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10 Nov 2017

Full-Time Environmental and Social Inclusion Officer [One Position in LUSAKA]

The Government of The Republic of Zambia – Posted by zjp1 Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia

Job Description

Environmental and Social Inclusion Officer [One Position in LUSAKA]

The Government of the Republic of Zambia with the support of the World Bank is implementing the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) in Eastern province. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “to improve landscape management and increase environmental and economic benefits for targeted rural communities in the Eastern Province and to improve the Zambia’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency”.

The project aims to provide support to rural communities in Eastern Province to allow them to better manage the resources of their landscapes so as to reduce deforestation and unsustainable agricultural expansion; enhance benefits they receive from forestry, agriculture and wildlife; and reduce their vulnerability to climate change. The project intends to also ensure that enabling conditions are in place for these changes to happen. Simultaneously, the project will create the enabling environment for carbon emission reduction purchases to be made in a subsequent project. The ZIFLP’s key beneficiaries are poor communities of the Eastern province.

A. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

To implement the environmental and social safeguards of the programme in accordance with World Bank (WB) safeguard policies and standards including Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines as well as national laws and policy and give guidance and advice to the implementing agencies and local communities on environmental and social  project related matters.

B. MAIN DUTIES OR ACCOUNTABILITIES
To implement the Environmental and Social Management Framework and the Process Framework and Resettlement Policy Framework in accordance with WB safeguard policies and guidelines including:
i. To undertake due diligence on sub-grant proposals to ensure compliance with Environmental and Social Management Framework, Process Framework and the Resettlement Policy Framework guidelines including field visits as necessary;
ii. To liaise with other project officials including in the PIU to ensure environmental and social safeguard policies as well as health and safety standards are observed throughout the project;
iii. To oversee and coordinate with the project Environment and Social Inclusion Officers at the Eastern Province level to ensure that the project observes WB safeguard policies and guidelines;
iv. Support and ensure implementation of the Lukusuzi Resettlement Action Plan for Eastern Province, in coordination with all relevant agencies/departments;
Support the Project Manager (NPIU), in the review of project (current or future)Environmental and Social Management Plans and Resettlement Action Plans, and; livelihoods support plans;
In liason with the Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer at the PPIU, support the community facilitators in the identification and appraisal of sub-projects and ensure the use of the environmental and social screening checklist of sub-projects for inclusion into the overall state project design;
Monitoring the implementation of relevant mitigation measures and assess their adequacy in addressing identified environmental and social issues;
Support and guide the preparation of local land-use plans and community natural resource action plans in collaboration with the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer;
Ensure the development of a gender strategy for the project, including overseeing the effective implementation of the strategy;
Responsible for the overall monitoring and mitigation of environmental and social measures and the impacts of the ZIFL Project during implementation, in coordination with the Provincial social and environmental staff;

Support communities in ensuring sustainable management of natural resources in collaboration with Provincial social and environmental staff; L i a i s o n  w i t h  r e l e v a n t  l o c a l  a u t h o r i t i e s , l o c a l c h i e f s , r e l e v a n t
Provincial Government representatives on the implementation of environmental and social safeguards of the project;
Ensure participation of local communities, including the disadvantaged, in local
development agenda in collaboration with the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer;
To prepare reports including information on relevant environmental and social conflict characteristics in project implementation; and
To guide the preparation of the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment including overseeing the consultant preparing it and ensuring quality of the final documents, consultations, etc. and its implementation for project activities as necessary.

C. »QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
An Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in Social Sciences/,
»Environmental Management, or other relevant development studies.
»In possession of a full Grade 12 Certificate or its equivalent;
»Minimum of 8 years of experience as a Social and Environmental Specialist.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in community-based project and use of participatory approaches
Experience in successfully applying environmental and social standards to both
high and low risk projects, with minimal supervision, covering issues of involuntary resettlement, vulnerable communities, labor, community health and
»stakeholder engagement etc.
Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and
participatory approaches with ability to coach others in the application of the
»interventions.
Minimum of 5 years working in the Zambian context and demonstrated
understanding of Zambian environmental and socially related laws and
»regulations. Preferably in the field of protected areas including parks and forests. Demonstrated experience working with donor/cooperating partners’ supported
»projects;
Demonstrated understanding of World Bank safeguard policies and government
»environmental and social frameworks is required;
»Knowledge of government working environment is an added advantage;
»Good communication and writing skills;
»Computer literate with skills in Excel, Word, Power point, and
Ability to be a good team player, self-starter, has ability to work under minimum
supervision and maintain good relationships.

D. DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The contract will be for a period of 24 months renewable based on performance evaluation with an initial probation period of 6 months.

How to Apply

Sealed application letters with current curriculum vitae (CV), traceable referees and copies of academic/professional qualifications must reach the undersigned not later than Monday13th November 2017. Head Procurement For/ Permanent Secretary - DPA Ministry of National Development Planning Fairley Road Ridgeway LUSAKA   Alternatively  send  your  application  with  all  relevant  information  by  email  to: info@znccs.org.zm   The outer envelope must be clearly marked "Call for Applications on the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) and indicate the position applied for". Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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