Environment and Social Safeguards Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Kampala, Uganda
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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UNDP is supporting Government of Uganda to implement several projects including: -


(i) the “Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda” Project implemented by the Ministry of Water and Environment and funded by the Green Climate Fund, Government of Uganda and UNDP to a tune of USD 44.262 million project for 8 years starting 2017 to 2025. 

(ii) the “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Integrated Waste Management and Biogas in Uganda” Project implemented by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and funded by the Global Environment Facility, Government of Uganda and UNDP to tune of USD 16.958.


In order to ensure effective implementation of the project, UNDP is seeking services of an Environment and Social Safeguards Officer that will support Project Implementation Team in implementing the Environment and Social Management Framework of the two projects.



The position holder will report directly to the Team Leader Climate Change on all contractual obligations under the overall supervision of the UNDP Resident Representative. 



Duties and Responsibilities


This position will provide technical support to UNDP to comply with Environment and Social Safeguards through undertaking the following responsibilities:-


Provide technical backstopping during the implementation of the two projects, supporting and advising the client in addressing a variety of environmental issues at all the stages of the implementation of the Project and in environment related training/awareness raising and coordination activities.


Support Implementation of environmental   related   activities   as   outlined   in the   Environmental   and   Social Management Framework (ESMF) of the projects.


Support preparation of necessary documents, such as environmental guidelines and tools in consultation with stakeholders and help the client in commissioning and managing additional assessment, if necessary.

Scope of Work:

The Officer   will work closely with other members of Project Management Unit (PMU), staff and other staff for attainment   of the project’s   goal.  The scope covers the whole project’s environmental oversight responsibilities including those implemented by Ministry of Agriculture. 


Working Relationships 


The Environment and Social Safeguards Officer  will work closely; 

  • With Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda National Meteorology Authority and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development; National Environment Management Authority; National Water and Sewerage Corporation; Kampala Capital City Authority to ensure the project activities are aligned with GCF, GEF and   country milestones including Vision 2040, UNDP Country Programme Action Plan and the Second National Development Plan 2015-2020
  • Stakeholders at the NGOs district and community levels.


Individual roles, responsibilities 

  • Under the direct supervision of UNDP Team Leader, the Environment and Social Safeguards Officer   will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties.
  • Ensuring that each sub-project and activities under the project is subjected to the Project ESMF process and procedures.
  • Prepare guidelines, tools and notes for use in the project based on relevant environmental policies, acts and regulations/ directives  of the Government of Uganda  and relevant safeguard policies of GCF, GEF and the ESMF;
  • Support environmental screening of subprojects and activities, and help to prepare subproject or activity specific Environmental Management Plans (EMPs).
  • Organize environmental orientation & awareness, and training
  • Help commissioning and managing Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), if necessary and other assessment such as hazardous & e-waste management. Prepare environmental information materials and help the client in disseminating the information to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Review sub-project and activity plan, design, cost, and bid documents to ensure environmental factors and mitigations are incorporated, and sub-project documents and environmental documents are in harmony. Larger investments such as installation weather stations shall be reviewed from early on (starting from concept stage);
  • Monitor during implementation of subprojects and activities, and provide feedback to the PMU;
  • Coordinate with relevant agencies for obtaining permission;
  • Communicate with vendors, contractors, and subcontractors for necessary environmental compliance
  • Evaluate environmental risks associated with floods, landslides, erosion, bank cutting and shifting channel as a result of project activities;
  • Monitor potential collaboration with specific key stakeholders, such as Ministry of Agriculture and Forest Support Services Department.
  • Organize local-level interaction programs on environmental screening and environmental awareness as well as Organize national level consultations with major stakeholders and academia, if necessary;
  • Identify necessary environmental requirement to clear site for meteorological and hydrological stations
  • Assess appropriate technologies suitable for construction activities at field sites considering low carbon foot print.
  • Produce reports in a manner understood by non-technical people for effective dissemination purpose.
  • Support production of relevant summary documents in local languages for dissemination in local levels; and Undertake other duties as per the requirements of the project or as directed as assigned. 




Functional competencies


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
  • In-depth knowledge on development issues
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills 
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
  • Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit
  • Strong IT skills
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Prince2 training and certification, RMG


Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Environmental Sciences; Natural Resource management and Environmental Engineering or any related field. 

• 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

• Fluency in written and spoken English.

• Proficiency in MS Office  





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