05/04/2013

Internship Opportunity at the BCRC-Caribbean

Kindly note that the application period for this Internship is now officially closed. Thank you very much for your interest.
 
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean and/or the Centre) is presently accepting applications from suitable and dynamic individuals for an internship position at the Centre. The internship is being facilitated through the Caribbean Hub – ACP MEAs Project Internship Facility of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and will be carried out at the BCRC-Caribbean for three-month period from May to July 2013 only.

The internship is based upon a work programme that aims to assess existing sources of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) data and information as well as contribute towards devising an appropriate strategy/strategies for managing and analysing these sources as they pertain to understanding of the generation and flows of this waste stream in Trinidad and Tobago.

This work will build upon initial attempt by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) and Egarr and Associates to analyse the e-waste situation in Trinidad and Tobago through a rapid assessment in 2010 as well as initial scoping work and data collection performed by the BCRC-Caribbean in 2012. It will be a first step towards directly addressing the following weaknesses of the current e-waste situation experienced in Trinidad and Tobago which were identified in the 2010 study:
  • The absence of reliable data on e-waste generation; and
  • The lack of a proper inventory system by government institutions as the largest users regarding stored end-of-life products.

The objectives of the work programme associated with this internship are as follows:

1. To collate and evaluate available secondary data and information pertaining to the generation and flows of WEEE and EEE in Trinidad and Tobago;
2. To compare, contrast and understand the various mechanisms currently employed in collecting and managing data and information pertaining to the flows of EEE and WEEE in the country;
3. To assess the feasibility of utilising the available data in adequately quantifying the generation and flows of WEEE in Trinidad and Tobago in the mapping of these flows and in estimating; and
4. To devise a mechanism and develop recommendations through which the collation, management and evaluation of the data and information can be normalised and harmonised within the national context based upon the current practices employed by the various stakeholders in WEEE data and information management.

The activities to be performed during the course of this programme will include but not be limited to the following:
  • Review data, information and assessment methodologies and reports on e-waste;
  • Identify key data and information sources of EEE and/or WEEE quantities and flows, including sources not previously identified by the Centre;
  • Liaise with key stakeholders involved in the collection, collation and management of data pertaining to the quantities and flows of EEE and WEEE at the national level and understand the various processes involved in data collection. These stakeholders may include local entities such as the Customs and Excise Division, the Central Statistical Office, the Solid Waste Management Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministries of Local Government and the Environment and Water Resources, locally-based ICT retailers/distributors and major service providers, and private sector waste brokers and mangers involved in WEEE Management;
  • Collate data and information on the quantities and flows of EEE and WEEE and generate a suitable database for compiling and presenting the available EEE and WEEE data collated during the execution of the work;
  • Evaluate the data and information compiled on EEE and WEEE quantities and flows in order to determine the generation of WEEE in the country;
  • Evaluate the various sources of data and information of EEE and/or WEEE and develop a means through which the information can be normalised and harmonised in order to adequately assess the generation and flows of WEEE in the country;
  • To provide recommendations on how to improve the collection and management of data on the generation and flows of WEEE based upon the work performed during the internship.

At the end of the internship programme, it is expected that the deliverables to be produced by the interns would include but not be limited to the following:
  • Databases of all of the associated EEE and/or WEEE data and information collated;
  • Listings of the stakeholders collecting and possessing EEE and/or WEEE data and information for Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Final report presenting a description of the work executed during the programme, an evaluation of the data and information, assessment, mapping and discussion of WEEE generation in the country, and elaboration of recommendations for improving the existing mechanisms for collection and management of the related EEE and WEEE data and for assessing the available data and information.

MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR INTERNSHIP
Suitable candidates for this internship must possess the following minimum criteria:
  • Trinidad and Tobago nationals who have successfully completed an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in a relevant field, preferably in Engineering, Environmental Policy and Environmental Science.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical capabilities.
  • Previous work experience.
  • The ability to work independently (with minimal supervision).

Interested candidates are asked to send in their applications to the email address bcrc.caribbean@gmail.com no later than Wednesday 10th April 2013 and addressed for the attention of:
  Dr. Ahmad Khan
  Director
  Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean
  #8 Alexandra Street
  St. Clair
  Port of Spain
  Trinidad and Tobago

[1] Garraway, E., and Ott, D., 2010. e-Waste assessment in Trinidad and Tobago: A situational analysis of e-waste management and generation with special emphasis on personal computers. UNIDO, Microsoft and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA).