Environmental Specialist World Bank Project Jobs – Ministry of Water and Environment

 

Job Title:    Environmental Specialist

Organization:  Ministry of Water and Environment

Project Name: Irrigation for Climate Resilience Project
(ICRP)

Funding Source: World Bank

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

 Reports to: Project Coordinator (ICRP)

 

About US:

The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) was established in 2007, from
the then Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment, following the cabinet
decision taken on 15th April, 2007. It has the overall responsibility of the
development, managing, and regulating water and Environment resources in
Uganda.  In the process of executing all
its operations, the Ministry is committed to zero tolerance to fraud and
corruption as guided by the existing legal national frameworks and
institutions.

 

About World Bank ICRP Project:

The Irrigation for
Climate Resilience Project (ICRP) aims to support the Government of Uganda
(GoU) in the shift towards more resilient agriculture through the development
of sustainable irrigation services. The project intends to address Uganda’s
climate change vulnerabilities by: (i) promoting adoption of irrigation by
small farmers, in synergy with other agriculture inputs and technologies; (ii)
increasing water storage capacity; (iii) promoting drainage; and (iv) promoting
sustainable catchment management. Through the introduction of irrigation
services, combined to the provision of extension services and facilitated
access to agri-inputs, farmers are expected to record more stable and higher
yields, increase intensification (by cropping also during the dry season), and
diversification (by introducing higher value crops). This change will be pulled
by the market, with irrigation becoming the anchor for stronger producer organizations
and development of value chains. The project recognizes the need to explore a
range of irrigation models adapted to local needs.

 

Job Summary:   The Environmental Specialist will ensure that
the implementation of sub-projects /activities is in conformity with Uganda’s
environmental policies and laws, and the World Bank (WB) environmental
safeguards policies. Special attention shall be paid to risks that can occur
before construction, during construction, and when any facility breaks down and
mitigation measures before, during and after construction.

 

Key Duties and
Responsibilities:
In accordance
with the project objectives, the Environmental Specialist shall conduct the
activities below in accordance to the Environmental and Social Management
Framework (ESMF) and the Project Implementation Manual.

·        
Coordinate
closely with the project team, consultants, contractors, implementing partners
MAAIF and NFA in planning and managing safeguards on the project;

·        
Provide
necessary technical assistance to facilitate the implementation, management and
Monitoring of environmental safeguards;

·        
Ensure
environmental and social due diligence is carried out for each sub-project as
soon as technical design and scope have been defined, as outlined in the
safeguards instruments;

·        
Provide
coordination support to review environmental assessment documents and liaise
with the World Bank for clearance;

·        
Provide
support to manage the consultants hired to undertake environmental and social

·        
assessments,
where applicable, and provide coordination support with implementation
partners;

·        
Prepare
additional technical guidelines, if necessary, to support the safeguards
instruments in order to strengthen the implementation of environmental
safeguards;

·        
Ensure
adequate public consultation during the preparation of safeguards instruments
as defined by the safeguard frameworks and Project implementation Manual;

·        
Hold
regular safeguards review meetings with consultants, contractors, implementing
partners and carry out regular site visits to monitor implementation of the
safeguards instruments;

·        
Supervise
and undertake technical review of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
(ESIAs), Environmental Audits, and Environmental and Social Management Plans
(ESMPs) by Consultants, and Contractors, and follow-up on acquisition of any
relevant GoU and World Bank Approvals.

·        
Provide
guidance on implementation of project mitigation measures as per approved
safeguards documents.

·        
Undertake
environmental monitoring and supervision of project works, including development
of monitoring compilation of periodic (quarterly, semi-annual, and annual)
progress reports, to ensure compliance with relevant environmental
requirements.

·        
Undertake
capacity development of Consultants, and Contractors during project
implementation with respect to planning and implementation of environmental
safeguards, including conduct of project awareness, communication and
sensitization activities.

·        
Together
with the project implementation teams, advise on the establishment and
operationalization of project Grievance Redress Mechanism(s);

·        
Act as a
link between project implementation teams, Consultants, Contractors,
Communities and respective local governments on environmental matters.

·        
Liaise
with relevant authorities, government agencies and ministries to ensure
adequate implementation of all requirements in line with World Bank and Ugandan
environmental safeguard policies and laws.

·        
Developing
training plans and providing training on environment issues during
implementation of the project and associated works to the project implementing
staff, Contractors and other relevant project stakeholders;

·        
Perform
any other related tasks as may be assigned by the project coordinator.

 

Key Performance Indicators

·        
Number
of Environment Management and Resettlement Action Plans reviewed

·        
Number
of monitoring visits carried out

·        
Number
of safeguards supervision  reports
prepared

·        
Number
of project specific ESIAs prepared

·        
Number
of Reviews of draft ESIA reports and adjustments made in line with
environmental guidelines, regulations and legislation

·        
Number
of Reports prepared by a given date and circulated to stakeholders

·        
Number
of coordination meetings held

·        
Number
of safeguards reports reviewed and approved by the Bank

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        
The
Environmental Specialist must have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences,
Natural Resources Management or a related field from a recognized
University/Institution with strong Water and Sanitation background

·        
Postgraduate
qualifications and experience in Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental
Audit (EIA/EA) and monitoring are added advantages.

·        
A
minimum of 5 years’ experience in areas of conducting a comprehensive
Environment and Social Impact Assessments and Analyses

·        
She/He
must have significant practical experience with the World Bank safeguard
policies and/or IFC Performance Standards evidenced from similar work carried
out in the past works.

·        
The
Environmental Specialist’s summary competencies & functions among others
include the following: Understands environmental risk analysis and management;
Understands occupation health and safety management; Understands environmental,
occupational health, and safety laws, regulations and requirements of Uganda;
Identifies safeguard compliance issues and proposes strategies for assuring
compliance; Provides sound advice on the design and implementation of
mitigation strategies in areas of risk; Understands how environmental
safeguards fits into project cycle; Ability to effectively communicate and
provide guidance to project implementing teams

·        
Ability
to make timely and quality judgement and decisions

·        
Computer
Literacy in Microsoft applications

 

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit their expressions of
interest and CV with a phone contact, postal address and e-mail address to the
address below. Please attach (a) Copies of relevant academic
documents/qualifications and (b) Copies of the appointment
letter(s)/Contract(s) of the current or most recent employment.

 

Address to:

 

The Head,

Procurement &
Disposal Unit

Ministry of Water
and Environment Headquarters

Plot 3-7, Kabalega Crescent, Luzira

Kampala, Uganda

 

NB: Only
shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

 

Deadline: 9th November, 2020 by 14:00 hours

 

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