Technical Expert for Waste Water Treatment Feasibility Study

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Yangon, Myanmar
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Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
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Not Specified


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WWF Myanmar was established in 2013 and is working to conserve the country’s biodiversity and build a sustainable future for people and wildlife. The main focus is to promote green economy within national policies, engage the private sector on sustainable production, sustain and protect biodiversity and ecological connectivity of the transboundary Dawna Tenasserim Landscape (DTL) through an integrated landscape approach and the Ayeyarwady river basin through an integrated river basin approach.

Consultancy Objective and Responsibilities
As a part of our water stewardship program WWF has been working with industrial zone committees in the country and has been assessing with companies in the Food and Beverage sector what actions need to be taken to address physical, reputational and regulatory risks related to their current production practices. An important aspect thereof is wastewater treatment. In collaboration with the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association (MFPEA), the existing 4-year project, ‘Tha Bar Wa’ funded by the EU Switch Asia program, provides support through strengthening awareness and technical capacity building on wastewater treatment technologies with F&B SMEs. However, a large challenge remains for cluster of industries, usually large scale, located inside industrial zones, to select appropriate treatment processes for discharged pollutants and to find appropriate financing mechanisms for the required investments.

This pre-feasibility study aims to explore both the technical and financial pathways towards address those issues. Industrial zones, where a large part of the formal industrial development takes place, provide the best opportunity for an efficient approach, because of geographical concentration of activities and potential for benefits of scale. Local capacity, both technical and in terms of relevant investors is very limited so that external assistance is needed to ensure progress in resolving the significant issues for industry and the environment.

The objective of the project is to analyze business opportunities and existing bottlenecks in order to promote private sector investment in green technologies – particularly Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP). The Technical Expert will need to work in close coordination with the Finance Expert (see separate ToR) and WWF project staff.

The project will look at the investment opportunities from two perspectives.

  1. Centralized WWTP

Goal: To identify 2-4 investment opportunities and innovative mechanisms for centralized WWTP

  1. Distributed WWTP:

Goal: To identify 1-3 innovative financing models as well as the market size and priority sectors for upscaling WWTP     

Scope of work/ Major responsibility

  • Identification of potential projects
  • Surveys
  • Identify technical solutions, ensuring compliance with IFC PS and EHS Guidelines and technologies that can be provided from the Netherlands
  • Support market sounding in the Netherlands
  • Preliminary project design including investment cost estimates and operation and maintenance cost estimates
  • Support Socio-Economic cost benefit analysis
  • Support Financial feasibility assessment
  • Prepare an Environmental and Social Scoping Report. The report needs to follow the Performance Standards and guidelines of IFC and WB, and include the draft ToR for follow-up environmental and social assessment to be implemented in the feasibility phase.
  • Reporting 

The detail job description can be downloaded below.
Required profile:

  • Technical expertise in drafting an industrial waste water treatment design that fits the needs of the local industries and complies with local regulation
  • Project management skill to keep an eye on the day to day progress of the pre-feasibility study
  • Sound coordination skill to build or strengthen relationship with local stakeholders resulting in a locally supported pre-feasibility study
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of environmental & social assessment / scoping in developing countries
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and costing industrial wastewater treatment systems in developing countries. This includes, but is not limited to, assessment of waste water characteristics, flow parameters, gradient, waste water compatibility, sludge management and experimentation – physical chemical, aerobic, anaerobic
  • Solid understanding of working in SE context, particularly with local companies, and managing stakeholders’ expectation
  • Willingness to travel to different cities in Myanmar and get foot on the ground attitude
  • Ability to communicate clearly and define value proposition to local stakeholders
  • Experience in clean production practices
  • Familiarity in factory visits

Closing date: 26th April 2019 (Friday)

Interested applicants may submit their proposal, clearly stating their fit for this assignment, together with expected consultancy fee and expenses (including breakdown) and CV to %20"> or deliver to WWF Myanmar office at 15C Than Taman Street, Dagon Township, Yangon. While separate proposals need to be submitted for the technical and the financial experts sought for this project, proposals for one may indicate a proposed collaborator for the other expert. Such proposals, however, need to explicitly accept that the expert is prepared to work with another expert, whoever WWF decides to select.

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