UNDP is implementing a five-year GEF funded project “Adapting to climate change induced coastal risk management in Sierra Leone” with the aim to strengthening the ability of coastal communities to systemically manage climate change risks and impacts on physical infrastructures and economic livelihoods.
The coastal zone of Sierra Leone is highly vulnerable to the increased frequency and severity of coastal erosion, flooding and storm surges which severely impact social wellbeing (health), livelihood security (and water resources) and major economic sectors such as fishing, tourism, water resources and agriculture. Coastal communities are already experiencing considerable repercussions of these impacts, notably on their livelihoods with reduced fishing productivity, ecosystem degradation and low farming outputs. The lack of data collection, fundamentally caused by a lack of policy direction, exacerbated by limited resources and human resources development (capacity) has undoubtedly affected the country’s tourism potential particularly in light of the recent phenomena of sargassum/seaweed “blooms” that are washing up on the nations beaches.
The project focuses on three thematic components.
- Component 1: Generating sound scientific knowledge and access to information;
- Component 2: Climate information internalized into coastal development policy and plans;
- Component 3: Awareness and alternative, innovative activities to support adaptation in the coastal zone.
Through these components, the project will work towards the removal of those policies and any
informational barriers that are preventing Sierra Leone from systematically managing coastal risks. This will contribute to the vulnerability reduction of both coastal communities and ecosystems and strengthened institutional capacity and adaptation planning.
In light of the above, UNDP Coastal Risks Management Project seeks to recruit a national consultant in waste management and recycling techniques and fabrication of waste management start-up kits to support youth groups with alternative livelihoods. The project intends to support The National Tourism Board on youth empowerment focusing on improved methods of waste management in targeted coastal areas as well as promote a waste mitigation and “clean up” policy and innovative responsive strategy for beach protection against solid waste including the general clearing up of beaches. The project shall also identify (where possible) the alternative utilization of debris found along currently polluted beaches. A key focus is placed on the role of youth including women as agents for the improvement of waste management techniques and creation of alternative livelihoods through waste collection, waste recycling and reuse.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the consultancy
The Individual Consultancy is designed to work with targeted coastal communities (specifically youth along the two targeted project locations; Shenge and Turtle Island) to establish pilot activities towards improvement of waste management techniques through waste collection, recycling and reuse as means of alternative livelihoods
The focus of this consultancy is therefore as follows:
- Identify women’s and youth groups to be financially rewarded through waste collection, recycling and reuse as possible alternative livelihood support
- Work with target coastal communities (Shenge and Turtle Island) specifically with women and men youth along the coastal areas to establish pilot activities towards improvement of waste management techniques and provide support on the recycling equipment (start-up kits) to project beneficiaries.
- Develop business plan with the targeted groups on the different innovative opportunities on waste collection, recycling, and reuse techniques.
- Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the UN and UNDP
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Client Orientation and Communication
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations
- Supports and encourages open communication and responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and to communicate sensitively across different constituencies and awareness of political sensitivities
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
Required Skills and Experience
Deliverables and payment modalities
Deliverables Estimated Completion Date Related payments
Report 1: An Inception report developed and 2 weeks 20%
approved by UNDP detailing work plan and
methodology of the implementation modality.
Report 2: Training report produced and approved 6 weeks 30%
by UNDP on women and youth groups trained in
waste management techniques
(collection, recycling and reuse)
Report 3: Report produced and approved by 10 weeks 30%
UNDP on waste management start-up kits
provided to women and youth groups that
have been trained
Report 4: Business plans for targeted groups 2 weeks 20%
submitted and approved by UNDP
The national consultant will report directly to the Team Lead, SLED cluster and the project Manager for the UNDP coastal project and liaise with the General Manager, National Tourist Board (NTB). He/she is expected to work hand in hand with the Responsible Parties, NTB in executing his/her responsibilities. The national consultant is expected to:
- Report primarily to the UNDP SLED Team Lead and an appointed officer from NTB
- Co-ordinate with other team members, government counterparts and UNDP officials as required on all the technical requirements.
- Provide any other supports to the functions and quality assurance of the final documents produced
The duration of the consultancy service will be 12 weeks effective from the date of signature of the contract
Educational background: The successful candidate will have an academic and professional background in community based environmental management, solid waste management and current innovative research relating to waste recycling in developing nations and (if possible).
The following attributes are essential:
- At least 10 years of technical experience in waste management and recycling related projects especially in coastal areas.
- Relevant experience in designing pilot waste management strategies that are linked to rural coastal areas.
Desirable criteria include:
- Relevant work experience related to waste management and/or beach cleaning strategies and/or waste management projects in West Africa and in Sierra Leone in particular.
Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders; culturally and gender sensitive.
Fluency in English both written and oral
Technical Competence (based on CV and technical proposal) Weight 70% Max. Point 700
Academic qualification: 10% 100points
Diploma/Certificate in Waste Management or related field of studies 5% 50
7 years of provisional experience perfuming similar assiment5 5% 50
Methodology: 40% 400points
A well develop approach to the assignment explaining among other 30% 300
things methodology to the assignment suitable to the required ToRs
A well develop work plan relating to the scope of the ToRs included 10% 100
as per of the technical proposal.
Proven Previous Experience: 25% 250points
Previous working experience in UN/Government/INGO indicating 25% 250
similar assignment with updated CV submitted as an attachment to the technical proposal.
Financial (Lower Offer/Offer*100)
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 Points) 30% 300points 30% 300
Financial proposal in spread indicating all costs related to the proposal
Total Score Technical Score *70% + Financial Score *30%
Qualified and experienced national consultant in waste management and recycling techniques are hereby invited to apply.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
- CV and a Personal History Form (P11 form);
- Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment; (max 1 page)
Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached to the Letter of Confirmation of Interest template