Sr. Environmental Social Safeguard Officer-EQRA (Kabul, Afghanistan) 237 views

Job Description

Job Description:Objective: The objective of Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is to ensure environmental   and kccsocial considerations and efficient and appropriate address of associated legal compliance requirements during all stages of sub-projects. It provides general policies, guidelines, codes of practice and procedures to be integrated into the implementation of these sub-projects. Sub-projects financed with IDA resources need to comply with World Bank Operational Policies.   Therefore, activities eligible for funding under this program will be required to satisfy the World Bank’s safeguard policies, in addition to conformity with environmental and social legislation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The ESMF has been developed by the Citizens’ charter national priority program (CCNPP) for the proposed operation to ensure due diligence to avoid any environmental degradation issues. The purpose of this Framework also includes assisting the Community Development Council (CDC) in screening all the sub-projects for their likely environmental impacts; identifying suitable mitigation measures and implementation of these measures through an environmental mitigation plan (EMP). The primary objective of the environmental management and monitoring is to record environmental impacts resulting from the sub-project  activities  and  to  ensure implementation of the ‘mitigation measures’ identified earlier in order to reduce adverse impacts   and   enhance   positive   impacts   from   specific   sub-project   activities.   Having identified the potential impacts of the relevant sub-project through screening, the next step is the identification and development of measures aimed at eliminating, offsetting and/or reducing impacts to levels that are environmentally acceptable during implementation and operation of the project through the preparation and implementation of an Environmental Mitigation Plan (EMP).  EMP provides an essential link between the impacts predicted and mitigation measures specified. In order to ensure that proposed mitigation measures have the intended results and complies with national standards and donor requirements, an environmental performance monitoring program will be included in the EMP. Institutions responsible   for   implementing   mitigation   measures   and   for monitoring their performance will be clearly identified. Timing, frequency and duration  of  mitigation  measures  with  links  to  overall implementation schedule of the sub-projects will also be specified. As  part  of  the  capacity-building  on  environmental  issues,  selective  staffs  will  receive  training  in  ESMF  application and  environmental  management.  3. Roles and Responsibilities of Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer: The Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer will be part of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit of the Directorate of Operations of CCNPP. Under the supervision of Head of Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit (ESS-Unit), and will work on various tasks closely within the ESS unit. Her main function will be to mainstream the environmental and social related and land acquisition issues in the implementation of CCNPP sub-projects. He/she will support and guide the activities of EQRA schools at the field level. Responsibilities of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer include but are not limited to the following: 3.1 Responsibilities:

  • Ensure effective integration of social, and land acquisition considerations into all aspects of identification, consultation, planning and implementation of sub-project activities; Advise the CCNPP – EQRA and Engineering team on the social and land acquisition implications of safeguard policies of the World Bank and indigenous peoples’/ethnic minorities policies of the national government; Coordinate and liaising with, PMUs and FPs to ensure effective mainstreaming of social issues like land acquisition. Ensure that Sub-project activities are consistent in their approaches to environmental social issues, thereby supporting full blending at the operational level; Ensure that environmental and social related modules are incorporated in the training and capacity building programs designed for the CCNPP at all the levels. Manage the implementation of all training and awareness raising related to social and land acquisition issues at PMU and CDC levels; Define, and subsequently monitoring, suitable social indicators for sub-projects; Provide   social inputs to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities; Ensure regular interaction with the External Consultants and World Bank Mission on social aspects; Any other responsibility assigned by ESS Unit



About Citizen Charter/MRRD:

The Citizens’ Charter is a National Priority Program (NPP) of the National Unity Government (NUG) that was officially launched on September 25, 2016. The Citizens’ Charter is an inter-ministerial, multi-sectorial NPP, where Ministries have collaborated to provide basic services to rural communities. The key service delivery ministries involved are: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), with oversight by Ministry of Finance (MoF). MRRD has a key role and will be responsible for infrastructural development and strengthening CDCs and Cluster CDCs. The Community Development Councils (CDCs) will be linked to sub-national government to improve communication and coordination from the community to the district, provincial and national levels – increasing Government visibility and accountability. The Citizens’ Charter is an important foundation for the Government’s reform agenda, contributing to a number of priority areas including: Ensuring Citizens’ Development Rights; Building Better Governance; Reforming Development Planning & Management and Developing Partnerships. The Citizens’ Charter intends to improve service delivery by ensuring minimum service standards, provide greater responsiveness by the Government to the people and increase the level of public satisfaction with services. The Charter commits to deliver the following core services across the country over a 10 year period: • Basic health services • Basic education access • Safe drinking water and sanitation • Improved farming technologies and the delivery of extension services • Rural connectivity with tertiary roads • Rural renewable energy

Job Requirements

Job Requirements:Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree (must be certified by Ministry of Higher Education) in any discipline of in Environmental Sciences/ Engineering or a related field with suitable professional experience in the NGO and/or the World Bank funded projects with special emphasis on community development. Minimum of 5 years of experience with direct project development and management experience in the social/rural development sector. Experience in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA), preferably in the World Bank-funded projects. Must be fluent in English and Dari/Pashto. Familiar with CCNPP standard procedures and practices. Experience in the use of MS Office applications e.g. word, excel, PowerPoint etc. Should be willing to work in Kabul and occasionally travel to the provinces to monitor progress on environmental, social safeguards screening, planning, and monitoring and to meet and interact with the female community and CDC members.

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5 years related work experience


1 Year (Extendable)


As per NTA Salary Scale Grade C

Submission Guideline

Submission Guideline:Please send your up-to-date CV, required Bachelor degree certified by Ministry of Higher Education and all work certificates as per your CV, before closing date, (please make sure that the size of documents that you attach does not exceed 4MBs), if any of the mentioned documents are not sent/provided, it will be considered as uncompleted documents and the candidate will not be short listed for the position, he/she applied for. Interested Afghan Nationals should submit their applications in writing (clearly indicating on the subject line the title of the position and Vacancy Announcement Number E.g. Sr. Environmental Social Safeguard Officer- 469/HRMD/CCNPP/MRRD to:; Important Note: any/all applications without the mentioned subject line will not be considered.

The MRRD/CCNPP strongly encourages women candidates to apply. It applies a pro-active and positive discrimination policy towards women candidates as follows:  

Women candidates with slightly lower than the stated required experience will also be considered.
If offered this position, the woman position holder will be allowed an adult male or female relative as a Mahrram for official travel, if/when required.
The MRRD and its CCNPP will promote a woman-friendly environment with clear anti-harassment policies enforced.


Physical address: The Human Resources Management and Development Division Tashkilat Street, District 6th, Darul Aman Citizens Charter National Priority Program Ministry of Rural and Rehabilitation and Development Kabul, Afghanistan. 
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