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Environmental and Social Management Specialist
|Location :||Colombo with filed visit to project areas, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||13-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 days|
Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project (CRIWMP) will support the Government of Sri Lanka to implement integrated solutions to water management in three river basins in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka (i.e Mi Oya, Malwathu Oya, Yan Oya). The Project aims to strengthen the resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events. The Project is financed through a grant received from Green Climate Fund (GCF). Government of Sri Lanka has committed to co-finance the activities identified under the Project. Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, which is also the implementing partner to the project, is implementing the project with technical assistance of the. The Project invests in improving access to irrigation and eco-system based agricultural practices, improved community managed drinking water infrastructure, scaling up decentralized drinking water systems and strengthening early warning, forecasting and climate advisories to protect farmers, particularly women from climate related impacts.
The Project will benefit 770,500 people living in the three river basins directly through investments in irrigation, drinking water and disaster risk management. Moreover, around 1.2 million people living in these districts will indirectly benefit from the project interventions in capacities and early warning systems.
The Project covers three key components:
Scope and Objectives:
As part of UNDP’s quality assurance role, UNDP requires adherence to the Social and Environmental Standards (SES) for Project activities implemented using funds channeled through UNDP’s accounts, regardless of Implementation Modality (e.g. NIM, DIM). Screening and categorization of Projects is one of the key policy delivery requirements of UNDP and Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) fulfills this requirement and provides policy guidance and tools to design and implement quality Projects and to address the requirements of UNDP’s SES.
The objectives of the SESP are to:
The CRIWMP has been screened against UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards Procedure (SESP) and deemed a Category B project. The Project further developed a “Environmental and Social Safeguard Plan” (ESMP), which sets out the avoidance and mitigation measures and actions required to address project’s potential social and environmental risks and impacts. In addition, the ESMP also defines desired outcomes and measurable actions to address identified risks and impacts and to meet applicable requirements, with firm commitments for implementation and monitoring. The ESMP submitted with the Project Proposal was later reviewed during the project inception and the comments received were incorporated.
The Project is in its third year of implementation and has come across new risks, where additional safeguards are required to minimize the social and environmental impacts. Therefore, the Project intends to carryout targeted impact assessment of new risks and update the ESMP, for updating strategies for managing and minimizing those new risks and undesirable impacts identified as a result of the review.
The overall objective of this consultancy is to identify potential new social and environmental risks and their significance, and develop a management plan to minimize (if avoidance is not possible) the adverse effects of such risks.
Duties and Responsibilities
Required Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will have a background in Irrigation and Water Management with an emphasis on Hydrological Modelling and with strong communication/writing skills and a successful track records in development of curricular and providing capacity development of technical staff.
HOW TO APPLY
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR (_______________)
All Inclusive Daily Fee: LKR (___________________)
Amount in words: Rs. (_______________________________________)
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily per diems and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payments will be based on milestones certified by the Technical Advisor – CRIWMP.
Payment Milestones will be as follows:
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workplace, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
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.