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 Job - Environment Specialists (ALMA)

 Duration: 30.07.2020 - present

 

Company: Alma Consulting

Vacancy: Environment Specialists

Project duration: International (2 person month), national (4 person month)

Requirements:

 

  • A university degree or above in environmental management, or a related field;
  • At least 7 years of project experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA), including for agriculture, irrigation, and water infrastructure projects;
  • Knowledge of current best-practice EIA standards and techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare international-standard, high-quality EIA reports, and which present a holistic framework for the environmental assessment, including the project design and safeguard measures;
  • Ability to assess a broad range of environmental attributes, including ecology, air, soil, noise, water, physical cultural resources, and health and safety;
  • Experience in Azerbaijan and other Central and West Asian countries is desirable for the international specialist.

 

 

Specifically, the specialist will:

  1. visit all of the proposed project sites, to be familiar with the project area and gain adequate understanding of the key environmental issues;
  2. develop a work plan that complements other team members, so that the specialist shares and receives relevant data in a timely manner;
  3. define the zone of project influence (i.e., the area to be covered by the impact assessment) and the scope of sensitive receptors to be documented for the initial environmental examination (IEE). The zone of project influence should include the full extent of upstream and downstream areas which may be directly or indirectly impacted by the project e.g., by altered hydrology (seasonal flow regime and volumes, water quality, loss or modification of habitats, sub-surface aquifers, etc.);
  4. provide input to design of the public consultations and ensure they include relevant questions on the environment and, that any public concerns are documented in the IEE and addressed in the project design and EMP;
  5. define the data needs and methods (sampling, frequency, coverage) for the IEE to describe the relevant baseline environmental conditions (e.g., water, soil, air and noise quality, flora, fauna, other key environmental attributes) and agree on division of tasks for data collection and analysis;
  6. conduct original field work, data collection and analyses as necessary and realistic within the time available to address any major information gaps. For major gaps that cannot be addressed by the international and/or national specialist, report these to ADB and the government as soon as possible so that solutions can be discussed;
  1. assess, and as far as possible quantify, the potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation phases for each project component. This will include impacts to biodiversity, soil, water, ecological function and services, cultural resources, potential upstream and/or downstream impacts, and potential cumulative, indirect, and/or induced impacts, as defined by ADB’s SPS. The significance of these potential impacts will be assessed against the existing conditions, and environmental importance, of each attribute. For example, impacts to water quality may be compared against existing water quality sampled within the project sites; while impacts to significant flora or fauna may require comparison in the context of national, regional or global populations, not only within the project area;
  2. identify the major safeguard issues of the project early in the design phase and structure the environmental assessment accordingly, with emphasis on these key issues;
  3. prepare a holistic IEE, i.e., that presents and considers the project rationale, structural and nonstructural measures, and safeguards (impact and mitigation measures in an integrated context;
  4. conduct due diligence as necessary for any ‘associated facilities’ as per the SPS;
  5. with the team social development specialists, identify environment-related livelihoods and potential project impacts and describe these in the IEE;
  6. with the climate change specialists, assess climate change issues for the project, including (a) relevant provincial and national policy framework; (b) negative impacts of the project to the climate; (c) estimates of project greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and project designs that will increase or reduce GHG—for this project, including improved management of soil, water, and fertilizers; (d) whether the project is feasible under anticipated climate change; (d) adaptation and/or mitigation measures required to improve the project feasibility over its design life and the anticipated climate change that will occur in this time;
  7. identify and assess alternative project scenarios (e.g., ‘no project’) and whether changes in project design could increase the environmental benefits;
  8. develop mitigation measures to address the potential impacts identified. These may include generic measures across the project sites but should also include site-specific measures as necessary tailored to local conditions;
  9. identify any residual (net) project impacts and whether these require further attention;
  10. assess the adequacy of the institutional capacity of the executing and implementing agencies in managing social and environmental risks in the project and proposing measures to address gaps;
  11. assist the team leader in identifying potential innovative and cross-disciplinary measures which may be trialed by the project; and
  12. undertake other tasks as deemed necessary by the team leader.



Alma Consulting is looking for “Social development and gender /resettlement specialists Environment Specialists” expert. Experts are requested to send their CVs to cv@almabaku.com



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