International Project Development Specialist (lead writer) on Project “Green Production and Sustainable Development in Secondary Aluminum, Lead, Zinc and Lithium Sectors in China”

Location : Home Based with travels to China, CHINA
Application Deadline :15-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :70 days from January to December 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :70 days from January to December 2021

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.


Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal together with your CV and cover letter (if applicable) in one single file while submitting application. And please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading. Below is the download link of Offeror's Letter. 

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China is the world's largest producer and consumer of aluminum, accounting for roughly 40% of global aluminum production. Up to now, there is about 150 plants for secondary aluminum metallurgy in China, producing 6,900,000 tons in 2017. Among the 150 secondary aluminum plants, there are about 30 plants that produce over 10,000 tons per year. The smelting process of secondary aluminum production consists of feeding, fusion, content adjusting, treatment of liquid aluminum and casting. China’s secondary non-ferrous production is becoming increasingly important due to the high demand of metal, shrinking mine resources and a booming circular economy in China. Although secondary non-ferrous metal production is significant to circular economy, the downside of smelting, processing and re-production of those secondary metals is the risk of releasing different types of pollutants, including UP-POPs, BFRs, strong acid and heavy metals, such as lead into the environment. Secondary non-ferrous smelter were the major sources of dioxin emission in China.

Over the past decade, the Government of China has issued a variety of environmental laws, regulations, standards, technical guidelines and norms related to POPs control in the non-ferrous industry, including secondary copper, aluminium, lead and zinc sector. China has set up a series of national technical documents and standards on industrial quality and technical requirements, to control production condition, production capacity and requirements of typical facilities.

Secondary non-ferrous metal industry is one of six priority sectors to be targeted for control of UP-POPs releases. However, no substantive activities were implemented to reduce China's PCDD/Fs releases from the secondary non-ferrous metal industry in the past few years. In order to reduce the generation and release of UP-POPs such as dioxins, BFRs containing plastics, heavy metals and other pollutants in secondary non-ferrous metal industry, UNDP and FECO/MEE jointly developed Project identification Form (PIF) with the aim to request PPG for the project: Green Production and Sustainable Development in Secondary Aluminum, Lead, Zinc and Lithium Sectors in China, and submitted to GEF secretariat. A GEF Preparation Project Grant (PPG) of $300,000 was also approved for formulation of a full-size project proposal with the condition that the final project document will be submitted for GEF CEO Endorsement no later than 12 months after Council approval of the work program

The PPG stage, which will start from January to December 2021, is to refine project objectives, outcomes, and outputs as well as the work plan and budget for each of the project components as noted in the PIF for final formulation of a full-size project document. It will also serve to improve baseline scenario mapping, cost-effectiveness and the global benefits of the project, and secure firm co-financing commitments for each of the project components. Additionally, resources will be applied to finance the stakeholder and public consultation process required as input to this detailed scope definition and for national endorsement of the final project documentation.

The principle overall output of the PPG will be the detailed definition of the project scope in terms of technical details and implementation arrangements as set out in a Project Document, including:

  • validation of project design with the government and other counterparts;
  • barrier analyses, based on consultant reports and a multi-stakeholder workshop
  • logical framework, based on a multi-stakeholder workshop and the recommendations of consultancy studies, including indicators and quantified targets, combined with baseline values supplied by thematic consultants
  • participation strategy;
  • analysis of the programmatic baseline;
  • project budget and work plan in standard UNDP and GEF format;
  • monitoring and evaluation strategy;
  • learning and replication strategy and
  • text and supportive technical analyses detailing the justification and strategies of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities


The assignment is to provide technical expertise for development of a full size GEF-funded project Green Production and Sustainable Development in Secondary Aluminum, Lead, Zinc and Lithium Sectors in China and input in the formulation of a high quality Project Document accordingly, utilizing and adhering to the appropriate UNDP GEF templates and guidance for GEF-7 that will be provided by UNDP.

Scope of Work and Final Products

The International Project Development Specialist will be the GEF PPG Team Leader and will be responsible for quality assurance and timely preparation of all reports and documentation, including the finalized UNDP Project Document (ProDoc) and GEF CEO Endorsement Request, with all mandatory and project specific Annexes and supporting documentation. S/he will be responsible for managing all consultants on the GEF PPG Team and coordinating the Team’s work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Management of the GEF PPG Team, which shall include expertise such as Gender/stakeholder specialist; Social and Environment Safeguards (SESP) risk specialist; Policy/finance specialist; Mercury (waste) handling/management specialist; training specialist; and (potentially) Communications Strategy specialist, also recognizes that some specialties will be doubled up in single consultancies. Specifically, management of the team shall require the International Consultant to:

  • Technical Support for the management of the GEF PPG Expert Team
    1. Define and submit a detailed methodology and work plan in consultation with the other consultants with clear delegation of responsibilities for the International Consultants (ICs) and National Consultants (NCs);
    2. Ensure that project development is participatory, gender-responsive and based on extensive stakeholder engagements; and
    3. Verify and ensure that all project components are technically sound and cost effective.
  • Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): With inputs from the national consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs:
    1. Compile baseline/situational analysis for the full-size project (FSP). This will include a precise definition of baseline projects, activities, budgets, goals and co-financial links to GEF outcomes; definition of GEF incremental value per outcome and output; and presentation of results of the incremental cost-analysis in matrices as appropriate;
    2. Lead and oversee the stakeholder analysis and consultations, with support from national consultants, and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive including consultations with the private sector and tourism associations and bodies;
    3. Ensure the preparation of the gender analysis and ensure its findings are meaningfully integrated into the project’s strategy, theory of change and results framework;
    4. Ensure action points, including risk assessments, from the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) at the PIF stage (“pre-screening”) are fully implemented during the PPG, and update that screening in an iterative process throughout the PPG, and as appropriate;
    5. Oversee the identification of the project sites, with documentation of selection criteria and making sure that geo-referenced data and maps are clearly presented both for targeted protected areas and broader landscapes, as applicable;
    6. Ensure the design of appropriate project knowledge management processes and platforms, ensuring appropriate linkages to existing mechanisms and knowledge sharing in project landscapes;
    7. Lead and oversee the identification of opportunities for private sector engagement and co-financing;
    8. Ensure the preparation of partner capacity assessments and discussions on management arrangements early in the PPG process;
    9. Oversee the consultations with partners regarding financial planning; and
    10. Ensure completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs.
  • Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B): With inputs from the national consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs, and based on international best practice:
    1. Develop, present and articulate the project’s theory of change;
    2. Develop the Results Framework in line with UNDP-GEF policy;
    3. Develop a detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and Budget;
    4. Oversee and ensure the preparation of a comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan;
    5. Oversee and ensure the preparation of a Gender Action Plan and Budget;
    6. Oversee and ensure the updating of the SESP based on assessments undertaken during Component A, and ensure the development of required environmental and/or social management plan(s) as required;
    7. Oversee the preparation of the required project Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and development of project level indicators to feed into the GEF Core Indicators, and ensure these are supported by robust and validated data;
    8. Secure all co-financing letters;
    9. Prepare the indicative procurement plan;
    10. Secure and present agreements on project execution and management arrangements and ensure that the project aligns to UNDP-GEF guidance on UNDP execution support;
    11. Ensure the completion of the required official endorsement letters; and
  • Validation Workshop (Component C):
    1. Lead the validation workshop to present, discuss and validate the final draft ProDoc and mandatory and project specific annexes, with a special focus on the SESP and any management plans;
    2. Oversee all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop; and
    3. Ensure completion of Validation Workshop Report.
  • Overarching quality control elements associated with the final deliverables should be noted:
  • Ensure that the CEO endorsement package, Prodoc etc., provided in English, are of high quality (meeting with all GEF and UNDP standards); and, working with UNDP China and FECO, overseeing that comments received from the LPAC/Validation Meeting are included.
  • Address and Annex GEF SEC, GEF Council and STAP comments/suggestions (if any) received at PIF stage to the project document and CEO endorsement package.


Final Products

Expected Deliverable

Expected Time

Expected Deadline

Detailed PPG work plan approved by the UNDP CO, FECO/MEE

5 days

February 16, 2021

Annotated outline of UNDP/GEF Project Document with a clear indication of the information which is required for each section and that is to be provided by the project team.

5 days

February 23, 2021

Report on PPG Activities 1, 2 and 3 (incl. Detailed Project Strategy)

15 days

March 10, 2021

Draft UNDP/GEF project documentation (incl. Co-Financing Letters) and request for CEO Endorsement based on comments by all stakeholders, as required.

25 days

May 5, 2021

Final UNDP/GEF project documentation (incl. PPG Completion Report).  The CEO Endorsement package will include the following documents:

  • Finalized UNDP Project Document
  • Finalized GEF Request for CEO Endorsement
  • Finalized SESP
  • All Co-financing Letters

20 days

August 8, 2021

Required Skills and Experience

Duration and travel plan

The duration of this assignment is from 20 January 2021 to 11 December 2021.

The working days will be in total of 70 days, of which 20 days will stay in China and local travels in China might be inclusive.

Duty Station:

The consultant will be home-based with travel to China as indicated in the travel plan.

Travel Plan:

The assignment foresees two missions to China; one for formulation workshop and later for the validation workshop. Field Visit to the Project Sites will be included during the initial mission for the formulation workshop. All travel expenses associated with the trips (tickets, accommodation DSA) will be included in the financial offer (which needs to include (i) consultancy fees and (ii) estimated travel cost) as per UNDP rules and regulations. There may be also unforeseen travel that will come up during the execution of the contract which will be agreed on ad-hoc basis.

COVID19 Delays and Adjustments Notes:

All PPG Consultants should plan for contingencies due to COVID19 impacts. All consultants should plan for future work and manage the workload with anticipation of changes in the key PPG dates and the final submission deadline.

Schedule and work modality flexibilities are expected from all consultants to complete the necessary tasks using all means available, including remote PPG missions if international travel is not possible.

Due to the COVID19 travel restrictions, any necessary mission travel must be approved in advance and in writing by the PPG Supervisor(s)."


Education: Advanced degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Environment Studies or other related disciplines;

Language: Excellent communication and English drafting skills;

Experience and skills:

  • Minimum 10 years working experience in the area of environmental   protection, or related areas, such as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) management
  • At least Bachelor’s degree in environment protection, Chemistry economics or related area.
  • Understanding GEF’s strategic plan and priority areas in GEF VII;
  • Familiarization with UNDP procedures is highly desirable;
  • Previous experience with donor-funded development projects in China is highly desirable;
  • Good team-work spirit.

Payment terms

The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs of mission planned and any other applicable costs to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. Any unforeseen mission will be paid by UNDP if required and approved by UNDP CO. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration.

Institutional Arrangement

The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment. The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, specific software, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection

The recruited lead consultant will report to the programme managers at UNDP China Office and FECO/MEE and will work closely with the Lead National Consultant and the National Project Coordinator at FECO/MEE and other experts to be recruited under the preparation project. In order for the smooth implementation of the deliverables the consultant must liaise with other consultants recruited for PPG. Regular updates between the consultants and the National Coordinator must take place. The frequency and medium of updates/feedback between the PPG team will be mutually agreed upon contract signature. He/she should carry out his/her tasks in accordance with the rules and procedures of UNDP. Any other task that are not included above but during the assignment period later deemed important to ensure the quality of the deliverables could be proposed by the incumbent and shall be agreed jointly.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:
  • Technical evaluation - 70%; (includes 20% of Job-Related Technical Expertise; 25% of Relevant working experience; 25% of Methodology & Approach to Assignment)
  • Financial Evaluation - 30%.

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal together with your CV and cover letter (if applicable) in one single file while submitting application. And please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading. Below is the download link of Offeror's Letter. 

Offeror's letter download link:


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