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About Citizen Charter/MRRD:

The Citizens’ Charter is a National Priority Program (NPP) of the National Unity Government (NUG) that was officially launched on September 25, 2016. The Citizens’ Charter is an inter-ministerial, multi-sectorial NPP, where Ministries have collaborated to provide basic services to rural communities. The key service delivery ministries involved are: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), with oversight by Ministry of Finance (MoF). MRRD has a key role and will be responsible for infrastructural development and strengthening CDCs and Cluster CDCs. The Community Development Councils (CDCs) will be linked to sub-national government to improve communication and coordination from the community to the district, provincial and national levels – increasing Government visibility and accountability. The Citizens’ Charter is an important foundation for the Government’s reform agenda, contributing to a number of priority areas including: Ensuring Citizens’ Development Rights; Building Better Governance; Reforming Development Planning & Management and Developing Partnerships. The Citizens’ Charter intends to improve service delivery by ensuring minimum service standards, provide greater responsiveness by the Government to the people and increase the level of public satisfaction with services. The Charter commits to deliver the following core services across the country over a 10 year period: • Basic health services • Basic education access • Safe drinking water and sanitation • Improved farming technologies and the delivery of extension services • Rural connectivity with tertiary roads • Rural renewable energy.

Background: The Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) aim to facilitate electricity trade between hydropower surplus countries in Central Asia and electricity deficient countries in South Asia. The four countries participating in the project are Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The Afghanistan portion of CASA-1000 is a 560 km DC transmission line that will extend from the Tajikistan border to the border with Pakistan near Peshawar. As part of the CASA-1000 project, the participating countries will implement individual Community Support Programs (CSPs) in each country. The aim of these programs would be to increase the shared prosperity associated with the project for communities along the CASA-1000 corridor.

CASA-CSP: For Afghanistan, CASA- CSP has been designed with the objective to strengthen community support for CASA-1000 transmission line by providing access to electricity or other social and economic infrastructure services to communities that live along a 2 kilometre ‘Corridor of Influence’ each side of the CASA-1000 transmission line. It is expected that there will be approximately 580 communities spread over 32 districts in 8 provinces, with a total of over 152,000 families along the corridor of influence (COI). Given the terrain along the COI, as well as the unique nature of community mobilization in High-risk areas, there will be some flexibility to work with communities outside of the COI – funding for this will come from the unallocated funds category.

Job Description:
  • The Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer will be part of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit of the CCNPP, his duty station is the relevant region hiring for. Under the supervision of Head of Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit, he/she will work on various tasks closely within the unit. His/her main function will be to mainstream the Environmental and Social issues in the implementation of CCNPP CASA-CSP project. His/her will support and guide the activities of CCNPP and FP focal points at the field level. Responsibilities of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer include but are not limited to the following:
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ensure   effective   integration   of   Environmental and Social, ESMP and land acquisition considerations into all aspects of identification, consultation, planning and implementation of sub-project activities.
  • Advise the CCNPP and Engineering Division on the Environmental and Social and land acquisition implications of safeguard policies of the World Bank and indigenous peoples’/ethnic minorities policies of the national government.
  • Coordinate and liaising with, CDCs, PMUs and District offices to ensure effective mainstreaming of social issues like land acquisition and Environmental issues like preparation of ESMP.
  • Ensure   that Sub-project activities   are   consistent   in   their   approaches   to environmental and social issues, thereby supporting full blending at the operational level.
  • Ensure that Environmental social-related modules are incorporated in the training and capacity building programs designed for the CCNPP CASA-CSP at all the levels based on CASA-CSP-ESMF.
  • To review the Site-Specific Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), for the CASA-CSP sub-projects as per the prescribe value of the project, and may be responsible to prepare some site specific ESMP/screening reports when needed;
  • To support grievance handling division (GHD) in conduction of ESS related GRM trainings for field staff in order to solve social safeguards related grievances;
  • Manage the implementation of all training and awareness raising related to social and land acquisition, ESMP issues and CASA-CSP ESMF at PMU and CDC levels.
  • Define, and subsequently monitoring, suitable Environmental and Social indicators for sub-projects.
  • Provide Environmental and Social inputs to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities;
  • Ensure regular interaction with the External Consultants and World Bank Mission on Environmental and Social aspects.
  • Any other responsibility assigned by ESS-Unit.
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline of Environmental Sciences/Engineering, Natural Resources Management, Agriculture or a related field with suitable professional experience in the NGO and/or the World Bank funded projects with special emphasis on community development;
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience with direct project development and management experience in the social/rural development sector;
  • Experience in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA), preferably in the World Bank-funded projects;
  • Must be fluent in English and Dari/Pashto;
  • Experience in the use of MS Office applications e.g., word, excel, PowerPoint, GIS etc.
  • Should be willing to travel to the provinces to monitor progress on social safeguards screening, planning, and monitoring and to meet and interact with the female community and CDC members.
  •  Willing to travel and work in the most insecure part of the country.
Submission Guideline:

Please send your up-to-date CV, required Bachelor degree certified by Ministry of Higher Education and all work certificates as per your CV, before closing date, (please make sure that the size of documents that you attach does not exceed 4MBs), if any of the mentioned documents are not sent/provided, it will be considered as uncompleted documents and the candidate will not be short listed for the position, he/she applied for. Interested Afghan Nationals should submit their applications in writing (clearly indicating on the subject line the title of the position and Vacancy Announcement Number e.g., Environmental Social Safeguard Officer (CASA-CSP) 464/HRMD/CCNPP/MRRD to:   vacancies@ccnpp.org;

Important Note: any/all applications without the mentioned subject line will not be considered.

Submission Email

vacancies@ccnpp.org

Note for the Candidates:

The MRRD/CCNPP strongly encourages women candidates to apply. It applies a pro-active and positive discrimination policy towards women candidates as follows:

Women candidates with slightly lower than the stated required experience will also be considered.
If offered this position, the woman position holder will be allowed an adult male or female relative as a Mahrram for official travel, if/when required.
The MRRD and its CCNPP will promote a woman-friendly environment with clear anti-harassment policies enforced.

Physical address:

The Human Resources Management and Development Division

Tashkilat Street, District 6th, Darul Aman

Citizens Charter National Priority Program

Ministry of Rural and Rehabilitation and Development

Kabul, Afghanistan.

Submission Email:

vacancies@ccnpp.org

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