The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Project entitled “Building Resilience to Cope with Climate Change in Jordan (BRCCJ)”, The goal of the seven-year project is increased climate resilient sustainable development in the country. Towards this aim, the project combines infrastructure development and natural resources management with principles of local capital formation at the community level. The project will have three interrelated components, which will work synergistically to address key barriers and enhance the impact of project investments. The components are designed to deal with the lack of infrastructure, limited capacity of rural farming households and weak institutional capacity. They include (i) Component 1: Climate Resilient Water Systems; (ii) Component 2: Climate Change resilience for Enhanced Livelihoods and Food Security; and (iii) Component 3: Scaling-up climate adaptation. Coherently with identified lesson learned in Jordan as well as with the GCF Gender guidelines, the project builds on the idea of inclusion of women as change agents for climate adaptation.
The project will be executed jointly by FAO, UNDP, Ministry of Environment (MoE), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) indicating the strong collaborative and partnership approach which will be adopted during the implementation of the project. The project will capitalise on the strong experience and convening power that both FAO and UNDP have established in the country.
For the implementation of the Project, a project management unit (“PMU”) will be formed. The PMU will be responsible for day-to-day project management, providing human resources management, financial and procurement services, coordinate the Project activities, generate work plans and prepare reports.
The Environmental and Social Safeguard (ESS) Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor and in close collaboration wit the project coordinator and PMU memebers as well as other stakeholders .
Environment quality, managing ESMF implementation, M&E, communication and media relations
Tasks and responsibilities
- The Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist is expected to work as part of the PMU team, both remotely and in Jordan, and contribute to the achievement of the BRCCJ outcomes and outputs. The ESS Specialist is responsible for managing the ESMF implementation. The role of the Specialist is transversal across all the Project components. The ESS Specialist will receive support from the project’s Social Inclusion and Gender Specialist. The Specialist will also work closely with the M&E unit on matters related to reporting for the environmental and social safeguards and stakeholder engagement aspects of the project. Is specific, the incumbent will;
- Provide technical backstopping to ensure environmental and social safeguards are soundly mainstreamed in BRCCJ Project activities and in conformity with the FP and the FAA.
- Review the project’s overall ESMP and prepare the Term of Reference of the ESMPs specific to each of the three project components and related activities and sub-activities in close collaboration with the CTA, water engineer specialist, agronomist and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Specialist, social inclusion and gender specialist, International policy Expert, and relevant service providers.
- Develop easy-to-use safeguard policy handouts and tools building on the ESMP and adapted to BRCCJ to facilitate environmental and social planning, review, approval, and implementation of activities financed under the project.
- Actively participate in the preparation of the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) at the beginning of each Project Fiscal Year (FY). Ensure that social and environmental safeguards and considerations are well integrated in the AWPB.
- Review and update the environment and social safeguard policy periodically, as necessary.
- Conduct Environmental and Social Assessments using FAO’s Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) Screening Checklist. Submit to FAO’s Environmental and Social Management Unit (ESMU) for screening and endorsement.
- Ensure overall compliance with the ESMF, including presenting and explaining the ESMF (including grievance redress) to all stakeholders during consultations, and incorporate feedback into the project’s implementation, and safeguards process.
- Ensure the disclosure of fit-for-purpose environmental and social impact assessment, the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), and as appropriate any other associated information required to be disclosed in accordance with the GCF Information Disclosure Policy (Project Disclosure Package) in relation to each Category B sub-activity to be funded under the Project.
- Review ESS screening for sub-activities prior to implementation, and ensure that all ESMPs are cleared by FAO’s ESMU and Jordan’s MOE.
- Oversee mitigation for any medium-risk activities using ESMPs developed during implementation, in collaboration with the entities involved in the implementation of those components.
- Conduct regular site visits to ensure a sound use of the ESS checklist by PMU team and implementing partners. Assess the appropriateness of the safeguard measures applied and recommend improvements, where needed. Report to CTA and relevant technical specialist of the PMU on any potential arising practices or risks and recommend mitigation measures.
- Present ESMF (including grievance redress mechanisms) to stakeholders during consultation meetings and events, including to PSC members during the first meeting held for BRCCJ.
- Identify and compile regularly environment and social safeguard lessons learned and share internally within the PMU and externally with the PSC and project partners for integration into the planning and execution processes.
- Participate in the donor working group meetings organised by CTA and suggest harmonisation of the different funding mechanisms on environmental and social safeguards. Identify synergies with other Jordan-based projects and initiatives and explore means of collaboration based on collected lessons learned.
- Update the ESMP in light of lessons learned, performance and emerging challenges.
- Develop training material on environment and social safeguards adapted to the Project context.
- Ensure that stakeholders have the capacity to implement ESMPs, and if not, provide training. Implement customised training sessions - in office and onsite coaching - targeting PMU staff, government focal point partners (MWI, MOE, MOA), UNDP field officers, NGOs, academic institutions, WUAs, and other stakeholders and beneficiaries on how to integrate and mainstream ESS screening and assessment, gender, stakeholder engagement in the different interventions planned in BRCCJ with the support from the Social Inclusion and Gender Specialist
- Train PMU and relevant implementing government staff on Grievance Redress Mechanism.
- Contribute to the awareness raising initiatives planned in BRCCJ both at national and governorates’ levels, making sure that the safeguard policy is mainstreamed through and well acquired by national and local beneficiaries and stakeholders.
- Contribute to the overall communication strategy through preparing communication material on environment and social safeguard principles and measures, and disseminate through the NGO-led interventions including but not limited to awareness raising, FFS, climate wise women, and other.
- Support safeguard performance monitoring during the life of the project. This includes all aspects of environmental and social safeguards, grievance redress, and stakeholder engagement, reporting, coordinating and supervising sub-activity screening and related ESMP preparation and execution.
- Support the M&E Unit and contribute to designing monitoring and reporting procedures to ensure early detection of conditions that necessitate particular mitigation measures and to furnish information on the progress and results of mitigation (e.g. annual audits, surveys) in close coordination with the Social Inclusion and Gender Specialist.
- Participate in reviewing the project ESM performance indicators and their milestones. Follow up on the objectively verifiable indicators at the outcome, result and output levels and report back to the M&E Officer.
- Support the M&E Unit in developing safeguard data management and reporting framework to integrate with project database system.
- Contribute to BRCCJ GCF reporting requirements through drafting sections on environmental and social safeguards, grievance redress mechanisms, and stakeholder engagement. Coordinate with the M&E Specialist and prepare inputs on environmental and social safeguards aspects for annual and mid-term reporting as well as for mid-term and final evaluation purposes.
- Provide support to the chief technical advisor and other technical specialists.
- Report to PM on management related matters.
- Perform other project tasks and duties requested/assigned by the Project CTA.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Advanced degree in environmental protection, social science, economics, management or related area
- Minimum (7) years of demonstrable experience in conducting Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures (ESAP) with development partners. At least 2 years of experience stand-alone social and environmental risk management plans such as Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)
- Working knowledge (level C) of English and Arabic.
- National of Jordan
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Environmental and social quality assurance and impact assessment
- Reporting and communication skills
- Regulatory frameworks, standards and specifications and social and environmental guidelines