H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah

President, Liberia

Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor

Vice President, Liberia

EPA is Recruiting International/Local Consultant to Draft An Amended Version of EPA Act for Legislative Action

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Energy & Environment Program/Country Program Support intents to support the Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency to harmonize and strengthen the EPA Act for amendment by the Legislature.

The current EPA Act was created and approved on November 26, 2002 and published by the Authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia April 30, 2003. The Act has Seven (VII) Parts and fifty eight (58) sections.Section 4 of the EPA Act states: there is hereby established under the Executive Branch ofGovernment, an autonomous body to be known as the Environment Protection Agency of Liberia in this Act to be referred to as "the Agency"; that the Agency shall be a bodycorporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and that the Agency shall, in its own name be capable of suing and being sued and doing, suffering all acts, things as bodies corporate may lawfully do or suffer.Section 5:provides that the EPA shall be the principal authority in Liberia for the management of the environment and shall co-ordinate, monitor, supervise and consult with relevant stakeholders on all activities in the protection ofthe environment and sustainable use ofnatural resources.

Considering all the changing global trends in dealing with the environment and climate developments and after 17 years since the current EPA Act was created, it has become imperative for review and amendment. The review follows a SWOT and GapAnalysis undertaken by the Cross-cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) Project that identified the gaps, overlaps, conflicting mandates and the omnibus duties of the EPA under the Act. The SWOT and Gap Analysis Report recommended the review and harmonization of sector laws in order to reconcile weaknesses and gaps in key environmental policies and legal instruments.

Pursuant to this, the EPA with support from the United National Development Program (UNDP) intends to hire a National Consultant/International Consultant to harmonize and strengthen the EPA Act for amendment by the Legislature. Considering the above, the UNDP through the Energy & Environment Unit of the EPA requests the services of a National Consultant/International Consultant to work in collaboration with the EPA in achieving this objective.

With the plethora of challenges, the Energy and Environment (E&E) programme seeks to support the Government’s efforts in achieving diversified and inclusive economic growth through investments in sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture, food security, job creation and improved resilience to climate change and natural disasters. UNDP works to empower the population and build a resilient nation. It supports the government to develop and implement interventions aimed at improving the lives of the people, including women, youth and PWD.

Through its Energy and Environment (E&E) Programme, UNDP supports the government through its relevant Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) to address environmental issues and mitigate their impacts to support the collective growth and development of the country.

Contract and Reporting Requirements

The Consultant will be hired against a performance-based contract for Two (2) Months. He/she will report to Coordinator of the EPA-UNDP Energy & Environment Unit. The Consultant shall submit the reports summarized below, for the respective period(s). All documents/reports should be issued in English, submitted in both hard and electronic copies.

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