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UNDP AFG - Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) Specialist (P3)
|Location :||Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||22-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year with possibility for extension|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and the planet. UNDP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods, and rule of law. Under the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close coordination with other UN agencies, UNDP is supporting the Afghan people’s aspiration for peace, prosperity, and sustainability. UNDP is currently implementing its flagship crisis response programme, ABADEI (Area Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives), as part of the ongoing UN-led response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power.
The ABADEI Strategy is a tailored area-based integrated programming approach to support basic human needs, complementing short-term humanitarian life-saving assistance with the safeguarding of livelihoods and the strengthening of community resilience. It is centered around addressing worsening poverty and vulnerability, supporting community resilience and social cohesion, addressing climatic vulnerability, and enabling the rehabilitation of small-scale infrastructure vital for basic human needs. It supports the creation of immediate sources of income through vocational skills training, cash-for-work, cash for the market, small businesses, and livelihood opportunities with a particular focus on agri-business and regenerative agriculture infrastructure and services (critical for food security) that are under threat. It is sensitive to the chronic and newly emerging vulnerabilities of Afghan women and girls and aims at providing them assistance in a manner that does not exacerbate their susceptibility to violence and deprivation of opportunities and rights.
UNDP’s corporate Social and Environmental Standards (SES) (www.undp.org/ses) require that all UNDP projects consider the potential environmental and social opportunities a project may generate and ensure adverse social and environmental risks and impacts are avoided, minimized, mitigated, and managed. The UNDP SES include safeguards on social, environmental, community health and safety and working conditions. In the context of the ABADEI and all related interventions implemented by UNDP Afghanistan, UNDP’s SES are applied to ensure consistency with the environmental and social safeguards of partners, including the World Bank and ADB, where applicable. Environmental and Social Management Frameworks (ESMF) and related plans will be developed for relevant interventions, outlining key procedures and institutional arrangements to ensure the implementation of safeguards in the design and implementation of sub-projects.
Under the guidance of the ABADEI Programme Manager and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Specialist of ABADEI, The Social and Environmental Safeguards Specialist (SES) will be assigned the tasks of implementation, control, oversight, support, and monitoring and reporting of safeguard requirements as detailed in the UNDP SES.
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will be responsible for undertaking the following:
1) Strengthen the application of SES under ABADEI and related interventions, including the development of required tools including ESMF, and related management system:
2) Strengthen ABADEI staff and partner capacities and awareness related to SES and tools, and implementation and monitoring:
3) Ensure appropriate monitoring, reporting and evaluation related to the implementation of relevant SES and ESMF measures:
4) Oversees and supports compliance with SES and any ESMF requirements within the context of the ABADEI:
5) Knowledge management and sharing:
Perform other duties within the functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.
LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.
LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.
LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.
Adapt with Agility
LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands.
Act with Determination
LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.
Engage and Partner
LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.
Cross Functional and Technical Competencies
RESULTS-BASED MANAGEMENT: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.
Business Direction & Strategy
BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome. Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such framework.
2030 Agenda: Prosperity
INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Social inclusion.
2030 Agenda: Partnerships
SDG FINANCE: Social impact investments.
2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness
EFFECTIVENESS: Social and Environmental Standards.
RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding.
2030 Agenda: Planet
NATURE, CLIMATE AND ENERGY: Environment: Environmental and social impact assessments and safeguards.
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP STRONGLY ENCOURAGES QUALIFIED WOMEN TO APPLY FOR AVAILABLE POSITIONS FOR WHICH THEY MEET THE STATED MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.
All Applicants MUST complete and attach the UNDP Personal History-P-11 Form (found here) to their applications in the vacancy site.
Submission of personal resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) will not be acceptable and candidates who fail to attach the above required P-11 form will not be considered.
Min. Education requirement:
Advanced university degree (Master's degree)in environmental management, social sciences, international development, or relevant areas.
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