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POSITION SUMMARY – This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya
Since accreditation, the CI-GEF/GCF Project Agencies have built a portfolio of over 60 projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. As part of acquiring and maintaining accreditation status, the Agencies established policies, systems, and procedures to ensure that all projects comply with the GEF and GCF policies on Environmental and Social Safeguards, Gender, Stakeholder Engagement, and Accountability and Grievance Mechanisms. With a growing portfolio and expanding ESMF requirements, this position will report to the Senior Director of ESMF to ensure that the CI-GEF/GCF Project Agencies comply with the stipulated policies in order to maintain the Agencies’ accreditation status and to continue accessing GEF and GCF funding.
The primary duties of this position include managing the application of the ESMF to the Agencies’ portfolio, training and administrative support, and monitoring and evaluation in the area of ESMF for projects under the oversight of the CI-GEF/GCF Project Agencies. This includes among others, managing submission timelines and quality control of ESMF plans and project documents, ensuring projects comply with ESMF policies and requirements and achieve project targets, providing technical support to projects on a regular basis, conducting ESMF outreach and training, managing ESMF e-course(s) and developing other capacity building products, and collecting, analyzing and presenting ESMF data.
This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and applicants must have the necessary permit(s)/authorization(s) to legally work there. No relocation package is being offered.
Application of the ESMF to CI GEF and GCF Portfolio
Provide guidance to project teams regarding the preparation and timely submission of safeguard screening forms, draft, revised, and finalized ESMF plans, work plans, quarterly reports, annual reports, and project documents.
Conduct initial review of safeguard screening forms, plans, reports, and project documents to ensure completeness and quality control.
Ensure project documents include the finalized screening form and mainstream the approved ESMF plans.
Work with the Agency’s grants team to ensure projects include appropriate ESMF staff and budget, and ESMF flowdowns in grant agreements and contracts.
Establish routine check-ins with project teams and provide ESMF support as needed.
Create and maintain a database of ESMF plans, indicator’s results, and status of plans.
Identify and work closely with projects where the ESMF plans do not meet the Agency’s standards and requirements, and where progress on ESMF implementation needs to be improved to meet project targets and compliance.
Publish the approved and updated ESMF plans on the Agency’s website and ensure that projects disclose those documents within the required timeline. (Ensure that all disclosure considers the requirements for Personal Identifiable Information and confidentiality).
Organize and prepare ESMF presentations for project preparation and implementation kick-off meetings.
Organize and participate in GEF and GCF-organized safeguard partnerships, meetings, webinars, workshops, and seminars.
Products on the Agency’s website.
Training and Administrative Support
Manage the ESMF e-course including coordination with the HR team and consultants, support to learners, and follow-up with learners to ensure completion of the course in a timely manner.
Work with project teams to identify and ensure that the required staff complete ESMF training.
Produce and disseminate Knowledge Management products relating to ESMF, including good examples of ESMF plans and training materials/e-courses.
Organize information sharing/exchange webinars with the project’s ESMF staff.
Support ESMF consultancies including the preparation and publishing of TORs, evaluation, and short-listing of bids, contract signing and management, and receipt of deliverables.
Compile and provide ESMF information as requested by internal/external reviewers, evaluators, and consultants.
Maintain ESMF information including policy updates and KM products on the Agency’s website.
Organize and maintain ESMF files and folders
Monitoring and Evaluation
Collect and analyze on a quarterly and annual basis, data related to the ESMF Indicators.
Collect and analyze on a monthly basis, data on ESMF e-course and other trainings.
Develop and implement surveys/analyses as requested.
Support and/or participate in supervision mission visits and review of projects
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Frequent travel up to 30% of the work time.
Fixed-term assignment “expected to be a 1-year assignment”.
Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or related field.
4 to 6 years of experience working with project/program design, implementation, monitoring, and compliance of public-donor funded projects in the area of environment, conservation and/or development.
Working knowledge and understanding of the issues related to environmental and social safeguard standards, stakeholder engagement, accountability, and grievance mechanisms, working with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs), gender mainstreaming, and designing/implementing environmental and social management plans and environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs).
Strong ability to work independently and/or remotely, while maintaining productivity.
Experience in cross-cultural consultation, training, capacity building, and collaboration.
Demonstrated ability to work in team environments and cultivate productive partnerships across a diversity of stakeholders.
Excellent English oral and written communication skills, including public speaking.
Fluency (oral and written) in a second language relevant to the CI-GEF/GCF Portfolio.
Experience designing and implementing GEF, GCF, or familiarity with IFC’s Performance Standards.
Experience in database creation and management, working with MS PowerPoint and SharePoint.
Experience in producing and disseminating knowledge management products and training materials.
Experience in designing and conducting training.
Experience in conducting M&E, including developing performance indicators, designing surveys, analyzing data, and presenting findings in a user-friendly manner.
To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.