Environmental Safeguards Specialist (ESS) World Bank Project Jobs – Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)

Title:          Environmental Safeguards
Specialist (ESS)
Organization: Private
Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)
Project Name: Skills
Development Facility (SDF)
Funding source:
World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head
About US:
Private Sector
Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is Uganda’s apex body for the private sector. It is
made up of over 200 business associations, corporate bodies and the major
public sector agencies that support private sector growth. Since its founding
in 1995, PSFU has served as a focal point for private sector advocacy as well
as capacity building and continues to sustain a positive policy dialogue with
Government on behalf of the private sector.
About World Bank SDF Project:
The Government of
Uganda received credit from the World Bank towards implementation of the Uganda
Competitive Fund for employer-led short-term training (Uganda Skills
Development Fund -USDF). The Uganda competitive fund for employer-led
short-term training is part of the Skilling Uganda Project addressing
prevailing skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda. An important element of
the initiative is to facilitate collaboration between training providers and
industry to promote demand driven skills development with special attention to
innovative modes of training. The USD 18 Million matching grant facility – SDF
is managed by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). The Project
component has a total budget of 21.8 Million USD including operational costs.
Job Summary:  The Environmental Safeguards Specialist (ESS)
will ensure that sub- projects under the match granting facility comply with
environmental policies, laws, regulations and guidelines governing both
national/Country and IDA safeguard requirements. Determining, to what extent
the Environment Safeguard Policies of Government of Uganda and the World Bank
are followed during the screening of the sub-projects and their implementation
(i.e. training activities for large, medium, small and micro enterprises and
production of goods by the informal sector); level of compliance with regard to
the provisions in the National Environment Act Cap. 153, Occupational Health
and Safety Act, 2006, National Environment (Waste Management) Regulation, World
Bank (WB) Safeguard Policies including the WB Environment Health and Safety
Guidelines and other cross cutting issues.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Tasked with development and implementing the environment safeguards
    screening, reporting and other tools and forms for SDF/PSFU;
  • Capacity building and strengthening of SDF/PSFU implementing
    agencies and sub-projects/enterprises in assessing and addressing the
    identified gaps in the implementation of environment safeguards;
  • Ensuring the assessment of performance of sub-projects/enterprises
    on environmental, Health and Safety compliance;
  • Tasked with the preparation of quarterly and annual environmental
    performance Reports;
  • Leading SDF/USDP safeguards dialogue and strengthening PSFU
    knowledge and capacity to implement environmental safeguards. This will
    include training the relevant SDF/PSFU PCU and other implementers on
    mainstreaming environmental issues including safeguards in the sub-
  • Support the development and implementation of an Environment
    Management System (EMS), compliance monitoring system including reporting
    progress of implementation of Environment Safeguards.
  • Prepare appropriate environmental and social safeguards screening
    checklist(s) and ensuring that it is incorporated in the application
    packages for the various windows;
  • Undertake environmental screening of all sub-projects/ enterprises,
    developing appropriate safeguard instruments where necessary such as,
    Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) or Integrated Pest
    Management Plans (IPMPs).
  • Participate as a team member in the technical evaluation of the
    applicants to ensure that relevant environment and social safeguard
    related aspects are taken into consideration during evaluation.
  • Carry out field visits/site visits to all sub-projects to identify
    key environment safeguard related issues and to provide technical guidance
    in complying with national environmental legislation including Occupational
    Health and Safety (OSH) requirements and World Bank Safeguard Policies.
  • Undertake capacity building for SDF/PSFU in ensuring that aspects of
    Environment Safeguards compliance measures in the sub-projects are
    implemented and adhered to.
  • Conduct safeguards training for PSFU/SDF, implementing agencies and
    sub-projects/enterprises in ensuring that they are knowledgeable of
    relevant national environmental legislation and World Bank safeguard
    requirements applicable to their activities.
  • Support mainstreaming of environment safeguard requirements
    including compliance with occupational health and safety into the training
    packages provided under the four windows.
  • Support the sub-projects/enterprises where necessary in acquiring
    the relevant permits/licenses, developing monitoring and compliance tools
    (e.g. ESHS reporting/accident/incident logbooks, among others) to maintain
    compliance with the various laws such as the National Environment Act,
    Cap. 153.
  • Support the collection, analysis and utilization of environment and
    social safeguards information at National and enterprise level.
  • Monitor, coordinate and support preparation of periodic project
    progress reports with adequate input on project performance on environment
    and social Safeguards.
  • Ensure adequate Environment and social safeguards records and
    documentation are kept (including photographs,) of works and sub projects.
  • Guide the management on strategies for strengthening implementation
    of Environment and Social Safeguards measures.
  • Generate specific outputs (deliverables) as determined from time to
    time in the respective projected work plans for each quarter.
  • Liaising with IDA (WB) Environmental Specialists, NEMA and other
    Government Agencies on Environmental and Social Management of the SDF/USDP
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Established environmental safeguards management system at SDF/PSFU.
  • Implementable environmental safeguard instruments including
    environment and social safeguards screening, reporting and other tools and
    forms for SDF/PSFU and where required preparation of ESMP.
  • Environmental skills and knowledge analysis done for SDF/PSFU,
    implementing partners and all sub-projects and training undertaken.
  • Coordinated safeguards team initiated and sustained to discuss the
    safeguard issues across the SDF/PSFU implementers and inform the necessary
    project reporting.
  • Environment and Social Safeguards Monitoring data base developed and
  • Progress reports describing all activities undertaken by the
    Safeguards on monthly, quarterly basis to both PSFU and IDA
  • Annual Environment and Social Safeguards Status Report showing
    overall performance of all components with regards to safeguards
    performance submitted to IDA.
  • Final Environment and Social Safeguards Status Report Produced and
    shared with relevant ministries, PSFU and the World Bank/IDA.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must be a holder of at least MSc in Environmental
    related courses from a recognized institution, with a matching experience
    of over 15 years in the field of Environment and Social Impact Assessment
    and Management.
  • Broad understanding of the national environment policies, laws,
    regulations and World Bank Safeguard Policies and EHS guidelines.
  • Significant experience of working with various stakeholders including
    Government institutions, Non-Government Organizations and the private
    sector, is desirable;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of supporting a comprehensive and balanced
    approach to environmental and social safeguards management including
    scoping screening, research, risk assessment, planning, project
    development and implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Able to independently and effectively plan, organize, manage and
    evaluate important and complex projects for individual and team work
  • Ability to make quick and good judgement
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact
  • High level of honesty, integrity and versatility
  • Should be able to work with minimum supervision and deliver under
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send an application letter with an
updated CV and support academic documents in hardcopy to:
Head SDF Private
Sector Foundation Uganda, Plot 43 Nakasero Road, P.O. Box 7683 Kampala
Deadline: 12th July 2018
For more of the
latest jobs, please visit https://www.theugandanjobline.com or
find us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UgandanJobline

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *