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Environmental Specialist


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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.

Job Summary

The objective of the assignment is to support DABS 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 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/95-0148
Closing Date: 30 Nov 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Engineering Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

DABS intend to hire an individual consultant as Social and Environmental Specialist 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 three supported projects, , including Preparation of Scope of work for GRM. DABS Safeguards team established GRC at Naghlu site, 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 three 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.
• Develop 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 (if needed) 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 and RAP reports, prior to share draft reports with Bank for review and clearance.

Task 3: Strengthen Projects safeguards capacity and reviewing, preparing the environmental and social documents of all three 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.
• 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, SMP, 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.
• 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 Land Authority (ALA/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.
• The consultant will assist DABS to hire a consultant (individual) to prepare Vocational Skill Training Plan for Naghlu site.
• Review draft Vocational Skill Training Plan, prior to share it with Bank for review and clearance.
• 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,


• 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


• Minimum Bachelor Degree in relevant section (Environmental engineering) or any other fields with sufficient Experiences, Master Degree will be additional Advantage and with 5 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


Bachelors Degree, Engineering

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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