National Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) Specialist

Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :02-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :6d 10h 36m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days spread over 4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :15 March to 15 July 2021

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.


Project Title: Reduction of POPs and UPOPs through integrated sound management of chemicals

Project Description

According to the recently completed “the update of the National Implementation Plan (NIP) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) of the Philippines,” the Philippines still needs to work further in sound management of chemicals, in particular, the issues of:

  1. inappropriate management and unclear labelling of products containing POPs labelling;

  2. the need for a more comprehensive inventory on the use and stockpiles of PFOS and PBDE;

  3. review of government policies on the new POPs for its reduction and eventual elimination;

  4. necessity of regulatory control of newly included POPs such as Lindane, Chlordecone and Endosulfan;

  5. Lack of awareness and reduction measures of POPs, particularly PFOs and PBDEs, as hazardous chemicals;

  6. Inefficient and in sufficient monitoring of the health impacts of POPs pesticides, PCBs, UPOPs, PFOs and PBDEs; and

  7. Lack of the knowledge and capacity to introduce clean alternative technologies/substances.


In light of the above, UNDP Philippines in collaboration with the Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) will be developing a project to be funded under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the aim to reduce POPs and unintentionally produced POPs (UPOPs) through integrated sound management of chemicals by having a sound chemical management practice in place. A Project Preparatory Grant (PPG) Team will be formed to develop the full-size Project Document entitled – “Reduction of POPs and UPOPs through Integrated Sound Management of Chemicals”.


The project will also contribute to the implementation of some of the national priorities and strategies in chemical waste management identified through the updated NIP of the Philippines. The project intends to address the intentional use or secondary contamination of POPs (PBDEs, PFOS, PFOA, HBCD, SCCP) in paint, chrome plating, non-ferrous metal, plastic recycling and other related sectors, with the general objective to protect human health and the environment. This will be ensured through technical and financial support to enterprises, and improvement and enforcement of environmental regulations.


The first aspect to be undertaken by the project is the revision of the Philippines regulation concerning the use of POPs and PTSs, to make it compliant with the amended list of POPs under the Stockholm convention and to introduce principle of Green Chemistry and Circular economy. The revision will obviously envisage the complete banning of use, manufacturing and import of these chemicals as required by the Convention, giving industries a deadline to comply, and implementing a strict enforcement and a support mechanism for industries who will ensure compliance through the project lifetime by the adoption of a Green chemistry compliant project.


Especially because of the current economic crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the capacity of industry to invest in environmental protection technologies is currently limited. For this reason, the core of the project will be the establishment of a Green Financing Fund (FREEME – Financing the Roadmap for the Environmental Enhancement of Manufacturing Enterprises) which will support firms with loan granted at a very low or null interest rate, provided that the loan is used to implement technologies or activities compliant with Green Chemistry principles or preventing the use and release of POPs. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives and Scope of Work

  1. UNDP, in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines, seeks to engage a qualified national Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist to finalize the SESP and to prepare an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the project.

UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) underpin our commitment to mainstream social and environmental sustainability in our Programmes and Projects to support sustainable development. The objectives of the standards are to:

  • Strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of Programmes and Projects

  • Avoid adverse impacts on 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


    A key mechanism to ensure these standards are applied is through UNDP’s project-level Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) which is a requirement for all 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 risk category (Low, Moderate, High); and (d) Determine the level of social and environmental assessment and management required to address potential risks and impacts. The ESFM or a stand-alone management plan for the project shall be developed with the support from the international consultants and national consultants, in line with UNDP’s Guidance Note on Assessment and Management. UNDP’s SES and SESP came into effect on January 1, 2015. All guidance on UNDP's Social and Environmental Safeguards can be found in the SES Toolkit.


    2) Validation Workshop (Component C):

              a. Contribute to the validation workshop; and

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


    3)  Final Deliverables:

  • Final and complete Social and Environmental Screening (SESP) (Component A), including management measures to mitigate risks and recommendations for design of project interventions, to be incorporated into the Project Document;

  • Final and complete ESMF (i.e. with IPP and Livelihood Action Plan, as appropriate);

  • Mid-term and end-of-project targets and indicators for environmental and social safeguards;

  • Direct inputs to the Project Risk Log; and

  • Appropriate inputs to the final UNDP-GEF project document based on guidance from the PPG Team Leader


Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Review and Approvals Required


Proposed design and work plan (Inception Report)

5 days

UNDP CO CAP Team Leader

Draft SESP and Draft ESFM

5 days

UNDP CO CAP Team Leader

Mid-term and end of project targets and indicators for the environment and social safeguards and Project Risk Log

10 days

UNDP CO CAP Team Leader

Final SESP and Final ESFM

10 days

UNDP CO CAP Team Leader


Institutional Arrangement


  • For the duration of the contract, the Consultant shall work under the supervision of the Climate Action Team, headed by the Team Leader, ably assisted by the Programme Associate, and will provide technical inputs and approve the outputs of the consultant.

  • The consultant will work closely with the PPG team, reporting directly to the PPG team leader.


  • The UNDP Montreal Protocol Unit in Bangkok Regional Hub shall be a resource throughout the PPG process. They will provide technical inputs, guidance and quality assurance as required.

  • A Project Coordinator shall be hired to work with the PPG team and liaise with government for the duration of the PPG phase.


Duration of Work


  • To undertake the tasks and deliver the expected outputs, the consultant shall be engaged for a period of 30 working days spread over 4 months (March – July 2021)

  • Effectivity of the engagement will be upon signing of the contract and will be valid until all outputs have been delivered and accepted.

  • A period of one (1) week will be the estimated lead time for UNDP or Project Implementing Partners to review outputs, give comments, certify approval / acceptance of outputs, etc. 


Duty Station


  • The duty station is in Manila, Philippines.

  • If local travel is not permitted due to travel restrictions, the consultant is required to do the work online, including spearheading consultations and meeting and the validation workshop.

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work and travel of the Individual consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government

  • The Consultant will not be required to report to office regularly but status report on the outputs shall be expected from time to time.




Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in meetings


Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • Initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with complex multi- stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills, focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications of the Consultant

For the evaluation of the CV, the selection of the successful consultant will be based on the following qualifications. Only those who will obtain a minimum of 70 out of 100 obtianable points will be shortlisted and qualified for the financial evaluation.



Points Obtainable (100 points)



Bachelor’s degree in environmental protection, economics, chemistry or related area


(11 points for Bachelor’s degree, 13 points for Master’s Degree; 15 points for Doctoral)



15 points





Minimum 5 years of demonstrable experience in conducting Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures (ESAP) with development partners (e.g. UNDP, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Food and Agricultural Organization, etc.); experience in conducting UNDP SESP an advantage

(32 points for 5 years, +1 point for additional year, +10 points for UNDP SES experience, maximum of 45points);


At least 2 years of experience stand-alone social and environmental risk management plans such as Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)

(14 points for 2 years, +1 point for additional year maximum of 20points);


Minimum 3 years with demonstrable experience with working with government on safeguards, stakeholder consultation and community engagement and planning

(14 points for 3 years, +1 point for additional year maximum of 20points);




45 points





20 points



20 points


Excellent written skills in English (must be indicated in CV)

Pass/ Fail


100 points



Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments


The proposed contract price is based on a lump sum amount paid all-inclusive for the actual professional services (indicate daily fee X number of working days), communications, supplies, etc. Payment will be made in installments based on UNDP’s acceptance of the  following milestones/outputs


% of the Contract Fee

Deliverable/Milestone Output


Upon submission and Acceptance of Proposed design and work plan (Inception Report)


Upon submission and Acceptance of Draft SESP and Draft ESFM


Upon submission and Acceptance of Mid term and end of project targets and indicators for the environment and social safeguards

and Project Risk Log


Upon submission and Acceptance of Final SESP and Final ESFM


Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration.



 Recommended Presentation of Offer


  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;


  2. Curriculum Vitae, or P11 Personal History Form, indicating all past experiences from similar projects, to prove criteria cited in technical qualification. The applicant must indicate specifically his/her role in the aforementioned experiences, e.g, Team leader, team member, Lead researcher, etc. below is a proposed format to be provided, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;


Activity Conducted/ Project Name

Date Completed

Role in Activity

Client for whom output is intended

e.g. CLUP development for LGU x

Dec. 2016

Team Lead




     3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.



K.            Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

To select the best offer for this post, the combined scoring method will be used where the qualifications will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%.  


Offerors must upload in one (1) file the aforementioned documents.

Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b)  Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors  are also available:


Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

Please see deadline of submissions above.

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