Environmental & Social Safeguards Coordinator

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Organizational Setting

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the Implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in FAO’s global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building, and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative FAO Somalia, and the direct supervision of Head of Programmes, and in close collaboration with the relevant FAO focal points for coordination of SCRP activities.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will provide strategic direction and technical support on all FAO Somalia environmental and social safeguard and risk mitigation actions, working with the programme and infrastructure units, including but not limited to: activities under the Desert Locust control operations including biopesticide use, irrigation and flood mitigation infrastructure works, water access infrastructure, fisheries infrastructure, green charcoal interventions, and productive sector value chains and markets, seed systems. (s) she shall ensure that Environmental and Social Safeguards standards are met as per donor and FAO requirements.

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Oversee and ensure the adherence to FAO and donor-required environmental and social standards and tools in all of FAO Somalia activities.
•    Coordinate and supervise all the Environmental and Social (E&S) Safeguarding related issues under the World Bank-funded FAO portfolio, and particularly the SCRP.
•    Support on E&S aspects of new project design and proposal development where relevant.
•    Work with FAO HQ Environmental and Social Safeguarding Unit to ensure the country program activities are adhering to required standards.
•    Manage Environmental and Social Safeguarding Specialists and work with other technical units to ensure harmonization of E&S requirements and tools.
•    Monitor relevant programme components’ activities placing special emphasis on the identified Environmental and Social (E&S) risks and take immediate remedial measures to ensure compliance.
•    Work with project teams to design safeguard screening of relevant activities. Participate in site assessments and screening and ensure safeguards criteria are applied.
•    Ensure inclusion of any specific design requirements for safeguards that have been identified during screening process for country programmes from all units including river embankment, barrages, irrigation/drainage rehabilitation and other agriculture, fisheries, and livestock infrastructural projects aspects.
•    Administer training of relevant government safeguards officers at federal and state level to ensure safeguarding assessment, design recommendations, implementation of any action plan and compliance of contractors to safeguards standards at irrigation and flood infrastructure sites.
•    Review Environmental and Social Monitoring Framework (ESMF) for activities under the various FAOSO projects and prepare action plan for implementation.
•    Develop Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) plan for relevant projects and define the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) that should be followed to minimize the impact on human health and the environment.
•    Develop EHS procedures for construction and rehabilitation of small-scale rural water supply structures including micro irrigation activities.
•    Prepare and apply all necessary ESS instruments for the respective works per the World Bank (or other resource partner) requirements.
•    Oversee compliance with all ESS requirements by Contractors and their Sub-Contractors.
•    Ensure local partners are trained in ESS instruments and risk mitigation measures.
•    Review and participate in drafting and follow-up the implementation of Environmental & Social related LoUs and LoAs.
•    Conduct safeguards screening with design recommendations.
•    Engage with Project Implementation Unit (PIU) & UNOPS on safeguarding during design and implementation phases.
•    Carry out internal monitoring of ESS by providing relevant reports to be shared with implementation partners.
•    Work with the various technical teams under the SCRP and other relevant projects to ensure all ongoing activities are in line with ESS standards.
•    Establish close linkages and work closely with Government ESS officers at Federal and state level to ensure state follow up on their obligations to adhere to set ESS standards and reporting requirement.
•    Train supervision staff, FAO´s implementing partners under the SCRP Portfolio and other relevant counterparts on safeguards compliance and its practical application in construction works, agriculture, fisheries, and livestock activities.
•    Monitor safeguard compliance by Contractors’ workers and implementing partners.
•    Ensure standardization of all ESS reporting from implementation partners.
•    Prepare donor reports on safeguards in a timely manner.
•    Review implementing partner ESS records to ensure quality and conformity to set ESS and recommend any required remedial methods.
•    Travel to project sites (security permitting) to monitor and supervise safeguard compliance works.
•    Perform any other duties, as directed.

Minimum Requirements 

•    University degree in environmental management or related fields in crop and plant sciences or other relevant discipline from a reputable institution.
•    At least 5 years of relevant experience in field evaluation of Environmental & Social Safeguarding.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian for COF.REG. Working knowledge of English (level C) for PSA.SBS.

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Must hold an EIA/EA practicing license from a recognized National environmental Authority.
•    Experience working with diverse sets of stakeholders.
•    Experience in WB procedures of ESS is an added advantage.
•    Experience in Desert Locust control and Irrigation projects is an added advantage.
•    Track record of supporting EHS compliance in a similar setting.

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