Terms of Reference: Technical and Policy Standards Consultant in Nepal
Earlier this year the Alliance launched a project, Maximizing the Health Benefits of Clean Household Energy in Urban Nepal, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Household air pollution (HAP) is a leading risk factor for ill health in Nepal, accounting for over 21,000 premature deaths each year [IHME Global Burden of Disease, accessed October 5, 2017]. The project aims to combat this through a series of measures to promote smoke-free kitchen communities, including studies to measure usage and health impacts of cookstoves in homes (in progress), to assess consumer preferences (completed), and to assess the market (completed). In addition, the Alliance will also partner with the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) to develop of an electric cookstove standard and implementation plan.
Standards promote rigorous goals and definitions for quality, performance, durability, and safety. Standards are implemented as policies and programs that promote informed consumer choices and drive the market toward cleaner stoves and fuels. There are many options for implementing standards in a country, and it is not easy to develop a strategy that is relevant for the market, feasible, and effective. The most appropriate and effective strategies are designed to match the market landscape, policies, consumers, and other stakeholder needs and experiences. To be successful and impactful, standards strategy should be comprehensive and cover standards development, policy and regulation, enforcement, consumer awareness, and monitoring and evaluation.
The Alliance is seeking a consultant to (1) support the development of an electric stove standard for Nepal, and (2) develop an implementation strategy for the electric stove standard.
Submit applications using the provided application form by email to Neeraja Penumetcha, Program Manager of Technology, Impacts and Analytics, (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 11:59pm GMT on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The contract is expected to be for up to one year and the start date is anticipated to be on or around November 20, 2017.