Social and Environmental Safeguards Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Suva, Fiji 🇫🇯


The Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP), financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), was approved in June 2016 and the project implementation commenced in September 2017. The project will run until September 2023. The objective of the project is to enhance coastal resilience in Tuvalu by implementing a robust strategy of coastal measures in three of the country’s nine islands and by building institutional and community-level capacities to prepare for the impact of increasingly intensive wave actions in the country.

As part of the approved project, the Government and UNDP prepared an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) to ensure that the social and environmental impacts, risks and liabilities identified during the ESIA process are effectively managed during the implementation, operation and closure of the project.

In this regard, the United Nations Development Programme, Pacific Office in Fiji is seeking a Social & Environmental Safeguards Specialist who will assist the Project Management Unit (PMU) and UNDP in updating the ESMP for a seven-year project “Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project,” and then undertaking a range of tasks/activities (as entailed under the Objectives section) with respect to the general and island specific ESMP’s

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Reviewing the current ESMP and make amendments as necessary (including but not limited to the inclusion of a grievance redress mechanism) based on the GCF and UNDP SES;
  • Reviewing the SESP annually, and update and revise corresponding risk log; mitigation/management plans as necessary;
  • Ensuring environmental and social risks are identified, avoided, mitigated and managed throughout project implementation;
  • Engaging with external firms undertaking island specific environmental and social assessments and the preparation of island specific ESMPs for the proposed works;
  • Oversee/develop/coordinate implementation of all safeguard related plans;
  • Ensure full disclosure with concerned stakeholders;
  • Monitor progress in development/implementation of the project ESMPs ensuring that UNDP’s SES policy is fully complied with and the reporting requirements are fulfilled including those prepared by external consultants;
  • Work with the PMU staff to ensure reporting, monitoring and evaluation fully address the safeguard issues of the project; providing a well-documented, evidence-based compliance reports to be incorporated into the project annual reports; and
  • Ensure social and environmental grievances are managed effectively and transparently through the grievance redress mechanisms;
  • Previous experience with working in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and/or other developing countries. Working experience in Tuvalu would be an asset.
  • Proficiency in computer application and information technology;
  • Excellent working knowledge of English
Required Skills and Experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of coastal/marine biology/ecology or natural resource / environmental management;

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience, ideally involving international donors. Previous experience with UN projects will be an asset;

  • Previous experience in developing and/or implementing environmental and social safeguard strategies for organizations or projects;

  • Very good inter-personal skills and demonstrated ability to engage and work with local communities; Strong analytical skills; Exceptional ability in communication and networking, negotiations and mediation