Circular Economy and Waste Management Lead



Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 4th July 2022   6 days left

 Circular Economy and Waste Management Lead - WasteAid

Reporting to Chief Executive
Salary  - Competitive

The role will be home-based with domestic travel and approx. 20% international travel.

Key Internal Relationships: Director of Programmes, Programmes Coordinator, Director of Development, Project Managers 

Reporting to the CEO this role will ensure the technical quality of WasteAid’s programmes working closely with Director of Programmes and programmes staff. This role will also play a strategic role in shaping WasteAid’s interventions of the future and together with the CEO and programmes staff will build partnerships with potential funders, global alliances and academic institutions. This role will be a part of WasteAid’s Senior Management Team and will be key to promoting WasteAid’s work externally representing the organisation at appropriate events and conferences.

Candidates should ideally be based in the UK, although there may be some consideration of those based in near neighbouring European countries.


  • Develop the Circular Economy and Waste Management technical function of WasteAid in line with organizational growth leading on all technical aspects within the organisation as well as developing WasteAid’s presence as a thought leader on circular economy (CE) and waste related issues.

 Technical Quality

  • Working with programmes staff and guided by best international practices, assess the circular economy and waste management programme content in line with WasteAid’s strategy and technical standards, offering technical input and advice to Director of Programmes and project teams.
  • Assess and design appropriate Circular Economy and Solid Waste Management (SWM) interventions (in collaboration with the wider team) in WasteAid’s countries of operation and contribute accordingly to programme/project proposals.
  • As part of each project, evaluate waste-related activity progress and determine necessary actions in short and long term and ensuring the technical elements of impact is measured through WasteAid’s M&E system.
  • Value chain analysis on waste value chain to ascertain ways of improving inclusion and breakeven, particularly of those in the ‘first mile’ (informal waste collectors, buy back centres).
  • Develop WasteAid training tool kit for first mile business training services drawing from existing resources and identifying local trainers.
  • Maintain currency on developments in international SWM and CE approaches and how they may be incorporated into WasteAid’s projects.
  • Represent WasteAid as the principal technical expert at appropriate events and forums and with funders, as required.
  • Develop networks of technical experts to ensure that WasteAid continues its thought leadership and collaboration in the sector
  • Work with programmes staff to ensure that the WasteAid technical input is well documented and that the institutional memory of WasteAid is preserved.

Programme Design

  • Consistently horizon scan for project, partner and funding opportunities and share recommendations with Senior Management Team colleagues.
  • Work as part of an internal bid team as the technical expert to develop timely and impactful programme/projects that align with individual funders’ strategies.
  • Take lead in technical components of needs assessments and evaluations to inform new programming.
  • Represent WasteAid in discussions on projects and initiatives with potential funders, as required.
  • Review programme reports and other types of reports to ensure the technical content meets quality methodological, institutional and donor requirements.
  • Support an effective monitoring and evaluation system by collection, analysis of data about waste management issues in order to improve the programme interventions.
  • Take part in field visits to assess projects from a waste management perspective and provide support to programme team and partners as needed.

External Affairs

  • Develop WasteAid’s advocacy pillar through an advocacy strategy and visible presence in appropriate fora in collaboration with Senior Management Team colleagues.
  • Lead on WasteAid’s work around COP27 and develop further WasteAid’s initial work around Climate Change.
  • Take the lead on representing WasteAid at events and conferences organised by the UK and International waste management sectors.
  • Develop an online presence as a thought leader through blogs, articles and through social media.

Please see the information pack and application details available on our website.

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