (5 days in each country)).  

Financial Arrangements 

Payments as percentage of lump sum will be made monthly on the following based on approval and timely completion of above all deliverables described above.
Any delay of deliverable must be approved by the CTA in writing.


Competencies

Functional competencies

  • Strong communication and management skills and demonstrable capacity to work with a multi-national team and to work with government institutions;
  • Ability to work in the field and conduct field measurements;  
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare training materials and conduct training courses for multi stakeholders;
  • Ability to conduct needs assessment studies and develop capacity needs strategies;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities.

Corporate competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards; 
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Masters degree in environmental management, or related fields required; Masters degree focusing on assessment of pollution from point sources and develop pollution abatement plans a strong advantage. 

Experience

  • At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in development and oversight of Environmental compliance action plans required; 
  • Proven experience in environmental auditing for industrial and municipal facilities, conducting onsite environmental inspection focusing on liquid water discharges is required 
  • Experience in multi-sector governmental settings including application of technical enforcement and compliance approaches and developing pollution abatement plans for major polluting sources required. Experience in implementing enforcement of the EUWFD will be a strong asset. 
  • Experience in working with UNDP and GEF through multiple sectors/ministries or work experience in GEF International Waters, experience in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and with EU river basins main polluting hotspots and in the application of EU WFD methodologies is an asset 

Language: 

  • English is the working language for this assignment, therefore excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
  • Ability to communicate in Russian is an advantage

Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical P11/CV desk reviews and interviews and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 

Only candidates who will get min. 70% of points in desk review (criteria A-F) will be invited for an interview. Only candidates who receive 70% or more of points in technical evaluation (Criteria A-G) will be considered for financial evaluation.

Evaluation Criteria

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:

  • Criteria A – Academic qualification / education – max points 10;
  • Criteria B – Experience in development and oversight of Environmental compliance action plans– max points 10;
  • Criteria C – Experience in environmental auditing for industrial and municipal facilities, conducting onsite environmental inspection focusing on liquid water discharges – max points 10;
  • Criteria D – Experience working in multi-sector governmental settings including application of technical enforcement and compliance approaches and developing pollution abatement plans for major polluting sources; Experience in implementing enforcement of the EUWFD – max points 10;
  • Criteria E – Experience working with UNDP and GEF through multiple sectors/ministries or work experience in GEF International Waters, experience in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and with EU river basins main polluting hotspots and in the application of EU WFD methodologies – max points 5;
  • Criteria F – Methodology for preparing the pollution abatement plans– max points 15;
  • Criteria G – Interview (communication, technical knowledge, and language skills) – max points 10

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.
 

Application procedure 

The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the assignment 
  • Brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work. 
  • Filled P11 form or CV including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees  (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc);

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal - Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. 

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. 

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Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
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