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Senior Social Safeguard specialist

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About DABS

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.
Grant Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (hereinafter called the recipient) and Asian Development Bank (hereinafter Called) ADB.
The Recipient and ADB entered in to the Framework Financing Agreements for the purposes of Multi tranche financing facility to help the Afghanistan fund projects and subprojects under its energy section development investment program.
The projects will promote economic development and will contribute to poverty reduction by ensuring sustainable and reliable electricity supply, it well improve power transmission and distribution infrastructure through rehabilitation, augmentation and expansion of the primary high-voltage and low-voltage transmission networks, and will promote rural electrification and development of renewable energy

Job Summary

Lead the department safeguards team’s efforts in providing advice, building capacity, and advancing the development of safeguards policies on an ADB-wide context. Specific duties will include:

Job Details

Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 Reference: VA-DABS-HQs/97-0467
Closing Date: 10 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Social Science Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

 Assist DABS to minimize resettlement and land acquisition;
 In accordance with ADB’s SPS 2009, carry out field surveys and data collection as necessary. Ensure collected data is disaggregated by gender and vulnerable groups. Include gender (and therefore prepare a GAP, if required) and local ethnic minority profiles; assess the need for an IPDP; include initial involuntary resettlement and indigenous people’s checklists in the report;
 On completion of detailed design by the turnkey contractor, undertake a full census and inventory of lost assets (in terms of loss of homes, agricultural and other lands; or less of access to current income-generating activities, including impacts caused by permanent or temporary acquisition) of affected people and a baseline socioeconomic survey of the affected populations; determine the scope and magnitude of likely resettlement effects' and list likely losses of households, agricultural lands, business and income opportunities, as well as affected communal assets and pubic building;
 Implementation and monitoring of LARP;
 Identify and enumerate all people likely to be affected; and make an inventory of lost assets (households, shops, community assets, public buildings, and other lands, and/or access to current income-generating activities, including impacts caused by permanent or temporary acquisition) of affected people; and conduct a baseline socioeconomic survey of the affected population. Determine the scope and magnitude of losses, if any, associated with such an inventory of lost assets, in consultation with the local stakeholders, Government and DABS, estimate the amount of compensation for land acquisition in accordance with ADB and Afghanistan guidelines.
 Prepare an entitlement matrix listing all likely effects, both of permanent and of temporary land acquisition, and study to determine the replacement costs of all categories of losses; and prepare an indicative budget for land acquisition and resettlement costs with specific sourcing and approval process
 Identify relevant stakeholders through a stakeholder analysis; assist DABS in organizing consultations during the pendency of the consultancy with the stakeholders that shall be preceded by
 information dissemination, including in local languages; and document the discussions from consultative meetings and interviews;
 Review alternative alignments for specific sections of the transmission route to avoid or mitigate impacts to protected areas, forest areas, wildlife sanctuaries, National Parks, biological resources, settlements, cultural heritage, etc. avoiding also earth slip zones, marshy and low-lying areas, river beds, civil and military airfields, existing communications, electricity and railway lines, national and state highways, and major rivers to the extent possible;
 Together with the EA, identify any development interventions that may be incorporated into projects' design to assist in improving the welfare and economic conditions of Aps and communities in the subprojects areas, in particular IPs, women and other vulnerable groups;
 Provide input on the field of responsibility to inception, interim, draft and other project reports.
 Develop safeguards reports and mainstream it in the CPMO reporting system and share them regularly with other stakeholders including the ADB relevant staff.
 Work with safeguards team to develop projects or programs with a specific safeguards or environmental focus.
 Take the role of team leader and supervise the work of team members.
 Regularly shares knowledge on new international best practice trends in comparator situations
 Proactively applies relevant international best practices to own work
 Coordinate and convince others to adopt international best practice by explaining the situational relevance and benefits
 Helps colleagues work effectively with clients in different contexts and from diverse backgrounds and country situations
 Adapts own approach and style when interacting with clients, as opposed to requiring them to adapt
 Overcomes unexpected difficulties and challenges to produce desired outcomes
 Maintains collaborative relationships with the Department
 Coordinate and checks the audience’s level of understanding and awareness of required follow up actions
 Consistently seeks and addresses feedback on own performance
 Actively supports work improvement and/or organizational change by work and deed
 Vocalizes early support for change
 Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in an immediate work area
 Any other related activity as may be reasonably requested by DABS.

Skills

• Work independently and assist with multiple projects, priorities, and locations.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
• Strong organizational skills
• An efficient working manner
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals
• Creativity
• Close attention to detail
• The ability to cope with criticism
• A friendly, approachable and confident manner
• A flexible and committed approach to the job

Qualifications

• University Degree in a relevant field such as Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science, Environmental Science or other related fields.
• Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level
• At least 7 years of work experience in similar position
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and local languages.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Social Science

Submission Guideline

Dear Applicant,

Please submit your application form along with cover letter to email mentioned below Please mention the position name and vacancy number in the subject line of your email.

You can find the Application form in below link; it is your responsibility to accurately enter the information in Application Form and use digital signature. DO NOT upload any additional documents;

Link:

DABS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates with good knowledge base and experience background are Mostly Preferred. DABS does not discriminate in employment on the race, religion, gender, political affiliation, disability, age or other non-merit factor.

Please note: that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test or interview.

Submission Email

hr@dabs.af

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