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|Location :||Home Based (with frequent travel to project locations), INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||6 months (30 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Six months|
UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment and resilience. UNDP’s programmes are designed to integrate a global vision for catalytic change with India’s national priorities. Today, UNDP India works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by transforming traditional models to do development differently.
UNDP India in collaboration with Coca Cola India Foundation have designed a project on Plastic Waste Recycling Management & Livelihood (PWML) to be implemented in close partnership with the Urban Local Bodies in select cities of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. This initiative is designed to minimize the impacts and risks to environment and human health, by enhancing sustainable Plastic Waste Management practices, through a socio-technical model (segregation/collection/ recycling).
The socio-technical model while being economically sustainable also ensures compliance with regulations, to improve use of resources with a circular economy approach and in line with Swachh Bharat Mission of India; and Government of India Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules, 2016.
The PWML project’s main objective is to establish a sustainable community led approach for integrated plastic waste management and efficient recycling. The systematic approach will address better social security measures, job creation and impact livelihoods for the informal sector engagements. Mainstreaming Waste Pickers (Safai Sathis), will open new opportunities and lead to more sustainable ways of collection, segregation, processing and recycling of plastics.
Safai Sathis are mostly self-employed having no legally tenable employer-employee relationship either with the municipalities or the with scrap traders. They are not paid by the municipalities while with the waste traders the relationship is a sale-purchase transaction, at most a patron-client relationship built on years of dealing with the same scrap trader. Waste-pickers suffer from occupation related health issues, face regular harassment and extortion from both the police and the municipal authorities, and no social security benefits are available to workers in this sector.
In order to address the above challenges, the PWML project includes a key component on livelihoods that aims to:
The above initiatives intend to support mainstream Safai Sathis thorugh access to social entitlements, improved livelihood capabilities, improved incomes, and capacity built of the second-generation through career guidance and counselling. These interventions would be built around strengthening institutionalized and formalized benefits and entitlements framework for Safai Sathis as a means of bringing dignity to their profession. By empowering the Safai Sathis through alternative livelihood options and more institutionalized benefits, the project will not only strengthen the improved social conditions envisaged for them in the larger partnership, but also enable improved livelihood generation possibilities and income enhancement.
To complement and strengthen the livelihoods component of the project, UNDP is seeking to hire a consultant to carry out a baseline survey. The objective is to gather relevant baseline data for key project indicators to enable: determine the socio-economic status of the waste pickers in project locations; identifying their financial inclusion/medical / health and hygiene/ income status and aspirations; and map the existing waste management ecosystem in each city.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the supervision of Project Officer/Officer-in-charge (Livelihoods), the scope of work expected from the Consultant-Research is outlined below:
b.Sample selection – selection of appropriate sample for data analysis
c.Compilation of collected data – Overseeing and supervising the collection of data by field staff in each of the 03 cities. (Field staff for collection of data would be engaged by UNDP). Compilation of data collected.
d.Cleaning of data- Cleaning of the data compiled to standardize it for relevant data analysis.
e.Data analysis- Analysis of data using relevant tools.
7. Interim Reports – Preparation of interim reports based on preliminary findings
8. Concurrent Feedback-Concurrent feedback on key issues observed from the survey.
8. Draft Report-Preparation of draft report.
9. Final Report- Preparation of final reports incorporating feedback and final presentation
Required Skills and Experience
(Kindly note: prior approved travel, boarding & lodging expense will be reimbursed as per actuals in line with UNDP rules.)
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA:
Educational Qualification - 30 Marks;
Financial Proposal-30 Marks.
Highest Combined Score (based on the 70% technical offer and 30% price weight distribution), where minimum score to pass in technical evaluation is 70%.
Duration of the Assignment:
6 months (estimated 30 working days)
The assignment will be home-based as well as field based. It will involve travel to in Amritsar, Lucknow and Kolkata with due approvals from the supervisor and as per UNDP policies and procedures
Required Academic Qualifications and Professional Experience:
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.