Programme Policy Officer (Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor) SSA 9 Nay Pyi Taw

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Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Environmental and Social safeguards Advisor) Grade : SSA 9 Type of contract: Special Service Agreement Number of Post : 1 Duration: 6 months Duty Station: Nay Pyi Taw VA Number : 831294 Date of Publication: 23 January 2024 Deadline of Application: 6 Febuary 2024 This vacancy announcement is opened for Myanmar National Only.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.


WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary and leave plus a medical insurance.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Environmental Engineer and Safeguards Advisor will be responsible for supporting and supervising the works related to all the activities of the project as well as supporting on all issues related to environmental and social risk management as required in the field level agreement and the environmental and social sustainability framework (ESSF), specifically the Environmental and Social management Plan (ESMP).

The advisor will ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the environmental safeguarding requirements of International financial institutions (IFIs) and WFP.

The ESS advisor will provide support for training to the staff of WFP and CPs including technical staffs, and ensure that all technical and social and environmental safeguards considerations are observed in all infrastructure projects that supported by International financial institutions (IFIs) and also need required capacities are built within the WFP and CPs to sustain development and application of appropriate technical and social and environmental standards in the projects, with particular emphasis on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction scheme.

  • Work closely with the international consultants and national technical staffs in providing quality assurance to projects funded by IFIs and regular activities and building the capacities of field implements in relation to rural infrastructure and engineering standards.
  • Liaise with the WFP engineers and specialists in ensuring that the priority initiatives proposed by village tracts and villages are developed in line with ESSF.
  • Ensure that all the rural infrastructure interventions proposed by communities are climate and disaster resilient, implemented in conformity with Myanmar and internationally acceptable building and construction codes of practices.
  • Based on the observations and feedback from the field, provide inputs to improve project operation manuals and related guidelines in relation to all standards, technical and safeguards considerations for WFP projects.
  • Assist the WFP and CP to comply with the IFI’s environmental safeguard requirements and coordinate and facilitate all environmental safeguarding monitoring and reporting activities for the projects.


  • Assist the ESMF implementation in preparing detailed monitoring schedules as well as conducting and monitoring environmental reports for submission to IFIs to ensure that the environmental safeguard requirements associated with the selected projects are effectively met.
  • Train relevant staff from CPs, members of PMC from village, village tracts, and the township development committees, in environmental safeguard requirements for the project. Conduct and prepare for environmental training events and capacity strengthening for the WFP and cooperating partners (CPs) and/or other stakeholders in the project.
  • Assist the village facilitators and volunteers, village tract forums, and the Activity teams in integrating environmental safeguard guidelines into the project design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Provide training to engineers and technicians of WFP and CP to implement and monitor environmental safeguard measures set out under the ESSF.
  • Liaise on environmental matters with other technical agencies, including INGO/NGOs that will provide support services to the project.
  • Assist WFP, CP and community in the preparation of Environment & Social Risks Management Plans (E&SRMP).
  • Apply the set of environmental and social safeguard guidelines that will be developed to all projects by the environmental and social sustainability framework (ESSF) to ensure that the projects are designed in a way that does not alter the environmental classification of the project in accordance with IFI’S Safeguard Policy.
  • In the case of category C projects, assist the WFP and CPs in notifying donors of the screening findings and the categorization of the project.


  • Keep a detailed record of the public consultation activities and ensure that the public has access to public documents related to the environmental safeguarding process; and
  • Train WFP and CP engineers in the conduct of risk assessment and provide technical guidance on how to mitigate the risks attendant to the identified subprojects
  • Regularly undertake field visits and subproject inspections to provide technical assistance to WFP and CP engineers, community facilitators and project managment committees (PMCs) and ensure that project designs are in conformance with generally acceptable engineering standards
  • In coordination with the WFP ACL team and M&E Officers, support the collection of regular reports regarding the status of infrastructure projects; and submit trip reports and training reports to SO manager and activity manager after every field visit or training activity;
  • In collaboration with WFP and CP engineers; request, receive, inspect, evaluate and maintain a well- organized database of all project designs from targeted townships
  • Produce written commentary; marked-up design notes; confirmation of design calculations; monitor the operations management plan; questions; and requests for more detail for all suppliers and service providers.
  • Ensure that the materials procured for infrastructure interventions conform to WFP standards and codes of civil engineering practice applicable to minor works;
  • Train engineers, Technical Facilitators and technicians of the WFP and CPs in effective construction methodologies and quality of civil, building and earthworks works being carried out in the implementation of infrastructure projects.


Education: Preferably bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or environmental engineering or any relevant technical qualifications.

Experience: 7 years’ professional experience preferably in rural infrastructure relating to rural/village roads, agriculture, irrigation and drainage. Preferably in rural development and environmental safeguards.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Myanmar.

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behaviour aligned withour core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely:

• Leading by example with integrity, • Driving results and delivering on commitments, • Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork, • Applying strategic thinking, • Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships


  • Experience in both design and implementation of construction works of rural infrastructure projects.
  • Experience in climate and disaster resilient community infrastructures.
  • Preferably having experience in training of engineers and technicians in the supervision of direct labor in civil and building construction.
  • Preferably having experience in preparing or editing handbooks, operational guidelines and training materials and conducting training workshops.
  • Preferably having experience in donor financed projects especially International financial institutions (IFIs) such as ADB and WB.


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations: It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. WFP is committed to an accessible, inclusive recruitment process. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries [email protected]. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs. This email is only to be used for any disability related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered as a formal application and will not receive a reply from WFP.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with over sight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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