Environment & Climate Change Expert
IUCN
Islamabad, Pakistan
1h ago

Global Assessment of the State of Nature and Biodiversity Safeguarding Actions in the Northern Areas of Pakistan is a two year project funded by Italian Agency for Development Corporation (AICS), Government of Italy.

The project is being implemented by IUCN Pakistan.

This project has two specific objectives. The first specific objective is to improve the knowledge of the global state of nature and to help bring the degradation and the loss of biodiversity into mainstream political and economic decision making.

The second specific objective is to safeguard the biodiversity and livelihoods of local communities in selected locations of the northern areas of Pakistan.

The northern areas of Pakistan, which are home to a variety of fragile ecosystems, are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including glacial melting.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES :

The Environment and Climate Change Expert will be responsible for the overall programme implementation and development related to Environment and Climate Change.

He / She will be responsible for conducting Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) in line with the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Guidelines developed under National Impact Assessment Program (IUCN) and follow the World Banks SESA phases.

SPECIFIC DUTIES :

Under the overall supervision of Country Representative-IUCN Pakistan, the Environment & Climate Change Expert will review and document following :

1.PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION :

1.1Review current projects, plans and trends under the framework of CPEC in Gilgit-

  • Baltistan;
  • 1.2Review existing legal, regulatory and contractual framework for mega infrastructural

    development projects in GB, including draft legislation / regulations under development by

  • the Government of GB;
  • 1.3Collect and document information about high-potential projects or programmes in Gilgit-

    Baltistan that may emerge from recent mega infrastructural development in GB including

    those under CPEC and that are likely to have environmental and / or social impacts

    1.4Review the most relevant SEAs and EIAs related to mega infrastructural development in

  • Gilgit-Baltistan including those under CPEC conducted during the last 5 years;
  • 1.5Identify the strategic objectives to be attained in the environmental and social

    assessment (e.g., water quality, air quality, geology and soils, biodiversity, and socio-

  • economic.);
  • 1.6Identify geographical scope of SESA. Based on previous work and surveys identify

    sensitive ecosystems, protected areas, areas of high biodiversity value, and areas of

    high archaeological and cultural heritage value.

    1.7Identify perceived social problems associated with development including those under

    CPEC, including possible impact on local culture and values due to migrant or temporary

    foreign labor force.

    1.8Compile and describe the relevant policies, laws, regulations, and guidelines on

    environmental, social, safety and biodiversity in Pakistan, including environmental

    licensing requirements. This also includes :

    1.9Identify and evaluate the environmental and social consequences and risks, including

    climate change risks associate with existing developments and plans for investment under

  • CPEC;
  • 1.10Identify and map out the geographic zones that will be included in the baseline

  • assessment for the SESA;
  • 1.11Identify and analyze any potential gender-specific impacts and opportunities of the

    development projects including those under CPEC including how men and women may

  • differently experience risks and benefits of the sector;
  • 1.12Examine the potential impacts on important natural sites along KKH based on the past

    studies conducted by IUCN and other similar organizations.

    1.13Provide a summary of the strategic potential impacts of the current and proposed

    developments project including those under CPEC on the ecosystem services including :

  • 1.14Provisioning services, which are the products people obtain from ecosystems;
  • 1.15Regulating services, which are the benefits people obtain from the regulation of

  • ecosystem processes such as flood control and climate regulation;
  • 1.16Cultural services, which are non-material benefits people obtain from ecosystems such as

    recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual benefits; and

    1.17Supporting services, which are natural processes that maintain other services, including

    nutrient cycling and photosynthesis that support the above three categories.

    1.18Support implementation of project activities in collaboration with Project Manager, as

    per the project document and as per IUCN rules and regulations.

    1.19Participate in key follow-up discussions necessary to further disseminate and explain the

    findings and recommendations of the SESA, particularly to the Government of Pakistan, its

    institutions, and IUCN Pakistan.

  • 1.20Review existing environmental and social licensing mechanisms;
  • 2.DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTING :

    2.1Document the national and local environmental and social best practices and develop

  • operational standards guidelines for the development sector;
  • 2.2Propose creation of protected areas or exclusion zones (No Go areas, buffer zones);
  • 2.3Propose creation of mechanisms for the social distribution of benefits, royalties, etc.;
  • 2.4Present a series of recommendations arising from key findings of the SESA including

    guidance on :

  • 2.5Capacity building needs of relevant government institutions;
  • 2.6Timelines for implementation of the recommendations; and Government Agency responsible

    for implementation.

    2.7Develop and revise the draft report of SESA based on stakeholder inputs, document the

    consultations and their results in the report, and submit a draft final report to IUCN

    Pakistan, for review and endorsement.

    2.8Prepare the final report of SESA, incorporating revisions suggested by the reviewers and

    IUCN Pakistan.

    2.9Prepare activity specific work plans and progress reports in coordination with Project

    Manager as per the project document and signed agreement.

    2.10Coordinate and facilitate the-ground implementation of the related tasks in the project.

    2.11Liaise with the respective government departments for the effective implementation of the

    project as well as exploring further opportunities for expansion and enhancing the

    impact.

    3.TECHNICAL SUPPORT :

    3.1Provide technical support and facilitation to the Project Manager in all interventions

    related to the project particularly on EIA, SESA and climate change mitigation and

    adaptation.

    3.2Identify the additional technical support required within or outside the organization in

    coordination with Project Manager.

    3.3Explore opportunities and assist programme development for resource mobilization for the

    extension of project beyond project duration and other relevant programme development

    related to climate change and biodiversity.

    4.PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT :

    4.1Explore opportunities and assist programme development for resource mobilization for the

    extension of project beyond project duration and other relevant programme development

    related to climate change and biodiversity.

    4.2Explore opportunities and assist in overall IUCN programme development for Northern

    regions.

    4.3Actively liaise with the respective government departments and develop a continued

    relationship for other relevant opportunities with respect to Climate Change and

    Biodiversity and other aspects of environmental concerns.

    4.4Develop linkages with prospective donors, through regular interaction, aligning the

    climate change and biodiversity programmes with donor priorities and negotiate for

    channelizing funds / developing new and innovative alliances.

    4.5Provide conceptual leadership and ensure scientific rigor in the development of the

    Climate Change dimensions of the IUCNP projects and programs, including sub-national

    strategies and strategy of Climate Change Programme.

    4.6Facilitate linkages among the relevant programmes and projects.

    5.OVERALL SUPPORT :

    5.1Assists in keeping track of respective activity budget and ensure that the project

    expenses are strictly in line with the budget and expenses are made as per IUCN

    procedures for requisite approvals.

    5.2Contribute to the monthly financial and progress reports of the implementation of project

    activities along with plan for next month.

    5.3Contribute and ensure that the lessons learnt through the project are documented and

    internalized in IUCN Pakistan’s current and future work are incorporated in the donor

    reports.

    5.4Collaborate with Project Manager ensuring the effective M&E system as per the goals and

    objectives of the project.

    6.NETWORKING AND REPRESENTATIONAL FUNCTIONS :

    6.1Coordinate with government line departments, donors, partners and stakeholders in

    representing the project in meetings in coordination with Manager Islamabad Programme

    Office and Project Manager.

    6.2Coordinate with the Project Manager and Manager Islamabad Programme Office in regular

    donor coordination.

    6.3Coordinate with the Project Manager and Manager Islamabad Programme Office in regular

    coordination with all stakeholders working in GB on other development projects.

    6.4Manage and coordinate the development and maintenance of a dynamic and enabling culture

    and spirit at GB.

    6.5Provide active input to the formal and non-formal fora of IUCN and GB government.

    7.Any other duties that may be assigned from at any time by the Supervisor / s.

  • The incumbent should have a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience with international organizations, preferably in development of projects and programme / project management in the development sector, with the ability to lead a team.
  • In the overall experience, at least 4 years’ experience of working on SEAs and Climate Change.
  • Demonstrate strong collaboration and liaison with the relevant Government departments.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying Results Based Management tools in managing complex donor-funded projects.
  • Expertise in project formulation and implementation will be an added advantage.
  • The candidates must be well versed in written and spoken Urdu / English / local language with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, positive attitude and ability to work in a team and willing to travel in connection with project activities.
  • Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

    Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

    The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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