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Senior Environment and Social Management Specialist

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About Ministry of communication and IT

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received Grant/Fund from the World Bank to prepare for execution of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds to hire a qualified Individual (an Afghan National) to work as Senior Environment and Social Management (ESM) Specialist of the Project and to carry out relevant procurement capacity building in MCIT.

Th expert will provide support on mainstreaming Environmental and Social issues under the Digital CASA project of MCIT at Kabul.

The aim of the Digital CASA Afghanistan Project is: (i) to strengthen the Regional and expand National level broadband connectivity based on Optical Fiber Networks; (ii) to boost up digital society and economy through e-Governance initiatives and (iii) to prepare an enabling environment and Regulation for the growth of ICT Sector in Afghanistan. The project will do so by: (a) strengthening of broadband connectivity in the region; (b) expansion and strengthening of national broadband connectivity in Afghanistan; (c) Commissioning of a Network called “Govnet” to connect some of the Government Offices at Central and Provincial Government levels; (d) Automation of citizen-centric services through e-Governance initiatives; (e) Automation of e-Governance mechanisms and strengthening of e-Delivery Platforms; (f) framing up of Regulations, Policies, Strategies and Policies for growth of ICT Sector.

To contribute towards achievement of some of the above-mentioned objectives of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project, MCIT has decided to avail the consultancy services of an Individual Consultant to work as Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist.

Job Summary

Objectives of the Consultancy Assignment:
The Senior Environment & Social Management Specialist shall be responsible for: a) being able to fulfill the duties and mainstreaming of Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) including Occupational Health and Safety System to be part of ESMF, Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) b) identify the potential environment and social safeguards issues within the project activities; c) provide technical assistance on mitigation strategies for the potential negative environment and social impact; c) provide technical assistance about improving and managing Occupational Health and Safety system, d) identify training needs at different levels of Digital CASA project and of clients ( on continuous basis), training of project staff, and training/awareness raising of clients and advising on how to fulfil the ESMF and RPF and Citizen Engagement requirements; e) Coordinating environmental and social commitments and initiatives with relevant government agencies and work with World Bank on preparation of Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) to become part of Financing Agreement and be a living document.

Job Details

Date Posted: 13 Feb 2019 Reference: MCIT/Digital-CASA/IC-15
Closing Date: 22 Feb 2019 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Engineering Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

• Ensure that the project activities follow the guidelines of ESMF and to act to mainstream the provisions of ESMF and RPF into overall project operations;
• Prepare an environmental and social screening list through field observations in order to identify the potential environment and social safeguards (ESS) issues and prepare a schematic diagram/base map of each scheme and mark the socio-environmental features of the scheme on the diagram;
• Prepare the site-specific ESMPs based on environmental and social screening survey and field observations considering the ESMF guidelines, the ESMP will include Environmental Monitoring Management Plan (EMMP);
• The site specific ESMPs for different relevant subprojects should include Occupational Health and Safety issues having training need assessments, provision of trainings, monitoring, reporting incidents and progress, incorporating feedback to the ESMPs preparation and improvements.
• Conduct consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders to discuss site-specific environmental and social issues of the sub-project and get feedback from the participants to refine the ESMP and EMMP;
• Guided by the EMPP, conduct environmental including Occupational Health and Safety and social monitoring of the sub-project in association with engineering staff and ensure the implementation of recommendations prescribed in the ESMP
• To provide technical assistance to clients on mitigation strategies and requirements for the potential negative environment health, safety and social impacts.
• Provide training to Digital CASA Project’s staff on overall ESMF and RPF trainings and awareness raising of contractors on their immediate requirements to ensure compliance with ESMF and RPF, the training should include Occupational Health and Safety issues.
• Help the project team including relevant clauses in the contractor bidding and contract documents environmental, health, safety and social management.
• Support the project team on implementation of Citizen Engagement mechanisms and ensure the delivery of satisfaction surveys with the level of affordability and reliability of services
• Prepare the Grievance Redress Mechanism and manual which will include the grievance handling procedures, channels, grievance database in order to ensure that all registered complains are addressed properly;
• Prepare Grievance Redress Mechanism training manual which to be translated and disclosed among the project staff and project beneficiaries and establish functional GRM system
• Conduct training and awareness raising of the project staff and contractors on GRM utilization and functionally
• Prepare safeguard training plan which will cover the social safeguard, environmental, GRM aspects
• Ensure that the land acquisitions approaches are in full compliance with project ESMF and PRF and ensure proper recoding of land documents and prepare abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan if required;
• Conduct a cross-checking and vetting of specification conflicts, tender, and contract documents, making them suitably orientated towards the social needs of the residents in the area;
• Help strengthen capacity for managing Environmental and Social concerns of the relevant staff and the contractors working with Digital CASA project
• Develop safeguards reporting formats and maintaining environmental and social records on established formats
• Develop and submit the environmental and social monitoring reports to project director on monthly basis; which to be reflected in the progress report to the World Bank
• Perform any other task assigned by Project Implementation Director of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project.
• Consultation with local people regarding mitigation measures of hazards
• To record the compensation and payments
• To categorize the land acquisition in respect of Voluntary donation, available government land and involuntary acquisition of private land and must be documented, recorded and available for review,
• To provide training on the Environmental and social Management and safety
• Receive and accept ESM implementation plans of the firms.
• Monitoring the firms ESM implementation plan to see the Plan’s indicators are properly applied in the project.
• Conduct site visits to analyze potential diverse impacts, prepare mitigation plan and communicate with the firms.
• Regularly prepare progress about implementation of environment, health, safety and soial safeguard status and share it the project director and copy to the World Bank.
• Assist the Senior Procurement Specialist during the preparation of RFP’s and Contracts and make sure that all the ESM related clauses are included.
• Receive and accept Health & Safety Implementation plan and provide necessary guidance to the contractors so that all the provisions are included and applied in the project implementation.
• Prepare ESM and H&S Strategies and provide training to the relevant personnel/departments of the MCIT as well as the Contractors’ personnel If required.

Skills

• Good written and verbal communication skills in English, Dari and Pashto languages
• Experience in delivering trainings would be an advantage;
• Good knowledge of community mobilization techniques and demonstrated facilitation skills are essential;
• Strong analytical and management skills;
• Well organized and results oriented, ability to work under minimal supervision;
• Proactive, able to take initiative and ensure adequate and rapid follow-up actions;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate activities with a diverse set of stakeholders;
• Ability to communicate effectively;
• Ability to work in difficult conditions and spending extensive time in the field;
• Ability to work under time pressure and effectively meet deadlines

To ensure impartiality, the consultant (including his home office, if any) must not, in any way, be affiliated with business entities that are currently providing or are seeking to provide goods or services to the project.

Deliverables:
The Consultant should submit monthly and adhoc reports to the Project Director of World Bank funded Digital CASA Afghanistan Project.

Payment schedules:

The Consultant will be paid on monthly basis, after submission of his monthly Invoice, Attendance Sheet of the month and brief Report, all in English and in any one official language of the country (Pashtu or Dari), duly approved by the Project Director of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project of the World Bank funded Project. Payments will be made within one month after receiving the approved documents.

Support that will be given to the Consultant at Kabul:

MCIT shall provide the following support:
• A suitable working space inside the MCIT Complex.
• Internet connectivity in Office.
• Transportation Allowance
Mobile Top-up Allowance

Qualifications

A. Education
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental and social sciences or other relevant field.

B. Work Experience
• At least 3 years of experience in the field of environment and social safeguards management and citizen engagement; and 4 years of overall/total work experience in civil or environmental engineering/sciences.
• Prior work experience in Civil Engineering will be an advantage.
• Knowledge of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences will be an advantage.
• Good understanding of World Bank Safeguard guidelines and National regulations;
• Good written and verbal communication skills in English, Dari and Pashto languages are a requirement for this position.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Engineering and Construction

Submission Guideline

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) now invites eligible Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (CV, Brochures, Description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of appropriate skills etc.).
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January, 2011 edition).

Expressions of interest (Cover Letter and a detailed Resume/CV) must be submitted by .22th of Feb 2019, 16.00 Kabul time to

Please write the name of this vacancy (Senior ESMF Specialist) in the subject-line of your email.

Applications sent later than the indicated date/time will not be considered.

Submission Email

hr@digitalcasa.gov.af and shahir.ahmadzai@digitalcasa.gov.af

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