National Social and environmental safeguards specialist

ABH Partners PLC

To ensure that the implementation of ESIA, ESMF and ICWMP which were prepared to address the potential environmental and social risks associated with constructions that will be carried by the MOH in relation to this project and to ensure compliance with National and international standards and regulatory requirements.

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Federal MoH, Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Career Level
10+
Type of corporation
Company size

ABH Partners Plc is a leading consultancy and human resources sourcing firm in Ethiopia with about 15 years of experience in supporting the implementation of development programs and projects. ABH exists to fuel synergistic societal growth by harnessing local knowledge and international standard. Dedicated to the betterment of societal development, technical assistance, and knowledge management, ABH has gained credibility and industry experience in the development sector in general. ABH partners would like to invite applicants who meet the below requirements to apply for the position of National Social and environmental safeguards specialist.

Required Number: ONE

Duty station: Federal MoH

Salary: Attractive

Level: NOC

Duration:12 months

Reporting to: MOH Public Health Infrastructure 

Expected Start Date: Immediately after concluding the contract agreement

   1. Background and Justification

World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, WHO’s highest level of urgency. On 11 March, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic? On March 13, the first confirmed COVID-19 case was declared by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.The MoH (MOH), in collaboration with partners, has been working on the prevention and response of COVID-19 pandemic to halt its spread and reduce the negative impact of the pandemic. So far Ethiopia received 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by COVAX facility. The COVID-19 vaccine introduction will be undertaken in a phased approach based on population risk levels, global availability of COVID-19 vaccines, and operational feasibility. During phase 1, about 20% of the population will be addressed based on the target prioritization done. During phase 2, Ethiopia will expand the COVID-19 vaccination to the general population of eligible age groups for vaccination, depending on vaccine supply availability.The Government of Ethiopia, as part of the COVID-19 Emergency response project has received financial support from the World Bank  to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MOH) is responsible for the administration of the project fund which needs considerable efforts to plan, administer, and follow-up. The Project Implementation Public Health Infrastructure Directorate at MOH is responsible for the administration of the project-related construction and renovation work with the project including vaccine monitoring laboratory, and COVID-19 patients treatment centers.For the effective implementation of these activities MOH is looking for Environmental Safeguards Specialist with strong qualification and experience.

   2. Purpose 

To ensure that the implementation of ESIA, ESMF and ICWMP which were prepared to address the potential environmental and social risks associated with constructions that will be carried by the MOH in relation to this project and to ensure compliance with National and international standards and regulatory requirements. As part of the project, it will contribute to the success of the project as a whole. Thus, MOH is seeking to recruit a qualified and experienced Environmental Safeguards Specialist who will provide technical support on Environmental and Social (E&S) aspects for ONE year with possibility of extension depending on performance.

   3. Specific Tasks

Environmental Safeguards Specialist will be primarily responsible to oversee the implementation of ESIA, ESMF and ICWMP which were prepared to address the potential environmental and social risks associated with the Vaccine monitoring laboratory, and other renovation and construction activities which will be financed by the Project. The Environmental Safeguards Specialist will provide the overall technical support to the project, MOH, and EFDA and she/he will be the focal person responsible for Environmental Safeguards aspects of the project and will work closely with project team and MOH Public Health Infrastructure Directorate and MOH biosafety and biosecurity team and key national stakeholders.The Environmental Safeguards Specialist will be accountable to the MOH PHID director and the roles and responsibilities of the Specialist which include but not limited to the following:

  • Facilitating updating of environmental and social impact assessment document and infection control plan which were prepared for the proposed constructions;
  • Oversee the implementation of environmental and social risk management measures which are specified in the ESIA during the implementation of the Project;
  • Conduct periodic field visits of the constructions for environmental and social safeguards compliance monitoring;
  • Assist in preparation of site specific environmental and social management tools for the vaccine monitoring lab, BSL2 labs (including the labs to be equipped by the Project);
  • Facilitate the assignment of focal persons for the BSL2 labs to be financed by the Project;
  • Write quarterly and annual environmental and social safeguards compliance report which will shared with the Bank and the Ministry
  • Facilitate environmental and social auditing of the constructions, as appropriate
  • Report to the Bank and the Ministry immediately if any unanticipated environmental or social risk arise (including accidents or fatalities, if any, related to the Project activities)
  • Make sure that annual planning and budgeting sufficiently considers environmental and social risk management activities.
  • Conduct periodic E&S compliance monitoring and propose remedial measures for any outstanding environmental and social safeguards issues.
  • Follow up the status of implementation of remedial actions which may be proposed during compliance monitoring in order to address outstanding safeguards issues, if any
  • Make sure that occupational health and safety issues are duly considered during the implementation of the Project so that the likelihood of occurrence accidents or fatalities (incidents) due to the Project activities could be avoided.
  • Support the establishment of an appropriate grievance redress system for the Project.
  • Traveling to field (sub-national) as necessary
  • Summit monthly report to the immediate supervisor
  • Submit a detail final report at the end of the assignment.
  • Undertake any other relevant activities as deemed necessary by the Project Coordinator

   4. Expected Deliverables and Time frame

The Specialist will work closely with project team, MOH Public Health Infrastructure Directorate and MOH biosafety and biosecurity team to assist in the on Environmental and Social activity and improve the efficiency/quality of work in accordance to Government of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia regulations & procedures and World Bank guidelines and procedures.

DeliverablesDeadline
Submission of monthly performance reports Monthly
Develop annual planning with costing Bi-annual 
Submission of report on periodic E&S compliance monitoring and remedial measures  Quarterly 
Progress report on implementation of environmental and social risk management measuresQuarterly 
Environmental and social safeguards compliance reportQuarterly and annual
Submission of report on the progress of grievance redress system establishment Quarterly 
Submission of report on revision of environmental and social impact assessment document and infection control planBi-annual 
Submission of report on revision of environmental and social impact assessment document and infection control planBi-annual 
Annual comprehensive report and recommendations.Annually

   5.Reporting

The consultant will be directly recruited by third party HR firm, and reports to the FMOH Public health Directorate

   6. Payment Modality and Schedule 

The fees for this contract shall paid on monthly basis based on the submission of monthly reports against the deliverables indicated above. 

7. Expected background and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Health, Health Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or in a closely related field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in Environment and Social risk management, laboratory/health system management.
  • Proven track record of supporting, advising and collaborating with government institutions / project offices
  • Proven experience and knowledge in environmental and social impact assessment and management.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in implementing the World Bank projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external partners in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate at all levels of management
  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Fluency in English and Amharic.

Other Skills: Computer literacy: Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications, and statistical software.

Note: 

  • The consultant will be based at FMoH
  • The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals
  • The consultant will use his/her own materials, i.e. computer/laptop, phone etc.
  • For the duty travel, the consultant will be provided rented car by HR firm and also DSA as per the guideline.
  • The consultant will be paid monthly by HR firm upon completion of deliverables as indicated on this TOR and approved by the supervisor

Policy both parties should be aware of:

  • HR firm will manage all the administrative issues and aspects based on HR’ policies and procedures.
  • All remuneration must be within the contract agreement through the HR firm
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both HR firm and the consultant.
  • Travel will be facilitated and managed by the HR firm in agreement with UNICEF.
  • Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.