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Enviroment Safeguard Officer


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. Since 2006 the World Bank has been financing the rehabilitation of the electrical and electromechanical parts of Naghlu hydropower plant which was built with Soviet assistance during the 1960s.

Job Summary

DABS intend to hire an individual Environmental Safeguard officer to support the work of the World Bank funded project, Working Group established by DABS. The Environmental Safeguard Officer will work on integrating of project Environmental Social safeguard team across the response interventions area and provide expert advice on this to the respective offices.

Job Details

Date Posted: 11 Nov 2017 Reference: VA-DABS-HQs/96-0124
Closing Date: 16 Nov 2017 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: Permanent Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Component 1 – Electrification of Four Districts in Herat Province: This component will support investments for building a new 110 kV transmission line, and four 110/20 kV substations and medium and low voltage distribution networks in four districts of Herat Province. The scope of the work includes:

a. Design, supply and installation of lattice towers, overhead conductors, optical groundwires (OPGW), insulators, grounding arrangement, foundations and civil works and all necessary fittings and equipment to construct a 25 km tapping transmission line to the new substation near Karokh from existing 110 kV transmission line between the existing Noor-ul-Jahad substation near Herat city and Salma dam.

b. Design, supply and installation of power transformers, auxiliary transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers, surge arresters, current transformers (CTs), potential transformers (PTs), protection arrangement, grounding arrangement, telecommunication, relay protection, automation and dispatching systems and all necessary equipment and civil work to construct four 110/20 kV substations each with the capacity of 10 MVA in the districts of Chesht, Hobai, Karrokh and Pashtun-Zarghoon of Herat Province.

c. Supply of distribution transformers, overhead line and fittings, underground cables, aerial bunched cables (ABC), protection equipment, and connections from the network to final customers (including meters, meter boxes, switches, breakers and other materials) for electrification of households, businesses, schools, health centers and holy places in the districts of Chesht, Hobai, Karrokh and Pashtun-Zarghoon of Herat Province. Installation of distribution networks will be done by DABS.

Component 2 – Grid Densification, Extension, and Off-grid pilots in Herat Province This component will extend grid electricity supply to other parts of Herat Province and test solar off-grid pilots. Specific sub-projects will be identified during project implementation and evaluated on the basis of cost effectiveness (total cost of the sub-project vs incremental demand served).

Component 3 – Technical Assistance, This component will finance technical assistance to insure timely and quality completion of the Project, to enhance DABS capacity in procurement, engineering studies and project management, to enhance financial planning for the utility, and to prepare a foundation for further extension and integration of the grid in Herat Province. The overall scope of this component includes:

(a) Assistance to DABS for Project Implementation: This component would provide expert assistance to DABS in key aspects of project implementation including: project planning and supervision, procurement, financial management, and feasibility assessments for candidate sub-projects under Component 2.
(b) Environmental and social safeguards measures: Social and Environmental impacts of the Project are expected to be small. An environmental and social management framework (ESMF) and a stand-alone Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) exist within DABS. This TA component would assist DABS in preparing project-specific and site-specific Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) where needed.
(c) Institutional Strengthening for DABS: This component will provide technical support and training to DABS personnel in areas where additional capacity building is required, particularly in Procurement and Financial Management. In addition, training will be provided to build local capacity in the Project areas to ensure the effective operation and maintenance of the new networks.
(d) Studies for further grid extension: This component will also support a feasibility study to investigate synchronization options and further grid extension in Herat province including geo-spatial analysis and load flow study of the system.
(e) Development of a Grid Code: Technical assistance would also support the review of existing standards and procedures and the preparation of a Grid Code for the Afghan power system consistent with best international practices.
(f) Financial Modelling for DABS: Development of a financial planning model that can be used to prepare pro-forma financial statements, cash flow projections, debt service obligations and financial ratios for DABS under alternative scenarios relating to capital investment, investment financing, sales forecasts, tariffs and input costs. The financial planning model will provide a sound basis for evaluating the potential for further commercialization of DABS, including its capacity to borrow on more commercial terms.


• 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.


Bachelor Degree in relevant section preferably Master’s in (Environmental Engineering or Agricultural) or any other fields with 3 years Experiences.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Herat
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree, Engineering

Submission Guideline

Dear Applicant,
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered in your Resume / CV that are uploaded are received and are accurate. Documents must be uploaded as the correct document type Word Format) or they will not be considered. Example: Resume must be submitted as a Resume. Recruitment Team will not modify, change or contact you regarding the completeness or accuracy of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to attend the interview and you must again upload it by the close date.
NOTE: DO NOT upload performance appraisals, letters of recommendations, miscellaneous certificates, training plans or position descriptions. These documents will not be used qualify you.
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