Job Description

Climate change, manifesting in the form of intensified cyclones, storm surges, and sea-level rise (SLR), is accelerating saltwater intrusion into the fresh water resources of the coastal belt of Bangladesh. Climate change-induced soil and water salinity is projected to adversely impact freshwater dependent agricultural livelihoods (leading to loss of productivity or livelihoods) as well as the availability and quality of drinking water in the vulnerable coastal communities. Furthermore, given the crucial role that women play in water security and household level resilience, and their socio-economic marginalization, the climate change-induced threat to agricultural livelihoods and drinking water security of the affected coastal communities disproportionately affects women and girls. Therefore, the key objective of the proposed project is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in strengthening the adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with impacts of climate change-induced salinity on their livelihoods and water security. GCF resources will be combined with GoB co-financing to address information, technical, financial and institutional barriers to implementing and managing resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions for the vulnerable communities in the Southwestern coastal districts of Khulna and Satkhira. An estimated 719,229 people (about 245,516 direct and 473,713 indirect) will benefit from the proposed project interventions. The proposed project will empower target communities, especially women, as ‘change-agents’ to plan, implement, and manage resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions. The project will enable those communities to address climate change risks on livelihood and drinking water security to promote synergistic co-benefits. It will enhance the adaptive capacities of these communities in the face of worsening impacts of climate-change induced salinity on their freshwater resources which in turn adversely affect livelihood and drinking water requirements. GCF resources will be invested in promoting a diversification from currently non-adaptive, freshwater-reliant livelihoods of small-scale farmers, fishers, and agro-labourers towards climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods. GoB co-financing is leveraged to support adoption and scale of these alternative, climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods through strengthened value-chains and market linkages for their long-term viability in the face of increasing salinity and extreme weather. The project also utilizes GCF and GoB resources to support investments in and management of climate-resilient drinking water solutions to secure year-round, safe drinking water supplies for the targeted communities. Access to reliable, safe drinking water enables the communities, especially women and girls in targeted households, to invest the resulting time and cost savings and health co-benefits in enhanced livelihoods and income generating and/or educational opportunities. In turn, the enhanced incomes and livelihoods will enable the communities to sustain the investments in the drinking water supply solutions in the long-term. Finally, through investments in institutional capacities, knowledge dissemination and evidence-based learning, the project will enable pathways for replication and scale of project impact to secure livelihoods and drinking water across the vulnerable districts of the southwest coast of Bangladesh. The project yields significant environmental, social (including gender), and economic co-benefits including enhanced integrity of coastal ecosystems and freshwater resources; improved gender norms and women empowerment; and increased income and health benefits, estimated at USD15 million and USD4 million respectively over the project lifetime. The project contributes towards GoB’s achievement of priorities outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and its climate change strategies. The project objective speaks to the top five key near-term areas of intervention identified by the INDC to address adverse impacts of climate change  including: 1) Food security, livelihood and health protection (incl. water security); 2) Comprehensive disaster management, 3) Coastal Zone Management, including Salinity Intrusion control, 4) Flood Control and Erosion protection, 5) Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure.  Directly aligned to six of the fourteen  broad adaptation actions prioritized by INDC, the project is implementing improved EWS, supporting climate resilient infrastructure, Tropical cyclones and storm surge protection, stress-tolerant variety improvement and cultivation, and Capacity Building at Individual and institutional level to plan and implement adaptation programmes and projects. Under the overall guidance of the Project Coordinator   and direct supervision of Safeguard Specialist, the Safeguard Officer will support the effective operation of the safeguarding service on a day to day basis in the project office/projects. S/he should have demonstrated experience dealing with community safeguard, community mobilization, resolving community and social development issues in the rural infrastructures preferably in this project. The role and responsibilities of the Safeguarding Officer are detailed below:
  • Prepare safeguard Plans and ensure that such plans are approved by relevant authorities before implementation;
  • Provide substantive assistance on safeguard issues to sectors in order to promote enhanced investment on building a climate resilient green economy;
  • Support the Safeguard specialist to identify the project-related interests of key stakeholders (poor and discriminated groups in particular) and barriers that are likely to prevent them from participating in and benefiting from the project resources. Suggest possible strategies for addressing their concerns;
  • Conduct baseline and other surveys as required for collecting and analyzing data required for the evaluation of the bridge building;
  • Provide technical expertise on key issues related to environmental and social impact assessment and on sustainability risks in the design, preparation, implementation and supervision of GCF’s operations taking into consideration best industry practices and standards;
  • Ensure representative participation of people from Disadvantaged Groups in different committees as foreseen by the project document;
  • Ensure the protection of populations at risk and vulnerable groups during project implementation;
  • Organize and conduct orientation and awareness trainings about the project as required;
  • Assess and analyze land for land options to the extent possible for affected households that are dependent on land-based livelihoods, farming, livestock raising, who do not have the skills and capacity to undertake alternate livelihoods; Recommended to delete;
  • Collect Success/Failures Stories. Prepare Case studies human interest stories and assist GCF for wider circulation, sharing;
  • Identify all key potential social and environmental impacts and risks of a project and ensure that their magnitude and significance are well understood;
  • Design and incorporate into the safeguard plans and project effective and feasible measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the adverse environmental and social impacts, and draft relevant project processing documentation. Ensure that the client understands the applicable safeguard policies, guidelines and project-specific requirements, and has the necessary commitment and capacity to manage social and environmental impacts and/or risks adequately and supported by mechanisms that facilitate implementation;
  • Supervise projects to ensure implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Compile data related to project output and outcome indicators and collect and compile required data
  • Compile relevant sections of monthly, quarterly and annual progress data, and prepare report;
  • Conduct consultations with stakeholders in accordance with relevant policies and guidelines;
  • Report on and disseminate good practices and generated knowledge;
  • Prepare quarterly monitoring and evaluation of project activities against standards of the safeguard guideline;
  • Organize training on integrating safeguard principles for GCF project;
Impact of Results The key results have an impact on the overall success of the project targets; Corporate Competencies:
  • Promotes UN’s values and ethical standards(tolerance, integrity, respect, results, orientation, impartiality)
  • Displays culture, gender, religion, race, nationality, age sensibility and adaptability;
Functional Competencies: Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Capacity to engage in team-based management, experience of leading workshops and being resource person;
  • Ability to undertake results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to oversee timely project implementation and to provide the necessary trouble shooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral);
  • Respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff;
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners;
Client Orientation:
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Proven ability to build strong relations with partners, clients for positive feedback;
  • Ability to undertake and apply gender analysis to ensure gender equitable solutions;
Communication and Outreach:
  • Good communication skill both in writing and oral including networking and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate;
Partnerships: • Build, coordinate and advise on strategic and programmatic partnership with federal and regional government authorities, bilateral and multilateral organizations stakeholders; • Facilitate the engagement of major stakeholders or groups in environment and sustainable development decision making, their access to and sharing of information for effective compliance with safeguard measures in the context of intra and inter-generational equity; Education: Minimum Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental science or other related fields; Experience:
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in safeguards work, or related area;
  • Working experience with governments on environment and social safeguard, climate change and sustainable development agenda is preferable;
  • Experience in Safeguard Principles, Development Effectiveness and Cooperation, Climate Change Finance, gender equality and its related issues is an asset;
  • Work experience in an international organization is an advantage;
  • Extensive knowledge of UNDP’s policies, procedures and practice is an asset;
  • Ability to work as a part of a team, sharing information and coordinating efforts within the team;
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla are essential. Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. Applicant information about UNDP rosters Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements. Workforce diversity UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Scam warning The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Note: UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and people living with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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