Apply for Vacancy for Safeguard Specialist at United Nations Development Program in TimorLeste. The deadline for this job is 12th April 2021.
Timor-Leste is highly vulnerable to climate changes, particularly increasing variability of rainfall and extreme weather events. Likewise, lives and livelihoods in the remote interior of the country and coastal regions are both highly exposed. Impacts of intensified extreme events include damage and degradation of decentralized small-scale critical infrastructure, particularly water supply and drainage structures, embankments, and feeder roads and bridges. Also, damages leave rural populations isolated, lacking basic services. In response to this challenge, in 2019, the government of Timor-Leste, with the support of UNDP, received funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to undertake the project.
- Inception report summarizing the objectives, scope, and outputs of the assignment, organization and methodology for the achievement of the outputs, documents review. Likewise, meetings, findings, and setting out detailed planning of the assignment, including the schedule;
- Also, review the current ESMP and make amendments as necessary (including but not limited to the inclusion of a grievance redress mechanism) based on the GCF and UNDP SES;
- Review existing national Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) documents, for all infrastructure units in the six target municipalities. Also, ensure full compliance with the EIA national requirements and UNDP SES policy. Based on this review, incorporate relevant risk management measures into the ESMP;
- Particularly observe water source protection currently in place and propose measures to avoid any risks of contamination;
- Additionally, plan and undertake necessary social and environmental assessments (site-specific or infrastructure category-specific, as relevant), including but not necessarily limited to those identified in the current ESMP, as well as reviews and consultations to update and detail ESMP for the project, based on the existing SESP and ESMP documents of the project;
- Review the annual SESP and update and revise corresponding risk log; mitigation/management plans as necessary.
- Also, ensure environmental and social risks are identified, avoided, mitigated, and managed throughout project implementation.
- Help organize and undertake due diligence for obtaining free, prior, and informed consent (FPICs) from all benefiting communities in the target municipalities;
- Furthermore, ensure full disclosure with concerned stakeholders and ensure full engagement of local beneficiaries;
- Also, monitor progress in development/implementation of the project ESMP ensuring that UNDP’s SES policy is fully complied with and the reporting requirements
- Must have a minimum of Bachelors degree, but preferably a Masters degree, in natural resource/water/environmental management, socio-economic development, or related field;
- Also, at least three years of relevant work experience, ideally involving international donors;
- Previous experience in undertaking Environmental and Social Impact Assessments;
- Previous experience in developing and/or implementing environmental and social safeguard strategies for organizations or projects;
- Likewise, very good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage and work with local communities;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Moreover, exceptional ability in communication and networking, negotiations, and mediation;
- Proficiency in computer application and information technology.
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