Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Specialist
ABOUT FTF PSS
The purpose of the five-year Feed the Future Senegal Policy Systems Services (PSS) Activity is to strengthen Senegalese agricultural and food policy systems. Strengthened policy systems comprise a strong institutional architecture governing the way in which stakeholders participate in policy formulation, implementation, impact generation, and mutual accountability for multi-stakeholder commitments to action in support of consensus national plans, and accountability for responsible execution of stated commitments. Stronger agricultural and food policy systems in turn are anticipated to strengthen Senegal’s self-reliance while decreasing poverty, improving nutritional outcomes, building resilience to climate change and other shocks, improving water security, and accelerating inclusive agricultural growth and transformation.
OBJECTIVES AND DUTIES
The Environmental soundness and Compliance Specialist will prepare the Year 1 Environmental Mitigation & Monitoring Plan (EMMP) and adapt the USAID/AFR Environmental Review Form (ERF)/Report template and the USAID/Senegal Food Security and Natural Resource Management Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE), as required, for PSS activities. The Advisor will also assist PSS on a very focused basis to develop staff capacity to implement the EMMP and conduct environmental reviews, monitoring, and reporting. The Advisor will also provide support to PSS staff involved with environmental compliance review and implementation by providing more targeted advisory support for specific activities, particularly for environmental reviews of deal note activities that take place in the context of PPS’s partnership agreements.
The Environmental Compliance Specialist will be responsible for the following:
- In coordination with relevant PSS staff, develop PSS’s Year 1 EMMP and respond to USAID comments to finalize the EMMP;
- Develop PSS-specific Environmental Review Forms (ERF), as needed for activities that require additional review;
- Develop a brief curriculum and conduct a training of PSS staff on environmental review, environmental compliance field monitoring, and best practices for USAID-funded activities. The purpose of the training will be for PSS staff to be able to independently (or with light, remote guidance) conduct environmental reviews, environmental monitoring visits, and to report on environmental compliance.
- Provide ad hoc guidance on PSS environmental compliance reviews, monitoring, and reporting during Year 1 implementation.
- Draft EMMP
- Final EMMP addressing PSS and USAID comments
- Environmental Review Forms adapted for PSS use from the USAID/AFR template
- Set of training topics for FTF PSS staff on environmental review and monitoring and USAID environmental regulations
- This assignment will be conducted remotely. The Environmental Compliance Specialist will report to Chief of Party Aliou Boly and or his appointed delegate.
- At least 3 years of experience in managing environmental programs and project, including developing environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan.
- Familiar with USAID and DAI environmental policies, procedures and tools
- Experience in training design and implementation.
- Background in Agriculture, Policy development and implementation, private sector engagement and civil society organizations engagement a plus.
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision, to prioritize, to prioritize multiple work assignment in an extremely fast-paced environment, to meet deadlines, and to exercise good, strong professional judgment.
- Fluency in English to include excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated experience preparing researched reports. Fluency in French highly preferred.