Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist

  • Added Date: Thursday, 28 July 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022
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JOB TITLE: Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist

TYPE & LEVEL OF CONTRACT: Service Contract Level-9

UNIT/DIVISION: Programme and Policy/ RBB Myanmar Country Office

DUTY STATION (City, Country): Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

REPORT TO: Programme Policy Officer (Assets Creation)

DURATION: 12 months with possible extension



This post is opened for Myanmar Nationals Only.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the worldโ€™s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed peopleโ€™s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere itโ€™s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving foundation required for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 16,000-people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is offering life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


WFPโ€™s mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 as per the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2. It works to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

WFP has been present in Myanmar since 1994 and its work in the country is guided by three priorities: emergency preparedness and response; nutrition; and provision of social safety nets. The Myanmar Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2022 aims to contribute to achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of eleven activities are being implemented to achieve four strategic outcomes:

  • SO1: โ€œCrisis-affected people in food insecure areas meet their food and nutrition needs all year round.โ€ Lifesaving food and/or cash will be provided to women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters, armed conflict and inter-communal violence.
  • SO2: โ€œVulnerable people in states and regions with high food insecurity and/or malnutrition have access to food all year round.โ€ WFP will provide food/cash assistance to vulnerable populations
  • SO3: โ€œChildren under 5 in Myanmar have improved nutrition in line with national targets by 2022.โ€ WFP will contribute to increasing the availability and access to safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and affected populations in crisis and non-crisis situations to enhance their nutrition and resilience.
  • SO4: โ€œHumanitarian and development partners in Myanmar have access to reliable common servicesโ€ Affected populations benefit from the humanitarian common services to humanitarian organizations in order to receive timely humanitarian assistance.


    The Environmental Engineer and Safeguards Specialist will be responsible for supporting and supervising the works related to all the activities of the project as well as supporting on all issues related to environmental and social risk management as required in the field level agreement and the environmental and social sustainability framework (ESSF), specifically the Environmental and Social management Plan (ESMP).

    The specialist will ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the environmental safeguarding requirements of ADB and WFP.

    The specialist will provide support for training to the staff of WFP and CPs including technical staffs, and ensure that all technical and social and environmental safeguards considerations are observed in all infrastructure projects that supported by ADB and also need required capacities are built within the WFP and CPs to sustain development and application of appropriate technical and social and environmental standards in the projects, with particular emphasis on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction scheme.

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

    • Work closely with the international consultants and national technical staffs in providing quality assurance to projects funded by IFIs and regular activities and building the capacities of field implements in relation to rural infrastructure and engineering standards
    • Liaise with the WFP engineers and specialists in ensuring that the priority initiatives proposed by village tracts and villages are developed in line with ESSF
    • Ensure that all the rural infrastructure interventions proposed by communities are climate and disaster resilient, implemented in conformity with Myanmar and internationally acceptable building and construction codes of practices
    • Based on the observations and feedback from the field, provide inputs to improve project operation manuals and related guidelines in relation to all standards, technical and safeguards considerations for WFP projects.
    • Assist the WFP and CP to comply with the IFIโ€™s environmental safeguard requirements and coordinate and facilitate all environmental safeguarding monitoring and reporting activities for the projects
    • Assist the ESMF implementation in preparing detailed monitoring schedules as well as conducting and monitoring environmental reports for submission to IFIs to ensure that the environmental safeguard requirements associated with the selected projects are effectively met;
    • Train relevant staff from CPs, members of PMC from village, village tracts, and the township development committees, in environmental safeguard requirements for the project. Conduct and prepare for environmental training events and capacity strengthening for the WFP and cooperating partners (CPs) and/or other stakeholders in the project.


      • Assist the village facilitators and volunteers, village tract forums, and the Activity team in integrating environmental safeguard guidelines into the project design, implementation and monitoring
      • Provide training to engineers and technicians of WFP and CP to implement and monitor environmental safeguard measures set out under the ESSF
      • Liaise on environmental matters with other technical agencies, including INGO/NGOs that will provide support services to the project
      • Assist WFP, CP and villagers in the preparation of Environment & Social Risks Management Plans (E&SMP)
      • Apply the set of environmental and social safeguard guidelines that will be developed to all projects by the environmental and social sustainability framework (ESSF) to ensure that the projects are designed in a way that does not alter the environmental classification of the project in accordance with IFIโ€™S Safeguard Policy
      • In the case of category C projects, assist the WFP and CPs in notifying ADB of the screening findings and the categorization of the project;
      • Keep a detailed record of the public consultation activities and ensure that the public has access to public documents related to the environmental safeguarding process; and
      • Train WFP and CP engineers in the conduct of risk assessment and provide technical guidance on how to mitigate the risks attendant to the identified subprojects


        • Regularly undertake field visits and subproject inspections to provide technical assistance to WFP and CP engineers, community facilitators and project managment committees (PMCs) and ensure that project designs are in conformance with generally acceptable engineering standards
        • In coordination with the WFP ACL team and M&E Officers, support the collection of regular reports regarding the status of infrastructure projects; and submit trip reports and training reports to SO manager and activity manager after every field visit or training activity;
        • In collaboration with WFP and CP engineers; request, receive, inspect, evaluate and maintain a well- organized database of all project designs from targeted townships
        • Produce written commentary; marked-up design notes; confirmation of design calculations; monitor the operations managment plan; questions; and requests for more detail for all suppliers and service providers.
        • Ensure that the materials procured for infrastructure interventions conform to WFP standards and codes of civil engineering practice applicable to minor works;
        • Train engineers, Technical Facilitators and technicians of the WFP and CPs in effective construction methodologies and quality of civil, building and earthworks works being carried out in the implementation of infrastructure projects


          • Bachelorโ€™s degree in Civil Engineering or environmental engineering
          • 7 yearsโ€™ professional experience preferably in rural infrastructure relating to rural/village roads, agriculture, irrigation and drainage. Preferably in rural development and environmental safeguards
          • Experience in both design and implementation of construction works
          • Experience in climate and disaster resilient community infrastructure
          • Preferably having experience in training of engineers and technicians in the supervision of direct labor in civil and building construction
          • Preferably having experience in preparing or editing handbooks and training materials and conducting training workshops
          • Preferably having experience in donor financed projects especially ADB and WB
          • Good command of written and spoken English


            All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

            No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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