CRS Environmental Safeguards Manager (MILE Project) Job in Nairobi, Kenya


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title: Environmental Safeguards Manager

Reports to: Systems Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead

Department: Program – MILE Project

Salary Grade: 9

Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi

Ref: 2019/074

About CRS: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.

CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:

  • Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
  • Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening

Job Summary: The Environmental Safeguards Manager will be responsible for the identification of potential impacts from the proposed activities and the identification of strategies to prevent and reduce those impacts considering Kenya´s national regulations, 22 CFR 216, and ADS201.

S/he will also be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the supplemental Initial Environmental Examination -IEE-, Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan -EMMP-, Environmental Status Report -ESR. and Climate Risk Management -CRM- screening and the diffusion of those documents among the staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical backstopping during the implementation of MILE project, supporting and advising in addressing a variety of environmental issues at all the stages of the implementation of the project. Review project and activity plans, design, cost, and bid documents to ensure environmental factors and mitigation measures are integrated, and project documents and environmental documents are in harmony
  • Advise project and partner staffs on integrating donor strategies, priorities, technical requirements on development activities
  • Lead the process of any required environmental assessments from full Environmental Impact Assessments and Audits (EIA/EA) to more limited environmental reviews for activities that require environmental review.
  • Lead in the development process of environmental safeguards guidelines and environmental mitigation measures to be used by MILE staff and partners in the plan and implementation process of the project activities. Prepare guidelines, tools and notes for use in the project based on relevant environmental policies, acts and regulations/ directives of the Government of Kenya and reg.216 environmental procedures.
  • Undertake quarterly environmental monitoring and evaluation of project activities against environmental regulations and standards. Lead on developing and delivering a series of spot checks to ensure that proposed mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the guidelines and unforeseen environmental and human health impacts are minimized. Prepare report (quarterly, field monitoring) on the safeguard risks with appropriate actions to be taken and ensure that timely actions are taken;
  • Develop environmental documents including IEE amendment, pesticide evaluation report and safer use action plans (PERSUAP) for MILE (when required) and ensure that they are implemented accordingly.
  • Provide technical assistance and deliver capacity building training to MILE, Government and partners’ staffs on environmental sound design and management (ESDM) and climate risk management to close knowledge/skill gaps and minimize the likelihood of risks and ensure the sustainability of the project.
  • Compile quarterly, biannual and annual reports on safeguards related issues and deliver to the programme as part of the M&E report;
  • Prepare annual environmental status reports (ESR) and submit to the donor before the submission of PREP
  • Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of environment to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.
  • Advice on administrative measures and actions required for ensuring the compliance with requirements set regarding environmental safeguard measures.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Planning and Management, Natural Resources management, Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with relevant field-based experience in environment safeguarding sector.
  • Registered with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to undertake EAIs
  • At least 3 years demonstrated experience in undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments (EAI).
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in environment safeguarding. Thorough knowledge and understanding of Kenya environmental laws, procedures and guidelines.
  • Experience in project design and proposal development
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.

Personal Skills

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Swahili

Travel Required: 40% travel to Isiolo and Marsabit

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: None
  • Internal: Chief of Party MILE, DCOP Programming MILE, System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialists, Strategic Learning Lead, County Research Coordinators, MILE Program team, Nairobi based program staff and MILE consortium partner staff.
  • External: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Local government officials, Local/international NGO offices, and UN agencies operating in the project area.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talents
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability and Stewardship

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday September 30, 2019.

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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Updated: September 23, 2019 — 6:33 pm