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CAI-Asia China Network to be Established with Assistance from ADB and Energy Foundation

BEIJING, 18 July 2004. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), Energy Foundation, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia), and the State Environmental Protection Administration have agreed in principle to support the creation of a CAI-Asia China network. Asian Development Bank's support will be provide under ADB's technical assistance project, RETA No. 6144: Better Air Quality Management in Asia. The first phase of network will be implemented with assistance from Energy Foundation.

The goal of the China network is to promote better air quality management in selected Chinese cities.The focus and nucleus of the network will be formed by six Chinese cities that have joined CAI-Asia: Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Harbin, Hangzhou, and Tianjin. The participation of the State Environment Protection Agency which has the overall responsibility for air quality management in Asia is equally important.

It is expected that the Project Office of the CAI-Asia China network will be established in October 2004. The activities of the network will commence with an inception phase of 2 months. In this phase, the emphasis will be on documentation of current air quality levels and air quality management initiatives taken by cities and national government agencies. This overview will help to build a more firm work plan which reflects the priorities of the network's member cities. Consultations will be carried out from which will concrete, achievable activities in the following categories can be proposed: knowledge management, capacity building, formulation of integrated air quality management strategies, pilot projects, resource mobilization.

To develop the CAI-Asia China local network, services will be required from:

  1. Senior Network Development Consultant who should ideally have had a senior position on AQM, be well aware of government structures involved in air quality management
  2. Network Coordinator who should possess a combination of networking skills, people skills, knowledge on AQM, and also familiar with governance structures impacting on air quality management
  3. Researcher who should be an AQM specialist, and
  4. Secretary who is preferably a fresh graduate in an air quality-related field

The duration of the contracts is initially for a period of 10 person-months, commencing in October 2004, with the exception of the senior networking consultant who will be engaged for a two-month period. Candidates from the People's Republic of China may apply for these four positions. Applicants should send their applications before 30 August 2004 to Glynda Bathan ([email protected]) of the CAI-Asia Secretariat.

The Terms of Reference for each of these positions are:

A. Senior Network Development Consultant (domestic, 2 months)

  1. Provide guidance to the Network Development Consultant in the day to day activities to set up the local CAI-Asia AQM network in China
  2. Promote and facilitate the active buy-in of relevant national and local government agencies in the local CAI-Asia network
  3. Oversee the development, implementation and review of the detailed workplan for the local CAI-Asia network
  4. Represent the local CAI-Asia network in relevant national and local event

B. Network Development Consultant (domestic, 10 person-months)

  1. Identify the relevant stakeholders from national government, development agencies, key cities in PRC, and private sector which should become part of the local network
  2. Support the formation and functioning of an advisory committee with representation from SEPA, the cities and those groups (development agencies and private sector companies) hat provide support for the local network
  3. Promote the exchange of experiences on effective measures among Chinese cities and other stakeholders through websites, publications, discussion groups, etc.
  4. Identify common priorities for capacity building and joint development of air quality management training activities in PRC
  5. Facilitate the formulation of integrated air quality management strategies
  6. Develop consensus on what constitutes a sound approach to air quality management in PRC
  7. Assist the local network to formulate a strategic or logical framework, which places activities of development agencies in a strategic context; this framework should identify what gaps there are in air quality management at the local level in PRC
  8. Facilitate discussion on common problems and on the formulation of pilot approaches to overcome such common problems whereby on or two PRC cities implement a pilot project and share the results with other cities
  9. Identify priorities and associated air quality investment needs
  10. Coordinate closely with the State Environmental Protection Administration and the CAI-Asia Secretariat in the Asian Development Bank in the implementation of activities to establish the local CAI-Asia network in PRC.

C. Research Assistant (domestic, 10 person-months)

Note: It is intended to have one researcher who will work almost on a full time basis for the project. In case it is not possible to find suitable candidates who can work on full time basis, the position will be divided in two positions of 5 months each.

  1. Document current air quality levels and air quality management initiatives taken by cities and national government agencies in PRC through websites, publications, discussion groups etc.
  2. Assist in identifying the relevant stakeholders from national government, development agencies, key cities in PRC, and private sector which should become part of the local network
  3. Document the exchange of experiences on effective measures among Chinese cities and other stakeholders through the CAI-Asia website
  4. Conduct research on air quality topics needed by the PRC local CAI-Asia network to formulate an integrated air quality management strategy
  5. Conduct research to assist the local network formulate a strategic or logical framework, which places activities of development agencies in a strategic context; this framework should identify what gaps there are in air quality management at the local level in PRC
  6. Coordinate closely with the State Environmental Protection Administration and the CAI-Asia Secretariat in the Asian Development Bank in the implementation of activities to establish the local CAI-Asia network in PRC.

D. Secretary (domestic, 10 person-months)

  1. Perform administrative and clerical tasks
  2. Create a filing system for the documents generated by the project
  3. Prepare for meetings of the project team
  4. Serve as appointments secretary for the project team
  5. Prepare reports as may be assigned by the project team members; and
  6. Perform general office management tasks.
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