UNDP recruiting Food Waste Consultant
Bosnia Herzegovina, 16 January 2020
Food waste is one of the biggest waste streams in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the amount of food waste generated continues to grow over the last years. Like in other countries globally, food waste in Bosnia and Herzegovina contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions, while a significant volume of agricultural water and land are used for producing food that ultimately goes uneaten. At the same time, more than 20% of the population are estimated to be living at or below the absolute poverty line. There is no exact data on the volume of food waste from various sources, while the overall strategic and regulatory framework does not provide enabling environment for systemically addressing this challenge. There are significant volumes of food waste along the entire food chain, starting from agriculture producers and food processing companies to supermarkets, restaurants and hotels, as well as households. Food and other types of organic waste are picked up by regular waste collection trucks as separate collectors and recycling facilities are still not available in the country. As wasted food and other organic matter rots in landfills, it produces methane - one of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and environmental footprint. The need to prevent and reduce food waste, while ensuring the safety of the food and feed chain, is a subject of growing societal, economic and environmental interest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with direct linkage to achieving the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.
Against this background, UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina is interested in assessing more in-depth this issue, looking into successful system solutions deployed in the Czech Republic as a member of the European Union and potentially setting in place the tools to measure food waste in Bosnia and Herzegovina and identify feasible approaches for the way forward in tackling reduction of food waste and better management of different types of organic waste.
The consultancy will be supported from the Czech-UNDP Partnership for SDGs.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Food Waste Expert is expected to support the initial efforts aiming to reduce food waste in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with specific focus on designing a methodology to measure food waste in a selected waste-source category and subsequently propose feasible actions towards systemic improvements in this domain.
More specifically, the Consultant is expected to deliver the following tasks:
Task 1: Food waste situation analysis
Task 2: Design a food waste measurement methodology
Task 3: Assess the volumes of food waste outputs from a selected sector (source)
Task 4: Prepare a strategic note with recommendations on the feasible way forward
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