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10 Nov 2017

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

The Government of the Republic of Zambia – Posted by zjp1 Chipata, Eastern Province, Zambia

Job Description

Environmental and Social Inclusion Officer [One Position in CHIPATA]

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.

» 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;
To liaise with other project officials including in the NPIU to ensure environmental and social safeguard policies as well as health and safety standards are observed
throughout the project;
iii. To coordinate with the project Environment and Social Inclusion Officer at the
National Project Implementation Unit to ensure that the project observes WB safeguard policies and guidelines including:

  1. 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 (PIU), 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 NPIU,

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;

gender strategy for the project, including overseeing the effective implementation o»f the strategy;

In collaboration with the environmental and social staff, ensure that the overall

monitoring and mitigation of environmental and social measures and the impacts of t»he ZIFL Project during implementation.

Support communities in ensuring sustainable management of natural resources in c»ollaboration with social and environmental staff at all levels;

Liaison with relevant local authorities, local chiefs, relevant Provincial Government representatives on the implementation of environmental and social s»afeguards of the project;

Ensure participation of local communities, including the disadvantaged, in local development  agenda  in  collaboration  with  the  Planning,  Monitoring  and E» valuation Officer;

To prepare reports including information on relevant environmental and social c»onflict characteristics in project implementation; and

To assist in guiding the preparation of the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment and supporting the National environmental and social staff in 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 4 years of experience as a Social and Environmental Officer.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in community-based project and use of participatory approaches

high and low risk projects, with minimal supervision, covering issues of involuntary resettlement, vulnerable communities, labor, community health and s»takeholder engagement etc.

Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches with ability to coach others in the application of the i»nterventions.

Minimum  of  3  years  working  in  the  Zambian  context  and  demonstrated understanding   of   Zambian   environmental   and   socially   related   laws   and r»egulations. Preferably in the field of protected areas including parks and forests. Demonstrated experience working with donor/cooperating partners’ supported p»rojects;

Demonstrated understanding of World Bank safeguard policies and government e»nvironmental and social frameworks is required;

K» nowledge of government working environment is an added advantage; G» ood communication and writing skills;

C» omputer 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.

 

  1. 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

Job Categories: specialist. Job Types: Full-Time.

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