South Sudan nationals: Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Associate (Environmental Management)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Juba, South Sudan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS will be leading the implementation of a three-year World bank funded multimillion USD Project “Enhancing Community Resilience and Local Governance (ECRP)' in South Sudan starting in August 2020 with the Objective is to improve access to basic services and strengthen community institutions in South Sudan.  

The ECRP is a follow on Project to the Local Governance and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) that was implemented in South Sudan from 2014 and involved the transfer of block grants from the national government directly to county government with the Objective of helping develop an annual intergovernmental fiscal transfer system for local development.

The ECRP Project will be implemented by UNOPS and the International Organisation for Migration, with UNOPS being the primary grant recipient and responsible authority for the establishment and implementation of the Project Management Unit (PMU) whose primary tasks will include: project management, stakeholder and communication management, fiduciary and procurement management, results management and risk management.  UNOPS will be the grant recipient and will be directly accountable to the World Bank in all aspects related project delivery (Project Management - Social and Environmental Safeguards, Fiduciary Oversight and Procurement Planning, Infrastructure Quality and Standards; Project Implementation – of community infrastructure as per agreed scope; as well as directly liaising with the Government of South Sudan).

The ECRP comprises the following four components:-

Component 1:            Community Infrastructure and Services-this will involve the implementation of sub-projects selected through an open menu approach where communities will be allowed to choose freely, in a participatory manner, based on their needs.

Component 2:            Local Institution Strengthening which is split into two parts: community institution strengthening and county government strengthening.

Component 3:            Project Management and Learning.

Component 4:            Contingency emergency response.

The ECRP will be implemented throughout the country’s 10 states and associated target counties. The community infrastructure sub-projects are divided by area and implemented by IOM and UNOPS separately. While the two UN-agencies will implement their respective projects, a harmonized approach will be managed and governed by UNOPS through the Infrastructure Compliance Guidelines and the Project Implementation Manual. The sectors include water supply and sanitation; rural roads; primary health facilities; primary schools; small scale irrigation schemes and community markets. UNOPS will be responsible for quality assurance of all sub-projects during the planning, design and construction stages, through a monitoring plan.

Functional Responsibilities


The HSSE Associate will report directly to the Project Manager and will support HSSE coordination across all the target counties. In general, the main duties of the HSSE Associate is to support  processes for ensuring compliance with local and UNOPS rules as it relates to occupational health and safety. The HSSE Associate will also support implementation of environmental management activities, provide guidance and support, monitoring of measures needed to minimize hazards and environmental impacts in project implementation. The HSSE Associate needs to promote a safe workplace according to legal standards and foster a culture of attention to health, safety, social and environment management in all work sites throughout the projects’ life cycle in all locations. The incumbent will work closely with social mobilizers, project assistants and all field level personnel.

More specifically, the HSSE Associate will be responsible for the following substantive tasks:

●                    In coordination with the Social Specialist, support field level teams on HSSE compliance in all project locations.

●                    Support field level review health, safety, social and environmental management plans, on a regular basis and ensure these are up to date at all times.

●                    Support project staff, and contractors, on various safety, health, social and environmental related matters related to project implementation.

●                    Support the Project Manager in raising awareness on health and safety issues among project staff, and contractors and other stakeholders.

●                    Support risk assessments and oversee the enforcement of preventative measures on HSSE for all project activities.

●                    Assist organize and/or co-facilitate HSSE training for UNOPS field project teams, contractors and other stakeholders on selected topics.

●                    Assist installations, maintenance and disposal of substances, plant and equipment etc., to ensure they are done in conformity with applicable laws and industry best practice.

●                    Support in HSSE reporting and investigations follow- up with project teams to prepare reports on incidents (including near misses) and provide information for monthly HSSE reporting.

●                    Support in the development and review of HSSE guidelines and operating procedures.    

●                    Support programme of documented HSSE inspections, audits and checks. 


●                    Participate in regular site meetings to report on relevant HSSE matters and to provide necessary advice.

●                   Contribute to programmes/projects to meeting UNOPS HSE standards and to prepare for and meet the requirements of external audits for ISO 14 001 and OHSAS 18 001.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

●             Day to day administrative support provided to the project team.

●             Satisfactory performance on a daily basis.

Final Product

●                    Requested tasks are delivered in a timely and efficient manner and according to UNOPS procedures to meet project requirements.

●                    Accurate, well organized and complete information and records.

●                    Client satisfaction based on feedback and performance indicators.



  • High School Diploma is required.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Health and Safety Management, Environmental Management, Civil Engineering, Natural Resource Management or any other relevant discipline will be considered as an asset and may substitute some of the required years of experience.



  • At least 6 (or less depending on academic credentials) years of experience in HSSE, preferably in the infrastructure sector is required.
  • Experience managing health and safety in construction, manufacturing, mining or similar production environments is an asset.
  • Coordination skills are an asset.
  • Skills in monitoring and evaluation (environment), an asset.
  • Proficiency in G Suite is an asset.    


  • Fluency in English (writing, reading and speaking) is required.
  • Knowledge of local Arabic and or local Languages is desired.