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Posted on 10 Oct, 2021
Closing on 17 Oct, 2021

Job Description


The Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) project is funded by the World Bank and runs in partnership with WFP and UNICEF. The project objective is to maintain access to basic education, improve conditions for learning and strengthen education sector capacity in selected districts in several governorates in Yemen. The project has a dedicated “Environment & Social Commitment Plan” (ESCP), “Environment & Social Management Framework” (ESMF), and “Stakeholders Engagement Plan” (SEP) - to meet the requirements of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) - that all implementing partners agreed to jointly implement and monitor them throughout the project lifetime. The aim of these plans and framework is to better manage the environmental and social risks and impacts of the REAL project and to improve development outcomes.

The Environment and Social Safeguard Officer (ESSO) is responsible for supporting the management of the environmental and social safeguarding risks and impacts that can be generated by SCI project activities and follow up the implementation of the mitigation and control measures as required in the project ESMF and site specific ESMPs. The ESSO will conduct the initial ESS screening process, collect the existing environmental and social information from project sites, and contribute to prepare the site specific Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP). The ESSO will be responsible for site/field monitoring to ensure the compliance for SCI polices/codes, WB ESS requirements, project ESMF, and site specific ESMPs as well as conduct regular site visits including inspections and spot checks as required in ESS monitoring plans. The ESSO will be responsible with SCI technical teams in the implementation of a joint Stakeholders Engagement Plan (SEP) and a Gender Based Violence (GBV) Action Plan at the field level. The ESSO will conduct the ESS training and awareness for all project workers and stakeholders based on the ESS training plans. The ESSO will ensure the documentation of ESS site activities including monitoring and site visits outcomes, accidents/incidents records, complaints records, and any other ESS documents. The ESSO will be responsible to conduct the investigation for any ESS accidents/incidents. The ESSO will prepare a monthly site report summarizing the compliance to ESS KPIs, noncompliance cases, and ESS implementation progress.

Reports to:
Environmental and Social Safeguarding Coordinator (Country Office)
Staff reporting to this post: none

Ensure Compliance for Project Environmental and Social Management Framework:

  •  Ensure the compliance for project Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) regarding the assessment and management of ES risks and impacts, project workers health and safety, community health and safety, stakeholders’ engagement, public consultation, gender equality, women empowerment, sexual harassment and abuse, gender base violence (GBV), and grievance reporting mechanism (GRM) in the field level and during the implementation of SCI activities.
  •  Carry out the environmental and social screening process for each project location prior to start the implementation.
  •  Carry out the stakeholders’ engagement process with project affected parties.
  •  Carry out the risk assessment and analysis of work activities to find potential negative ES impacts ‎and ‎risks in order to provide the mitigation measures.
  •  Contribute to prepare the site specific Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs).
  •  Ensure the implementation of the ESS Action Plans at the field level.
  •  Determining the efficiency of safeguarding procedures at workplaces and finding the noncompliance areas and gaps to take corrective actions.
  •  Deliver on-going refresher training and ES safeguarding inductions as appropriate and based on the training plans.
  •  Provide orientation and training to project’s teams on ESMF and ESMP.
  •  Raise the awareness of staff, project workers, and beneficiaries for SCI grievance mechanism.
  •  Undertake monitoring activities, including site visits, inspection, and spot checks to project worksites and based on ES monitoring plans and ESMPs to ensure the ES safeguarding procedures in place. ‎ 
  •  Prepare the monthly safeguarding field reports briefing the ES KPIs, safeguarding performance, compliance, noncompliance, weaknesses, and ‎improvements.
  •  Coordinate with SCI Safeguarding, MEAL, Compliance focal points in the term of training and field monitoring.
  •  Document the E&S safeguard field records including field reports, site training record, site visits record, site photographs, site work permits …. etc.
  •  Follow up the third-party monitoring (TPM) findings and response. ‎
  •  Reporting all safeguarding and fraud accidents and cases.
  •  Conduct the investigation for all safeguarding and fraud accidents and cases under the project.
  •  File all investigation documents as a hard and soft copy.
  •  Record the stakeholders and beneficiaries’ complaints/feedback and report them for the accountability team for quick response..
  •  Work closely with relevant SCI technical teams in terms of cooperation and coordination during project activities.

Ensure Compliance for SCI Policies and Codes:

  •  Ensure the compliance for PSEA/Child Safeguarding systems, and prepare risk assessments within the project activities, planning and delivering training programs accordingly. 
  •  Responsible for issuing visibility materials related to safeguarding and FRM.
  •  Conduct a review of Child Safeguarding Policy implementation throughout the field offices and implement the Child Safeguarding Policy Compliance Action Plan.
  •  Ensure that the safeguarding mechanisms are in place and are subject to continuous monitoring/review.
  •  Identify and utilise opportunities to integrate safeguarding approaches into all aspects of our work.
  •  Ensuring safeguarding concerns are reported effectively in line with the policy, acting as the field referral point
  •  Ensure that concerns are followed up safely, effectively and efficiently and to the required standards. 
  •  Collaborating with key teams and processes to ensure that Child Safeguarding is integrated into all systems.
  •  Support staff to take proactive steps to ensure that all programming activity identifies the potential risks and works to eliminate and mitigate those risks.
  •  Ensure that all new recruits have had a thorough Safeguarding Policy induction.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

  •  holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  •  holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
  • Ambition:
  •  sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  •  widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  •  future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  •  builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  •  values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  •  approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  •  develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  •  willing to take disciplined risks.


  •  honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  •  Bachelor degree in environmental science, social science, engineering or equivalent.
  •  Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience, including applied experience in Environmental & Social risk management
  •  Working experience with international organisations and/or similar projects for at least 2 years
  •  Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected peoples, government officials, international organisations, development agencies, technical bodies, NGO’s and civil society.
  •  Computer literate (including working knowledge of MS Word, Excel) 
  •  Ability to synthesise and analyse information, and make clear, informed decisions.
  •  Ability to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  •  Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills 
  •  Cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity
  •  Fluency in written and spoken English and Arab is required.
  •  Commitment to Save the Children values


  •  Demonstrated experience in the design, monitoring and institutional operationalisation of the ESS under World Bank-funded projects.
  •  Experience in technical programme support in areas of Education.
  •  Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies including travelling at short notice and for extended periods of time

Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities 
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


Location: Hodieda

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Oct 17, 2021






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