International Safeguards Specialist

Location : CHINA
Application Deadline :20-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :5 weeks


Note: Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal (download the format in the link provided, Annex H) together with your CV while submitting application.  And please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading., download link of Offeror's letter is on the bottom of the page.

The National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) has requested GEF assistance through UNDP for the preparation of a project entitled: Strengthening the Protected Area Network for Migratory Bird Conservation along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) in China. As described in the project concept (PIF), this project aims to achieve a connected, resilient and ecologically effective wetland PA system across the EAAF in China that supports globally significant species of migratory shorebirds and provides ecosystem services that support resilience, livelihoods and economy.

Project Preparation Grants (PPGs) have been secured by UNDP to formulate the full-size project through situation analyses, identification and documentation of relevant baseline conditions, stakeholder consultations, identification of implementing partners and arrangements, consolidation of cofinancing opportunities, development of results frameworks having an integrated set of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) indicators and targets that monitor outcomes and key outputs, realistic assessments of risks and their mitigation, gender mainstreaming and social inclusiveness, identification and selection of target sites and pilot demonstration initiatives, and coordination with other initiatives.

This is the Terms of Reference for the procurement of GEF Biodiversity Project Development Specialists (International Consultants) to lead the development of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities


The International Safeguards Specialist will develop mandatory project Annexes related to application of social and environmental safeguards and support adherence of project development to UNDP’s SES and specific requirements, as appropriate.



  1. Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory Annexes as well as project specific annexes (Component B): Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader, and with the support of the Community, Gender and Safeguards Specialist (national consultant) including:
    1. Review the pre-screening (SESP) of the PIF; agree to a project-specific safeguards approach, workplan and mission schedule (as needed) with the UNDP Country Office, UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor and the PPG Team Leader; Support the application of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for the PPGs with that requirement; Familiarize other PPG team members with UNDP’s SES and specific requirements, as appropriate.
    2. Update the SESP and prepare an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) or stand-alone management plan for the project; conduct initial assessments of all Moderate and High risks, including one field mission to China; assist and/or advise the PPG Team in securing initial FPIC, where required; develop the draft ESMF (or stand-alone management plan), with support from the national consultant, in line with UNDP’s Guidance Note on Assessment and Management; finalize the ESMF (or stand-alone management plan) in coordination with the PPG Team Leader, based on stakeholder consultations and close engagement.
    3. Update and finalize the SESP, based on the ESMF;
    4. Provide inputs, advice and/or feedback on relevant sections of the ProDoc to ensure alignment with and consideration of safeguards, including but not limited to: Stakeholder Engagement Plan; Gender Analysis and Action Plan; Risk Table and “Risks and Assumptions” section; Relevant project Outcomes and/or Outputs; Terms of Reference for the project management unit.

        2. Validation Workshop (Component C):

             a. Contribute to the validation workshop (remote inputs); and

             b. Support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.

        3. Final Deliverables:

             a. Finalized SESP

             b. Finalized ESMF (or stand-alone management plan)

             c. Appropriate inputs to the final UNDP-GEF project document and GEF CEO ER based on guidance from the PPG Team Leader.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in field related to international development, with specific academic background related to social and environmental sustainability.
  • At least 15 years of experience related to social and environmental standards and impact assessment in an international development context.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Familiarity with the UN System, in particular UNDP.
  • Specific technical expertise in the SES thematic area of Social and Environmental Screening and Assessment, with prior experience in displacement and resettlement and asset.
  • Prior experience in application of safeguard standards in China an asset.

Final selection criteria

  • Technical evaluation (including written test, interview, desk review of technical proposal, if any): 70%(includes 20% of Job Related Technical Expertise; 25% of Relevant working experience; 25% of Methodology & Approach to Assignment)
  • Financial Evaluation: 30%

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.

Offeror’s letter and proposal download link:

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.

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