International Consultant-Technical Adviser-Trainer to the Hydro Meteorological Institute of Kosovo
UNDP has been one of the most active and successful actors in the field of and environmental issues both in Kosovo and the region. We are engaged, among others, in supporting public institutions to improve environmental data gathering and reporting such as with the Kosovo Hydrometeorology Institute and Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency. UNDP Kosovo worked with the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) in establishing a solid legal and institutional framework for environmental policymaking in Kosovo, environmental protection, and in addressing the climate change challenges.
With regards to environmental data, the Kosovo Environment Protection Agency (KEPA) were trained in the Green House Gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting procedures as required by Kyoto Protocol and EU/EC standards. Additionally, the second Kosovo-wide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for 2010-2013 was conducted feeding into the climate policy making.
Over the last years, air pollution has gained increased relevance on the global health agenda. It is the biggest environmental risk to health, responsible for the premature deaths of 6.5 million people every year globally. Children, elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions are the most vulnerable. Economic burden from air pollution in general sums up annually to about US$ 1.6 trillion in the European Region, which is approximately 10% of the GDP of the European Union . Kosovo is no exception for this trend. Environmental conditions in Kosovo are often inadequate and lead to a high environmental burden of disease as documented in several studies.
Environment and health issues are overlapping with many sectors (such as health, environmental, urban planning, transport, economy, energy, housing, social services) and can be affected by many actions and decisions within these sectors that are not considered primarily from health perspective. As a convener of different stakeholders, the UN system has a convening role in this complex and intersectoral issue.
Public interest in the environment and health status has increased in the recent years. Nevertheless, there is still a lack of public awareness on many major environmental hazards. Surveys in the Kosovo population indicate that for general priorities, environmental protection ranked low.
The project’s overall goal is to contribute to the reduction of the environment-related disease burden on population health and catalyze follow-up activities. In doing so, the project will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Kosovo, specifically: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for All Ages (SDG 3); Achieving Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11); and Climate Action (SDG 13).
The Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning is currently designing, implementing and managing various initiatives in all its departments and divisions. In our case technical expertise is required from Hydrometeorology Institute of Kosovo, on capacity building of its staff at the air pollution department on standard operating method for determination of BTX in the air, as per EN 14662: 2005 and 16017: 2003.
Objectives of Assignment
The overall objective of the assignment is to provide support the Hydro Meteorological Institute of Kosovo (HMIK) in its efforts towards improvement of environmental monitoring, focusing on air pollution.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the close guidance and day-to-day management and supervision of the UNDP Portfolio Manager and HK Project Coordinator, the International Consultant is tasked with, training of HMIK staff on usage of GC-MS with TD, with standard operating procedures on BTX on air:
- Application of the standard operating method for determination of BTX in the air, based on standard EN 14662: 2005 and 16017: 2003, which includes:
- Preparation of sample for analysis in GC-MS with TD, Type GCMS-QP2010, Shimadzu and TD 100, MARKES;
- Thermal desorption procedure at TD 100, MARKES;
- Sample concentration procedure in TD
- Calibration curve preparation and Quality Control (QC);
- Analysis of the prepared sample;
- Operating with the necessary instruments for applying the method;
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QC / QA);
- Calculation of results;
- Valuation of measurement uncertainty (error) with this method
Expected Deliverables/ Outputs
- Prepare and submit training materials for the standard operating procedures for the determination of BTX in the air; for GCMS with TD
- Training of HMIK professional staff for the application of the standard operating procedure for the determination of: benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) and calculation of results
- Final report
Deliverables / Final Products Expected
- Provision of training materials for the standard operating procedures for the determination of BTX in the air;
- Deliver training to HMIK professional staff for application of the standard operating procedure for the determination of: benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) and calculation of results
- Provision of final report
Remuneration – Lump Sum Amount (fixed and all-inclusive)
The contract is based on all-inclusive lump sum remuneration and shall be processed subject to deliverables as per the schedule listed below:
- 30% upon the delivery of deliverable 1
- 70% upon the delivery of deliverable 2 and 3
Required Presentation of Offer:
The following documents must be submitted:
- Personal CV and P11, indicating all past experiences from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
- Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. Please note that the contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.
- Technical Proposal, a maximum 2-page document that briefly explain the approach and method to be utilized for delivering the expected results within the indicated timeframe.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and technical proposal will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Demonstrates substantial experience in gender equality. Actively promotes gender equality in all project activities;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Ability to synthesize research and draw conclusions on the related subjects;
- Good analytical and report writing skills;
- Good communication skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment;
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
- Responds positively to critical feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree in Chemical Engineering or similar field.
- 8-10 years of relevant experience in operating of GCMS with TD
- Fluency in English with excellent written and oral communications skills.
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