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Environmental Specialist (preferably National of SVG)

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Last update: Jul 7, 2022 Last update: Jul 7, 2022

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Deadline: Jul 16, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Organization: SEURECA - VEOLIA
Sectors: Environment & NRM Environment & NRM
Job type: Contract, up to 4 months
Languages:
English English
Work experience: From 10 years
Date posted: Jul 6, 2022
Expected starting date: Nov 1, 2022

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Description

The Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (GoSVG) is the beneficiary of World Bank funds to finance the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Volcanic Eruption Emergency Project (P176943), that includes a Water Supply Subproject.

The Subproject includes: (1) the development of a water supply system using ground water source at Overland to replace the existing systems at Sandy Bay and Owia, (2) the improvement of water purification on the Perseverance water supply system along with storage and distribution expansion, and (3) the improvement of the existing Fancy water supply system The three (3) existing water supply systems of Fancy, Owia and Sandy Bay are supplied from surface (river) water sources situated on the slopes of the La Soufriere volcano that recently erupted explosively in April 2021 These eruptions resulted in the destruction of intake and treatment structures in the rivers and the deposition of thick layers of ash and pyroclastic material that now sit on the slopes of the volcano and are periodically washed into the supply river channels in the form of Lahars (mudflows) with every moderate to heavy rainfall event. The consequence of every moderate to heavy rainfall event is therefore an interruption of the water supply from these sources due to high turbidity, blockages, and closures from the resulting mudflows. This situation also presents operational challenges for the CWSA with its engineering department being on constant alert for Lahars, having to finance and manage repeated cycles of damage and restoration. One of the major impacts of the recent volcanic eruptions was extensive damage and destruction to many homes and industries situated along the river channels emanating from the summit of the volcano. This then required the mandatory relocation of many residents and some industries to much less vulnerable areas at Orange Hill and Waterloo, both situated just North of the Rabacca River and presently supplied by the Perseverance source. The existing surface water Perseverance system is supplied by intake, treatment and storage structures on the slopes of a separate mountain, Morne Garu, situated to the South of the La Soufriere volcano. Although this system is considered much less vulnerable to mudflows, it presently experiences new and repeated shutdowns due to heavy rainfall and high turbidity. Of equal importance is the new and increased demand now being placed on this system due to new residential housing and the relocation of the Arrowroot and other Agriculture industries. These recent developments will require significant improvements in both the quality and quantity of water available for consistent transmission and distribution.

The Design and Review Stage comprises the following main components:

  • Assessment, testing and design of well field at Overland to meet the required demand considering more than one well if necessary, using solar power system and their associated facilities; • Review hydraulic design of the pump main and all distribution pipelines and storage;
  • Design of a water treatment facility at Perseverance to increase capacity from 35 m3/h to a minimum of 70 m3/h and the proposed distribution extensions; • Design of a new surface water intake structure at Fancy and water treatment facility with minimum capacity of 5 m3/h;
  • Prepare Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and if needed, Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), for all proposed facilities in accordance with Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF).the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and the Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP).
  • Preparation of tender documents for procurement of works, services, material and equipment, as well provide technical support (for example evaluation of all bids, contract negotiations) to CWSA during the procurement process;
  • Ensure that tender documents for procurement of works, duly incorporate and take into consideration the requirements (as applicable) of the Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) of the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) of the Bank-this includes the provisions of the ESMF, Labor Management Procedures (LMP), RPF, SEP, and the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP);
  • Review, and ensure sure that relevant aspects of the ESCP and ESS documents are incorporated into the Environmental Social Health and Safety (ESHS) specifications of the procurement documents. Support with monitoring, to ensure that the consultants/contractors comply with the ESHS specifications of their respective contracts;
  • Supervision of construction of the works contract.

To lead the environmental study, we are looking for an environmental expert with the following qualifications and experience :

Qualifications and skills

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, Engineering, Earth Science or Geography, or related relevant field of study
  • Demonstrated excellent command of spoken and written English

General professional experience

  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in environmental protection and environmental management.
  • Experience working in the Caribbean.

Specific professional experience

  • Must have executed at least 2 similar assignments in the last 10 years financed by Multilateral Financiers