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Environmental & Social Safeguards Expert (AfCDC)

Africa Union

Date: Jun 13, 2023

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization: African Union

AU Values 

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Shari

Organization Information

Reports to:Project Coordinator
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Purpose of Job

The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia

Main Functions

1.    Environmental and Social Safeguards
•    Develop and implement environmental and social safeguard plans to ensure compliance with World Bank policies, Environment and Social Standards (ESSs) and procedures.
•    Conduct regular environmental and social (E&S) assessments to identify and mitigate potential negative impacts of project activities on the environment and local communities.
•    Ensure that all project activities are carried out in accordance with applicable environmental and social standards and regulations.
•    Ensure technical assistance activities will be undertaken following the relevant ESF ESS standards and ESCP requirements and those of OESRC Advisory Note on Technical Assistance so that potential downstream risks will be properly managed.
•    Ensure measures in the Labor Management Procedure (LMP)are implemented 
•    Ensure occupational health and safety risks to consultants or project workers are managed in compliance with the requirements of ESS2.
•    carry out awareness raising such as informing deployed staff on available vaccines for endemic diseases in the country of deployment during capacity building for the Project staff and other implementing entities.

Specific Responsibilities

•    Develop and operationalize Environmental and Social safeguards policy and procedure for Africa CDC.
•    Develop, and update the E&S tools, manuals and Templates
•    Monitor changing laws, regulations and corporate directives relating to E&S and update the relevant documentation.
•    Conduct environmental and social due diligence; and monitor the Africa CDC’s environmental and social performance.
•    Support the development of SOPs and contribute to quality assurance systems, establishing guidelines and surveillance mechanisms
•    Track Project activities that could have downstream E&S impacts and implement them in compliance with the WB TA advisory note;
•    Study ToRs prepared for the Project activities and contribute for E&S input for ESF ESS compliance 
•    Review all materials related to project environmental and social impacts and hazards, conduct an E&S appraisal of all prospective projects, as well as the ongoing supervision of E&S performance of the World Bank projects in compliance with the policies and procedures.
•    Prepare and review reports on the E&S issues identified and the corresponding actions recommended for the projects/Africa CDC.
•    Implement the Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for the project in close coordination with relevant teams and stakeholders.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Master’s degree in environmental science, social science, or a related field with 7 years of continuous experience in Environmental and Social safeguards, out of which three years should be at expert level.
•    Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, social science, or a related field with 10 years of continuous experience , out of which three years should be at expert level in Environmental and Social safeguards.
•    Experience should be in environmental and social safeguards in a World Bank or other donor-funded project context.
•    Experience in conducting environmental and social impact assessments and developing environmental and social safeguard plans.
•    Excellent experience in successfully interacting with stakeholders and decision-makers in technical and other professional settings;

Required Skills

•    Strong understanding of World Bank safeguard policies and procedures, environmental and Social standards
•    Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
•    Excellent diplomatic, representational, interpersonal and communication skills,
•    Able to operate in a multicultural environment;
•    High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit;
•    Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Knowledge of public health programs and policies in Africa is an advantage.
•    Demonstrated ability with regard to computer skills, including excellent word-processing capabilities, proficiency with e-mail and internet applications and experience in using office software applications such as MS Excel, Power Point and Word.
•    Ability to deliver under tight deadlines and works well under pressure; 
•    Proven ability to plan, delegate and direct subordinates.
•    Ability to use clear, concise language in correspondence as well as including content fitting for the purpose and audiences when preparing written briefs and reports;
•    Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible;
•    Pro-active and solutions oriented
•    Proficiency in one of the AU working languages is required (English, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Portuguese or Spanish). Fluency in English and knowledge of any additional language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight ….

Change Management….

Managing Risk…

Core Competencies

Building Relationships

Accountable and Complies with Rules..

.Learning Orientation

Communicating with Influence:

Functional Competencies

Conceptual thinking ….

Job Knowledge and Information Sharing ….

Drive for Result ….

Continuous Improvement Orientation:


The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables. 


The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Applications must be submitted no later than  July 13, 2023 11h59 p.m. EAT.

-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.

-Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.

-The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

Requisition ID: 1866

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