11 August 2017

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 Uganda.”

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 Responsibilities:  
  • 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, etc.
  • 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 Experience:
  • 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 advantage.
  • Postgraduate qualifications and experience in Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) and monitoring are added advantage.
  • 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 recently
  • 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 2017

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