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Individual Consultant – Social and Environmental Safeguards Expert (For Indian Nationals only)
|Location :||Home-based with necessary field travel, if required, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||04-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Approximately 65 working days spread over 8 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.
The Climate Change, Resilience and Energy (CCRE) portfolio of UNDP is organized around the thematic areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation; disaster management and resilience; and access to clean and efficient energy. The Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) Expert (National Consultant) will work directly under the supervision of Chief, CCRE. Primary responsibilities will include carrying out Environmental and Social Safeguards related tasks, including review, revision and development of the various safeguards documents associated with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) project “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities”.
UNDP and the Government of India (GoI) developed the project on “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities” through a consultative process underpinned by feasibility study, gender studies and site visits. The project was approved by GCF in October 2018.
This project supports the GoI to enhance the resilience of lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations, particularly women, in the coastal areas of India to climate change and extreme events, using an ecosystem-centered and community-based approach. The project aims to advance climate change adaptation across India’s coastal zone, with major gains for resilience in the three target states – Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. The project includes three interrelated outputs: 1) Enhanced resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems and their services; 2) Climate-adaptive livelihoods for enhanced resilience of vulnerable coastal communities; and 3) Strengthened coastal and marine governance and institutional framework for climate-resilient management of coastal areas.
The project is in the planning stages for the restoration and livelihood support activities and will be starting field implementation (delayed due to Covid-19) in 2021. A SES expert is required to review, revise and strengthen (if determined appropriate) the project’s safeguards documents (prepared during the project design and feasibility study), and support the various safeguards related tasks, including carrying out safeguards monitoring missions to project landscapes as required. The documents to be reviewed and strengthened include (but is not limited to) the project’s Social and Environmental Screening Template, the Environmental and Social Management Framework (including the Social Inclusion Planning Framework for indigenous people), as well as the project’s Risk Register and Stakeholder Engagement Plan. The assignment would also include development of a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) Document as per the project’s ESMF.
As part of the requirements of UNDP and GCF, all project activities need to be assessed on their impact on the environment and social conditions of the people, and before commencing any activities for the implementation of the project, detailed Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) are to be prepared. Any activities that can potentially affect indigenous people (those belonging to India’s Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) will trigger the project’s Social Inclusion Planning Framework (SIPF), and Social Inclusion Plans (SIPs) would have to be prepared along the lines of the SIPF for each State.
It is with this requirement that a consultancy is being advertised for revision of the SESP, ESMF, project Risk Register, and Stakeholder Engagement Plan; development of a ESMP and SIP template; and development of a Grievance Redress Mechanism process document (which will include procedures outlining the governance of the GRM) among others, to ensure compliance with requirements of the Government of India, GCF and UNDP. The SES expert will also train members of the project management units (PMUs) on developing ESMPS and SIPs, and will provide oversight to the PMU for development of atleast 1-2 ESMPs and SIPs. The SES expert may also have to carry out occasional safeguards monitoring missions to project landscapes as may be required, possibly starting with Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh.
Duties and Responsibilities
To review, revise and strengthen the project’s various safeguards documents and support the UNDP Country Office with all Environmental and Social Safeguards related tasks under the project.
Description of responsibilities
Specific responsibilities will include:
Expected Outputs and deliverables
Deliverables: Scope of work/Expected Output
The duration of the assignment will be for approximately 65 days spread over 8 months. As part of this consultancy, the SES expert will be required to submit the following deliverables:
I. Updated SESP, ESMF, SIPF, Risk Register and Stakeholder Engagement Plan;
II.Development of ESMP and SIP Templates in line with the respective frameworks;
III.Training on preparing ESMP and SIP for project management units (PMUs), in line with FPIC;
IV.Oversight to PMU team members on the development of ESMPS and SIPs for 1-2 landscapes, in discussion with relevant Government officials, other relevant stakeholders and UNDP team members;
V.Development of a Grievance Redress Mechanism process document (for each project district and at the national level) in consultation with the Government (national and subnational) and UNDP CO;
VI. Safeguards Monitoring Mission Reports to project landscapes (if required).
VII. Any other tasks as required by Chief, CCRE, UNDP India
The estimated person days and schedule proposed is as follows:
Institutional arrangements/reporting lines
The Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) Expert (National Consultant) will work directly under the supervision of Chief, CCRE, and in close discussion with the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor (RTA). The SES expert will also work in close collaboration with the National Project Management Unit (NPMU) at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), as well as the three State Project Management Units in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. The SES expert will also consult with relevant key officials at MoEFCC and the three State Governments.
The consultant is expected to have her/his own office space, laptop and access to internet, printer etc. during the assignment.
If situation permits, the SES expert may also have to carry out occasional safeguards monitoring missions to project landscapes as may be required, possibly starting with Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh. If travelling is not possible and safe due to the Covid-19 pandemic, necessary stakeholder consultations with key stakeholders from project sites may be conducted virtually. Any safeguards monitoring missions undertaken by the consultant to project landscapes will be arranged or reimbursed as per actuals by UNDP and need not be included in the financial proposals.
Monthly payment on submission of monthly reports of work done. Payment to the individual contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by Chief, CCRE.
Required Skills and Experience
I. Academic Qualifications: An advanced degree or equivalent in environmental and social science, preferably in the field of ecology/ natural resource management/ law or environmental law/ environmental management/ environmental and social impact assessment and planning.
II. Years of experience:
III. Language: English and Hindi (essential)