Environmental and Social Management (ESM) Specialist

  ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project
Master's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1502
Date Posted:May 28, 2017
Reference:Reference: 11/MAIL/SGR
Closing Date:Jun 9, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Security/Safety
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project:


Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers' incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms. The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013. Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector. Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.

Job Summary:

The ESM Specialist of SGR project is responsible for implementation of Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF), establishment/implementation of effective GRM system, preparation of site specific Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs)monitoring of site-specific ESMPs for providing the social/environmental support to all legal amendments, regulations and procedures to be developed under the project to ensure that all required environmental and social mitigation measures set out in plans.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Take part in the review and clearance of SGR project documents for compliance with the World Bank safeguards policies.

Developing process of an Environmental and Social Safeguard guideline in consultation with the World Bank and project facility team.

Support the SGR project director, in the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF).

Provide the reports that address the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) issues and submit the reports to the SGR project director.

Prepare site specific Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP), for the SGR project and ensure that such plans are approved by relevant authorities before implementation.

Based on Project GRM, functionalize the effective GRM system and establish the GRCs at different level

Conduct GRM training for the project staff and awareness activities to project’s beneficiaries on utilization of grievance redress approaches

Conduct consultation with PAPs and stakeholders during social safeguard survey and reflect their concerns and views in ESMPs and project design

Design/conduct the social and environmental trainings and workshops for the project staff and counterparts

Conduct the social assessment and reflect the land acquisition issues and ensure that sub project sites are clear of squatters and encroachers or any land dispute.

Incorporate environmental concerns, potential impacts, and recommended mitigations measures according to project stages such as design, construction and operation.

Prepare, distribute and disclose the relevant Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) documents for the SGR project staff and others relevant organizations.

Develop social screening and assessment procedures for the implementation of the ESMF of SGR project and as a basis for developing the social aspects in the ESMPs.

Follow up the integration of safeguard assessment information and completion of safeguards self-screening checklist during the SGR project development process.

Undertake follow up monitoring to ensure that proposed mitigation measures are implemented according to an agree upon environmental and social mitigation implementation plan.

Keep close linkage for flow up of information between World Bank and SGR project in environmental related issues.

Maintaining and improving safeguard management processes, systems, tools, and filters.

Identify challenges, opportunities, priorities and needs for the development and implementation of the facilities safeguard plan and implementation at all levels.

Compile monthly, quarterly and annual reports on safeguards related issues and deliver to World Bank management as part of the M&E reports.

He/she will report to the SGR project director.

Undertake other duties as per the requirements of the project or as directed by project director.

Job Requirement:

Master's degree in Environmental Science / Environmental Economics / Natural Resources Management or relevant scientific discipline is required.

A minimum of 5 years of extensive working experience in Environment and Social Safeguards, Natural Resource and Environmental management, policy development and social safeguard application is an advantageous.

Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programs i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point.

Being fluent in English language; and should have good command on both national languages (Dari and Pashto).

Understanding of environmental and social safeguard issues in Afghanistan.

Fundamental knowledge of agricultural projects and their social and environmental effects.

Knowledge of major world treaties regarding environment and social safeguard

Demonstrated skills in retrieving, gathering and obtaining information from various sources.

Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under severe time pressures.

Ability to work under pressure and work extra hours when required.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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