Environmental Specialist Job Opportunity – Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL)

Job Title:        Environmental Specialist
Organisation: Uganda
Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
About US:
Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) is responsible
for bulk purchase of electricity from the generating companies and selling the
electricity in bulk to the distribution companies throughout Uganda. UETCL is
also responsible for all exports and imports of electricity to Uganda. UETCL
envisions: “To become a leading strategic business partner in the transmission
and Single Buyer Business and to support sustainable energy development in
Job Summary: The Environmental
Specialist will ensure proper planning of environmental and mainstreaming and
implementation of project environmental aspects. He/she shall also ensure that
the required Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management plans are
developed and implemented in timely manner during the course of the project.
Key Duties and
  • Develop
    Terms of Reference (TORs) for Environmental Assessments, including
    but not limited to Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs),
    Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), Environmental Audits,
  • Supervise
    and undertake technical review of Environmental and Social Impact
    Assessments (ESIAs), Environmental Audits and development of Environmental
    and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) by Consultants, and Contractors, and
    follow-up on acquisition of any relevant Statutory Approvals.
  • Offer
    technical guidance on implementation of project mitigation
    measures, undertake environmental monitoring and supervision of project
    works, including development of monitoring checklists, compilation of
    periodic (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual) progress reports, to ensure
    compliance with relevant environmental requirements.
  • Review
    the Planning and procurement procedures to ensure that; (i) the
    Environmental requirements are properly reflected and costed in contract
    documents, (ii) environmental safeguards milestones are included in the
    contractor’s certificates for payment, and (iii) conditions of approval
    on the NEMA certificate and other statutory approvals are well considered,
    implemented and accordingly advise Management.
  • Carry
    out regular environmental safeguards capacity development of Consultants,
    and Contractors during project implementation, including conduct of
    project awareness, communication and sensitization activities.
  • Work
    closely with the Task Team, participate in the set up and
    operationalization of project Grievance Redress Mechanism.
  • Serve
    as a link between UETCL, Consultants, Contractors, Communities and
    respective local governments on environmental matters.
  • Review
    and provide advice on contractors’ TORs, proposals and plans for temporary
    works, camps site, equipment storage yards, quarries, marram borrow
    pits, temporary access roads etc.
  • Initiate,
    implement and monitor ecosystem (forests, wetlands) restoration activities
    as may be triggered by the electricity transmission project, including
    development of biological offsets where necessary.
  • Work
    closely with relevant authorities, government agencies and ministries to
    ensure adequate implementation of all requirements in line with donor and
    Ugandan environmental safeguard policies and laws.
  • Where
    necessary, ensure that relevant Permits are obtained prior to
    project implementation, including but not limited to Wetlands Use Permit,
    Forest Permits, Registration of Work-Place (for Camps), Heavy Equipment
    Certification, Waste Handling Permits, etc.
  • Formulating
    training plans and providing training aid on environment issues
    during implementation of the project and associated works to the PMU,
    Contractors and other relevant project stakeholders;
  • Communicating
    changes in the proposed activities through the revision program;
  • Coordinating
    the implementation of the SEAP process between the Contractors and
    the relevant agencies.
  • In
    charge of coordinating and participating in community engagement and
    feedback activities aimed at disseminating and sharing lessons learned
    from the implementation of the project.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned
    from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal applicant for the UETCL
    Environmental Specialist job placement should hold a University Degree in Environmental
    and Natural Resources Sciences or a related field from a recognized University.
  • Possession
    of a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Natural Resources
    Sciences or a related field from a recognized University will be added
  • Postgraduate
    qualifications and experience in Environmental Impact
    Assessment/Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) and monitoring are added
  • Professional
    registration with NEMA as Environmental Practitioner or an equivalent body
    will be an added advantage.
  • At
    least three years of hands-on experience with the World Bank safeguard
    policies and should have applied the policies in similar projects
  • Must
    have significant practical experience with the World Bank safeguard
    policies and/or IFC Performance Standards evidenced from similar work
    carried out in the past.
  • Comprehensive
    knowledge of Uganda’s Environmental Requirements (Policies, Laws,
    Regulations and Guidelines).
  • Must
    have in-depth knowledge of Industrial & SHE regulations.
  • Computer
    literacy in Ms Projects or similar project scheduling and monitoring tool.
  • Possess
    a valid National Driving Permit.
  • Must
    have Analytical skills, Interpersonal skills, Supervisory skills, Report
    writing skills.
  • Ability to withstand stressful work situations and have willingness to
    work long hours outside the normal hours.
  • A
    person of high integrity, must be highly motivated, innovative and a
    committed team player.
  • Willingness
    to travel extensively and be away from duty station for extended periods.

How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to send their applications
enclosing photocopies of academic qualification certificates and testimonials
along with their curriculum vitae indicating contact postal address, daytime
contact telephone, fax or e-mail and giving three (3) referees to:
The Manager,
Human Resource and Administration
Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited
P.O. Box 7625
Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 18th August
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