Consultant on hazardous chemical waste/POPs disposal and treatment technologies

Location : Yerevan, ARMENIA
Application Deadline :21-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :01 March – 31 December 2018 (up to 45 working days)

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.


“Elimination of obsolete pesticide stockpiles and addressing POPs contaminated sites within a sound chemicals management framework in Armenia” is a GEF-5 Chemicals and Waste focal area project. The objective of the project is to protect human health and the environment globally as well as locally through elimination of POPs and obsolete pesticide (OP) stockpiles, and addressing associated contaminated sites within a sound chemicals management framework to fulfil Armenia’s signatory party commitments of Stockholm Convention. The Project will meet this objective by eliminating a large POPs pesticide burial site that represents the major POPs stockpile and waste legacy for the country. In total, approximately 4,200 tons of POPs waste in the form of heavily contaminated soil, 1,092 tons of POPs pesticides and other obsolete pesticides will be recovered, secured and ultimately treated and destroyed in an environmentally sound manner. Additionally, the project will provide critically needed hazardous chemical waste infrastructure and national technical capability for the ongoing management of POPs and other hazardous chemical wastes as well as supporting the strengthening of institutional and regulatory capacity within an overall chemicals management framework.

The specific objective of this assignment relates to the Project Outcomes 1.1, 1.2 and 2.2, with Outputs 1.1.5-12, 1.2.3 and 2.2.1, in terms of Category 1 waste secure disposal, temporary storage and treatment of Category 2 heavily POPs contaminated soil to be remediated to levels below the 50 mg/kg low POPs content.

To produce these Outputs the Project contracted a company to provide the “Detailed design, technical definition of works and supporting assessments/studies required for the removal of POPs pesticides and recovery of associated contaminated soil along with site clean-up, stabilization, containment, and monitoring applied to the Nubarashen POPs burial site” (Yerevan, Armenia) as defined in the Project Document.

Current specific assignment is to be performed in parallel of and to supplement to the above referred detailed assessment and design of Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site clean-up works, as well as to the “Nubarashen site clean-up and POPs/OPs waste disposal services” expected assignment.

The scope of this assignment has the following essential parts to be covered, to: i) review and advise on technical specifications (ToR) for the Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site clean-up works; ii) participate in evaluation of proposals/bids and selection of contractors for provision of services for excavation, packaging/handling, removal, destruction of Nubarashen excavated POPs/OP waste; iii) consult on specific issues of contract terms and scheduling of Nubarashen site clean-up works on- and off-site. iv) depending on availability of co-financing for site clean-up works, the project may face a need of re-designing the scope and submission to GEF for approval of a modified project scope.

Project document is available at,%202015.pdf

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will undertake the following general activities in support of the Project implementation, and Outcomes 1.1, 1.2 and 2.2 of the Project: Conduct desk review and data analyses as needed; develop reports and recommendations; contribute to finalizing the TOR and RFP and proposal evaluation criteria for selection of applicable and feasible technology/company; facilitate discussions; support with selection of Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site integrated clean-up works service provider; advise with recommendations on feasible full-scale commercial operation of the selected technology in the country, if identified so.

The following expert input from the international consultant is expected:

  • Desk review, analysis of respective Nubarashen site and POPs/OPs waste characterization data and input in finalizing tender technical specifications (ToR) and RFP package including proposal evaluation scoring for Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site clean-up works;
  • Input in evaluation of proposals/bids and selection of a vendor/contractor for provision of services tp perform Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site clean-up works;
  • Input in identification of specific issues of contract terms and scheduling of Nubarashen site clean-up works on- and off-site including the trans-boundary transit of the waste.
  • Input in re-designing the project scope, if the above tasks develop differently, than planned.

Deliverables /Outputs and Accomplishment deadline

  1. Finalized tender technical specifications (ToR) and proposal evaluation scoring of Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site clean-up works services; support provided for processing the tender. (by end of June 2018)
  2. Completed technical evaluation of and evaluation report on the proposals/bids for selection of a contractor for provision of Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site clean-up works services. (by end of August 2018)
  3. Nubarashen POPs/OPs burial site integrated clean-up works contract terms identified/agreed and assignment contract signed. Advisory support provided i) in achieving permits for the waste trans-boundary transit; ii) for launching the Nubarashen site clean-up works. (by end of September 2018)
  4. Justifications/recommendations for the Project scope re-design – alternative to the Task 3a), as needed. (by end of December 2018)

Time and Method of Payment

The Consultant will be engaged on short-term base, with estimated around 45 working days within 01 March - 31 December 2018 period, under Individual Contract arrangement, under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and within the overall advice of UNDP SGR (Sustainable Growth and Resilience) Programme Analyst and in close cooperation with the Project team.

  • Daily based payable modality will be applied based on daily fee.
  • Payment will be made upon confirmation of UNDP on delivery of the outputs in a satisfactory manner using the following installments: upon completion of the Outputs 1 and 2 (up to 20 days); upon completion of the Output 3 (up to 15 days);upon completion of the Output 4 (up to 10 days)
  • Evaluation of Outputs is the responsibility of Project Coordinator.
  • UNDP reserves the right to: adjust the activities and deliverables if selection of Nubarashen site clean-up services processes differently from the one, planned by the Project;  terminate the contract at any phase if the requirements as per the TOR are not met.
  • IC reserves the right to suggest adjustment to commitments in the event of delays outside his/her control.


  • Functional competencies
  • Excellent analytical and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication (ability to express ideas clearly and concisely)
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent coordination and collaboration skills with ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different social and cultural backgrounds
  • IT skills: MS office, web applications, usage of special software for data analysis is an asset.
  • Corporate competencies
  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism
  • Fulfil all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications such as specialized knowledge, language needs and experience in compliance with the scope the consultant/contractor must fulfill, including required academic degree:

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in soil chemistry/environmental/civil engineering or related field of science/engineering.


  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in hazardous chemical waste/POPs disposal/treatment technologies, including experience in soils clean-up/remediation technologies.

Language skills:

  • English (fluent)



Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications, experience and financial proposal.The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 ponts 

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points .

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.


*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive daily fee and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.



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