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FAO recruits 01 Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist

FAO recruits 01 Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist

FAO

Hargeisa, Somalia
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Job Description

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: 2201699

Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist

Closure Date: 08/Jul/2022, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FRSOM

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Somalia-Hargeisa

Duration: 11 months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by the FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government in developing policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in FAO’s global mandate and strategic objectives.

More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and responding to recurrent emergencies.

The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building, and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Reporting Lines

The Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia, the general supervision of Head of Programme and under the direct supervision of the Agriculture Coordinator.

Technical Focus

The Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist will provide strategic direction and technical support on the Environmental and Social Safeguards for activities under the Desert Locust operations and other infrastructure works implemented under various projects.  The incumbent shall ensure that Environmental and Social Safeguards standards are met as per donor as well FAO requirements.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Monitor relevant project activities placing special emphasis on the identified Environmental & Social (E&S) risks and take immediate remedial measures to ensure compliance.

Ensure inclusion of any specific design requirements for safeguards that have been identified during screening process for river embankment, barrages, irrigation/drainage rehabilitation and other infrastructural aspects under the project.

Train MoAI safeguards officers in SWS, Jubaland and Hirashabelle States to ensure safeguarding assessment, design recommendations, implementation of any action plan and compliance of contractors to safeguards standards at irrigation and flood infrastructure sites.

Review Environmental and Social Monitoring Framework (ESMF) for activities under the Desert Locust projects and prepare action plan for implementation.

Develop Environmental and Health SOPs (EHS) plan for the control of the Desert Locust project and define the Standard Operation Procedures that should be followed in a Desert Locust control campaign to minimize the impact of the use of insecticides on human health and the environment.

Develop Environmental and Health (EHS) procedures for construction and rehabilitation of small-scale rural water supply structures including micro irrigation activities.

Participate in site assessments and screening and ensure safeguards criteria are applied.

Prepare and apply all necessary E&S instruments for the respective works.

Oversee compliance with all E&S safeguard requirements by Contractors and their Sub-Contractors.

Review and participate on drafting and follow-up the implementation of Environmental & Social related LoUs and LoAs.

Conduct safeguards screening with design recommendations.

Engage with Project Implementation Unit & UNOPS on safeguarding during design and implementation phases.

Identify key environmentally sensitive areas to be mapped as protected areas for future Desert locust operations.

Carry out internal monitoring of ESS by providing relevant report to be shared with implementation partners.

Working with the various technical teams under the three Desert Locust priority areas (as mentioned above) to ensure all ongoing activities are in line with ESS standards.

Facilitate external audits with development partners and service providers.

Establish close linkages and work closely with Government ESS officers at Federal and state level to ensure state follow up on their obligations to adhere to set ESS standards and reporting requirement.

Conduct ESS training to Government officer involved in the DL response programme.

Train supervision staff on safeguards compliance and its practical application in construction works.

Monitor safeguard compliance by Contractors’ workers.

Ensure standardization of all ESS reporting from implementation partners.

Prepare donor reports on safeguards in timely manner.

Review implementing partner ESS records to ensure quality and conformity to set ESS and recommend any required remedial methods.

Travel to project sites (security permitting) to monitor and supervise safeguard compliance works.

Perform any other duties, as directed by the Agriculture Coordinator.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

University degree in Environmental Management or a related field.

Five years of relevant experience in field evaluation of Environmental & Social Safeguards.

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian for COF.REG. Working knowledge of English level C for PSA.SBS.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus

Teamwork

Communication

Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills  

Must hold an EIA/EA practicing licence from a recognised National Environmental Authority.

Experience working with diverse sets of stakeholders.

Experience in WB procedures of ESS is an added advantage.

Experience in Desert Locust control and Irrigation projects is an added advantage.

Track record of supporting EHS compliance in a similar setting.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 

For more information, visit the FAO employment website

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

HOW TO APPLY

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile

• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

• Incomplete applications will not be considered

• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

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