Environmental and Social Safeguard - Senior Analyst

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Last update: Apr 16, 2024 Last update: Apr 16, 2024


Deadline: Apr 29, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Haiti
Organization: UNOPS
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, French English, French
Work experience:Min 2 years
Date posted: Apr 15, 2024


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Dutystation: Multiple (Cap Haiten and Les Cayes), Haiti

Functional responsibilities

A key part of the Programme is to improve Environmental and Social Safeguard Managementperformance by identifying, preventing or mitigating adverse impacts on the environment and on the communities and supporting project deliveries in a sustainable manner. Cities Alliance and its partners intend to manage the environmental and social risks and impacts throughout the life cycle of projects in a systematic manner that leads to continuous improvement and development of local capacity. Additionally, Cities Alliance/UNOPS must comply with the environmental policies and frameworks of its Key partner USAID Environmental and Social safeguards and stakeholder requirements around social safeguards policies and frameworks of bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, governments.
The Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist will be responsible for assisting Cities Alliance and its implementing partners in Haiti in identifying interactions of the programme, projects with the environment and social dimension, defining the associated impacts of these interactions and proposing mitigation measures as well as protocols for implementing them in compliance with the UNOPS and USAID ESMS and adopting relevant guidelines applicable to the programme context.

The Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist will be responsible for:

Ensuring compliance with Environmental and social safeguards policies of bilateral and multilateral donor agencies as well as local regulations.

  • Establish environmental and social baselines.

  • Identify potential environmental and social risks and impacts.

  • Review the local regulatory requirements as well requirements emerging from compliance with USAID environmental and social safeguards frameworks and policies.

  • Strategize the development of adequate tools for implementation of ESMS.

  • develop appropriate plans including social impact assessments reviews.

  • Prepare any reports or recommendations.

  • Interact and consult with relevant actors and stakeholders.

Ensure that consideration for social and gender issues is streamlined in project implementations.

  • Identify vulnerable communities and groups and ensure minimization of social impact risks.

  • Develop and propose methodology for establishing social baselines including identification of potentially vulnerable groups including women, children and minorities.

  • Identify if the project interacts with any indigenous communities or other sensitive cultures.

  • Identify if the project activities may lead to loss of livelihood for any stakeholders.

  • Propose plan for preparation of adequate instruments to identify and mitigate any environmental and socially negative impacts and to streamline gender and other social concerns into project operations.

Providing support in procurement, management and monitoring for implementation of the ESMS

  • Identify if third party services need to be procured to meet the ESMS requirements and/or donor and other stakeholder safeguards requirements or policies.

  • Develop relevant TORs and assist in procurement of services.

  • Ensure that the deliverables adequately address the requirements of the various stakeholders including any operational documents such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and operation manuals.

Support monitoring and reporting activities

  • Develop implementation plans including monitoring and documentation mechanisms and appropriate budgets for incorporating environmental and social compliance requirements.

  • Define relevant stakeholder responsibilities and monitoring mechanisms.

  • Provide adequate document controls and reviews.

In addition to the above specific tasks the specialist will also

  • Contribute to the analysis of the organization’s social risk profile and determination of key controls.

  • Provide technical advice to Programme partners on what needs to be included in projects.

  • Carry out training on environmental and social safeguard management in line with UNOPS and USAID standards and best practices.

  • Implement the process for performance review and reporting.

  • Assist project teams to develop and implement Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and guidance.

  • Assist Project and field offices to establish monitoring inspections, meetings, reporting and internal auditing.

  • Assist the project team and partners to embed environmental and social issues into the processes of design and construction of infrastructure.

The specialist engaged in monitoring and reporting on UNOPS and USAID environmental and social safeguard plans. S/he will work under the supervision of the Local Coordinator and the Urban Development Specialist to ensure alignment to Cities Alliance/UNOPS and USAID tools, approaches and systems.

  • Undertake any other functions related to the successful implementation of the project as may be requested by Cities Alliance.

Impact of Results
The effective and successful achievement of key results by the Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist is essential to ensure the smooth running of local projects which, in turn, positions Cities Alliance as a leading player in the sustainable development of Haiti. This promotes the image of UNOPS / Cities Alliance as an effective service provider and innovation leader and strengthens the competitive position of UNOPS / Cities Alliance as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services at global, regional and local levels.


Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Environmental Sciences or Engineering, Environmental Management, Civil Engineering, Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline is required.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a combination of two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.
  • Certification or accreditation in implementing environmental and social safeguards frameworks and/or policies would be considered an asset.
  • Project management certification (e.g. Prince2 Foundation) is desirable;


  • Previous experience in development and environmental monitoring (environmental assessments, risk-based assessments, implementation of local development programs) is required.

  • Experience working on and implementing USAID/ multilateral and bilateral agencies environmental and social safeguards frameworks and/or policies would be an asset.

  • Relevant experience working in developing countries especially in the Caribbean or in Haiti is an asset.

  • Relevant experience of environmental and social assessment of infrastructure and municipal solid waste management projects is an asset.

  • Experience of third-party certification audits for environmental management is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and French (Written and oral) is mandatory.

  • A good knowledge of written and spoken Haitian Creole is an advantage.

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