Kiribati nationals: PMU Safeguards Manager

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Expertise: safeguards, envrionmental, social

Expertise Group: Biological Sciences & Ecology

Consultant Source: National

TOR Keywords: safeguards, envrionmental, social


Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The project management unit (PMU) will be the core unit responsible for the overall implementation of 

the South Tarawa Water Supply Project (STWSP) including the day-to-day project activities, compliance 

with the provisions of all grant agreements and government policies and guidelines, project 

administration, preparation of grant withdrawal applications, and maintenance of records. The 

implementing agency (IA) for STWSP is the Government of Kiribati's Ministry of Infrastructure and 

Sustainable Energy (MISE).


Scope of Work

The PMU is expected to include the PMU Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager/Procurement Specialist, 

Project Accountant, Safeguards Manager and Social Development & Gender Specialist. The project director 

(Director Engineering Services MISE) and the PMU will supervise and provide counterpart support to the 

Project Implementation Assistance (PIA) Consultants (and for a limited period, to the Project Design 

Advance (PDA) consultant firm).


Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

The PMU’s Safeguards Manager will work closely with the safeguards specialists in the PDA and PIA 

consultant teams and the Social Development and Gender Specialist to achieve the requirements set out in 

A - C below. There are some tasks that are common to both social and environmental safeguards such as 

consultations and information disclosure as per the project’s communications and consultation plan (CCP) 

and implementation of the grievance redress mechanism (GRM), see requirement A below. The key tasks 


A. Communications, Consultations, Grievance Redress and Reporting

(i) Conduct meaningful consultations with affected persons, as per B and C, during the process of 

updating and finalizing the safeguards due diligence documents; 

(ii) Lead and support implementation of the STWSP CCP and GRM to ensure early identification and 

resolution of any grievances that may arise.  Participate as a member of the Grievance Redress Committee;

(iii) Ensure all affected women and men are aware of grievance processes and that they are considered in 

a socially inclusive process (if necessary in local dialect and with a minimum of one woman on Grievance 

Redress Committee);

(iv) Provide assistance to Project Manager in resolving grievances prior and during project construction 

activities including, but not limited to, communicating with concerned parties the grievances by the 

affected persons /communities, conducting assessment/investigation on specific safeguards issues (land, 

compensation, environment) and facilitate timely actions to resolve grievances;

(v) Prepare inputs covering safeguards (including capacity building and consultations) to quarterly 

progress reports; and

(vi) Prepare and submit to MISE and ADB semi-annual safeguards monitoring reports.

B. Social Safeguards

(i) Complete further training on project donor systems and procedures as directed including training on 

ADB’s Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) and Disbursement Procedures.

(ii) Lead and support the STWSP PIA consultants to complete the update of the three (3) Resettlement 

Plans (RP) based on detailed designs by Contractors and taking into account affected persons feedback 

and concerns, if any. Conduct meaningful consultations with affected persons during the process; 

(iii) Lead in supporting MISE to implement land acquisition activities and compensation as per the 

updated resettlement plans;

(iv) Lead in undertaking regular check and supervision of the contractor’s compliance with social 

safeguards requirements and prepare corrective actions to address non-compliance during construction;

(v) Inform MISE of any unanticipated resettlement impacts and conduct field assessment to update or 

formulate new resettlement plan, if required, working closely with the International Social Development 

and Gender Specialist; 

(vi) Prepare semi-annual safeguards report and other necessary monitoring reports working closely with 

International Social Development and Gender Specialist and PIA consultant;

(vii) Assist PIA consultant in implementing safeguards trainings and capacity building activities, 

including with local CSOs partnering under the WAP Part B;

(viii) Assist the International Social Development and Gender Specialist in implementing, monitoring and 

reporting on gender activities particularly those under the contractor’s responsibilities and collecting 

sex disaggregated data according to project design and monitoring framework. 

C. Environment Safeguards

(i) Based on detailed design, update the cleared initial environmental examination and environmental 

management plan (EMP) and format as environmental impact assessment as per the Environment Act (and 

Amendments) and prepare the application for environmental license under the Act (including an Executive 

Summary in i-Kiribati);

(ii) Ensure that the updated EMP and any conditions of the environmental license are integrated into the 

tender and bid documents;

(iii) Assist in disclosure of the environmental assessment, EMP and other relevant safeguards 

information and documents;

(iv) Review the bid responses in respect of environmental management and provide inputs to the bid 

evaluation report as required;

(v) Depending on the experience of the successful contractor with environmental management, provide 

induction training prior to the preparation of the construction EMP (CEMP);

(vi) Review (requesting revision as required) and clear the contractor’s CEMP and advise the Engineer 

that approval to commence works can be given;

(vii) Provide training as required to MISE and contractor staff on implementation of environmental 

safeguards and monitoring;

(ix) Undertake inspections and audits, including reviewing monitoring reports prepared by the 

contractor,  of contractor implementation of the approved CEMP.  Advise the Engineer of any corrective 

action requests or instruction to contractor that need to be issued and monitor effectiveness of the 

actions and close-out.


Minimum Qualification Requirements

The PMU Safeguards Manager (national) will have a minimum degree in social science, social development, 

environmental science, engineering, or similar disciplines with at least 3 years of relevant experience 

with implementation or management of either:

(i) Social safeguards and compliance on international donor financed projects, preferably including 

social development and gender mainstreaming aspects.


(ii) Environmental safeguards and compliance, and environmental management on international donor 

financed projects.

Experience and knowledge in implementing and administering social and / or environmental safeguards on 

ADB or World Bank funded projects is desirable.

Relevant post graduate qualifications or accredited training in management, communications, 

international development, or related fields will be considered an advantage.


Minimum General Experience: 5 Years

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 3 Years

Regional/Country Experience: Required