CARE is an International NGO that works in 95 countries around the world to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. In Malawi, CARE works in collaboration with the Government of Malawi and other local and international partners.CARE International in Malawi was awarded a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), to implement a five-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations in Zomba and Mangochi Districts. The project is working at the individual, household, community and institutional levels to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and strengthen transformative opportunities. This includes a focus on improving food access and incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods initiatives; enhancing natural resource and environmental management; combating undernutrition, especially for children under two and pregnant and lactating women; and mitigating disaster impact through early warning and community preparedness activities. The project is called “Titukulane” and is intended to strengthen resilience in populations vulnerable to acute and chronic hunger, recurrent shocks, stresses and crises. It further aims to reduce future need for ongoing crisis or emergency. CARE is working in a consortium with Save the Children, Emmanuel International, WaterAid, NASFAM, and IFPRI, as well as other associated organizations and partners.
CARE seeks to recruit well qualified staff to fill the vacant position of Environmental Compliance Specialist. The successful candidate will be based in Zomba.
Position: Environmental Compliance Specialist
The overall responsibility of the Environmental Compliance Specialist is to design and support the implementation of appropriate environmental management strategies and process for the. Titukulane program that is consistent with the environmental compliance requirements of USAID-BHA (including 22_CFR_216 and ADS 201mal) and the Malawi government. The incumbent will develop and frequently update a set of environment management and compliance tools, documents and guidelines including: Safer Use Action Plan (SUAP) for effective management of pesticides during program activities including development of Phosphine Fumigation Management Plan (FMP) for warehouses and Pesticide Management Plan (PMP) for the program activities and the Water Quality Assurance Plan (WQAP).
Primary Responsibilities and tasks
- Guiding the Project on Environmental Safeguarding Rules and Regulations
- Coordinate the development of all strategic documents including IEE, EMMP, SUAP (PMP and FMPs), FSRs, WQAP and other documents as and when required by the program as environmental compliances.
- Oversee any eventual consultation wok on environment compliance as part of the program
- Design ways to implement the actions or recommendations as suggested by the donor during approval of IEE, EMMP, ESR or other documents.
- Pursuant to Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations, PAR 216 (22CFR216), provide a preliminary review of the reasonably foreseeable environmental effects of the Titukulane activities.
- Monitoring Activities Implementation in Compliance with Environmental Safeguarding Rules
- Revise/update on a regular basis the EMMP based on the evolution of the context
- Design and implement context-specific tools for use by the program staff in implementation of the environmental mitigation activities
- Work with M&E Coordinator to define metrics to monitoring impacts or track progress.
- Develop environmental operational guidelines.
- Provide guidance and on-going support for effective implementation of environmental activities.
- Observe field activities, review the outcomes and results of the environmental activities, and suggest ways for improvement.
- Support and supervise any local activities associated with Scoping Studies and Environmental Assessment deemed necessary to meet USAID/BHA and Government of Malawi requirements referenced above.
- Coordination, Partnership and Reporting
- Acquire knowledge on the program’s updated Theory of Change (TOC), log frame, IPTT indicators, implementation plans, results chain integrating different outcomes and activities.
- Identify potential areas of environmental impact under each purpose.
- Design the environmental activities or mitigations under different components to be implemented in the field.
- Estimate budgetary requirements for environmental activities during PREP budget development
- Identify and build linkages with relevant government departments.
- Build networks with relevant projects and organizations for ensuring sustainability and other appropriate purposes.
- Coordinate the preparation and submission of all required reports
- Represent the program at meetings and workshops related to environmental compliance
- Staff Capacity Building and Learning
- Visit field sites and identify the challenges and lessons learned during practical implementation of environmental activities.
- Collect different data, research and project reports, and relevant materials from other organizations, government departments, and donor agencies and enhance knowledge for challenge mitigations.
- Support in designing and providing necessary orientation and training to relevant staff of the program, including commodity staff as appropriate, in relevant environmental management and compliance themes.
- Master,s degree in Environmental Management or any related field.
- Minimum of five years of experience in environment monitoring or management activities.
- Knowledge of environmental compliance policies of USAID-BHA and Malawi government and experience in environmental management procedures for USAID-funded projects.
- Knowledge of environmental screening process and suggesting mitigation measures.
- Strong understanding of methods, measures and tools to monitor and mitigate potential negative environmental impacts of BHA program activities as indicated in 22_CFR_216, ADS 201mal and local Malawi government requirements.
- Good presentation and communication skill (English and Chichewa).
How to apply
Applicants who meet the required qualifications and experience should send their applications through email to:
Email: [email protected] addressed to the attention of:
The Country Director
Closing date for receipt of applications is March 13th, 2021.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.