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Regional Specialist for Social Environmental Standard - Home based with Occasional travel
|Location :||Amman, JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||29-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Short-Term)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-11|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year (max. 130 working days) possibility of an annual extension does not exceed 36 months|
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.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
• Travel will be undertaken on as needed basis and subject to COVDI-19 restrictions. Missions are estimated to cover about 8 countries/year with and estimated duration of 5 working days per mission might be required
• Such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense and the candidate shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance. The mission travel costs will be excluded at this time from the price proposal
• Any necessary mission travel must be approved in advance and writing by the Supervisor;
• The BSAFE course must be completed before the commencement of travel
• Selected candidate are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director
• Selected candidate are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://dss.un.org/dssweb/
• The selected candidate will be responsible for making his/her mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies
• All travel expenses related to mission travels will be supported by the project travel fund and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations for consultants. Costs for mission airfares, terminal expenses, and living allowances should not be included in financial proposal
Office/Unit/Project Description: Regional Bureau for the Arab States (RBAS)
The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) leads the work of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its quest to sustainably eliminate poverty and significantly reduce inequalities and exclusion across the Arab region, with strong emphasis placed on addressing the main impediments to human development - freedom and good governance, knowledge, and women’s empowerment. It implements development programmes in 16 Arab countries and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, ensuring quality programming, results-based management and effective resource mobilization strategies.
RBAS provides policy guidance, programmatic and operational oversight, as well as administrative support and policy advisory services to Country Offices (COs) to ensure the provision of strategic and high-quality programmatic support to countries in the region. RBAS is organized in teams, based in New York, USA and a Regional Hub in Amman, Jordan.
The Social and Environmental Standards (SES) underpin UNDP’s support for sustainable development. The objectives of the standards are to:
• Strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of Programmes and Projects
• Avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment
• Minimize, mitigate, and manage adverse impacts where avoidance is not possible
• Strengthen UNDP and partner capacities for managing social and environmental risks
• Ensure full and effective stakeholder engagement, including through a mechanism to respond to complaints from project-affected people
The starting point to ensure these standards are applied is through UNDP’s project-level Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP), which is a requirement for proposed projects. The objectives of the SESP are to: (a) integrate the SES Overarching Principles (human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability); (b) identify potential social and environmental risks and their significance; (c) determine the Project's SES risk category; and (d) determine the level of assessment and management required to address potential social and environmental risks and impacts. All guidance on UNDPs Social and Environmental Standards can be found in the SES Toolkit.
The selected candidate will report to the Senior Risk Management Adviser, based in the Regional Hub in Amman, Jordan and will respond to needs for support as expressed by UNDP Country Offices in the Arab States region.
•The selected candidate will work remotely with mission travel on as needed basis under International Personnel Service Agreement (IPSA), retainer/short-term (used on as needed basis).
•The Selected candidate will report to Risk Management Adviser, RBAS
•The selected candidate will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment
•Given the regional consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the consultant is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones
•Payments will be made upon submission of a detailed time sheet and authorization/certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Supervisor on days worked (with a “day” calculated as 8 hours of work) and outputs delivered. If the quality does not meet standards or requirements, the candidate will be asked to rewrite or revise (as necessary) the document before proceeding to payment
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The selected candidate will support the implementation of SES requirements, from project design through implementation, in high-priority and “High Risk” projects (e.g. Global Environment Facility/GEF, Green Climate Fund/GCF, crisis, others) in the Arab States region. This will include quality assurance, spot-checking, and advising on measures to be taken to ensure effective implementation of and compliance with the SES. The consultant will also facilitate learning across the region and beyond, tracking and sharing lessons learned.
a)Support implementation of regional SES action plan
b)Targeted technical oversight and quality assurance for high risk and high priority projects
c)Support corporate accountability, reporting, coordination and learning across regions
Required Skills and Experience