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International Plastic Management Consultant (s)
|Location :||Homebased, CAMBODIA|
|Application Deadline :||14-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Initial contract is from 31 May 2021 to 30 May 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 100 days per year with possibility of extension up to three years|
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.
Over the last decades, Cambodia has experienced rapid growth of its population and economy, which led the surge in plastic waste. In Phnom Penh, plastic waste now amounts to more than 20% of the total volume of municipal waste (3,600 tons) generated per day, adding immense pressure on waste management and natural environment.
Plastic waste pollution is highly damaging in terms of environmental, economic and public health impacts. In urban areas, illegally dumped plastic waste blocks waterways, clogs sewage and drainage systems, and elevates flood risks. In areas without waste collection services, plastic waste is often burned in the open or disposed at on streets, or into local waterways, which carry it to the sea. The burning of plastics releases harmful chemicals which pose risk to public health. In coastal areas, the impact of plastic waste to the tourism industry is particularly significant. Plastic waste (e.g. cigarettes, plastic food wrappers and bags) makes up 80% of the debris found on its beaches (FFI 2021), deteriorating coastal areas’ natural environment, marine ecosystems, and scenery.
According to the MoE (2015), out of the 4 million ton of solid waste generated, 63 % is collected while 29 % is illegally dumped or burned. Around 8 % is collected informally by informal waste pickers who gather waste from landfills or streets and sell recovered valuables to intermediary persons, usually exported to Thailand or Vietnam for recycling (recently, these countries announced that they would soon ban plastic waste imports). At present, less than 1 % of plastic waste is formally recycled due to limited infrastructure, technology, or finances.
Thus, there is an urgent need to reduce the volume of plastic waste and to create an environment where waste is properly managed, recycled and recovered.
Tackling plastic waste requires systematic changes covering the entire lifecycle of plastic from import to production, use, disposal, and recycling. Cambodia is not a major producer of plastic products and most plastic items are imported. One of the priorities is therefore to regulate the import and sales of single-use plastic. Major industries using single-use plastic like plastic bottles need to create product designs that are easily recyclable and actively support recycling, for example through an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme. Business and people need to significantly cut down the use of single-use plastic and adopt sustainable alternatives. Moreover, plastic waste needs to be sorted from other waste to enable reuse, recycling or energy recovery.
To this end, since 2018, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has promoted the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – framework to prevent and minimize plastic waste pollution on land and in the ocean.
Thus far, as part of regulatory measures, in 2018, the Ministry of Environment (MoE) developed the sub-decree 168 to introduce a levy on plastic bags. The MoE is currently drafting a new regulation on plastic management, covering the entire life cycle of all types of plastic. The MoE is also considering the introduction of favorable measures for plastic recycling. Moreover, the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) also plans to propose an EPR scheme for Cambodia to promote the effective collection and recycling of plastic waste.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International Plastic Management Consultant (s) is to work with national consultant(s) to provide technical assistance to the Marine Plastic project team for the following sets of activities related to plastic management.
1) Development of a sub-decree on plastic management (linked to the project activity 1.2): See Box 1 for a proposed structure of the new plastic regulation.
This work to develop a sub-decree may entail but not be limited to:
Other types of plastic may include plastic used for electronics, agriculture and fisheries.
2) Development of proposed measures for EPR (linked to the project activity 1.1):
3) Drafting strategies and measures to promote alternatives and plastic recycling (linked to the project activity 4.1):
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Civil/Mechanical/Process Engineering, Environmental Law or related field.
Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=78096 more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.
UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.
Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.
Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your online applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
(i) Letter of intertest explaining why they are most suitable for the work
(ii) Samples of PPT ans Reports to prove excellent analytical and writing skills including the ability to communicate policy recommendations in a succinct and clear manner
2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)
3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
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