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Date of Issue: 12 July 2021
Vacancy Filled
Applications from women are encouraged
Functions: WEEE Policy and Outreach consultant in Namibia
Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 26 July 2021 Duration of Contract:  66 working days (over a period of 6 months)  
Type of Appointment: Special Service Agreement Duty Station:  Windhoek, Namibia
Grade: To be defined / Other
The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) of the Union which deals mainly with ICT-focused development policies, strategies and programmes, as well as technical cooperation activities, to promote digital inclusion and drive digital transformation at community, country and regional levels. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of ITU members, BDT is organized into four functional areas:
  • Office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department
  • Partnerships for Digital Development Department
  • Digital Networks & Society Department
  • Digital Knowledge Hub Department

  • Organization Unit:
    The office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department is responsible for advising and supporting the Director on the direction and management of the Bureau. It is also responsible for leading all matters related to personnel, strategic, financial and operational planning and reporting processes. The department oversees the work of the Regional Offices, ensuring proper delegation of authority and accountability of the Regional Offices. This department coordinates the holding of BDT conferences and events, monitors the implementation of decisions emanating from the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) or Council, and cooperates closely with the other Sectors of the Union and the General Secretariat on matters of relevance to BDT and the overall work of the Union. BDT Regional Directors report to this department.
     Duties / Responsibilities
    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) requests assistance from a local consultant in Namibia to provide liaison support to ITU and the Ministry of ICT (MICT) in Namibia, as part of the preparation for implementation of a draft national policy covering the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

    The consultant will provide support in the identification and engagement of producers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) registered in Namibia. In this context, producers include any entity responsible for the first making available of a product (in this case, EEE) on the market, widely referred to as importers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers.

    Support is also requested in the preparation of the implementation of the national WEEE policy, including assistance with the establishment of a national WEEE Steering Committee and the setting up of an institutional framework for implementing WEEE management, in particular focusing on the development of an industry organizational mechanism.

    Under the regular supervision of the focal point(s) in MICT and in close cooperation with the ITU focal point in ITU/HQ, the local consultant will:
    • Support MICT in identifying registered producers of EEE in Namibia. The local consultant will use existing registers, lists, networks, and local knowledge to compile one Excel database of all producers identified. This Excel database will form the basis of a EEE producer registry in Namibia. Producers to be identified must not be reserved just to the ICT sector but must encompass producers from the sectors covering all 6 categories of EEE sectors such as ICT, air conditioning and refrigeration, appliances and solar.
    • Support MICT and ITU in preparing a short landscape report that maps the main EEE producers in Namibia and that provides an overview of their activities to support the development of an industry organizational mechanism. The local consultant will help in reaching out to producers, prepare an information note and invite producers to attend a workshop on the development of a national WEEE regulation.
    • Support MICT and ITU in the organization of, and participate in, a national workshop with the private sector on the development of a regulation and the concurrent development of an industry organizational mechanism.
    • With the technical guidance from the ITU focal point, assist MICT and the national custodian entities under Policy Objective 2, of the national WEEE policy, with the development of a draft national quantification study on the generation of WEEE in Namibia. In particular, the local consultant will liaise with the Namibia Statistics Agency and ITU in the development of the draft quantification study.
    • Support MICT and ITU in developing a national communication and outreach plan to raise awareness on Government's action on WEEE and policy implementation, and the risks associated with improper WEEE management.
    • Participate in the regular update calls between MICT and ITU.
    Concrete deliverables:
    • The local consultant has prepared one Excel database, completed with as many identified producers as possible operating in the sectors covering all 6 categories of EEE, in particular from the ICT, air conditioning and refrigeration, appliances and solar sectors.
    • The local consultant provided support to MICT and ITU in preparing a national communication and outreach plan on WEEE policy implementation. As part of the awareness raising planning, the consultant will have identified the most appropriate communication channels and materials to be developed and distributed at national level.
    • The local consultant, in close cooperation with MICT, developed national guidelines to establish WEEE Regional Forums and conducted pilot trial in the Khomas region.
    • The local consultant has contacted and invited at least 15 registered EEE producers to the national workshop for private sector stakeholders which will take place in October 2021. These producers will have received an information note on the policy implementation plans to develop a WEEE regulation (in-person, over the phone, by email).
    • The local consultant has organized one online consultation, in collaboration with the ITU focal point, for the purpose of bringing together key government stakeholders, in particular MICT and MEFT, to explore the definitions, terms and scope of the proposed regulation on covering the management of WEEE through EPR. Through MICT and MEFT, the local consultant may be requested to also engage with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa, to seek their participation in the online consultation, to share their experiences and guidance.
    • The local consultant has supported the ITU focal point in the organization of at least one online meeting with MICT and MEFT to review the draft national standard for the collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of WEEE and the draft quantification study on WEEE in Namibia.
    • The local consultant has supported logistics in the organization of one online private sector stakeholders' workshop with producers and recyclers, in collaboration with the ITU focal point. The workshop will involve the engagement of the private sector, on WEEE management - in particular, on the concept of extended producer responsibility - and the national policy implementation plans.
    Qualifications required
    First university degree in environmental science, business and economics or international relations or a related field OR education in a reputed college of advanced education, with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of a university degree in one of the fields above.
    At least one year of experience in local or national government, recycling and waste management, community groups, local associations or an NGO. Higher university degrees in related fields can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience.
    Excellent spoken and written English is required.
    Additional Information:

    145 USD per day for 66 days (total of 9,570 USD)

    Work at home. Local candidates will be preferred.

    Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for written test. Interviews may be used as a form of screening.

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    Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration
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