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Regional ESM Specialist

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About MPW-NRAP inc

The Government of Afghanistan has received a grant from the World Bank toward the cost of the proposed Afghanistan Rural Access Project (ARAP) under National Rural Access Program (NRAP). NRAP is a priority program of Government of Afghanistan. Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is the implementing agency for secondary roads under the proposed project.

The proposed project will provide access to rural communities throughout the country and will quickly restore economic activities though employment generation and access to markets, business opportunities and access to other social services. The Project comprises of different activities e.g. Improvement of rural secondary roads, construction of bridges, rural roads maintenance and institutional strengthening.

ARAP aims to enhance human security and promote equitable economic growth by ensuring year round access to basic services and facilities in rural Afghanistan by promoting local productive capacity, through a private sector led development of physical rural access infrastructure and employment creation for the poor. In doing so ARAP seeks to rehabilitate, reconstruct and maintain essential rural access infrastructure using appropriate labor based approaches thereby creating short term employment opportunities for the rural poor, nation-wide.

The National Rural Access program has been being substantially supported by International Development Association IDA, Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) through the WB in Afghanistan and several other contributing donors.

The Afghanistan Rural Access Project (ARAP) is follow-on project to the series of Bank’s supports made in the last ten years to the government through National Rural Access program. The collective estimated cost of the project is US$ 332 million contributed by both IDA US$125 million and ARTF US$ 207 million.

Job Summary

Under the overall supervision of the Environment and Social Management Head and the direct supervision of the Regional Manager and in close co-operation with the NRAP Regional Engineers, the Regional ESM Specialist will support the work of the Regional Gender ESM Officer in the implementation of ESMF targeting and labor selection to ensure that where possible women are included in the program through consultation on each sub-project, direct participation in the work (labor contribution), and/or in the selection of beneficiaries.

Job Details

Date Posted: 02 Apr 2018 Reference: 19
Closing Date: 17 Apr 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 2 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Public Relations Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 8 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

• Ensure dissemination of information to community/Project Affected Persons (PAPs) as proposed in the Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF) at various stages.
• Coordinate with regional Gender ESM officer for ensuring female participation in the implementation of the ESMF provisions; especially social development issues during ESMF implementation,
• Complete sub-project-wise screening checklist; Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) as desired in the ESM framework
• Ensure implementation of Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP) as per ESM Framework.
• Assist in reviewing and endorsing all Project Preparation documents to ensure incorporation of environmental and social issues.
• Ensure timely and accurate assessment of people affected by the project is implemented in line with the ESMF requirements.
• In close collaboration with the Regional Gender ESM Officer, facilitate women’s participation in the implementation of subprojects.
• Ensure that the Program’s Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and RPFprocedures are well understood by the regional team responsible for sub-project implementation.
• Support the Program Engineers in implementing surveys according to the ESMF requirements and monitor the incorporation of community inputs into sub-project designs;
• Assist community representatives are mobilized in the establishment of Grievance Redress Committees (GRCs) and ensure committees receive appropriate assistance in monitoring the progress of the project against the scope of works while required;
• Ensure dialogue is facilitated between local communities and the contractor to optimize the creation of employment opportunities in the road/Bridge construction project for local residents;

Assist the Regional team in Charge to ensure coordination with other development programs in the region including the National Area Based Development Program (NABDP), the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and others in the region to incorporate complementary environmental and social development activities into their program activities as relevant;

Disseminate relevant information on good practices and lessons learned from the field to the other members of the ESM Unit and the Program Implementation Unit (PIU);

Gather data to compile beneficiary community profiles and assess improvements to rural access attributed to the Program’s activities;

Implement completion audits of all sub-projects upon completion of the works;
Assist the regional Engineer/Manager to identify and address implementation challenges (current and potential to the Environment and Social) of all sub-projects in the region and advice on appropriate solutions and/or preventive mitigation measures;

Prepare monthly, quarterly and yearly reports on the ESM activities in the region to the ESM Head and Regional Manager;

Prepare any ad hoc progress reports, briefs, periodical reports and statistical data as required;

Identify training needs of the regional team and support the ESM Head in the development and delivery of identified trainings.
Support the Gender ESM Officer and NRAP-MoPW MIS and GIS Specialists in gathering data for community profiles and on the programs impact on improving rural access for men, women and children.

Liaise with the Gender ESM Officer/Manager and provide input to related ESM issues and mainstreaming within project activities into any ad hoc progress reports, briefs, periodical reports and statistical data as required by the PIU head, Donor and MoPW.

Describe health issues- water stagnation, exposure to dust, communicable diseases and etc. to contractors and workers if possible.
• Ensure that contractor and E & S Safeguard staff educates the workers and other relevant to undertake the health and safety precautions.
• Ensure that safety and health concerns of the workers and the general public are addressed during the construction of road.
Ensure provision of personal safety equipment’s such as helmets, footwear, eyeglasses, safety jackets, masks and gloves for the workers by the contractor.
• Ensure that unhygienic conditions due to water logging, either by improper decommissioning of Construction Camps and parking lots, or improper disposal of construction wastes, leading to the breeding of vectors that are likely to impact the health of the general public are addressed
• Ensure that low quality drinking water is not served to workers as well as inappropriate storage of drinking water likely to cause water borne diseases among workers does not take place in construction camps.
• Ensure provision of proper sanitary facility for construction workers to prevent breeding ground for vectors raising health concerns among workers.
• Ensure provision of adequate lighting arrangement and adequate drainage system to avoid any stagnation of water in the construction camp.
• Ensure providing facilities for administering first aid at the construction site.
• Assess vulnerability and entitlement issues and oversee the coordination of R&R implementation as required.
• Perform any other tasks as requested by the Head of Section or supervisor.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

Willingness to spend extensive time in the field traveling to project sites across Region.
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong analytical skills and management.
• Well organized and results oriented.
• Proactive, able to take initiative and ensure adequate and rapid follow-up actions.
• Strong inter-personal skills and ability to coordinate activities with a diverse set of stakeholders.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Ability to work in difficult conditions: deal with time pressure, meet deadlines, work long hours, spending extensive time in the field.
• Ability to work independently with minimum of supervision.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Public health, Medical field, Environmental studies, Civil Engineering, Social science or another related field.
.5 years of relevant professional experience in the NGO and/or Government, including experience working in the field.
• At least 3 years’ experience involving community mobilization approaches
• Experience working with shura at the community level.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Bamian
- Herat

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Social Science

Submission Guideline

Applications should be submitted through e-mail to this address:. Application without subject of job title ( Regional ESM Specialist) and vacancy No will not have concerned, only short listed candidates will call for test and interview. Only those applicants who meet the minimum criteria should apply the language of interview should be in Dari, Pashto, and English.
Office Add:
4th floor, NRAP Building, Behind MPW old Macroryan, Kabul Afghanistan

Submission Email

vacancymopw@nrap.gov.af

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