The Environmental Specialist is responsible for overseeing program compliance with the United States Government (USG) and the Government of Afghanistan’s environmental laws and regulations.
The Environmental Specialist will support AMP’s Irrigation projects, Grant & Incentive Program by ensuring that Irrigation interventions, Grantees and Incentive Awardees comply with AMP’s Environmental Mitigation & Monitoring Plan, individual Grant Environmental Review Reports, and Environmental Guidelines for Incentive Awardees.
The Environmental Specialist will follow the environmental manual and the templates and forms developed by USAID’s Mission Environmental Officer (MEO). S/he will report directly to the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist but will coordinate closely with personnel in the Grants team to complete all required environmental screening for each planned project activity. When required, the Environmental Specialist will assure that environmental review checklists and environmental mitigation and monitoring plans are prepared and implemented for all project activities.
The Environmental Specialist will be required to travel frequently throughout Afghanistan, to AMP’s 12 target provinces.
The duties and responsibilities of the Environmental Specialist include:
Review and become familiar with AMP Environmental Mitigation & Monitoring Plan, Afghanistan PERSUAP, Grant Environmental Review Reports, and Environmental Guidelines for Incentive Awardees
Prepare environmental compliance guidelines and provide trainings to the MEL staff, to undertake site visits and in person meetings with grantees and incentive awardees to observe environmental compliance with the ERR or Environmental Guidelines for Incentive Awardees Ensure all project activities follow USAID’s environmental regulations as well as the relevant Afghanistan environmental laws, policies, and regulations, ensure activities followed the recommendation made by USAID.
Develop tools for screening new project activities, monitoring compliance and mitigation measures and provide support in monitoring of early warning and trigger indicators.
Develop environmental mitigation and monitoring tools, and train and guide regional MEL team on collecting data.
Visit locations of project activities to collect information required for the preparation of ERCs or updates to EMMP or other specialized environmental documents.
Support oversight of Grantee and Incentive Awardee’s mitigation measures to ensure adherence to Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plans (EMMPs) and site-specific Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) during project implementation.
Correspond with USAID’s MEO and ensure that all Environmental Documentation Forms are prepared in accordance and to the satisfaction of USAID’s MEO
Provide technical assistance for ongoing activities, recommendations to streamline oversight, and enable proper project completion with a focus on technical specifications and quality of work.
Monitor rechabilitation of irrigation canals, Grantee and Incentive Awardee compliance with the Environmental Review Report and environmental mitigation measures contained therein.
Develop and maintain accurate and up-to-date reporting on each Grant/Incentive Agreement, including use of photographs, and share with Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist and Grants Team
Highlight any concerns to the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist, and Business Development Director
Upload reports to Grant & Incentive Folders on One Drive
Provide summary of environmental monitoring on a quarterly basis
Any other tasks of a similar nature as requested by the AMP Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist
Enviromental Specialist will be reporting to Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist.
Minimum Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or related field (natural resource, agricultural sciences, etc.).
Knowledge & Experience:
At least 5 years of work experience working on a donor-funded program in the field of environmental monitoring and reporting.
Experience with USAID environmental monitoring and reporting, and familiarity with USAID environmental guidelines and resources, and Environmental Review Reports preferred.
Experience assisting in the preparation of EMMPs, EAs, ESRs, Climate Risk Screening, or PERSUAPs for USAID implementation projects in infrastructure.
Understanding of USAID’s 22 CFR 216 environmental regulations
Experience of undertaking environmental assessments preferred.
Skills & Competencies:
Fluency in English, Dari, and Pashto. Competency to write reports in English essential.
Strong analytical and investigative skills.
Attention to detail; ability to prepare accurate, well-formatted and professionally looking documents.
Good interpersonal skills
Ability to manage a large and complex workload, with limited supervision.
Motivation, flexibility, and capacity to work under pressure to short deadlines, and strong sense of personal initiative.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to send their Applications with clearly mentioning the job title and duty station of the vacancy in the subject line. Please send your Cover Letter and CV into one combined file. Applicantions without mentiong the duty station in the subject line will not be considered.
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