International Technical Expert

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :23-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

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. 

Offeror's letter download link:

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, acid gases 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, except the secondary copper sector, were implemented to reduce China's PCDD/Fs releases from the secondary non-ferrous metal industry in the past few years with the exemption of secondary copper production. In order to reduce the generation and release of UP-POPs such as dioxins, BFRs from flame retarded 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, whose implementation runs 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 guidance, advisory and a report for the development of a Project document (ProDoc) and “spot reviews” of the full-size GEF-funded project Green Production and Sustainable Development in Secondary Aluminum, Lead, Zinc and Lithium Sectors in China.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working Days

1) Provide advisory services regarding technologies and share management experience, with good understanding on the advanced regeneration technology at the international level, especially in developed countries (e,g, United States, the EU, Japan)

2) Assess the existing technology needs in relevant industries, summarize and share international experiences and information of new technologies, integrate relevant contents to provide advice on developing of project document, as well as the international institutional cooperation or South-South cooperation.

3) Provide technical consulting services for key problems encountered during the PPG period, assist in the design of relevant demonstration activities.

4) Develop a report on summarising the status quo of the technology in relevant industries abroad, and its international experiences.



5) Participate in meetings of the project and make presentations, as required.


6) Any other relevant deliverables that align with the technical expert’s scope of work and required by PPG team leader.



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 incumbent will report to the Programme Managers at UNDP Office in China and FECO/MEE, and will work closely with the Lead International and National Consultants and the National Project Coordinator at FECO/MEE, and other experts to be recruited under the preparation project. In order to ensure smooth implementation of the deliverables, the consultant must liaise with the other PPG consultants. 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. The incumbent should carry out his/her tasks in accordance with the rules and procedures of UNDP. The incumbent could be requested to perform any other tasks, as required.

Required Skills and Experience

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

Language: Excellent communication and writing skills in English

Experience and skills:

  • Minimum 10 years working experience in the area of Chemicals management, or related areas, such as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) management.
  • At least Bachelor’s degree in Environment protection, Chemistry economics or related area.
  • Understanding of 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

1st payment: 50% contract price shall be paid following submission and acceptance of the first draft Report (before 30/08/2021)

2nd payment: 50% contract price shall be paid following the acceptance of the final version report. (before 31/10/2021)

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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