Consultant for Value Chain Mapping for Oil Waste Value Chain

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Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”. Green growth targets key aspects of economic performance such as poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, Uganda’s Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), Local Governments (LGs), and the private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.

GGGI has partnered with the European Union (EU) as part of the EU inclusive green economy uptake programme (GreenUP) to deliver a project entitled “greening Uganda’s urbanization and industrialization” (2020-2023). The programme is aligned with the government of Uganda’s Vision 2040, the Third National Development Plan (NPA), and the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS). The project aims at promoting sustainable development and inclusive green growth in Uganda by focusing on green city development, green industrialization, efficient waste management and green growth integration into planning and budgeting. This is to ensure Uganda is achieving maximum benefits from a green growth pathway.

Uganda is grappling with the challenge of environmental degradation and pollution in especially cities and emerging urban centres. This is emanating from poor solid waste management, inadequate water drainage, industrial pollution, and pollution arising from the transport sector. Aside from the air pollution, which arises from the increasing number of vehicles in the country[1] there is an emerging challenge of used oil generated from the different fuel stations, garages, other oil change stations and the ‘do it your self-oil changers’ who change their oils at home. Although some of the gazetted fuel stations have equipment for draining used oil, garages, and homes where oil changes are sometimes done lack such facilities thus increasing the chances of such used oil draining into the environment, waterways, soils and into vegetation including food crops and plants. There have also been reports of used oils and lubes being adulterated and repackaged for open market sales. Various actors involved in the repurposing and recycling of these products remain unregulated or supported due to a lack of institutional and regulatory framework. This is dangerous to the environment, vehicles/automobile owners and the government.

In line with the foregoing, GGGI intends to undertake a value chain analysis for the used oil value chain to assess the policy framework, the institutional and regulatory framework, the actors, existing and necessary safeguards, feasible management, and investment opportunities. International best-case scenario will be identified, and the potential creation of green jobs will be assessed. Subsequently, recommendations will be provided, and an action plan developed for improvement of the chain.

This assessment will be undertaken in close collaboration with MDAs, such as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), etc.

[1] Current vehicle numbers are estimated at 2.5 million by the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT).


It has been well documented by Ssempebwa (2019)[1], and Aisha-Lul., et al [2](2019),that oil waste is collected at mainly fuel stations, garages and by ‘the do it yourself’ (DIY) individuals who undertake oil changes. They store it temporarily, awaiting off takers. The oil waste is occasionally collected by some licenced companies and shipped to some recyclers and re-users. These are however not profiled, and the qualities seldom recorded. GGGI is therefore seeking the services of an experienced individual consultant to profile the entire value chain for oil waste in Uganda and utilise samples in the GKMA Mbarara and Gulu cities.

The objective of this assignment is to assess the current oil waste management cycle and value chain systems, various stakeholders, and potential private value chain actors. This will help in identifying the constraints and opportunities for the chain. The exercise will profile earlier studies undertaken, outline key players, profile available incentives, and identify and profile investment projects. The consultant will also provide recommendations on specific entry points for civil society organizations, the private sector, and public authorities to support livelihoods initiatives in the chain in GKMA. This is in addition to preparing an action plan to guide the implementation of interventions within the value chain going forward. The assignment is to concentrate in the GKMA, Mbarara and Gulu cities.

[1] John C. Ssempebwa and David O. Carpenter, 2009. The generation, use and disposal of waste crankcase oil in developing Countries. A case for Kampala District, Uganda.

[2] Aisha-Lul Ahamed Nur, Emmanuel, Kutiote.J.O, Patricia Tarlue.J.V., Nasir Umar A., Madina Ahmed Nur, and Pius Mbuya Nina, 2019. Assessment of Oil waste Management at the Fueling Stations within Makindye Division in Kampala. African Journal of Environment and Natural Science Research Volume 2, Issue 1, 2019 (pp. 77-85).


The assignment is a direct contribution to the Greening Uganda’s urbanisation and industrialisation project and feeds directly into outcome 3 that aims to ensure efficient waste management is pursued and demonstrated.


a) Desk research to prepare the situational analysis

i) Profile earlier studies and interventions undertaken on the oil waste value chain in Uganda. This needs to specify the nature of interventions, key players, beneficiaries, development partners involved, key recommendations made, etc.

ii) Undertake a stakeholder analysis to establish the role of key value chain players such as the public, private sector, international organizations, civil society, development partners, etc.

iii) Analyse the supporting functions that are required to make the value chain work, including both existing and missing support functions (e.g. infrastructure, information, related services).

iv) Assess the existing and necessary safeguards.

v) Assess the effectiveness of the current laws, policy, regulations, barriers; assess legal/policy/regulatory framework on the management of oil waste in Uganda.

vi) Examine the effectiveness of the current institutional arrangements in the GKMA and preparedness for oil waste value chain players to address this emerging challenge.

vii) Characterise oil waste materials flows, value chain gaps, identify major challenges.

viii) Review two case studies on adoption of green/circular economy approaches to valorisation of oil waste from two selected countries. GGGI will directly support the consultant in this process.

ix) Propose general options for management of oil waste and identify two/three investment projects within the value chain.

x) Further model two investment opportunities and prepare investment teasers to characterise the projected investment requirements, returns, proposed financing structure, projected market and sales, financial projections, and anticipated impact as result of the proposed intervention. GGGI will guide on the general structure of investment teasers.

b) Stakeholder engagements

Using appropriate tools, conduct extensive, consultative, and inclusive processes to generate views, opinions, aspirations, and proposals of the various stakeholders within the GKMA, Mbarara and Gulu cities, on the status and potential management interventions for the oil waste. The key stakeholders include private sector (DIY, oil changing station, petrol stations, garages, repair shops, automobile owners), academia, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), development partners, etc. the consultant will also present the findings at a validation workshop with key stakeholders.

c) Preparation of the value chain analysis report

The consultant will draft a report that will be reviewed by GGGI and where necessary the relevant stakeholders. The report will also encompass an action plan, preprepared in close collaboration with the waste management Technical Working Group (TWG) and other relevant technical personnel. The action plan must state at the beginning, the greening ambitions and the focus needs to be applied to green approaches to the management of oil waste value chain in Uganda. This will be done as detailed in the context of the wider greening imperatives already defined by specific GGGI documents. The report will also profile two investment projects into investment teasers.


The following are expected out of the assignment:

i) Inception report.

ii) Situational analysis report.

iii) Report(s) of the consultations/ workshops/ surveys/ interviews/ meetings. These are expected within 5 days of completion.

iv) First draft report including action plan, relevant case studies and two investment teasers.

v) Final report.


The outputs shall be delivered in a phased manner as indicated below.

On submission and acceptance of inception Report (including detailed workplan)7 days10%
Submission of situational analysis report23 days25%
Submission of draft Interim report25 days25%
Submission and acceptance of final report.35 days40%

Total fee: up to USD 31,500 depending on candidate’s credentials.


The selected consultant shall report to the project lead, greening Uganda’s urbanisation, and industrialisation.

The consultant’s work progress will be monitored primarily through periodic review meetings, the precise schedule of which will be agreed upon during the kick-off meeting. The consultant is also expected to periodically produce, upon GGGI’s request, a formal progress report that includes: an overview of the project, a narrative description of project activities, detailed information on project objectives and milestones, actual achievements made against the timeline set, etc.

One soft copy of the final reports shall be sent to project lead, Greening Uganda’s Urbanisation, and Industrialisation. This will be accompanied by all other materials used for the assignment such as questionnaires, interview guides, etc.


The consultant will need to fully support workshop preparation and documentation both at national and subnational level relevant to the project. The anticipated number of workshops is four; one for the GKMA, one for each of Mbarara and Gulu cities and one for a validation event. However, costs of the workshops (excluding the time expenses) will be covered by GGGI on an actual basis following GGGI’s cost norms for the relevant year (which will be shared at the start of the project). Workshops need to be pre-approved by GGGI based on a concept note, suggested participant list and accompanying budget.


The consultant should anticipate one trip to each of Mbarara and Gulu Cities as part of the assignment otherwise, majority of the exercise will be undertaken within the GKMA. For any workshops or other engagements, the consultant will be accompanied by GGGI staff. The consultant is expected to organise own transport, accommodation and other assignment related costs and should factor these in his or her rate. A detailed schedule will be discussed with the successful consultant at the inception meeting.


University degree in environmental science, industrial/ chemical engineering, sustainability, business administration, economics, development planning, social-economic development, Law and policy or a closely related discipline from a recognized university.


i) Minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience (market assessments, local economic development, value chain development, strategic planning, or a closely related assignments).

ii) Experience in financial analysis and modelling.

iii) Experience in working with international or national NGOs or with government authorities at national level desirable.

iv) Knowledge of ISO 14000 (environmental management) standards or any other standards in related to waste management would be an added advantage.

v) Fluency in English, verbal and written is required.

vi) Excellent report writing skills.

vii) Recognition as an expert in the field and having contacts with counterparts predominantly at strategic/management level.

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