Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment and resilience. UNDP’s programmes are designed to integrate a global vision for catalytic change with India’s national priorities. Today, UNDP India works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by transforming traditional models to do development differently.
UNDP India in collaboration with Coca Cola India Foundation have designed a project on Plastic Waste Recycling Management & Livelihood (PWML) to be implemented in close partnership with the Urban Local Bodies in select cities of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. This initiative is designed to minimize the impacts and risks to environment and human health, by enhancing sustainable Plastic Waste Management practices, through a socio-technical model (segregation/collection/ recycling).
The socio-technical model while being economically sustainable also ensures compliance with regulations, to improve use of resources with a circular economy approach and in line with Swachh Bharat Mission of India; and Government of India Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules, 2016.
The PWML project’s main objective is to establish a sustainable community led approach for integrated plastic waste management and efficient recycling. The systematic approach will address better social security measures, job creation and impact livelihoods for the informal sector engagements. Mainstreaming Waste Pickers (Safai-Sathis), will open new opportunities and lead to more sustainable ways of collection, segregation, processing and recycling of plastics.
Safai-Sathis are mostly self-employed having no legally tenable employer-employee relationship either with the municipalities or the with scrap traders. They are not paid by the municipalities while with the waste traders the relationship is a sale-purchase transaction, at most a patron-client relationship built on years of dealing with the same scrap trader. Waste-pickers suffer from occupation related health issues, face regular harassment and extortion from both the police and the municipal authorities, and no social security benefits are available to workers in this sector.
In order to address the above challenges, the PWML project includes a key component on livelihoods that aims to:
The above initiatives intend to support mainstream Safai- Sathis through access to social entitlements, improved livelihood capabilities, improved incomes, and capacity built of the second-generation through career guidance and counselling. These interventions would be built around strengthening institutionalized and formalized benefits and entitlements framework for Safai-Sathis as a means of bringing dignity to their profession. By empowering the Safai-Sathis through alternative livelihood options and more institutionalized benefits, the project will not only strengthen the improved social conditions envisaged for them in the larger partnership, but also enable improved livelihood generation possibilities and income enhancement.
To complement and strengthen the livelihood component of the project, UNDP is seeking to hire a Self-help Group (SHG) and Institution Building (IB) expert to mentor and strengthen Safai-Sathi community institutions. The objective of the assignment is to provide technical leadership to program activities related to SHG building and institution building activities. This would result in robust SHG groups and community institutions deriving from best practices in the field of community engagement and financial linkages and further build capacities of the Safai-Sathis leading to entrepreneurship development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Formation & Working with Self-Help Groups
As per NULM guidelines:
Capacity Building of Self-Help Groups
Ensure Financial Inclusion for the Safai-Sathis and Self-Help Groups
Promote Entrepreneurship amongst Self-Help Groups
Job Knowledge/ Technical Expertise
Required Skills and Experience
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as Responsive to the requirement. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation;
Technical Criteria (70% of the total evaluation)
Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their daily fee rate i.e. consultants who score more than 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify their consultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submits the same.
Criterial for Contract Award
Highest Combined Score (based on the 70% technical offer and 30% price weight distribution), where minimum score to pass in technical evaluation is 70%.
Documents to be submitted by Consultants: