Independent Verification Consultant – Environment, Health and Safety ( Internationals Only)
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Overview of position
In late 2019 parts of Somalia experienced some of the worst flooding in the country’s recent historyresulting in several deaths and significant damage to infrastructure, crops, property, and livestock, as well as an invasion of desert locusts. Further to these events, a joint assessment was undertaken by the World Bank and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to assess the losses and damage caused by the floods and to develop a strategy for immediate recovery and longer-term resilience building. As a result Somalia Crisis Recovery Project (SCRP) was developed and financed by the World Bank to the Federal Ministry of Finance (MoF). The project is aimed at supporting the recovery of livelihoods and infrastructure in flood and drought affected areas and strengthening the capacity for disaster preparedness nationwide, as well as implementing desert locust control measures. TheProject contracted the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation to address the desert locust crisis as part of broader regional efforts in the Horn of Africa. The specific objective of the engagement was to control the desert locust population though scaled up surveillance and monitoring, spraying of nymphs and hopper bands, and impact assessment, with local capacity building to carry out these operations safely and effectively. Since July 2020, FAO has implemented activities under the umbrella of the SCRP, including a focus on reducing locust population numbers in and around the breeding areas of northern Somalia. Regular surveillance has been conducted to plan and coordinate effective desert locust control operations.Somalia’s Desert Locust Units operating out of Hargeisa, Qardho and Dhusamareeb have beensurveying and monitoring the upsurge. FAO has been supporting the Government to responsibly handle and administer pesticides, reduce the associates risks and assess the positive and negative impacts of control interventions.
The SCRP Project Implementation Unit (PIU) established within the MoF is managing the project implementation with our client providing technical support in project activities design, implementation, monitoring and reporting, as well as Environmental and Social Safeguards monitoring. The Independent Verification Consultant will be part of our clients technical safeguards team providing a monitoring and verification service in regards to FAO’s desert locust control activities.
The Independent Verification Consultant is responsible for the verification of FAO desert locust control activities in Qardho and Dhusamareeb. More specific roles of the job are outlined below.
Project reporting: The successful candidate will report to our client's Social Safeguards Adviser
Key competencies: Fluency in written and spoken English is required
Team management: The role has no team management responsibility
Qualification and Experience
● Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or related field is required. Post graduate qualifications with specialization in health and safety issues is desirable.
● Minimum 6 years of experience in environment, health and safety issue / environmental safeguards is required.