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Social & Environmental Specialist


About DABS

د افغانستان برشنا شرکت یک شرکت خود کفا و مستقل است که طبق قانون شرکت های سهامی و محدود المسولیت جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان ایجاد گردیده است. د افغانستان برشنا شرکت با تمام اسهام سرمایه خود یک شرکت محدود المسئولیت بوده که به دولت افغانستان تعلق دارد. شرکت مذکور به تاریخ 15 ثور 1387 مطابق 4 می 2008 به د افغانستان برشنا شرکت تغییر شخصیت نمود و بحیث یک شرکت ملی برق جایگزین د افغانستان برشنا موسسه گردید. د افغانستان برشنا شرکت تولید، تورید، انتقال و توزیع برق را بگونه تجارتی در سراسر افغانستان تنظیم و اداره می نماید.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA), through its 2006 Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), set out ambitious three to five year goals for increasing access to electricity. The aim was for electricity supply to reach at least 65 percent of households and 90 percent of non-residential establishments in major urban areas and at least 25 percent of households in rural areas. This would have represented a considerable increase over the rate of electrification – which had last been reliably estimated at six percent nationwide in 2003. More recent estimates suggest that some 25-30 percent of households have access to grid electricity. There appears to be no reliable estimate for the number of people with access to off-grid electricity although there is some 134MW of small hydro, diesel generators and solar power installed.

Responsibility for management and operation of the electricity system rests with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national electricity utility. Until 2009, DABS was a department of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). DABS’s corporatization has been accompanied by a strong program of commercialization supported by the World Bank and more recently by USAID. DABS are responsible for the installed domestic generation capacity, including about 230MW of hydropower and with it Naghlu Hydropower Plant, although only about 138MW is currently in service.

DABS World Bank funded projects Unit currently handling three projects namely:

1. Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Projects (NHRP)
2. Afghanistan Power Sector Development Project (APSDP)
3. DABS Planning and Capacity Support Project (DPCSP)
4. Herat Electrification Project

Job Summary

The objective of the assignment is to (a) help DABS management with the assessment and strengthening of the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) for all three supported projects; (b) Evaluation of dam safety audit proposals as per ESMF, RPF and technical study terms of contract, recommend the best firm and monitoring works of the ESIA and RAP Consultant; (c) reviewing the environmental and social works/studies of DABS World Bank funded projects, prepare Terms of Reference (TOR), environmental and social Manuals and assist DABS in preparation of safeguards Documents as per World Bank and NEPA requirements; (d) assist DABS in preparation of TOR and hiring of the national members of Environmental and Social Advisory Panel;

Job Details

Date Posted: 16 Nov 2016 Reference: VA-DABS-HQs/95-0146
Closing Date: 05 Dec 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Adviser Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Any Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work
DABS intend to hire an individual consultant as Social and Environmental Consultant (International) to support the work of the World Bank funded projects, Working Group established by DABS. The consultant will be required to help members of the working group and prepare TORs and Requests for Proposals (RFP) and undertake consultations by providing advice on best international practices. The Consultant is also supposed to help DABS management with the review and finalization of Projects safeguards documents/studies, drafting GRM manual and facilitate training on the Social and Environmental requirements; the work thus has a high content of capacity building and training.
The Social and Environmental Specialist will directly support DABS safeguards team and shall report to the Director, World Bank funded Projects. He/she will undertake the following tasks but not limited to:
Task 1: Assist DABS to design an effective GRM for all four supported projects, including Preparation of Scope of work for GRM and other citizen engagement tools. DABS Safeguards team established GRC at project level, the consultant will assess the existing GRM practices and will recommend appropriate measures for strengthening to make GRM participatory and socially inclusive. The consultant will also visit the project sites and undertake the followings:
• Assessing existing GRM under all four projects and build on them.
• Identify current institutional strengths and capacity gaps and consult the Project stakeholders regarding grievances handling.
• Develop standard operating procedures and flowcharts that codify how grievances will be redressed for all stages of the process.
• Enhance GRM training Manual, including assign GRM tasks and train staff and GRCs, including community level GRCs to handle grievances. Preparing the proper scope of work for GRC members.
• Preparing monitoring and supervision plan for DABS safeguards Staffs to proper manage the GRCs.
Task 2: DABS prepared TOR for ESIA of NHRP project which was reviewed by ESAP members, the Safeguards Specialist will undertake the following tasks:
• Reviewing the project documents including technical study TOR for Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Project.
• Reviewing draft TOR for ESIA and RAP adjust the modification and update the TOR along with RFP as per the current status of the project.
• Assist DABS in evaluation and selection of ESIA firm EOIs/Proposals for conducting the ESIA of Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Project.
• Assist DABS safeguards team and supervise the ESIA consultancy.
• Review and approved the consultancy Invoices as per their work plan and deliverables.
• Review ESIA, ESMP and RAP reports, prior to share draft reports with Bank for review and clearance.
• Assist DABS in implementation of site-specific ESMP and RAPs (where needed)
• Provide progress updates and information on overall safeguards issues.
• Ensure compliance with ESMF and RPF requirements.

Task 3: Strengthen Projects safeguards capacity and reviewing, preparing the environmental and social documents of all four projects which will not limited to below:
• Preparing site-specific ESMP and any other related documents for construction of Training center of DABS planning and capacity support project as per the NEPA and ESMF requirements.
• Prepare a safety plan for power investment projects.
• Supervise and ensure DABS from proper implementation of training center in liaison with NEPA and World Bank to fulfill the requirements.
• Assist DABS planning and capacity support project manager in supervision and reviewing the environmental and social training section of staff capacity building consultancy of DABS Planning and capacity support project.
• Provide and conduct social safeguards trainings (on preparation of SIA, ESMP, CHMP and RAP) to DABS’s staff, who will work to prepare feasibilities studies for future distribution projects.
• Preparing site-specific ESMPs and any other related documents for NHRP sub projects (component -3, local electrification).
• Preparing site-specific ESMP and any other related documents for APSDP project.
• Reviewing the contractors environmental and social management plans of all 3 projects and assure DABS from proper implementation of the projects as per ESMF and NEPA requirements.
• Assist DABS in preparation and implementation of social safeguards studies (i.e. ESIA, site-specific ESMPs, Cultural Heritage study and RAPs) for Herat Electrification Project.
• Improve DABS World Bank funded projects safeguards team capacity to fulfill the projects requirements.
• Assist, as necessary, with the logistical aspects of environmental and social safeguard related learning events including maintaining calendars of events and team schedules.
• Support the creation and maintenance of environmental and social and safeguard-related knowledge products and databases, such as producing guidance materials and maintaining a database of good practice documents
• Organize and develop databases of training materials for learning activities for DABS staff on project social and environmental management and the Safeguard Policies.
• Provide timely advice to staffs on all aspects of environmental and social safeguards processing procedures and disclosure requirements.
• Work with DABS staff to brief the various government bodies including the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) and Afghanistan Independent Land Authority (AILA or ARAZI on projects contents and establish that the ESMFs meets the requirements of Afghan Law.
• Help DABS in assuring that the projects ESIA and ESMPs are satisfactorily implemented.
• Review draft Vocational Skill Training Plan and make necessary changes, as needed.
• Assist DABS to hire a consultant firm to conduct vocational skill training, based on the plan to be prepared.
• Provide timely advice to DABS’s Safeguards Officer to supervise consultant firm on implementation of vocational skill training.
Task 4: Assist DABS safeguards team to work with ESAP members and hiring national members of Environmental and Social Advisory Panel -international members have already hired.
• The Consultant will assist the Naghlu Hydro Power Working group to arrange mission’s and work plan for the panel members.
• DABS hired international ESAP members thus Consultant will also assist the Working Group in selection/hiring of the national environmental and social advisory panel members,


• Language skills: Fluent oral and written skills in English;
• Computer literacy: Proficient in PC based applications such as Word, Excel and Power Points Outlook etc.


• Minimum Master Degree in relevant section (environmental science and social Development, Social Science, Sociology, anthropology) and with 10 years’ experience in related environmental and social issues.
• Analytical ability, practical problem-solving skills and resourcefulness in performing varied tasks in the area;
• Demonstrated skills in retrieving, gathering and obtaining information from various sources;
• Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under severe time pressures;
• Demonstrated initiative in developing practical approaches that improve efficiency and effectiveness of the project;
• Strong inter-personnel skills and commitment to work in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment;
• Language skills: Fluent oral and written skills in English;
• Computer literacy: Proficient in PC based applications such as Word, Excel and Power Points Outlook etc.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


Masters Degree, Adviser

Submission Guideline

The Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Naghlu hydro power rehabilitation project(NHRP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The Services include for hiring of International Individual Advisor/Consultant to DABS for achieving the goals and objective

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