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International Assignments

Date
Location
Client/Beneficiary
Brief
Job Description
2015
South Africa
Department of Environmental Affairs, Pretoria / KfW Bankengruppe / RWA
Institutional Capacity Development

Appointed as project partners to provide key inputs for the development of an Advanced Integrated Solid Waste Management Programme with a focus on developed public outreach and behavioural change capacity within the delivery organisations.

2014
Cairo / Egypt
GIZ/Ministry of Environment, Egypt / National Solid Waste Management Programme (NSWMP)
Consultancy: Conference: Thematic content and marketing

We developed a 2nd high-level conference and workshop event for Egypt’s waste management sector as part of the NSWMP’s objectives of improving the country’s waste management sector. Work included the research into key topics and the creation of thematic content for inclusion. Additional work included the development of event branding and promotion and PR which lead to widespread print and broadcast media coverage across Egypt and the wider Middle East region. Additional to the previous, similar assignment was the identification of international speakers and extended content alignment with the new Egyptian SWM Policy.

2014
Bangalore / Kerala, India
EBTC / Kerala State Government
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Appointed to lead a technical mission to Kerala, producing a detailed needs analysis and develop programme of work to create a strategic waste plan for the state including the delivery of an EU technical mission, stakeholder workshop conference and the formation of a project management unit to develop the waste plan.

2014
Oman
Be’ha and Ministry of Environment and Climate
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Undertaking preliminary scoping plan for public outreach and engagement as part of an integrated waste management programme in Muscat.

2013/2014
Albania
GFC/Korca Regional Waste Management Company
Institutional Capacity Development

Appointed to provide expert input for public awareness and engagement development activities in support of improvements to local waste management.

November 2013
Cairo / Egypt
GIZ/Ministry of Environment, Egypt / National Solid Waste Management Programme (NSWMP)
Consultancy: Conference: Thematic content and marketing

Designed high-level conference and workshop event for Egypt’s waste management sector as part of the NSWMP’s objectives of improving the country’s waste management sector. Work included the research into key topics and the creation of thematic content for inclusion. Additional work included the development of event branding and promotion and PR which lead to widespread print and broadcast media coverage across Egypt and the wider Middle East region. Over 250 delegates attended both days against a target of 140.

October 2013
Hyderabad / Ahmebad, India
EBTC / Ministry of Urban Development on India
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Development of overview strategy for public engagement and behavioural changing supporting urban development initiatives in a waste management context. Paper presented at the 6th EuroIndia Summit; ‘Greening Cities’.

April 2011 – November 2014
Azerbaijan
Government of Azerbaijan/PMT/ Tamiz Sahar/ via Eptisa/RWA consortium
Communications and Social Inclusion Programme

Major World Bank funded project in support of major changes to waste management facilities in the Absheron Peninsula. Work included the leadership of a team of experts and the development of a specific communication and awareness strategy, customer satisfaction surveys, tactical planning and implementation, core competency training and the development of communication resources, initially for use in Baku but set for national scalability. Additionaly work encompassed Resttlement Action Plans for displaced families from the landfill site and Social Impact Assessments.

October 2011
Belarus, Minsk
EC via Eptisa//RWA consortium
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Part of headline Waste Governance project for ENPI countries, we were tasked with the rapid development of public and social awareness projects and outreach methodologies in support of national stakeholders across Belarus within the waste sector. Key challenges dealt with included:

  • Building of core communication competencies amongst programme delivery stakeholders
  • Research in to primary barriers of public participation into waste management improvements
  • Creation of communication framework reference document for delivery stakeholders

Work was completed on time and within budget. Feedback from client stakeholders has been exceptionally positive.

September 2011
Georgia, Tbilisi
EC via Eptisa/RWA consortium
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Part of headline Waste Governance project for ENPI countries, we were tasked with the rapid development of public and social awareness projects and outreach methodologies in support of national stakeholders across Belarus within the waste sector. Key challenges dealt with included:

  • Building of core communication competencies amongst programme delivery stakeholders
  • Research in to primary barriers of public participation into waste management improvements
  • Creation of communication framework reference document for delivery stakeholders

Work was completed on time and within budget. Feedback from client stakeholders has been exceptionally positive.

October 2011
Belarus, Grodno
Government of Belarus and The World Bank via Eptisa/RWA consortium
Institutional Capacity Development

Our experience was called upon to provide key, early inputs on the development programme surrounding the development of a materials recovery facility for the Grodno region. Specific inputs included:

  • Development of communication and outreach capacities within the overall project plan
  • Waste awareness and communication development training for key local stakeholders
  • Building of social outreach and communication competencies
  • Framework for financial aspects of communications within overall project plan
June 2011
Chisinau, Moldova
EC via Eptisa/RWA consortium
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Part of headline Waste Governance project for ENPI countries, we were tasked with the rapid development of public and social awareness projects and outreach methodologies in support of national stakeholders across Moldova within the waste sector. Key challenges dealt with included:

  • Building of core communication competencies amongst programme delivery stakeholders
  • Research in to primary barriers of public participation into waste management improvements
  • Creation of communication framework reference document for delivery stakeholders

Work was completed on time and within budget. Feedback from client stakeholders has been exceptionally positive.

June 2011
Cimislia, Moldova
EC via Eptisa/RWA consortium
Consultancy: Capacity Building

Part of headline Waste Governance project for ENPI countries, we were tasked with the rapid development of public and social awareness projects and outreach methodologies in support of national stakeholders with specific focus on the Cimislia region. Key challenges dealt with included:

  • Building of core communication competencies amongst programme delivery stakeholders
  • Research in to primary barriers of public participation into waste management improvements
  • Creation of communication framework reference document for delivery stakeholders

Work was completed on time and within budget. Feedback from client stakeholders has been exceptionally positive.

February 2010 - ongoing
SrI Lanka
IWS / Ministry of Environment SL
Communications and policy development / Energy from Waste

Leading a team of relevant experts in the formation of a Waste Awareness and Education Programme to support the development of innovative waste infrastructure projects in the Colombo and Kandy regions of the Country on behalf of the Sir Lankan Ministry of Environment and commercial funders. Key responsibilities thus far have included:

 

  • Identification and recruitment of key experts
  • Formation of structured team to implement programme
  • Development of core communications strategy
  • Full financial and tactical planning
  • Reporting to funding partners and ministries
September 2008 – June 2009
Bulgaria
EU/ BAMEE
Consultancy: Conference: Thematic content and marketing

We were appointed by BAMEE and the Ministry of Environment in Bulgaria facilitate the sharing of best practice knowledge amongst NGOs, Municipalities and commercial waste organisations across the country. We developed a comprehensive two-day conference programme and acted as Team Leader for this activity. Key duties and outcomes included:

  • Identification and recruitment of key delivery partners, locally and internationally
  • Lead a team of 6 delivery personal (in BG and UK)
  • Identification and securing of donor funding to finance the project (public and private funding)
  • Conference content development
  • Marketing and promotion of conference

The conference was noted as being a significant success attracting close to 200 delegates (in excess of the required target needed to satisfy funding criteria) with budget never being breached and the event taking place as planned in terms of time and content.

January 2008 – October 2009
Saudi Arabia
City of Riyadh – Department of Environment
Consultancy: Capacity Building and Participatory Planning

We were invited by the Deputy Mayor of Riyadh to develop a range of public behaviour initiatives aimed at dealing with a number of social issues including the throwing of litter from cars and the need to introduce source separated recycling to parts of the city. Working with local service providers, We assembled a team of key experts in the field including religious advisers and developed a programme of communications to tackle the problems. This work included:

  • Team leadership of a highly diverse set of stakeholders covering a variety of sensitive cultures
  • Policy inputs on enforcement practices
  • Development of programmes at a strategic and tactical level
  • Full scoping for recycling in schools and colleges
  • Benchmarking and monitoring protocols
  • Creative development

The programme was delivered on time and within budget together with a detailed toolkit to enable the relevant ministries to implement the requirements with ease and fluidity.

January 2008 – October 2009
Saudi Arabia
City of Jeddah - Department of Environment / SEPCO
Consultancy: Capacity Building and Participatory Planning

We were engaged by the client to look into ways in which the population of Saudi Arabia could be stimulated into participation in resource recovery programmes within waste management across the country, specifically at how this might be funded in a society that collects no taxes and whose legal and social legislation is enshrined in religion.

As Team Leader, I began by identifying and engaging with three primary stakeholder groups; the Saudi Environmental Society, The General Presidency of Meteorology and Environment and the Arab Net for Environment and Development. This was then expanded into additional input stakeholder groups comprising local NGOs working in the regions, commercial operations and international experts.

I facilitated a number of workshops, which lead to the focus upon the creation of Producer Responsibility within the country. This in turn resulted in the following work streams:

  • Partnering with best practice organisation (Green Dot Cyprus Ltd)
  • Public attitudinal and behavioural assessments
  • Social inclusion programmes
  • Formalisation of stakeholder and public ‘think-tanks’
  • Creation of detailed ‘road-map’ document for project progression
March 2009 – June 2009
Kuwait
National Cleaning Company
Consultancy: Participatory Planning

Public outreach input as part of a major contract for waste management. Work included strategic communication planning and schools outreach.

September 2009
UAE
IWS
Expert

Behavioural change campaign services in relation to private financed EfW project.

January 2008 – April 2008
Western Balkans
RWA
Authoring partner

ISWM and Producer responsibility for packaging waste, 2009. Team member on International Finance Corporation project to provide workshops and guidance on integrated solid waste management. Co-author of policy paper on producer responsibility for packaging.

October 2008
Romania
RWA
Authoring partner

Workshop on European Financing of waste management, 2009. Facilitator of workshop designed to deliver improved project pipeline for solid waste in Romania.

March 2008 – May 2008
Cyprus
Green Dot (Cyprus) Ltd
Communications and public outreach – new waste and recycling services

Appointed as Team Leaders on the development of communication and public outreach activity to support the introduction of household collection of waste and recycling across a trial area of Nicosia. This was the first time the collection of waste direct from each home was being introduced in the country and was a financial risk to Green Dot should it be difficult to work.

We developed a comprehensive package of communication and public outreach activities, forming partnerships with local service providers which also enabled added insight into the local social dynamics.

The recommendations were accepted and implemented and the service change proven successful.

February 2008 - May 2008
Cyprus
District of Anglitzia
Communications and public outreach – new waste and recycling services

Public engagement project to support changes to waste services across the district.

June 2006
Paris
Plastic Omnium
Consultancy – Public Outreach

Engaged by Plastic Omnium (global bin manufacture) to advise global sales force on issues relating to municipal communications with residents in regards to waste and resource recovery. The assignment required extensive research into examples of best practice from around the world and assessment of the most relevant and pressing issues relating to the company’s primary markets.

Delivery was done during the firm’s bi-annual global AGM through training and workshop sessions.

July 2005
Minneapolis, USA
National Recylining Coalition
Expert

Invited to participate as International Experts in Public Outreach and Behavioural Change in waste management at the National Recycling Coalition Congress. I provided interactive workshop sessions for government waste officers and numerous materials and frameworks for communication planning and deployment.

December 2001 – April 2004
UK, Germany and Netherlands
Cleanaway Holdings (Europe) Ltd
Internal communications

Between 2001 and 2004 I was retained as Team Leader on a wide range of communication services and strategies for Cleanaway’s European operations including:

  • Corporate marketing and branding
  • Support of public outreach initiatives in operational regions
  • Stakeholder engagement programmes
  • Internal stakeholder communications