Social and Environmental Safeguards Officer (part-time basis)

  • Anywhere

Project Background:

The “Green Sharm El-Sheikh” project is committed to turn Sharm El-Sheikh into an integrated and ecologically sustainable tourism city of national and international importance. The project aims to establish a new sustainable paradigm of how tourist destinations can successfully address the challenges of development and growth. The city of Sharm El-Sheikh is expected to become one of the first Green Tourist Destinations and Sustainable Cities in Egypt and in the Arab region.

An overall strategy for achieving the goal of a sustainable city will be developed and will integrate the contributions on sustainability from several stakeholders, including the Government Departments concerned, the municipality, the protected areas of Ras Mohammed, Abu Galum and Nabq as well as hotels, tourism operators, NGOs, and local communities. The Sharm El-Sheiks Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS) and action plan will encompass several activities revolving around the five main project pillars: biodiversity, energy, transport, water and waste.

Project implementation is based on a holistic approach to various ‘greening’ activities, including low carbon technologies, sustainable water supply and resource use, effective waste management, pollution prevention and well-managed protected areas safeguarding biodiversity and natural resources of the area. Project activities also balance socio-economic and urban development and the growth of the tourism sector, through sustainability planning and standards.

The project support to the city of Sharm El-Sheikh is a first important step for integrating energy and resource efficiency, solid waste management, biodiversity and green infrastructure into a framework for a sustainable and resilient city to improve the quality of life.

Project implementation include technical assistance, capacity building, demonstration of good practice for climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste prevention and management, minimization of environmental impacts, reduction of carbon emissions and reduction of impacts on the natural capital and its biodiversity.

Project interventions are expected to showcase the city as a model that can offer lessons learned and opportunities for replication elsewhere in Egypt.

The Project consists of the following interlinked components:

  • Component 1 will emplace an enabling framework for a green sustainable tourism in Sharm El-Sheikh, by:
    • Developing an integrated sustainable development strategy and action plan
    • Developing a marketing and branding strategy for green tourism
    • Ensuring that increased investment in environmental sustainability is in line with the new strategy and implementation plan
  • Component 2 will reduce GHG and UPOPS emissions in targeted urban zones through innovations and public and private partnership, by:
    • Building capacity for integrated urban planning in Sharm El-Sheikh to identify, design and implement innovative low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions
    • Developing a long-term financing scheme to increase private sector investments in environmental technologies and biodiversity conservation, including (consultancy)
    • Reducing GHG and UPOPs emissions and other negative environmental impact through interventions addressing tourism facilities and the built environment in Sharm El Sheikh, and through green purchasing and improved waste management and recycling
  • Component 3. will enhance biodiversity protection measures for management and mitigation of key threats, by:
    • Planning and management of marine and coastal protected areas adjacent to Sharm El Sheikh
    • Increasing protected area financing through improved revenue generation and reinvestment
    • Monitoring economic practices that harm biodiversity and the status of key biodiversity resources
    • Improving the participation and benefit sharing by communities neighbouring protected areas
    • Engaging hotels, related enterprises and tourists in measures that protect biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Component 4. Knowledge management and Monitoring and Evaluation

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the Project Manager (PM), the Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) officer

will be responsible in helping the PM, on a part-time basis, on coordinating and the execution of the related project activities. The specific tasks and responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee work on social and environmental safeguard and related compliance
  • Monitor progress in development/implementation of the project ESMP/ESMF ensuring that UNDPs SES policy is fully met and the reporting requirements are fulfilled;
  • Oversee/develop/coordinate implementation of all safeguard related plans;
  • Ensure social and environmental grievances are managed effectively and transparently;
  • Review the SESP annually, and update and revise corresponding risk log; mitigation/management plans as necessary;
  • Ensure full disclosure with concerned stakeholders;
  • Ensure environmental and social risks are identified, avoided, mitigated and managed throughout project implementation;
  • Work with the M&E officer to ensure reporting, monitoring and evaluation fully address the safeguard issues of the project;
  • Represent the project in meetings with the project partners
  • Assist in quarterly reporting of the activities carried out for the given assignments
  • Contribute to local information dissemination, knowledge sharing and awareness sharing workshops with the stakeholders.
  • Provide recommendations for improvement of project activities.
  • Contribute to the project progress reports
  • Contribute to the project training and information sharing workshops.
  • Provide logistical and admin support to local events as needed

Qualifications

  • University degree in science/environmental science/natural resource management or related field
  • Experience working on social and environmental safeguard and related compliance
  • Very good inter-personal skills
  • Proficiency in computer application and information technology.
  • Good language skills in English (writing, speaking and reading) and Arabic languages
  • Demonstrable ability to maintain effective communications and follow-up with different stakeholders, and arrange stakeholder meetings and/or workshops;
  • Excellent computer skills, in particular mastery of all applications of the MS Office package;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Excellent English and Arabic language skills is a requirement.

Work activation and reporting

  • The SES officer will report directly to the Project Manager;
  • The SES officer is expected to manage the related project activities in South Sinai on a part- time basis (6 working days/month), in many cases traveling to Sharm El Sheikh will be required;

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit the following documents to m.elewa@greensharm.org on or before the 28th of May 2024 at 16h00 with the subject line: SES Officer – (Green Sharm El Sheikh Project)

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • Personal CV

To apply for this job email your details to m.elewa@greensharm.org