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Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor

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Job deadline: September 12, 2020
Job title / Position title: Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor
Duration of contract : Short Term Monthly
Location / City: Cairo
Languages: Arabic and English
Vacancy number: 124006

Section: Introduction


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Section: Responsibilities / Duties


WFP strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability within the UN system. In pursuit of this goal, WFP adopted a new Environmental policy in February 2017, which commits the organization to avoiding unintended harm to the environment, its beneficiaries, or any other affected populations as a result of our operations and programmes, and to maximize environmental benefits. The policy contains 3 tools: a set of environmental and social standards, risk screening of activity design, and an environmental management system (EMS) consistent with the international standard ISO 14001. Collectively, these three elements are known as WFP’s Safeguards Framework.

The WFP Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC) is recruiting an Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor to help roll out and mainstream the WFP safeguards in the programmatic activities of all country offices. In particular, the Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisors will (i) provide technical support to country offices in applying safeguards to their programmes in general and to their COVID-19 response in particular, and (ii) train country office staff on the application of the WFP safeguards.

This role will sit in the Resilience team of the RBC programme expertise unit, reporting to the Livelihood Programme Officer, and will coordinate with the Environmental and Social Sustainability Officer in the Climate and Disaster Risks Reduction Programmes Unit (PRO-C) in HQ, and with relevant units and advisors in the Regional Bureau. It is expected that the consultant will be travelling to COs in the region around 50% of the time (pending COVID-related travel restrictions) with occasional travel outside the region as required.


  • Delivery of prioritized country-level training workshops (online or face-to-face) in the region;
  • Develop region-specific training modules and guidelines on environmental and social safeguards and awareness-raising material;
  • Document case studies and good practices from the region in integrating environmental and social safeguard standards in WFP programmes;
  • Support Country Offices in the formulation of Country Strategic Plans to ensure they integrate a strategic assessment of environmental and social risks;
  • All ESIAs of high-risk Food Assistance for Assets and Engineering projects in the region have been assisted and reviewed;
  • All country offices in the region adequately report on the application of WFP safeguards for Food Assistance for Assets in the 2020 Annual Country Reports.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1- Capacity building and training of country offices: 
  • Promote awareness of WFP’s environmental and social impacts and of the safeguards framework as a tool for systematically managing those impacts, including in the COVID-19 response.
  • In collaboration with HQ and other Environment and Social Safeguard advisors in other regions, develop training modules and awareness-raising material specific to the region on environmental and social safeguards standards, including case studies and good practices from the region.
  • Train country office staff on the application of and compliance with the WFP Environmental and Social Safeguards (including risk screening), by delivering country training sessions and ensuring these are embedded in or linked with other relevant RBC programmatic training.
  • Collect and share lessons and best practices from within the region to promote ongoing engagement and improvement.

2- Technical support to country offices:

  • Support the gradual application of the WFP safeguards (including risk screening) in programmatic activities at CO level with an initial focus on Food Assistance for Assets and COVID-19-related programmes, with gradual expansion into other programme activities based on priority and risk levels.
  • Support the application of the WFP safeguards in proposals to donors e.g. the Adaptation Fund or Green Climate Fund. Validate the extent to which alternative screening tools used by country offices are aligned with WFP’s standards.
  • Promote adherence to WFP’s environmental and social standards in Food Assistance for Assets Programmes. Review and assist with Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) of high-risk FFA and Engineering projects.
  • Provide continuing liaison with technical agencies including UN agencies providing technical or other forms of assistance for ESIA to WFP assisted projects. Support the formulation of environmental and social safeguards in the Country Strategic Plans.
3- Strategic direction and guidance to country offices:
  • Seek opportunities to link WFP safeguards to national safeguard regulations and capacities.
  • Support country offices to comply with national environmental regulations.
  • Seek opportunities to access regional and country-specific funding sources to increase the involvement of local stakeholders.
4- Monitoring & Oversight:
  • Oversee and monitor country offices’ adherence to the Environmental and Social safeguards, ensuring linkage to and coherence with broader RBC programme oversight activities.
  • Ensure that COs programmes related to FFA are implemented in accordance with WFP’s Environment policy and guidelines and that issues and challenges in programme implementation are identified and addressed.
  • Support country offices in reporting on the application of the WFP Safeguards in the Annual Country Reports.

Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:



  • A university degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in one of the following areas: Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, Engineering, Social Science, International Studies, Human Rights, Agriculture, or a related field;
  • Additional education in a complementary field (e.g. additional education in social science when the first degree was in environmental science – or vice versa) would be an advantage;
  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in a relevant area is a plus


  • Fluency (level C) in the English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language


  • At least six (6) years of post-graduate experience in areas related to environmental and social sustainability, environmental and social safeguards, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), or corporate sustainability;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training;
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, would be an advantage;
  • Work experience with the UN, particularly with WFP, would be an advantage;


  • In-depth understanding of environmental and social sustainability and how they link with food security;
  • Excellent training skills or public speaking skills;
  • Proven ability to work and coordinate and communicate across multiple teams and with offices in remote locations


Job Title: Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor Type & Level of Contract: Consultancy contract – Level II ( International and national candidates can apply) Duration: 6 months with the possibility of extension Unit/Division:  Programme Unit – Resilience team Duty Station(City, Country): Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC), Egypt Reports To: Regional Programme Officer 


Interested candidates are invited to submit their application no later than 12th September 2020.

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