Job Number: 496822 | Vacancy Link
Work Type : Consultancy
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Assignment
The objective of this EIA study is to identify the direct and indirect effects of the proposed activities under the WASH in schools project considering forestry, water resources, atmospheric environment, solid waste and wastewater.
The specific objectives:
- Outline all pertinent legislation, regulations, policies and standards governing environmental quality in Liberia.
- Assess presence and appropriateness of environmental protection mechanisms at the national and local levels
- All applicable legislation, regulations, policies and standards in relation to the construction and operation of the development should be highlighted
- Identify and assess key adverse environmental impacts that may result from the proposed activities of this WASH in schools project,
- Recommend appropriate and practical mitigation measures to remove or minimize the adverse environmental impacts identified. This will
- Identify, assess and recommend capacity building and monitoring programs and compliance auditing WASH programs.
The EIA will cover the key areas of concern include impact on the surrounding environment due to construction and impact on the environment due to depleting natural resources to construct WASH facilities. This should help to provide key mitigative measures to address the environmental problems and strength capacity of key governmental institutions in charge of the environmental protection.
3.1- Identification and Assessment of Potential Direct and Indirect Impacts
A detailed analysis of the all project components must be done in order to identify the potential environmental impacts, both negative and positive, of the project at all stages. The identified impacts must be profiled to assess the magnitude and importance of the impacts. The extent and quality of the available data shall be characterized, explaining significant information deficiencies and any uncertainties associated with the predictions of impacts. The impacts to be assessed will include but not be limited to the following factors:
- Forestry: The overall project’s environmental impact on forests is extremely limited. The project will promote use of alternative technologies in construction which are not reliant on trees (e.g. concrete for latrine slabs etc.).
- Water quantity: The assessment will seek to know if the hand dug wells to be constructed have significant effect on the hydro-geological cycle within the project counties. Also important will be to ascertain whether the project’s abstraction of groundwater is sustainable. If not, mitigation measure will be effected to ensure abstraction of groundwater is done in an integrated, holistic manner that not only ensures sustainable groundwater resources development, but also guarantees sound protection of the environment within the project areas.
- Water quality: This is largely due to the high dilution capacity of large volume flows through an extensive river and wetlands network and the fact that vast areas have low population densities. In recognition of possible risk due to microbiological contamination of ground water table from human faeces will be analyzed to avoid any water pollution by the additional latrines to be constructed in schools.
- Atmospheric Environment: The major source of air pollution is particulate matter produced during the construction works. The EIA will seek to investigate on the main sources of air pollution and propose mitigation measures for minimizing during the construction of WASH facilities will be taken.
- Solid waste and wastewater (leachate) management: Both wastes will be managed on site. Technically, the proposed project promotes two types of schools latrines (PIT and pour-flush) which are approved by the Ministry of Education. The pit type latrines where masonry lined pits are dug to a depth of about 3-4 metres (the water table is normally at far greater depths of more than 30 metres) which makes pollution a very slight possibility. EAI will establish comprehensive mitigation measures to protect water resources from fecal contamination through: (i) proper design of hand dug wells and apron, (ii) proper siting of latrines, (iii) routine sanitary inspection and water quality surveillance and monitoring.
It is the responsibility of the EIA consultant to include all significant environmental impact of the project. If therefore the EIA consultant during the EIA study finds any significant environmental impact of the project, these impacts has to be included in the EIA study.
3.2- Identification of Recommended Mitigation Measures
The EAI must take in account the number of mitigation strategies which need to be employed to reduce the risks introduced to the environment. The study will consider following aspects:
- Explore the full range of possible mitigation measures, and appropriate mitigation and abatement measures to minimize and control. The various impacts identified will be studied and detailed recommendations concerning mitigation of the key adverse environmental impacts will be given.
- Focus will be given to the analysis and recommendation concerning the following key potential environmental impacts described in chapter 2. Then all potential mitigation measures will be discussed in detail with EPA from the view of practical implementation to ensure that the recommendations of the report will be implemented.
- The EIA consultant will prepare the final report and undertake a presentation at the Environment Protection Agency. The key proposed mitigation measures and recommendations will be used to inform development and implementation of sustainable WASH interventions, and in adherence to established standards.
- The consultant will provide an environmental monitoring and management plan must be developed which will detail the monitoring requirements for pre-, during- and post- construction and during the operational phases of the project. This will include recommendations to ensure the documented implementation of mitigation measures and long term minimization of negative impacts and maximization of positive impacts.
3.3- Capacity building:
The consultancy will be conducted in collaboration with the national institutions involved in this project:
- Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
- Work closely with the EIA consultant to identify all applicable environmental legislation, regulations, policies and standards in relation to the proposed project activities,
- Monitor data collection process in collaboration with EIA consultancy team.
- Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Works ,Ministry of Health
- Communicate and engage with all the schools, counties on EIA assessment;
- Work with the EIA team to monitor data collection process in collaboration with MoPW;
- Provide technical support on water quality and latrines safety;
- Monitor data collection process in collaboration with EPA.
- Provide qualified EIA consultant to support implementation of the assessment;
- Coordinate the works in close collaboration with all project stakholders,
- Provide financial resources to undertake the planned EIA and presentation of findings.
For local capacity building and skills development purpose, the key Government institutions and community leaders will be engaged to take part in the environmental assessment. All data from the assessment will be recorded and put in report format to be shared with stakeholders. The existing/proposed operational/management structures within the WASH schools and in the communities will be utilized in the implementation of this project and its continuity and to promote ownership and sustainability. At the community level, there will be high level mobilization and participation by households and community institutions such as health centers.
3.3- Report writing and finalization
The EIA Consultant will conduct preliminary quality scans of draft evaluation reports by providing technical analysis on the key factors and recommendation of the mitigation measures and will engage with project team accordingly, prior to their submission to various internal and external reviewers.
Payment will be made upon satisfactory delivery of the following deliverables:
Draft Report of EIA and presentation to key partners
Final Report of the EIA
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced University degree in environmental sciences, or water resources management or a related field;
Qualification and experience
- At least 10 years of experience in conducting analytical research using primary and secondary sources and participatory research approaches, including focus group discussions and key informant interviews;
- Excellent knowledge of WASH programing and familiarity with the systems building approach advocated for within UNICEF’s WASH Strategy;
- Strong skills in Management, interpersonal relations, problem solving and leadership;
- Self-starter with proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with minimal supervision;
- Ability to write comprehensive and analytical reports
- Excellent writing, analytical, organizational and communication skills.
- Fluency in written and spoken English essential.
Location and Duration
The consultant will work be based in Monrovia at UNICEF Liberia Country Office and Environmental Protection (EPA) office. He/She will travel in the field with UNICEF support.
The EIA study shall be completed within a period of (8) weeks with indicative starting date on 1st of August to end of September 2016.
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General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors
Legal Status The individual engaged by UNICEF under this contract as a consultant or individual contractors (the “Contractor”) is engaged in a personal capacity and not as representatives of a Government or of any other entity external to the United Nations. The Contractor is neither a “staff member” under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and UNICEF policies and procedures nor an “official” for the purpose of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946. The Contractor may, however, be afforded the status of “Experts on Mission” in the sense of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention and the Contractor is required by UNICEF to travel in order to fulfill the requirements of this contract, the Contractor may be issued a United Nations Certificate in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.
- Obligations The Contractor shall complete the assignment set out in the Terms of Reference for this contract with due diligence, efficiency and economy, in accordance with generally accepted professional techniques and practices.
The Contractor must respect the impartiality and independence of UNICEF and the United Nations and in connection with this contract must neither seek nor accept instructions from anyone other than UNICEF. During the term of this contract the Contractor must refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF or the United Nations and must not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF. The Contractor must exercise the utmost discretion in all matters relating to this contract.
In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, the Contractor (a) will conduct him- or herself in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service; and (b) will comply with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICE relating to fraud and corruption; information disclosure; use of electronic communication assets; harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority; and the requirements set forth in the Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the office concerned, the Contractor must not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or other entity external to UNICEF any information that has not been made public and which has become known to the Contractor by reason of his or her association with UNICEF or the United Nations. The Contractor may not use such information without the written authorization of UNICEF, and shall under no circumstances use such information for his or her private advantage or that of others. These obligations do not lapse upon termination of this contact.
- Title rights UNICEF shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material created by the Contractor which bears a direct relation to, or is made in order to perform, this contract. At the request of UNICEF, the Contractor shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to UNICEF in compliance with the requirements of the law governing such rights.
- Travel If UNICEF determines that the Contractor needs to travel in order to perform this contract, that travel shall be specified in the contract and the Contractor’s travel costs shall be set out in the contract, on the following basis: (a) UNICEF will pay for travel in economy class via the most direct and economical route; provided however that in exceptional circumstances, such as for medical reasons, travel in business class may be approved by UNICEF on a case-by-case basis. (b) UNICEF will reimburse the Contractor for out-of-pocket expenses associated with such travel by paying an amount equivalent to the daily subsistence allowance that would be paid to staff members undertaking similar travel for official purposes.
- Statement of good health Before commencing work, the Contractor must deliver to UNICEF a certified self-statement of good health and to take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement. In addition, the Contractor must include in this statement of good health (a) confirmation that he or she has been informed regarding inoculations required for him or her to receive, at his or her own cost and from his or her own medical practitioner or other party, for travel to the country or countries to which travel is authorized; and (b) a statement he or she is covered by medical/health insurance and that, if required to travel beyond commuting distance from his or her usual place or residence to UNICEF (other than to duty station(s) with hardship ratings “H” and “A”, a list of which has been provided to the Contractor) the Contractor’s medical/health insurance covers medical evacuations. The Contractor will be responsible for assuming all costs that may be occurred in relation to the statement of good health.
- Insurance The Contractor is fully responsible for arranging, at his or her own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the term of this contract as he or she considers appropriate taking into account, among other things, the requirements of paragraph 5 above. The Contractor is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members. The responsibility of UNICEF and the United Nations is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions described in paragraph 7 below.
- Service incurred death, injury or illness If the Contractor is travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF’s expense in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, or is performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval, the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate), shall be entitled to compensation from UNICEF in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the fact that the Contractor was travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF’s expense in order to perform his or her obligations under this contractor, or was performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval. Such compensation will be paid through a third party insurance provider retained by UNICEF and shall be capped at the amounts set out in the Administrative Instruction on Individual Consultants and Contractors. Under no circumstances will UNICEF be liable for any other or greater payments to the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate).
- 8. Arbitration (a) Any dispute arising out of or, in connection with, this contract shall be resolved through amicable negotiation between the parties. (b) If the parties are not able to reach agreement after attempting amicable negotiation for a period of thirty (30) days after one party has notified the other of such a dispute, either party may submit the matter to arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL procedures within fifteen (15) days thereafter. If neither party submits the matter for arbitration within the specified time the dispute will be deemed resolved to the full satisfaction of both parties. Such arbitration shall take place in New York before a single arbitrator agreed to by both parties; provided however that should the parties be unable to agree on a single arbitrator within thirty days of the request for arbitration, the arbitrator shall be designated by the United Nations Legal Counsel. The decision rendered in the arbitration shall constitute final adjudication of the dispute.
- Penalties for Underperformance Payment of fees to the Contractor under this contractor, including each installment or periodic payment (if any), is subject to the Contractor’s full and complete performance of his or her obligations under this contract with regard to such payment to UNICEF’s satisfaction, and UNICEF’s certification to that effect.
- Termination of Contract This contract may be terminated by either party before its specified termination date by giving notice in writing to the other party. The period of notice shall be five (5) business days (in the UNICEF office engaging the Contractor) in the case of contracts for a total period of less than two (2) months and ten (10) business days (in the UNICEF office engaging the Contractor) in the case of contracts for a longer period; provided however that in the event of termination on the grounds of impropriety or other misconduct by the Contractor (including but not limited to breach by the Contractor of relevant UNICEF policies, procedures, and administrative instructions), UNICEF shall be entitled to terminate the contract without notice. If this contract is terminated in accordance with this paragraph 10, the Contractor shall be paid on a pro rata basis determined by UNICEF for the actual amount of work performed to UNICEF’s satisfaction at the time of termination. UNICEF will also pay any outstanding reimbursement claims related to travel by the Contractor. Any additional costs incurred by UNICEF resulting from the termination of the contract by either party may be withheld from any amount otherwise due to the Contractor under this paragraph 10.
- Taxation UNICEF and the United Nations accept no liability for any taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant and individual contractor on payments made under this contract. Neither UNICEF nor the United Nations will issue a statement of earnings to the consultant and individual contractor
Opening Date 12 Jul 2016 GMT Standard Time
Closing Date 26 Jul 2016 GMT Standard Time