National Environmental & Social Safeguard Specialist

پنجشنبه ۱۳۹۹/۱/۲۱ - ۱۲:۱۸

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Issued Date:                                     09 April 2020

Closing Date for Applications:    23 April 2020                    


Functional  Title:

National Environmental & Social Safeguard Specialist

Type of Contract:

National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)

Grade / Level:


Number of Post (s) :

1 (One)

Duration :

12 Months

Extendable / Renewable:

Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance and Budget Availability

Probationary Period:

Initial 3 Months

Project / Programme / Unit: 

Strengthening Country Capacity for Engagement with GCF and Direct Access to Climate Finance: (GCF Readiness II) - GCP/AFG/105/GCR Project

Duty Station:

Kabul – Afghanistan, with frequent domestic travel to provinces

Sub – Station:



Organization Settings:

Through its Country Offices, or FAO Representations, FAO assists governments to develop policies, Programmes and projects to address hunger, food security and malnutrition, and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, livestock, animal health, and irrigation and forestry sectors as well as emergency preparedness and response. The activities of the FAO Representation include design and implementation of country-tailored field Programmes, liaison with local donor representatives and active public awareness raising and outreach activities related to the mandate of FAO.

FAO assistance in Afghanistan achieves its objectives through capacity development and direct project implementation in four specific areas of FAO’s technical expertise: 


  • Better governance through improved capacity for policy planning, land reform, decentralization, and management of common natural resources;
  • Fostering expansion of irrigation and field water management; 
  • Intensive agriculture for surplus commercialization, value chains development, and job creation;
  • Supporting vulnerable farmers for improved food and nutrition security, resilience, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters and climate change.

This position is established under the GCP/AFG/105/GCR Project in Afghanistan, and the duty station is Kabul, with frequent travels to other project locations in the provinces covered by the respective project.

Project Background:

Afghanistan is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A high proportion of the population rely on climate-sensitive sectors, particularly agriculture and animal husbandry. Increasingly uncertain and extreme climatic conditions such as droughts, floods and erratic rain fall patterns impact the productivity of these sectors. Climate change therefore poses a direct threat to marginalized, vulnerable communities and sustainable economic development in the country. In this context, Afghanistan will need to build and manage a fruitful partnership with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) has been engaged with the GCF to help the country develop and implement durable adaptation and mitigation actions to pursue climate resilient and low emission development pathways. The National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) – GCF National Designed Authority (NDA) – is implementing an initial Readiness and Preparatory Support project (hereafter referred to as ‘Readiness I’) to strengthen the NDA’s capacity and coordination mechanisms, develop No Objection Procedures (NOP) and an initial GCF country programme.

To further strengthen the NDA’s capacity for strategic engagement with GCF, the NDA has requested FAO to develop this second Readiness proposal (hereafter referred to as ‘Readiness II’) to:

  • Further strengthen NDA capacity, addressing the gaps identified in Readiness I;
  • Increase stakeholder engagement, particularly at sub-national levels and of civil society and private sector;
  • Strengthen capacity for gender considerations in GCF country programming and projects;
  • Further develop the Country Programme;
  • Develop system and capacity of NEPA for MRV of climate finance;
  • Prepare for DAE accreditation; and
  • Develop climate finance strategy including strategy for the private sector to access GCF and for unblocking private investments in climate actions.

The Readiness II implementation will draw on the NDA office and coordination mechanisms established under Readiness I while providing critical technical support a more strategic engagement with the GCF to boost climate finance in Afghanistan.

This project will support NEPA to put in place necessary arrangements to access and effectively implement GCF resources, responding to the needs to strengthen capacities mentioned above.

Purpose of this vacancy announcement:

FAO is looking for qualified national staff fill the position of National Country Programming Expert. This position will support the work of the FAO – Green Climate Fund (GCF) funded project “Further Strengthening Country Capacity for Engagement with GCF and Direct Access to Climate Finance (GCF Readiness II)”.

Key Result:

The project activities are implemented successfully, timely and effectively in conformity with the objectives of the project.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Afghanistan, the direct supervision of National Project Manager , technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) and in close collaboration with the relevant staff in FAO Afghanistan and counterpart entities, the incumbent will carry out the following tasks;

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the fulfilment of Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) standards for Direct Access Accreditation:
  • Work closely with the National Fiduciary and Gender Experts, contribute to the development of a strategy for direct access to climate finance, the identification of potential entities that could be nominated as Direct Access Entities (DAEs).
  • Contribute to the TOR and establishment of a Technical Committee for DAE accreditation.
  • Develop guidelines on ESS for DAE applicants including list of required documentation
  • Contribute to the organization of workshops/meetings to discuss DAE accreditation requirements, process, and action plan.
  • Support the Technical Committee to undertake screening of the potential DAEs, support 1-2 qualified entities to engage in a programme of work, facilitated by the project to apply for DAE accreditation and Issue Nomination Letter.
  • Under the coordination of the Fiduciary Expert, provide support to potential DAEs in preparing the accreditation application, ensuring fulfilment of requirements and responding to inquiries.

  • Ensure that the Afghanistan GCF institutional coordination, Country Programme and programme/project proposals comply with the GCF ESS standards:  
  • Develop ESS guidelines for GCF Country Programme and NOP implementation including programme/project development, screening and appraisal
  • Design and provide trainings for relevant stakeholders on ESS requirements in GCF programme/project design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Review GCF project ideas and concept note and full proposal, ensure compliance with GCF requirements on ESS
  • Conduct field visits and stakeholder consultations, collect the required data and information as required, to ensure the appropriateness of ESS guidelines for GCF programmes/projects and Country Programme in Afghanistan.
  • Contribute to the work plan for NDA/NEPA capacity development with focus on capacities to ensure ESS standards
  • Contribute to the Strategy for private sector engagement with the GCF, ensuring the private sector’s good understanding of ESS requirements and compliance
  • Contribute to the project report including progress and terminal report.

  • Provide advice and capacity development for NEPA:
  • Work closely with NEPA Sustainable Development and Environmental Assessment division to undertake analysis of ESS considerations in climate change policies, institutional arrangements and programming in Afghanistan;
  • Provide technical advice, recommendations for improvements of ESS standards and implementation in climate change interventions, both at policy level and implementation.
  • Ensure the ESS aspects of developed climate change related policies, strategies and programmes deliberate local communities’ circumstances.
  • Review NEPA/stakeholder policies and propose advices on ESS aspects.   

Other Activities:

  • Perform any other related duties as may be his/her directed supervisor.



  • University Degree (preferably master’s degree), Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Social Development, Sociology, or closely related fields.

Work Experience and Additional Skills:

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience relevant to the tasks described above, preferably experience with GCF project, International Financial Institute (IFI) and UN funded programmes;
  • Track record of experience in conducting environmental and social impact assessments of large scale programmes/projects, preferably in the fields of climate change, natural resources management and/or rural development;
  •                Previous work experience with UN is an advantage;

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of internationally applied ESS standards for both public and private investments;
  • Sound knowledge of and experience with Government of Afghanistan laws, policies and regulations with regard to ESS
  • Working experience with ministries and national institutions, both public and private in Afghanistan;
  • Experience with large scale project management in line with international project management standards;
  • Excellent interpersonal communications and coordination skills, and proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals;
  • Excellent understanding of internationally applied fiduciary standards, both for public and private institutions;
  • Good understanding of internationally applied accountability and transparency standards;
  • Excellent understanding of governance and public management system in Afghanistan including the mandates, roles, responsibilities and capacities of key ministries and agencies;
  • Good knowledge of the private sector in Afghanistan;
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Familiarity with environment and climate change management issues in Afghanistan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
  • Strong computer skills with extensive experience in word processing, spreadsheets, and other basic software applications;

Other Desirable Skills:

  • Good understanding and familiarity with FAO and NEPA policies, financial and budget, administration and programming procedures; 
  • Experience organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops with national participants; 
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder analysis and mobilization.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of English and local languages (Pashto and Dari), both spoken and written skills.


  • Core competencies: FAO core competencies include: Understanding FAO’s mandate and its global context; planning, organizing, and delivering quality results; communicating to build understanding and support; working together in teams and partnerships; engaging in continuous learning.
  • Operational Effectiveness: Working independently, structuring tasks, establishing priorities and adhering to deadlines. Show a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Contribute ideas and suggestions for process improvement.
  • Client Orientation: Focus on results for the client. Attend to inquiries from internal and external clients in an effective, timely and courteous manner. Treat clients with courtesy and respect even when working under pressure. Express a high level of professionalism.
  • Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork: Work effectively and efficiently with staff at all levels, listen to others and openly share own ideas. Express sensitivity, cultural empathy and respect for diversity. Productively handle differing views and opinions and strive for achievement of shared goals. Respond positively to feedback.
  • Knowledge Exchange and Learning: Share own knowledge and promote a learning culture within the work environment. Actively work towards professional development, including personal learning.  Apply newly acquired skills and support flexibility within the work environment.


Interested Afghan nationals should complete the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) and submit it along with their application letter and CV to the email address below, clearly mentioning the vacancy number and post title (National Environmental & Social Safeguard Specialist - FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/12-2020) in the subject line of the email, otherwise your email will not be considered for further process.

NOTE: Applicant who failed to attach the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) to their Application will not be considered for further process.

The above required documents can also be submitted in writing (marked “Confidential” and clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Vacancy Announcement number and position title) to: the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), FAO Representation, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mina, Opposite Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The FAO PH Form can be downloaded using the following internet link:

The last date for receiving applications is 23 April 2020. Please note that applications received after closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.


  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce gender diversity
  • Qualified females are strongly encouraged to apply
  • People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
  • Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO NSHR Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station inside the country;
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
  • Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Candidates who wish to apply for the positon should indicate their preferred duty station(s) in their application letter (or email).
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview/test.
  • Application received after closing date will not be given consideration.
  • Please make sure to sign the first page of your PHF while applying for the vacant post.
  • Do not forget to write the post title and VA number on subject of your email.
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments;
  • Email will only be sent to the interviewed candidates.