Social Safeguards and Environmental Specialist

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Last update: 4 days ago Last update: Jan 25, 2023


Deadline: Feb 1, 2023
Location: Yemen Yemen
Sectors: Risk Management (incl. insurance) Risk Management (incl. insurance)
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 7 years
Date posted: Jan 25, 2023


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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian, and development crisis. Since the outbreak of conflict in 2015, Yemen’s economic output has decreased by roughly 50 per cent, and poverty has escalated dramatically. The prohibitive costs of food and fuel, paired with high unemployment, makes survival extremely difficult for most Yemenis. Approximately 80 per cent of the population requires humanitarian assistance; 10 million people are on the brink of starvation; and more than 3.3 million people are internally displaced. According to a UNDP Yemen-commissioned study, conflict has already set Yemen ́s development back by 21 years.

Under the Economic Recovery and Development Unit (ERDU), UNDP received an initial grant from the World Bank (WB) in 2016 for the amount of US$50 million. To date UNDP has received cumulatively around US$675 million – an increase of over US$600 million over 5 years. There are strong indications that this financing will increase rapidly over the next few years. Currently three WB projects are being implemented under this portfolio;

• The Emergency Social Protection Enhanced COVID19 Response Project (ESPECRP)

• The Yemen Food Security Response and Resilience Project (YFSRRP)

• The Sustainable Fishery Development in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (SFISH)

With approval from OHR, there is a “joint structure” within the ERDU Unit to manage the multiple WB projects. In reality, this means that International and some national staff have responsibilities across all three WB projects.

UNDP will manage the implementation, monitoring and compliance of the WB’s Environmental and Social Standards and UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (

Each WB project is responsible for developing an Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) comprising the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), Pest Management Plan (PMP), Labor Management Plan (LMP), Resettlement Framework (RF), Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), a Security Management Plan (SMP) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) action plan. These plans need to be cleared by the bank before implementation of activities.

Position Purpose:

The purpose of the position is to develop the requirements (frameworks and plans) under the overarching Environmental and Social Framework, related to the specific geographical sites of implementation of the WB project’s activities. Once sub-project sites have been chosen (numbering in the thousands) the specialist will supervise the UNDP team and Responsible Parties to develop site specific Environmental and Safeguards Management Plans (ESMPs) which outline the risks at the project sites and will develop Risk Management Plans to mitigate the risks. Once implementation of activities at project sites begin, the Manger will be responsible for ensuring compliance to the ESMPs and will manage the Grievance Redress Mechanism.

The ESMF describes:

(i) potential environmental and social impacts of project interventions,

(ii) potential environmental and social risks inherent to the project area, and

(iii) mitigation measures proportional to the risks and impacts identified, including OHS risks.

(iv) the Grievance Redness (GRM)

(v) how to address Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) complaints mechanisms that will be applied by implementing agencies over the project implementation period.

ESMF and ESMP utilization. Sub-project activities will be screened against the environmental and social criteria in the ESMF, and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and any other relevant instruments, will be prepared before the commencement of any physical activities for that sub-project.


Strengthen all World Bank’s Environmental and Social Management Frameworks (ESMFs) and related management system:

Review and update ESMF as needed to respond to lessons learned, new information, or evolving policies and guidance used by UNDP, World Bank, and Responsible Parties.
Work closely with UNDP Country Office, World Bank and Responsible Parties to ensure effective management systems in place for implementation, including integration in the Management Information System
Support and advises Responsible Parties to consider options to ensure ESMF is embedded in operating procedures, institutional arrangements and roles and responsibilities
Develop tailored ESMF operational tools and checklists as needed

Ensure appropriate monitoring, reporting and evaluation of ESMF and Safeguards implementation:

Ensure sub-project screenings, assessments and management plans are tracked and available.
Develop and implement detailed monitoring plan for ESMF, including indicators and preparation of ESMF monitoring reports
Work with Third Party Monitoring (TPM) agent to ensure ESMF implementation is considered in monitoring activities
Review TPM reports to ensure findings and lessons related to ESMF implementation responded to environmental and social standards

Oversees and supports compliance with SES requirements within the context of the WB’s projects and UNDP standards:

Advise improvement of sub-project monitoring, recording and reporting, including tracking of incidents and response measures
Develops safeguard strategy and roadmap to ensure better implementation of the safeguard requirements
Develops simple safeguard guidelines for UNDP staff
Supports the conducting of a Safeguard Audit
Ensures corrective actions are identified and issues escalated as needed if there are potential compliance issues
Provides support and quality assurance function, including spot-checking screenings for ESMPs
Provides technical and advisory support to Responsible Parties.

Manages and oversees the UNDP-WB Call Centre:

Manage the Third-Party Agent to effectively run the call centre and track grievances
Ensure Responsible parties are clearly displaying call centre number so communities are aware of the grievance procedure
Ensure effectiveness of grievance mechanisms so that all grievances and responses are tracked and responded to
Advise UNDP management when non frivolous grievances arise, and suggest process to deal with the grievance.

Provides overall strategic and managerial guidance to the UNDP team and Responsible Partners:

Provides advise and strategical approach to improve implementation of Social and Environmental Safeguards and issues related to climate change, environmental management, gender mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction
Builds smart partnership and collaboration with other UN agencies and partners and agencies to strengthen implementation of the social and environmental standards and safeguards, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental impact assessments and management
Delivers assessments, case studies and audits on social and environmental related issues and safeguard standards
Coordinates the UN Yemen Safeguard Technical Working Group and others partnerships to improve mainstreaming social and environmental safeguards


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found on the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Direction & Strategy - System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
UNDP Representation: Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies
Integration within the UN: Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.
Business Management - Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goal
Business Management - Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.



Master’s university degree with at least seven years of relevant of working experience in environmental management, engineering and social sciences, or another relevant field
A Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted


Senior field experience in the field of environmental and social safeguard planning and implementation for community-based initiatives and projects
Excellent knowledge and experience of safeguard legislations and procedures in different institutions
Excellent knowledge of potentially hazardous materials or work practices
Experience with writing policies and procedures for safeguards and risk management
Familiarity with conducting data analysis and reporting statistics
Proficient in MS Office
Working knowledge of safeguard management information systems
Experience in managing complex processes and diverse teams
Relevant experience working with an UN agency or other humanitarian agency is desirable
Experience in working in crisis situations is desirable
Experience in the area of emergency

Language Requirements

Language requirements: Required – English
Desired – Arabic