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Environmental and Social Management System Officer

Vacancy #:   6447
Unit:   Species Conservation Action
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Coordinator, Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 July 2023
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   30 June 2023
Job description
The position is responsible for ensuring that ESMS procedures, standards and principles are applied to the ITHCP project portfolio. This involves providing support during project preparation, including preparing ESMS screening reports for projects, advising proponents on safeguard-related improvements of project design, supporting the preparation of ESIAs (Environmental and Social Impact Assessments) and safeguard documents and preparing ESMS clearance. It further involves providing support and supervision during project implementation to guarantee that ESMS requirements are complied with. Where the safeguard-related grievance is raised, she/he will be instrumental in solving the matter proactively.
She/he will also build ESMS capacity for the ITHCP staff and grantees to enhance ESMS-compliant project design and ensure effective implementation of the risk management strategies. This involves coaching and training existing staff and project grantees.
This position will report to the Coordinator, Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) and will be guided technically by the IUCN Regional ESMS Specialist, Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand and IUCN Global ESMS Coordinator, HQ, Gland, Switzerland.

Specific duties include.
1. Environmental and social due diligence at the project design stage

• Screen projects on environmental and social impacts, define risk categories, identify necessary impact studies and safeguard tools/plans, and produce final ESMS Screening Reports.
• Support applicants in developing Preliminary Safeguards Instruments for their projects.
• Advise project proponents on stakeholder engagement during the project design and implementation phase.
• Ensure appropriate budgeting for ESMS activities.
• Conduct final compliance checks and prepare ESMS clearance of projects.
• Work closely with the consultant to understand the overall ESMS application in the projects.

2. ESMS support during project implementation.

• Support grantees in developing Final Safeguard Instruments and finalize any ESMS deliverables due at project inception.
• Provide ESMS training for project grantees and relevant partners at project inception.
• Support the grantees in monitoring safeguard tools and reporting progress on implementation and compliance with all ESMS requirements.
• Review six-monthly ESMS reports submitted by grantees and contribute to the drafting of relevant sections of the technical progress reports for the donor.
• Contribute to annual project implementation reviews and provide supervisory monitoring missions to support ESMS-specific aspects for the project reviews and assessments.
• Manage ESMS project data including entries to the Project Portal to assure maintenance of ESMS records and prepare an annual summary report of E&S performance and compliance of all projects.
• Provide any other form of ESMS-related technical support to the projects.

3. Grievance management and Serious Incident reporting

• Support the grantees in setting up a project-level grievance mechanism in accordance with the IUCN ESMS Grievance Mechanism Guidance Note.
• Work with grantees to solve grievances in line with IUCN’s three-staged grievance process.
• Maintain a register of grievances and report on progress in solving grievances.
• Provide appropriate guidance for the grantees to prepare and report serious incidents.
• Ensure timely reporting of serious incidents and implementation of corrective actions.

4. Training and Learning

• Train and coach grantees on ESMS procedures, principles, and standards to ensure not only the consistent application but also proactive integration of ESMS principles into project design and regular activities.
• Support the Regional ESMS Specialist in the development of ESMS training materials and delivery of training sessions.
• Organise and participate in thematic webinars related to the programme.

5. System Development

• Monitor ESMS implementation in the project sites to capture lessons learned and feedback from the grantees and project stakeholders and suggest refinement and improvements of the fund-level ESMS and the overall IUCN ESMS.
• Generate lessons on the ESMS application for grant making and species conservation actions identifying good practices and synthesising these practices for dissemination.

6. Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Core Competencies;

Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision-making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.

Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provides a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintains effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values diligently and professionally.

Accountability: Takes responsibility for individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach
  • Graduate Degree in social science and management, law, anthropology, environmental management or comparable studies.
• Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of indigenous people’s matter and policies, rights-based approaches, gender mainstreaming, and inclusive conservation.
• At least 3 years of relevant regional experience in environmental and social safeguard systems, and risk management preferably with working experience in conservation projects, protected areas and wildlife law enforcement.
• Practical knowledge in conducting environmental and social impact assessments, undertaking environmental and social due diligence, and preparing and implementing environmental and social safeguard instruments.
• Experience in monitoring environmental and social management plans and other safeguard instruments, including reporting.
• Experience in designing training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring and capacity building.
• Demonstrated a high level of professionalism and ability to work independently to deliver under a tight deadline.
• Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated ability to engage with local stakeholders and communities, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen, respect for colleagues and ability to work as part of a team.
• Fluency in written and spoken English is a must. Knowledge of local languages from the region, especially tiger range countries will be an added advantage.

Functional competencies;
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
• Ability to conduct data collection using various methods.
• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), database applications, spreadsheets, and graphics presentations.
• Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.
• Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
• Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 86'330 and CHF 107'913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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