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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Sustainable Municipal Services (SMS) Project is seeking to fill the position of:
Environmental Policy and Resource Efficiency
The overall purpose of the post
The project ‘Institutional Development to Modernise Waste Management in Kosovo’ (or Sustainable Municipal Services Project – hereafter ‘SMS’) was co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union, and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the modernisation of waste management system in Kosovo.
The SMS project supports and cooperates with a wide range of institutions and stakeholders. The project supports and cooperates with the central and local levels of Government. It provides support to the Ministry of Environment Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (MESPI) in developing a strategic, legal and institutional framework in line with the EU acquis and all 38 municipalities to provide sustainable waste services. It also supports the development of the private sector, marginalised communities and cooperates with other relevant stakeholders. The objective is to establish a functioning and sustainable waste management system that supports the transition towards a circular economy by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and increasing the amount of treated and recovered waste.
Municipalities in Kosovo have been facing a big challenge in providing sustainable basic services to their citizens. Through capacity building, technical advice and infrastructure support, the SMS project has supported municipalities in assuming their responsibilities within the waste management sector in order to overcome such challenges and provide sustainable services. The improvements in the sectors in recent years have created the momentum to modernise the waste management services through an integrated approach that is based on inter-municipal cooperation and contributes to the transition towards a more circular economy.
In addition to the local level of government, the project currently supports the MESPI to implement the “Kosovo Integrated Waste Management Strategy” (KIWMS) and the respective action plan, as well as in aligning the domestic legal framework with the EU acquis and ensuring its enforcement. The SMS project further supports MESPI in introducing economic instruments that implement the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Currently, it is supporting the design and set-up of a Deposit Refund System (DRS) for beverage containers in the country. It will also provide support in introducing an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system for specific waste streams such as: Waste from Electronics and Electric Equipment (WEEE), Oils, Accumulators and Batteries, End of Life Vehicles (ELVs).
In this regard, the Environmental Policy and Resource Efficiency Advisor will provide advisory support to partners and institutions in setting-up and implementing reforms and processes in the sector of waste management sector and circular economy. Particularly, they will support the implementation of the Kosovo Integrated Waste Management Strategy by leading and steering activities related to circular economy and implementation of the ‘polluter pays’ principle, including support in setting-up of economic instruments such as the Extended Producer Responsibility, including Deposit Refund System. They will conceptualise and implement project activities related to private sector development and civil society engagement in waste management and circular economy.
Main task and responsibilities
The advisor shall be responsible to:
Required qualifications, competencies and experience
Other knowledge, additional competences
Location: Office in Prishtina, Kosovo
Expected start date: September 2022
How to apply?
Interested and, suitably qualified and experienced candidates are invited to submit their electronic application in English, in PDF version, to email@example.com
Applications that do not meet these rules will not be considered!
Deadline for the application: 12th of August 2022
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to the next stage of recruitment.
GIZ encourages female candidates, candidates from ethnic communities as well as candidates with disability to apply.