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Social Safeguard Specialist

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About Directorate General Public Private Partnership (DG-PPP)

Afghanistan’s infrastructure is grossly inadequate in comparison with the world and even regional standards and is one of the critical reasons holding back economic growth. The existing infrastructure is largely inadequate to satisfy the needs of economic development as well as the demand arising from population growth. However, the large fiscal deficit and paucity of resources limit the Government’s capacity to meet growing infrastructure needs and has emerged as a major constraint to the country’s efforts to improve its investment climate.
Given the increasing demand for services and the need for significant level of investment, capacity and resource requirements, and the constrained fiscal situation and declining in international aid, among other factors, has led the government of Islamic republic of Afghanistan to start a PPP program in order to support the development and delivery of high-quality infrastructure services for the public.
Therefore the government has established PPP Unit at Ministry of Finance in 2014, the purpose of the unit was to develop legal and regulatory framework and as policy maker and serve as a coordinating body. According to the importance and need for this reform the Ministry of Finance has upgraded the Unit to Central Partnership Authority which is working under the direct supervision of the Minister of Finance.
The Central Partnership Authority is a technical board providing qualified assistance on all what related to PPP, to the political and administrative decision makers, for enhancing their planning, developing and implementing projects activities and protect the vested public interest and budget.

Given Afghanistan’s fluid environment, the First Public-Private Partnership Project of World Bank is intended to strengthen the enabling environment and undertake pilot that meet immediate needs and can provide demonstrable proof-of-concept evidence to scale-up in future projects.
The Public-Private Partnership Project objectives are to: create and enabling environment for public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Afghanistan; and supporting the generation of pipeline of structured and bankable PPP sub-projects that stimulate private sector developments.
The Public-Private Partnership Project consist of three major components along with sub components;
• Strengthen the enabling environment for PPP;
• PPP project implementation and crowd-in private sector participation; and
• Project management.
The project will selectively helping prepare a pipeline of PPP opportunities to work with private investors large, medium and small to crowd-in their participation in PPP opportunities. Furthermore the project will provide technical assistance and capacity building to key GoIRA institutions, notable to MoF/CAP and selected sponsoring entities on PPPs.
The SSS for MoF/CPA will be embedded at MoF, where he/she will work and providing Social and Environmental services for CPA on implementation of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and relevant PPP issues.

Job Summary

DG-PPP/MoF intend to hire an individual Social Safeguard Specialist to support the work of the Afghanistan First Public Private Partnership (PPPP-1) project. The Safeguards Specialist will be required to help project team in implementation of overall safeguards aspects.
Social & ENV Safeguards Specialist is responsible for ensuring that the Project’s social development goals are achieved that includes (i) work with the international Safeguards Specialist to update/ finalize ESMF and RPF documents, (i) adverse impacts are adequately addressed in an effective and timely manner; (ii) screening and preliminary social assessment of the selected projects to be carried out during pre-feasibility stage, and (iii) quality review of the social safeguards studies (i.e. Social Impact assessment (SIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAPs) to be prepared by the Safeguards Specialists as part of the feasibility studies for selected PPP projects, (iv) supervise on behalf of the project team the safeguards implementation, report progress or the lack of it and share it with the relevant stakeholders in government and the Bank.
S/he will be also responsible to support the SIA- RAP Safeguards Specialists in preparation of social safeguards documents during feasibility study stage.
The Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist will be reporting to the PPP – 1 Project Director.

Job Details

Date Posted: 01 Nov 2017 Reference: Contracted Staff-4
Closing Date: 20 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: General Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Task 1: Screening & Preliminary Social & EVN assessment during pre-feasibility stage:
• Conduct screening and preliminary social & ENV assessment of the selected projects to be carried out during pre-feasibility stage, including to assist filtering of prioritized and suitable PPP projects to be selected for feasibility study.
• Develop TORs for a comprehensive EIA and SIA & RAP for the high risks infrastructure projects (PPP projects), which will be selected for feasibility stage, including preparation RFP.
• Develop TORs for a partial EIA, SIA and Abbreviated RAP for moderate- substantial risks infrastructure projects (PPP projects), including preparation RFP. These TORs (comprehensive & partial assessment) need to be prepared for all selected projects that will be supported during feasibility stage.
• Assist the international Safeguards Specialist in updating/finalization of the ESMF and RPF.
• The Safeguards Specialist will also be responsible to ensure that gender aspects are considered and incorporated into the safeguards studies (i.e. draft ToR, preparation of EIA, SIA and RAPs, ESMPs, and other safeguards studies to be prepared during pre-feasibility and feasibility stages).
• Ensure, and coordinate with the relevant team members that women are being consulted on the project related activities and their consultations are being reflected in the reports.
• Follow up on those consultations and report when consultations are not being considerate with a reasonable justification.
• Facilitate and train relevant subproject staff to prepare site specific ESMPs and supervise their work and report and resolve any arising issues relevant to Safeguards
• Be in contact with the WB Safeguards specialists, share progress report and seek help when needed.

Task 2: Quality review of Environmental and Social safeguards studies to be conducted during full feasibility stage:
• Assist MoF in evaluation and selection of an independent EIA/SIA & RAP firm EOIs/Proposals for comprehensive EIA, SIA, ESMP & RAP to be conducted for the high-risk projects- these studies will be conducted during full feasibility stage.
• Assist MoF in evaluation and selection of transaction advisor (company) who will conduct full feasibility study, including partial EIA/SIA, ESMP and RAP (where needed) as part of the full feasibility studies for PPP sub-projects with moderate to substantial risks.
• Assist project team and supervise the ESIA and RAP consultancy.
• Review and approved the consultancy Invoices as per their work plan and deliverables.
• Quality review of safeguards studies (comprehensive & partial EIA/SIA, site-specific ESMP and RAP) prior to share draft reports with Bank for review and clearance.
• Provide capacity building and training for project staff and private sector companies on overall social safeguards issues.
• Provide and conduct social safeguards trainings (on preparation of SIA, ESMP, and RAP) for project staff, who will work to prepare feasibilities studies for PPP sub-projects.
• Preparing site-specific ESMP and RAP (where needed).
• Reviewing the contractors or private sector companies environmental and social management plans for selected sites.
• 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 project 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, including consultation disclosure requirements.
• Work with project 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.

Task 3- Effective Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM)
• Identify current institutional strengths and capacity gaps and consult the Project stakeholders regarding grievances redress mechanism (GRM).
• 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 project level/ community level GRCs to handle grievances. Preparing the proper scope of work for GRC members.
• Train private sector companies on GRM.
• Preparing monitoring and supervision plan for project staff to properly manage the GRCs.
• Sorting/analysis of all grievances, including categorization and registration of grievances into central excel-sheet- database.
• Provides progress updates and information to complainants about results of investigations and action taken. Written complaints to be given to the complainants
• Provide progress updates and information to the World Bank on grievance redress mechanism.
The Social Safeguards Specialist shall also generate gender-disaggregated data about the Af-first PPP project. These will include information about public consultation, information sessions, training, complaint handling, etc. The Safeguards Specialist should ensure that consultations are done with both men and women and are properly documented. Similarly, the Safeguards Specialist will ensure that both male and female have equitable access to opportunities to be provided under this project.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

• Excellent Analytical and Communication skills.
• Familiarity with policies, regulations, and laws of social environment.
• Excellent skills in report writing and good knowledge of Private sectors and software used in public-private partnerships.
• Ability to obtain information, clarification and agreement on terms of contracts and/or specification requirements; demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given.
• Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
• Ability to manage staff and contribute to the skills and capacity building
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Reporting & Supervision: The SSS will report to DG-PPP/MoF Directorate

Qualifications

• Minimum Bachelor Degree in relevant fields (such as social development, Sociology, anthropology, social science or environmental degree) with at least 3-year relevant work experience or Master Degree with 2 years’ relevant 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: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Security/Safety

Submission Guideline

• Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and a contact details, no later than 20 Nov 2017, meantime the consultant will start their job in January, 2018.
• Please clearly indicate “Contracted Staff-4/SSS/PPPP-1/DG-PPP” on your email subject line.

Submission Email

cpppa@mof.gov.af

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