National Consultant – Bio-medical waste management and other environmental health issues, WCO-India

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Job title: National Consultant – Bio-medical waste management and other environmental health issues, WCO-India

Company: World Health Organization

Job description: ..


Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical support to WHO India country office on Bio medical waste management and other Environmental Health Issues such as Climate Change, Water and Sanitation.


Bio-medical waste (BMW) means any waste, which is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, or in research activities pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals. Scientific disposal of BMW through segregation, collection and treatment in an environmentally sound manner minimizes the adverse impact on health workers and on the environment.

As per bio-medical waste management (BMWM) Rules, 2016, all healthcare facilities are required to put in place mechanisms for effective disposal of BMW at the facility itself or through Common Bio-medical Waste Treatment and disposal Facilities (CBWTFs).

The COVID -19 vaccination drive is generating large quantities of wastes such as sharps and infectious non-sharp wastes, which requires adequate segregation, treatment and disposal to avoid any direct and indirect health effects in the community and impact the environment.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), in its operational guidelines for COVID-19 vaccines, has been implementing a phased approach for roll-out of its COVID-19 vaccination drive based on guidance from the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC).

Even though the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has detailed guidelines on the management of bio medical waste generated during vaccination drive but the implementation of these rules and guidelines are an ongoing process in the country and therefore needs more strengthening. Waste management (transportation, incineration, etc.) is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions contributing to Change. National Programme on Climate Change and Human Health (NPCCHH) established in 2019 under the Prime Minister Mission Health.

The programmes work with vision of strengthening India’s health sector response to climate impacts. Different activities focusing on increasing general awareness, capacity building of health professionals & communities, implementation of early warning systems, climate-sensitive diseases surveillance and green and resilient measures etc. are carried under the programme.

In the last two years, many critical milestones have been achieved at the Centre and State levels and WHO India has been a close partner supporting the programme since its inception. To maintain close support, WHO country office , India plans to engage the services of a consultant to support the EH unit.

The key objectives of the consultancy assignment will be as follows:

Provide technical support to NCDC and WHO India country office on Bio medical waste management and Environmental Health Issues such as Climate Change, Water and Sanitation.


  • Provide technical assistance on Bio medical waste management, Climate Change, Water and Sanitation
  • Support WHO’s engagement and technical activities with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other central ministries and state governments in relation to identified issues. This includes but is not limited to, attending intergovernmental or inter-agency meetings, coordinating for risk and exposure data, supporting documentation, reviewing technical documents and policy briefings.
  • Support the preparation and/or revision of communication materials and capacity building activities or products related to focal areas identified for consultancy
  • Support in Training and capacity building for facility staff, state functionaries on bio medical waste management
  • Support in organizing high level events with national stakeholders and CSO on bio medical waste management
  • Support in documentation, writing reports for the Biomedical waste management pilots being implemented in 3 states of the country namely Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu
  • Policy and technical research, analysis on biomedical waste management and writing on climate change impacts on human health, in particular heat and air pollution
  • Project planning, implementation and close coordination and communication with colleagues and external partners
  • Travel in country for relevant meetings, conferences and roundtables
  • Provide other technical and administrative support to the WHO Country Office for India, as needed.


Monthly report to be submitted on 30th of each calendar month that will include the activities undertaken based on the scope of work.


Educational Qualifications:

Essential: A Post graduate degree in the area of Public Health.

Desirable: Any degree in Environmental Sciences area.



  • Experience of 3 years of working on Public Health especially with Government counterparts.
  • Experience in the areas of Biomedical waste management/ Climate Change / Water and Sanitation and its effect on Public Health.


  • Excellent analytical skills, with a clear, direct writing style
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects successfully, problem solve, take proactive approaches to project management, collaborate effectively, and deliver high quality work products
  • Open-mindedness, flexibility, and an eagerness to take on challenging work
  • Technical knowledge in areas of biomedical waste management, climate science, Water and sanitation as they relate to human health
  • Knowledge of the Indian political system, economic structures, and socio-cultural landscape, and a network of professional contacts in India
  • Experience with a variety of implementation tools including written and spoken communications, conference/workshop presentations, legislative and government outreach, and partner coordination
  • Ability to travel domestically and to work based in New Delhi
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervisions and and handle multiple tasks and work well under pressure

Languages and level required (Basic/Intermediate/Advanced):

Proficiency in English and working knowledge of Hindi and/or one additional Indian language is preferred


On site: WHO Country Office of India, New Delhi, India


The consultant will also be supported in taking 6 round trips to pilot implementation states of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, depending on the needs of the project.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded)

  • Remuneration: INR 1,72,000 per month
  • Living expenses: A living expense is payable to on-site consultants outside duty station as applicable in the region
  • Expected duration of contract: 15 July 2022 to 30 April 2023

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link:

. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review. * For information on WHO’s operations please visit:
. * WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women are encouraged.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put

into practice. * WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.

  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
  • This assignment is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station/assignment location.

Expected salary:

Location: New Delhi

Job date: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 05:13:01 GMT

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