Namibia nationals: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the programme to provide acceptable and affordable sanitation solutions in the informal settlements

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Namibia
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, deserve to drink clean water and good sanitation

Namibia faces a sanitation crisis with 46% of its population practicing open defecation (OD). High levels of rural to urban migration exacerbate sanitation situation through the expansion of informal settlements. OD rate has increased from 19% to 26% between 2013 and 2016. OD and poor hygiene pose the greatest public health risk as manifested in the outbreak of Hepatitis E since December 2017. This situation has been worsened by the outbreak of COVID-19.

City of Windhoek (CoW) in collaboration with the two Constituency Councils, Ministry of Health and Social Services and UNICEF are rolling out a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) pilot programme in the selected blocks in Moses Garoeb and Samoral Machel constituencies. The CLTS approach, allows households to construct their own pit latrines in accordance to the standards approved by CoW. The pilot programme is targeting about 3000 informal houses. The objective is to scaled up to other unserviced areas around the CoW.  

 In terms of Section 27 of the Environmental Management Act, 2007 (Act No. 7 of 2007), new Township Development falls under the "List of Activities that may not be undertaken without an Environmental Clearance Certificate". The EIA to be undertaken should consider any impacts that may result from the proposed construction of household pit latrines.

Thus, the proposed CLTS pilot programme require an Environmental Clearance Certificate hence it is subject to a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study, conducted in full compliance with environmental assessment procedures specified in the Environmental Management Act 7 of 2007 and the Environmental Impact Assessment regulations.

How can you make a difference?

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The objective of this consulting service is to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study together with the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to obtain an Environmental Clearance Certificate for providing acceptable and affordable sanitation solutions in the informal settlements of Windhoek.

Project deliverables

The consultant shall conduct his/her work in consultation with and to the satisfaction of the client.  Deliverables will be submitted in terms of the approved programme.

All drafts will be submitted in a word format except the final reports that will be submitted in the pdf format.

  1. Inception Report

     ii) Monthly Progress Reports

     iii) Draft Report  

     iv) Approved final EIA Report and EMP.

     vi) Record of Decision by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism

     vii)  Environmental Clearance Certificate

Final production form

The expected final product should be three sets of hard copies, an electronic document of the final Environmental Impact Assessment Report and an Environmental Management Plan.  CAD/GIS plans/maps must also be submitted to the client that clearly shows the environmental sensitivities.

AVAILABLE DATA

The following information can be obtained from Health and Environment Services within the Economic Development and Community Service Department and such data will only be made available to the appointed consultant. However, it is the responsibility of the Consultant to obtain all relevant and existing national or local regulations, Acts, policies, guidelines and any other relevant data and information.

  • Layout map for the study area,
  • Water Resources Management Act No 24 of 2004
  • Environmental Management Act No 7 of 2007
  • Windhoek Town Planning Scheme

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • The Environmental Impact Assessment Report should include the Environmental Management Plan that stipulates how the likely impacts are to be mitigated and monitored and recommended measures to guide the implementation of a project and ongoing operations thereafter.
  • The consultant is expected to keep in touch with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism until the record of decision or the Environmental Clearance Certificate is issued. 

REPORTING PROCEDURE AND SUPERVISION

UNICEF will contract the consultant on behalf of the CoW. The Consultant will have a dual reporting lines with the Manager of Environmental Management Division (CoW) and quality assurance responsibility to the Chief of Child Survival and Development (UNICEF). The CoW will be responsible for the management and supervision of the consultancy. The Consultant shall complete all the work under the supervision of CoW as specified in the Scope of Work. UNICEF will only process payment for the satisfactory performance of the Work and deliverables upon notice from CoW in terms of the agreed payment schedule.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

Desired background and experience: A minimum of a master's degree in Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or related fields.

Experience: A minimum 5 years of progressively experience and knowledge in implementing similar assignments, a high standing in the professional community. Experience in EIA processes, the type of development being proposed, as well as the area within which the development is being proposed.

Language Proficiency: The incumbent must be fluent in both English and any local language. The incumbent must have a proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. The incumbent must have demonstrated ability to produce professional quality technical and analytic materials. 

Skills and Abilities:  The incumbent must have superior analytical and communication skills. The ability to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and prepare precise, accurate and complete reports is required. Strong computer skills and knowledge, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or other database software, and word processing programs are necessary.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • 60% technical
  • 40% financial

Total 100%

RISKS

Namibia like the rest of the world is fighting against the spread of COVID-19 with cases of community transmission reported in the study areas. Public gatherings pose a high risk of community transmissions. The public consultations will be done in strict adherence to the national COVID-19 regulations in relation to the number of people allowed for public gatherings, the mandatory wearing of masks, maintaining of the required social/physical distance and the practice of hand hygiene.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.  View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates are requested to complete an application including profile to the respective advertisement on   https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/  Please indicate your ability, availability and financial proposal/quote to complete the terms of reference above.

Rates to be submitted in local currency for national consultants and must include all expenses related to the assignment (e.g. consultancy fee, travel/flights, field trips, living allowance).

Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.

If you have not been contacted within 2 months of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: 02 Dec 2020 Namibia Standard Time
Deadline: 24 Dec 2020 Namibia Standard Time