Consolidating Municipal Solid Waste Management Profiles for Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vangvieng.

WWF’s approach to pollution: ‘No Plastic in Nature Initiative:

As part of its global vision, WWF has launched in 2018 the global initiative “No Plastic in Nature” (NPIN), aiming to address the plastic problem through a holistic approach. Such an approach works across the life cycle of plastic, looking at (i) reducing the amount of new plastic produced; (ii) increasing the reuse of plastic already in circulation; and (iii) eliminating leakage of plastic waste into nature. WWF action is based on three main pillars, targeting: 

  • National governments at policy and legislation levels;
  • Private sector companies to reduce their plastic footprint throughout their value chain; and
  • Cities/municipalities as main frontline actors to take concrete actions locally for the reduction of plastic leakage into nature.


Under this third pillar – also known as the ‘Plastic Smart Cities’ (PSC) pillar - WWF has set itself a global target of mobilizing a network of 1,000 cities as PSCs, with a particular focus on the South-East Asian region which counts no less than five countries ranked among the world’s top ten plastic ocean polluters.

Aim of the Consultancy:

Under the present WWF-Laos / Coca-Cola Foundation collaboration, WWF-Laos has selected three (3) key urban locations; 1) Vientiane Capital, 2. Luang Prabang 3). Vang Vieng – as a potential to become the first Plastic Smart Cities of the country. Yet, viable solid waste management improvements can only be made if they are based on accurate data, which in the case of Laos, are not available due to limited waste management monitoring and reporting systems. These data are critical to informing policy-making and planning that can effectively minimize waste and manage the entire waste stream.

Therefore, the aim of this consultancy is to address the present data gap by compiling Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) Profiles for Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. These locations were selected based on their location nearby rivers (Mekong and tributaries), with known higher levels of waste generation due to their population size and concentration of economic activities, including tourism.

The profile will serve the purpose of:

  1. Assessing the level and composition of waste input and post-consumption waste flow through and outside the formal waste management system;
  2. Mapping out waste management stakeholders, including those informal sector actors involved in the recovery and recycling of key recyclable wastes;
  3. Assessing the value chain of recycling and identifying the factors that influence the level of recovery and recycling;
  4. Assessing consumers’ understanding of waste pollution impacts and readiness to integrate waste segregation at source;  
  5. identifying areas of waste management improvement in the target locations, particularly with regard to plastic and aluminium waste recovery and recycling.

Considering Coca-Cola’s specific product line that mostly includes plastic beverage bottles and aluminium cans, above points 1, 2 and 3 will aim at providing more detailed data analysis to those two waste items specifically.

The knowledge base compiled under this consultancy will represent the first building block of a phased approach to support waste management in the two target cities, particularly the development of City-level Action Plans for Plastic Waste that can identify targeted interventions designed to drive increased plastic waste recovery and recycling to reduce plastic leakage in the environment. Such intervention will complement well with the work of other actors in Laos, like the World Bank and the European Union which are currently supporting the national government to develop a National Plastic Action Plan.  

How to Apply: 

For this assignment, WWF-Laos welcomes applications from single individual consultants or teams of consultants with relevant experience. Interested applicants must submit:
  • A Letter of Interest, highlighting relevant experience and skills set
  • Technical Proposal, indicating at a minimum:
  1. Proposed methodology
  2. Work plan, including milestones
  3. Professional references
  •  Financial Proposal, indicating at a minimum:
  1. Consultancy fee for proposed consultant(s) broken down by No. of days;
  2. International travel to Laos (if based outside Laos)
  3. Domestic travel (state frequency; cost is optional as this will be as per WWF-Laos travel policy)
  4. Equipment (if any)
  • Curriculum vitae of proposed consultant(s)
  • Sample documents of similar work

Applications and any questions shall be submitted by e-mail to, indicating in the subject field the reference consultancy code above.
Deadline for application: 12 February 2023
Due to the expected volume of applications, only candidates under positive consideration will be notified.


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