Green Corridors has, in collaboration with Durbanites Against Plastic Pollution (DAPP), developed a comprehensive implementation programme to address harmful post-consumer plastic and other solid waste in the environment, whilst encouraging a circular consumer economy and a sustainable city. The programme tackles pollution on a catchment-wide basis, through:

  • Outcomes based education and awareness, targeting youth in and out of schools,
  • Facilitating community-based waste management solutions in under-serviced areas and pollution hotspots,
  • Intercepting litter in water-ways, estuaries and on beaches
  • Fostering economic empowerment through creating linkages between primary collectors of waste materials and the recycling value chain.

Making the right choices to reduce our waste footprint, at an individual, household and community level has become a key component of the transition towards a more sustainable and livable city, but this change can be complex and daunting.

As part of this programme, GCs is seeking to target learners and educators, who act as the gateway to the broader community, with an informative, motivational and instructional guide on how to move towards a zero-waste school.

GCs is looking for an experienced consultant to assist the organization in developing a zero-waste guide for primary schools (Grade 1 – Grade 7).


The conceptual design of the guide and its dissemination will take place in the inception phase of the project in consultation with a steering committee convened for this project. The following design informants should be adhered to:

  • The guide should be age-appropriate for learners
  • Should provide clear and evidence-based guidance for School Management Teams, parent groups and educators
  • Should build on existing waste minimization and pollution modules in the life skills curriculum and co-curricular modules developed by WESSA and SAAMBR as well as UN Environment
  • The guide will be co-branded with the Planet Protector rating and certification scheme for zero waste
  • It should introduce the circular economy concept and local and global impacts of packaging pollution on marine health.
  • The guide should provide options to transform the entire waste footprint of the school, from the classroom, staff room, tuck-shop, school grounds, sports events and excursions
  • The guide should be accompanied by “how to” toolkit and a sample lesson plan.

It is anticipated that the guide will be translated to other official languages (external to this scope of work).

Scope of work

  • Develop a guide structure and table of contents for the guideline document, in consultation with the project steering committee
  • Undertake a literature review on the subject and collate relevant information and material for the document
  • Hold up to ten (10) key informant interviews in person or telephonically
  • Prepare a preliminary concept document for zero-waste guide
  • Develop the guide and supporting materials
  • Workshop the draft manual with the steering committee and invited stakeholders and then subsequently revise and finalise the guide and annexures
  • Submit a draft manual for review. The final guide should be 20 -30 pages long and includes a lesson plan (pre-production version) as well as concepts and information for 2 infographic posters. 
  • Submit the final manual and supporting annexures and materials.

The assignment is expected to require no more than 20 consulting days (160 hours).

Required expertise

Companies or individuals quoting to undertake this work should have:

  • Degree or similar qualification in environmental education or life sciences with at least 3 years of work experience, with relevant experience of more than 3 years and advantage
  • Working knowledge of zero waste, circular economy principles and best practice in waste management at the community level
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Experience in curriculum development and the development of lesson plans
  • Experience in developing written guidelines or manuals
  • Experience in developing visual learning materials and infographics
  • Experience in media, communications and marketing, which underpins this initiative is preferable.

Time frames

  • Closing date for quotations is the 6th March 2020 at 17h00.
  • Appointment will be made by the 13th March 2020
  • Draft deliverable by end of May 2020 and final printing and dissemination by 30 June 2020.

Format of quotations

  • Statement of capacity and relevant experience (not exceeding 1 page)
  • Approach and methodology (not exceeding 1 page)
  • Attach 2 examples of deliverables that you have produced in the last 24 months that demonstrate your ability to produce the deliverable described in this ToR (in MS Word or PDF)
  • Attach CV’s of key personnel (no longer than 2 pages per key expert)
  • Summary budget showing:
    • Total price for the assignment
    • List of time per consultant multiplied by an hourly or daily rate
    • Expected ground travel, communications and other consultancy expenses (exclude costs of printing, graphic design, layout and production).

Printing and other production costs for the manual are excluded from this assignment and related costs should not be included in this proposal.

Proposals must be sent via email to Karen Isaacs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All application submissions will be reviewed and considered, and only the most qualified candidates will be short listed and contacted for interviews. Applicants who do not hear from Green Corridors by 13 March should consider their application unsuccessful.

Green Corridors is an equal opportunity employer.

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