Local recruitment: Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist
The Government of Ethiopia is deeply aware of, and striving to manage, the mounting challenges posed by climate change. While committed to continued rapid growth and the attainment of middle-income country status by 2025, this is matched by an undertaking to achieve net-zero GHG emission growth while simultaneously building the resilience of the economy to climate shocks. Its Climate Resilient Green Growth (CRGE) initiative is mobilizing the resources needed by organizations and communities to achieve these triple goals. Within this initiative, the CRGE Facility is responsible for helping mobilize and match resources to programmes and projects prioritized on a strategic basis.
The CRGE Facility has been receiving financial support from development partners and would like to further strengthen the secretariat with relevant manpower in the area of environmental and social safeguards. This TOR is to hire Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist who, together with other CRGE Facility team members of MoF, will provide the necessary technical advice and expertise required to enable the Facility to fulfill its mandates.
Duties and Responsibilities
Analytical and Technical support:
- Serve as the focal person of Environment and Social Safeguards for ensuring appropriate environmental and social mitigation measures are put in place during the full project /programme cycle management financed by the CRGE Facility;
- Review Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), and prepare where applicable summaries for disclosure on the CRGE Facility website;
- Ensure that appropriate environmental and social mitigation measures are proposed before projects are recommended for funding by the CRGE Facility;
- Undertake follow up monitoring to ensure that proposed mitigation measures are implemented according to an agreed upon environmental and social safeguards implementation instrument;
- Closely follow up the integration of safeguard assessment information and completion of safeguards self-screening Checklist during the project/program development process;
- Prepare Environmental and Social safeguard Plans and ensure that such plans are approved by relevant authorities before implementation;
- Lead on developing and delivering a series of spot checks to ensure safeguards policies are properly implemented at grassroots level in line with the guideline;
- Prepare report on the safeguard risks with appropriate actions to be taken for all projects and programmes financed through the CRGE Facility and ensure that timely actions are taken;
- Provide technical support during Project Design, Appraisal process and resource mobilization plan for the projects/programmes financed through the Facility;
- Provide substantive advice on safeguard issues to sectors in order to promote enhanced investment on building a climate resilient green economy;
- Closely supervise, provide assistance and deliver capacity building trainings to the sectors to close knowledge/skill gaps and minimize the likelihood of risks to happen to projects/programs financed through the Facility;
- Compile quarterly, biannual and annual reports on safeguards related issues and deliver to CRGE Facility as part of the M&E report;
- Handle additional assignments as directed by the CRGE Facility Head.
Operations, Management and Implementation:
- Identify challenges, opportunities, priorities and needs for the development and implementation of the Facility’s safeguard Plan and implementation at all levels;
- In collaboration with the CRGE Facility Secretariat team, make sure that the terms and conditions set for projects/ programmes development in line with safeguard principles are adhered to;
- Supervise consultancy works and review and assess products/services provided by consultants and experts counterparts and notify/advise the head of the secretariat on quality, and recommend appropriate actions to be taken for improvement as per the safeguard principles and guidelines;
- Advice on administrative measures and actions required for ensuring the Facility’s uninterrupted compliance with requirements set regarding environmental and social safeguard measures prior to the validation and implementation of interventions and/or investment actions financed by the Facility;
- Analyze environmental and social developments and provide technical and substantive support in setting targets for the realization of the goal of building a climate resilient green economy;
- Check with contracts, memoranda of understanding and/or other necessary agreements required for the disbursement of funds for approved actions against the set standards for environment and social safeguard;
- Prepare quarterly and annual reports to be submitted to development partners and other stakeholders with a special view to capturing lessons learned and best practices for improving the performance of the Facility portfolio and maintaining safeguard standards;
- Undertake quarterly monitoring and evaluation of project activities against standards of the safeguard guideline.
- Provide support and direct technical assistance to sectors and regions to develop environment and social safeguard responsive climate smart strategies and plans;
- Provide technical support to sectors in MRV and result based monitoring and evaluation;
- Carry out training on integrating safeguard principles in climate change projects/programmes.
- Good communication skill both in writing and oral including networking and interpersonal skills;
- Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate.
- Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
- Proven ability to build strong relations with partners, clients for positive feed back;
- Ability to undertake and apply gender analysis to ensure gender equitable solutions.
- Build, coordinate and advise on strategic and programmatic partnership with federal and regional government authorities, bilateral and multilateral organizations stakeholders;
- Facilitate the engagement of major stakeholders or groups in environment and sustainable development decision making, their access to and sharing of information for effective compliance with environmental and social safeguard measures in the context of intra and inter-generational equity.
Communication and Outreach:
- Engage on the development of different communication materials, outreach campaigns and activities to raise the Facility’s profile at the national and international levels.
- Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter on the CRGE Vision, Strategy and national plans and strategies;
- Knowledge and involvement in Multilateral Environmental Conventions negotiations and implementation;
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
- Willing to undertake other assignments as provided by the Head of the CRGE Facility.
- Proactive in developing strategies, various methods and approaches to accomplish objectives;
- Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support;
- Drives for change and improvements;
- Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Identifies the key issues in a complex situation;
- Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
- Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them;
- Proposes a course of action based on all available information;
- Checks assumptions against facts.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Resource/Environmental Economics, Natural Resources Management or relevant scientific discipline is required. University degree in other field, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted.
- A minimum of 4 years (6 years with Master's Degree) of working experience in Environment and Social Safeguards, Natural Resource and Environmental management, policy development and implementation, active involvement in international environment and social safeguard application is an advantageous;
- Track record of successfully working with governments on environment and social safeguard, climate change and sustainable development agenda is preferable;
- Proven experience and knowledge in Safeguard Principles, Development Effectiveness and Cooperation, Climate Change Finance, gender equality and its related issues is an asset and knowledge of regional institutions working on climate finance;
- Work experience in an international organization is an advantage;
- Extensive knowledge of UNDP’s policies, procedures and practice is an asset, not a requirement;
- Ability to work as a part of a team, sharing information and coordinating efforts within the team;
- Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programs i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point;
- Knowledge of the programme operation areas is advantageous.
- Fluency in English, both oral and written.
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