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Environmental Specialist

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About HEDP / MoHE

BACKGROUND
Afghan policymakers perceive higher education as a vital engine of growth and development. The higher education system produces a pool of high-level human resources, including policymakers, administrators, managers, entrepreneurs, engineers, medical personnel, highly skilled technicians, as well as qualified teachers and academics, that are essential for economic development. The availability of such a pool of well-educated human resources will be of central importance for the overall future development of the country. Recognizing this, the Government of Afghanistan and the World Bank (WB) have agreed to support the higher education sector through a Higher Education Operation that will succeed the previous Strengthening Higher Education Project (SHEP). The new Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) will support the overall Government’s own effort to expand and strengthen its higher education sector.

THE PROJECT

The proposed project contains two components: (1) A program component that finances strategic initiatives to develop the higher education sector. The strategic initiatives are (a) increasing participation in universities in priority degree programs for national economic development, (b) modernizing and enhancing the quality and relevance of teaching and learning; (c) expanding the professional qualifications and skills of academic and technical staff; (d) strengthening governance, quality assurance and accreditation; and (e) stimulating development orientated research. And (2) program operations and technical support component that would support project coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, research activities, human resource development for academic managers and administrative and technical staff, policy studies, beneficiary satisfaction surveys, communications and policy dialogues. The Director of the Operations and Monitoring Support Team (OMST) in the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) will coordinate and facilitate the implementation of HEDP in close collaboration with its relevant departments.

Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and the OMST Director, an Environmental Specialist will be responsible for the implementation of the Environmental Safeguards and Management Framework (ESMF). He/she will work with the OMST Director and the site engineers to ensure that (a) all parts of the ESMF are properly implemented, (b) project staff are familiar with the relevant Afghanistan Laws and Regulations and the relevant World Bank safeguards policies, (c) all relevant environmental and social issues are properly addressed in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project, and (d) each subproject has an Environment Safeguards and Management Plan and is properly implemented.
The salary for this position is based on NTA salary scale grade ( C ).

Job Details

Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 Reference: HEDP/MoHE/053/3
Closing Date: 15 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Management Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

KEY TASKS

The main duties and responsibilities of the Environmental Safeguards Specialist are to:

• Ensure that the project sites are properly screened with the relevant ESMF tools and guidelines during project implementation by the project beneficiaries and stakeholders
• Ensure that the relevant subproject ESMP is properly disclosed, shared and disseminated with the relevant stakeholders
• Ensure proper implementation of the ESMF and the ESMP by the contractors and monitor the work of the contractors
• Provide training on ESMF requirements and applying its tools to the relevant staff of the project, site engineers, contractors and stakeholders
• Ensure consultations are done with stakeholders to elicit their views
• Ensure the safeguard compliances are included in the regular reporting mechanism
• Ensure that the grievance redress mechanism (GRM) is functional and its outcome is included in the reporting system
• Monitor safeguards compliance of ESMF implementation in the project and if there are problems report to the Director, OMST and suggest solutions
• Maintain the adequate flow of information between the World Bank and the project regarding safeguard issues in project implementation
• Ensure that the site engineers and foremen understand that sub-projects must be consistent in their approaches to environmental and social issues and fully in compliance with ESMF and ESMP requirements in all stages of the sub-project
• Liaise closely with OMST Director
• Together with the OMST Director ensure all site engineers and relevant project staff are trained in the proper application of the ESMF and the ESMP and its components
• Help the project to mainstream the ESMF in the project life cycle, e.g., monthly/quarterly meetings whichever is the case, M&E, reporting system of the project, supervision mission by the project leadership
• Ensure that all Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines are properly implemented.
• Carry out other tasks at the request of the OMST Director

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

• Ability to speak, read and write excellent English, produce project reports in English for regular and continuous presentations and computer literate
• Ability to interact with senior academics and administrative staff in the universities
• Ability to work with and be a partner of a team of diverse backgrounds
• Ability to work efficiently and to meet deadlines
• Ability to function effectively in a team environment inspiring trust and cooperation of other team members

Qualifications

Master of Science in social or environmental science or equivalent qualification with at least 5 years of relevant national experience. Working knowledge of English and good command of national languages (Dari/Pashtu) required.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Interested national candidates should submit their applications in writing to Higher Education Development Program (HEDP) HR office at the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) located in Karta-e-4, Kabul, Afghanistan or e-mail their application (indicating in the subject line the Vacancy Announcement number and the title of the post applied to). Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications correspond to the above criteria will be contacted for an interview.
Females are Highly encouraged to apply.

Submission Email

vacancies@hedp.af

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