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Environmental Specialist

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Temporary

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Job Summary

• At least a Bachelor degree or equivalent related to environmental science, engineering, or
other technical discipline in natural resources management or any other relevant discipline;
• Documented evidence and experience with similar successful assignments collaborated by
recommendations of the clients;
• The staff should be registered with NEMA as a lead expert.
• Should have accumulated at least Eight (8) years general working experience and 5 years’
previous specific experience on preparation and implementation of ESIA and ESMP for
water related infrastructure projects;
• 3 years’ previous specific experience on supervision of environmental and social
safeguards/resettlement action plans implementation on World Bank funded projects;
• Knowledge in Experience in working with communities’ range of stakeholders. The staff
should possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili.
Knowledge of the Somali Language will be be an advantage;
• Proven ability to function as a team player, to work across institutional boundaries, and to
collaborate with other entities. Hands-on and action-oriented approach;
• Excellent oral presentation skills and written communication skills in English. Knowledge
of Somali language and ability to work in an intercultural environment would also be an
advantage;
• Competence with standard MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), preferably
combined with computerized analytical skills required.

Responsibilities

Task 1: Project Preparation
• To screen the subprojects for potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.
• When necessary, Conduct Environmental and Social Impact Assessment studies and
prepare Safeguard Reports and present them to NWWDA, County governments as well as
the WSP’s;
• To review and provide comments on draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
Reports (ESIA), Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) and ESMP’s prepared by the
consultants for various projects implemented by NWWDA, the counties and the water
companies of Garissa and Wajir. The aim of the review is to improve quality of the output
as well as ensure that the reports consistent with the Terms of Reference (ToRs) World
Bank Safeguards Policies requirements and applicable national laws, legislation and
regulations;
• Ensure that the draft ESIAs/or ESMPs/ Project Reports and other environmental and social
safeguards documents prepared by consultants and contractors are in compliance with
relevant safeguards policies of the Government of Kenya and the World Bank and are
submitted to the World Bank for review and clearance, and the cleared ESIAs are
submitted to NEMA for review and licensing;
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• Assist in Preparing internal environmental and social guidelines for the preparation,
implementation, monitoring and reporting of environmental and social documents
required by various safeguards instruments;
• Provide input to Contractor selection processes, ensuring that the Environment, Health and
Safety aspects are included into the bidding and contract documents.
Task 2: Project Implementation, Monitoring and Supervision:
• Supervise the implementation of the environmental and social management plans (ESMP)
for and on behalf NWWDA, Wajir and Garissa Counties and their water companies for all
the sub-projects under WSDP;
• Conduct interviews with contractor’s personnel dealing with implementation of the
CESMP, the consultants, the two counties, and their water companies and NWWDA to
corroborate information and probe areas of concern;
• Review the Contractor’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) procedures and determine
adequacy and levels of implementation;
• Review and provide comments to the Contractor’s Environmental and Social Management
Plan and associated sub-plans such as Waste Management Plans and Occupational, Health
and Safety Plans;
• Reviewing documentation pertaining to environmental and social compliance (including
bidding documents, reviews on-site, reports from contractors etc.) during project
implementation;
• Conduct regular field visits to assess and observe where construction activities are ongoing
and at contractor’s facilities to monitor that environmental measures and controls are in
operation as described and intended in the approved Contractor’s ESMP;
• Evaluate the risk and impacts of the project activities to the health, safety and security of
the surrounding communities and establish preventive and control measures consistent
with good international good practice;
• Assess if the grievance redress mechanisms established for the project are functioning
appropriately and the individual projects are implemented in an environmentally
sustainable manner and support in attending to environmental and social grievances
escalated to the PCU at the county level;
• Assess the major environmental, health and safety non-compliances, incidents and
proposes corrective actions with strict timelines;
• Identify issues to be addressed through the safeguard’s instruments for the project within
the context of COVID-19 Pandemic guidelines and review those issues with the consulting
firms;
• Contribute to project progress reports pertaining to overall implementation of
environmental and social requirements of the project as requested by World Bank
(monthly, quarterly etc.), on progress on environmental safeguards for all sub-projects;
• Ensure adherence of the social safety measures by the contractors as guided by the
Ministry of Health in the containment of COVID-19 Pandemic protocols
• Participate in project missions and follow up with the Consultants and ensure the actions
agreed by the Joint Implementation Missions of the World Bank and the NWWDA,
Counties and water companies are implemented;
• Participate in incident/accident investigations by project contractors and supervising
consultants and subsequent follow-up on agreed action plans;
• Advising on ad hoc safeguards matters as they arise during implementation; including restructuring of mitigation action plans as needed.
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Task 3: Reporting
The Environment Safeguards Specialist will carry out the following:
• Ensure that ESIAs/ESMPs cleared by the World Bank and NEMA are disclosed in the
WSP’s area of Jurisdiction;
• Review monthly, quarterly and other ad hoc environmental safeguards reports submitted
by the Consultants and Contractors before submission is accepted by the implementing
Agencies i.e. NWWDA/County/WSP and the Bank;
• Prepare reports on workshops and field visits, minutes of meetings, and others.
Task 4: Management and Training:
• Support the Project coordination unit in daily management and implementing training and
policy activities related to planning and managing the environment;
• Prepare training materials and conduct safeguards training workshops to NWWDA, the
Counties of Wajir and Garissa and their respective water companies plus Contractors.
• Any other duty as may be assigned by the CEO NWWDA.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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