Safeguards Specialist (Environment)

Metro Manila, Philippines
Jimenez, Maria Bernadette Ms_Photo
Role managed by
Maria Bernadette S. Jimenez Researcher

About the Asian Development Bank

Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines. It is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfil its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

In addition to its headquarters, ADB also maintains 31 field offices around the world. Since its founding, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting investments wisely, in partnership with developing member countries and other stakeholders, the aim is to alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth. Whether it is through investment in infrastructure, health care services, financial and public administration systems, or helping nations prepare for the impact of climate change or better manage their natural resources, ADB is committed to helping developing member countries evolve into thriving, modern economies that are well integrated with each other and the world.

ADB is at the forefront of development thinking and practice, spreading information through regional forums, a growing online presence and the publication of specialized papers, serials and books.

Economists, engineers, gender experts, environmental scientists as well as treasury, risk managers, procurement specialists are amongst the hundreds of professions at the bank working together to reduce poverty and ensure growth across the Asia and Pacific region is sustainable and inclusive.

The main instruments for assistance are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

You can find more details on ADB’s website: https://www.adb.org/

Safeguards Specialist (Environment)

The Safeguards Specialist (Environment) will take part in strengthening the compliance of ADB projects with the environmental safeguard requirements of ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement by leading and providing operational coordination and advice in project processing. The post is responsible for  environmental assessment and management as well as support in the development of environmental safeguard policies. The post holder will be initially assigned in the Office of the Director General (SEOD) within the Southeast Asia Department (SERD) and after a certain period will require relocation to a SERD resident mission (RM).

Southeast Asia Department (SERD) is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the Southeast Asia region. SEOD provides overall support to the SERD management in terms of programming, portfolio management, results monitoring, and  implementation of ADB’s long-term strategic framework to deliver projects that create economic and development impact in the region.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Safeguards Specialist (Environment) will have the following key responsibilities:

  • As a project processing team mission member, support Project Team Leaders in complying with environmental safeguard requirements of ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement and related disclosure policies in project processing, including identifying issues/impacts and proposing categorization
  • Within project teams, take responsibility for obtaining ADB environmental safeguard compliance approvals, including for initial environment categorization, project concept paper, management consideration, and Board consideration
  • Advise on environmental safeguard compliance risks of environmental sensitive and complex projects, and identify necessary corrective action
  • Assist in addressing environmental safeguard policy compliance issues that may arise, consulting with SDCC as appropriate
  • Identify opportunities for ADB assistance aimed at operationalizing policies on environmental safeguards; community and occupational health and safety; climate change; resource-efficiency; and other environmental dimensions
  • Support environment safeguard risk management for SERD portfolio of projects in compliance with ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement, including responding to documentation/reporting requirements of Office of the Special project Facilitator and inspection panels
  • Provide portfolio-wide environment-related input to Quarterly Portfolio Performance Reports
  • Conduct climate change risk screening; supervise in-depth climate risk assessments; and monitor implementation of climate adaptation elements for projects and programs in SERD DMCs
  • Contribute significantly to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building relating to ADB’s safeguard policies
  • Support administration of technical assistance (TA) and other training programs for capacity building related to environmental safeguards

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Engineering, Environment Sciences, or other related fields; University degree in Environmental Engineering, Environment Sciences, or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree
  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience in environmental safeguards, environmental impact assessment and management, and environmental policy
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing environmental, health and safety issues associated with infrastructure development projects, and operational experience in the preparation and implementation of such projects
  • Familiarity with a multilateral institution’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to World Bank Group’s Environment, Health and Safety Guidelines
  • International experience working in several countries
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Sound expertise in specific area (preferably one of the following areas/sectors: biodiversity conservation, biodiversity impact assessment, power generation and transmission)
  • Experience applying knowledge in diverse international settings and/or different organizations
  • Able to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive project member

Terms of Appointment

This is an IS4 level role with the selected candidate being appointed for an initial term of three years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of ADB member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

To Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Bernadette Jimenez at [email protected] on or before 14th June 2019, 1800 +8 GMT. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by ADB to undertake this assignment. 

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