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Environment and Social Management Officer

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About Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP/MOPW)

1. General Background of Project / Assignment

Improving Afghanistan’s infrastructure is essential for accelerating economic growth and poverty alleviation. Despite very significant investment during the past decade, the country requires much additional investment in transport infrastructure to ensure basic service delivery and enhance the quality of life of its growing population, and also to reduce constraints on market access, regional trade and economic growth. The functioning of Afghanistan’s economy and the country's national integration depend to a large degree on reliable road connections across the Hindukush mountain range, which stretches from the northeast of Afghanistan to the center of the country and thereby establishes a physical barrier between the two key economic regions which are also the most highly populated areas.

The Government of Afghanistan has obtained funding of US$ 250 million from the World Bank (International Development Association – IDA) to develop, fund and help manage a project to ensure reliable trans-Hindukush connectivity. This objective will achieve through (i) rehabilitation of the 86 km Salang Pass and development of the 152 km Baghlan to Bamyan (B2B) road to become a viable alternative to the Salang Pass, and (ii) to establish suitable arrangements for the management, maintenance and operation of those two roads. The objective of this project can only be achieved through an integral project which combines the above-mentioned elements.

The THRCP project is being delivered by a government led Project Management Team (PMT) and a new Construction Supervision Unit (CSU) has been set up to undertake site supervision of all associated contracts. In parallel, the client has also appointed an international Implementation Consultant (IC) team to provide oversight and support development and delivery of the project.

On behalf of MPW, the PMT THRCP project is seeking a qualified Environment and Social Management Officer.

Job Summary

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Environmental and Social Management Unit, the Environment and Social Management Officer is responsible to assist and support the ESMU in the preparation and implementation of the THRCP Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plan and social safeguards issues. Under the guidance of ESM Unit, the Environment and Social Management Officer will ensure the timely and appropriate liaison between Regional Project staff, government authorities, community representatives, contractors and THRCP management.

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 May 2018 Reference: VA – AFG/THRCP/MOPW 031/2018
Closing Date: 23 May 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 2 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 4 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities and duties will cover three main areas of activity.


a) Based on project ESM policy, survey and collection of environmental and social safeguard data, development of ESM reports and document, and ensuring the implementation of Site-Specific ESMP, RAP and relevant procedures in coordination with provincial Office.
b) conduct training activities to ensure the principles and procedures for ESIA are well understood and being followed by technical staff and contractors.
c) monitoring and reporting on the proposed environmental and social mitigation measures in the site-specific ESMP.


Description of Duties:


a. Environmental and Social Safeguard Assessment and Management
• Conduct environmental and social safeguard assessments and date collection for the preparation of RAP and ESMP for each segment of the road
• Dissemination of project information to community/PAPs as proposed in the ESIA and RAP and Monitor project office compliance with this requirement.
• Conduct timely and accurate assessments of people affected by the project are implemented in line with the ESIA and RAP requirements.
• Carry out consultation with PAPs, PAFs, community, district governor and other stakeholder during RAP preparation and during project construction phase
• Assist the ESMU in development and preparing of RAP, ESMP and update ESIA and other ESM reports
• Ensure the implementation of site-specific environmental and social management plans by the contractors
• Ensure the implementation of Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) as per the project guidelines
• Ensure that all project activities and its implementation are in compliance with approved ESIA, ESMP and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)
• Ensure liaison and coordination with regional agencies (line ministries, governor’s offices, Provincial Councilors; PDC’s, DDAs, NGOs and NEPA) for ensuring implementation of ESIA provisions especially social development issues during RAP and ESMP implementation.
• Assist in monitoring the participation of women’s participation in the implementation of projects to ensure compliance with the terms agreed within community consultation and participation and the contractor. Where compliance is weak, coordinate with Regional & Head office team and other relevant stakeholders to take appropriate measures to facilitate dialogue on the agreed terms and make recommendations to address challenges that arise.
• Provide input on gender-specific activities into regional monthly reports on project progress highlighting relevant implementation challenges and measures to address such challenges as they arise and ensure timely reporting to ESMU
• Perform any other tasks as requested by the head of ESMU


b. Training and Awareness Raising

• Train the contractor’s ESM Officer on ESMP and the Specific Environmental and Social Conditions proposed in the ESIA and RAP
Ensure efficient communication with HQ office and Regional Office management and staff regarding ESIA to be taken into account in the project preparatory activities;
• Facilitate the delivery of training on ESMP and Conditions of Particular Application (COPA) prepared for use in the THRCP.
• Liaise with the Public Relations and Communications team to raise awareness of the Project ESIA activities and achievements and coordinate inputs into media and visibility initiatives.
• Ensure that the project contractor are well understand the EISA and its relevant guidelines and procedures by contractors
• Identify training needs of the key counterparts in the development and delivery of identified trainings.


c. Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting

• Regular site supervision of implementation of the ESMP by contractor
• Periodic supervision and monitoring of the project activities and make sure that the activities are in compliance with ESMP and COPA
• Carry out regular monitoring of the environmental and social mitigation measures and RAP implementation
• Regular progress report to ESMU regarding ESMP implementation
• Ensure all relevant gender related socio-economic data on target communities is collected and consolidated and available in the office;
• Support the THRCP management in the preparation of socio-economic impact assessments of projects as required;
• Prepare and submit regular reports on ESM activities to the ESM Unit;
• Perform other duties as requested by the ESM Unit


3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

• Timely submission of monthly and quarterly reports to the ESM Unit
• Timely review of all THRCP contract documents and issuance of ESMP clearance
• Ad-hoc meetings with Regional field staff on work progress and challenges


4. Final Product

• THRCP Project is in full compliance with ESIA requirements


5. Qualifications and Experience

a. Education

• Bachelor Degree in Environment or Social Science or similar discipline
• Mater Degree will be given an advantage.

b. Work Experience

• At least 4 years professional work experience in Environmental and Social Safeguard
• Previous experience with similar responsibility would be an asset.
• Previous work experience with international organization highly desirable.

c. Key Competencies

• Good knowledge of facilitating techniques and demonstrated facilitating skills.
• Ability to take initiative and ensure adequate and rapid follow-up actions.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Willingness to work longs when required and is able to work under time pressure.
• Well organized and results orientated.
• Be willing and able to travel to provinces within Afghanistan, including insecure and volatile areas.
• Good working knowledge of English, both verbal and written, fluent in Dari and Pashto.
• Good working knowledge of Ms Office applications (Word, Excel) and internet/e-mail.
• Be able to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Qualifications

• Bachelor Degree in Environment or Social Science or similar discipline
• Mater Degree will be given an advantage.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Social Science

Submission Guideline

Submission of Applications
Qualified candidate may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae, via Email Address: Kindly indicate the vacancy number (VA – AFG/THRCP - MOPW 031/2018) and the post title (Environment and Social Management Officer) in the subject line when applying by email.
Additional Considerations
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submission Email

vacancies@thrcp.gov.af

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