International Specialist in Social, Environmental Safeguards

Djibouti, Djibouti 🇩🇯


The objective of the GEF PPG is to develop the project concept into a full project: Sustainable management of water resources, rangelands and agro-pastoral perimeters in the Cheikhetti Wadi watershed of Djibouti. As described in the project concept (PIF), this project aims to Develop an integrated model for the restoration of agropastoral ecosystem services in the Cheikhetti Wadi watershed to reduce land and water degradation, improve self-sufficiency in basic living needs of vulnerable rural communities and create conditions to enable its replication.

Participate in and support the PPG process, research, field mission, project design development and the preparation of the PRODOC/GEF CEO Endorsement Request package, leading in particular on the Social and Environmental Impacts Assessment and related products and inputs.

Duties and Responsibilites

The following lists key responsibilities and deliverables of this contract; the PPG Implementation Plan provides further and more detailed guidance regarding the responsibilities of the prospective PPG team and must be consulted accordingly.

  1. Provide support and advice to the PPG Team Leader on all aspects mentioned accordingly in the PPG IP table of activities and responsibilities

  2. Reviewing deliverables from other PPG team members as appropriate for the purpose of alignment, integration and mutual quality assurance.

  3. Lead the work stream on the Environmental and Social Management Plan / Framework and related products and inputs, contributing the necessary research and documentation, and input to the project design and interventions. This will entail the preparation of an ESMP/FW report and the conduct of the related analyses, with a special focus on the stakeholders in the target region.

  4. Provide relevant quality text sections for the PRODOC/ GEF CEO Endorsement Request package on these aspects.

  5. Remote participation, if possible, in the Validation Workshop


Functional / Technical Knowledge

  • Excellent written communication skills in English with working knowledge in French

  • Excellent skills conducting research with vulnerable populations;

  • Ability to consolidate information from multiple sources;

  • Able to prepare strategic information for decision makers;

  • Ability to work independently as well as good team player;

  • Excellent time management and ability to produce outputs as per agreed deadlines.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English, with a working knowledge in French

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree in a relevant field, such as in anthropology, sociology, environmental management preferred, demonstrated relevant professional experience in social and environmental safeguards/impact assessment;

Professional Experience: 

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience, including relevant demonstrated experience in social and environmental safeguards/impact assessment;

  • Experiences in developing quality GEF projects

  • Project evaluation/review/formulation experiences within United Nations system or international Agencies

  • Sound understanding on linkages between climate change, ecosystems and small-scale Infrastructures evidenced through past work experience