Program Manager Environmental Safeguards US Non-profit Careers – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Chief of Party

About US:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which implements the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Summary:  The Program Manager – Environmental Safeguards (PMES): The Environmental Safeguards Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance with USAID’s and Uganda’s environmental regulations and laws. The EO will ensure the recommendations of the project’s initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and Climate Risk Management (CRM) are implemented across all Nuyok project activities and implementing partners, to mitigate environmental and climate change risks and ensure positive impacts on project beneficiaries and the environment for program quality and sustainability. S/he will work with the Governance, Resilience, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Health & Nutrition Technical Leads as well as the WASH Manager for successful integration of environmental safeguards across sectors.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure the IEE conditions and recommendations are implemented, while considering any substantial modification to previously approved activities or addition to project activities.
  • Determine regulatory requirements for environmental and safety oversight of project activities and assist project implementing partners as required on compliance issues and on the preparation of required environmental documentation for proposed and ongoing activities.
  • Work with respective sector teams and activity managers to ensure project activities are designed and implemented in an environmentally friendly and climate change resilient manner. This includes developing and implementing a project level Safe Use Action Plan (SUAP) and the Water Quality Assurance Plan (WQAP).
  • Take the lead on all mitigation and monitoring activities; develop, and as necessary, update the project’s Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) and Climate Risk Management (CRM) Plan
  • Develop tools for screening new proj ect activities, monitoring environmental compliance and climate change mitigation measures.
  • Prepare the Environmental Status Report (ESR) and includes updates on the status of proposed mitigation and monitoring measures in project reports.
  • Develop and provide environmental compliance and climate change mitigation training for project staff and partners.
  • Ensure that environmental compliance and climate change mitigation considerations are included in PREP, ARR, Budgets, DIP, Q-reports, etc.
  • Participate in environmental compliance and climate change mitigation M&E-related activities as required.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders for environmental compliance and climate change resilience including government, NGOs and research organizations.
  • Carry out regular environmental compliance and climate change mitigation audits.
  • Monitor the application of recommendations of audits and any other recommendations pertaining to environment safeguards.
  • In close collaboration with the implementation teams (CRS and partners), ensure that local officials and opinion leaders endorse and apply environment safeguard measures.
  • Identify training needs of key stakeholders and work with the SBCC Technical Partner to develop appropriate tools for the trainings.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Program Manager Environmental Safeguards Nuyok Project job should hold a degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering or related subject.
  • At least five years of experience working in international development and at least three years working directly on environmental and climate change risk management.
  • Working knowledge of USAID’s environmental policies, rules and regulations is required. Experience working with USAID-funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Experience developing/using tools to assess and monitor environmental impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and in written form with staff and stakeholders at various levels.
  • Ability to work well in CRS and partners’ staff teams across a range of activities in health and nutrition, agriculture & livelihoods, governance, gender and resilience, and WASH.
  • Ability to travel to remote field locations, work under pressure and take additional responsibilities when needed.
  • Ability to network with implementing partners, relevant organizations, government agencies and the USAID.
  • Understands and appreciates Adaptive Management Frameworks and Results Measurement Tools as part of Accountability and Learning approach to project implementation.
  • Language: English. Knowledge of Karimojong will be a comparative advantage

Program Manager Competencies: These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them.
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

Agency-Wide Competencies (For All CRS Staff): These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

How to Apply:

All candidates should Email a cover letter and CV only to ug_recruitment@crs.org. Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line of the email, copy and paste – PROGRAM MANAGER ENVIROMENTAL SAFEGUARDS only

Deadline: 5th September 2019 by 5:00pm


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