Request for Expressions of Interest
Additional Financing For EMERGENCY COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT.
IBRD Loan No and AIIB: LOAN NUMBER 9273-GE
Assignment Title: Environmental Standards Specialist/Consultant
Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs (MoILHSA), as an Implementing Agency of the aDDITIONAL FINANCING for eMERGENCY COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT in Georgia is soliciting applications for the position of ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS SPECIALIST/CONSULTANT.
The Environmental Standards Specialist (ESS) shall ensure adequate environmental performance of the Project. Specifically, the ESS will ensure that the Project is carried out in consistency with the national legislation of Georgia, the Environmental and Social Standards of the WB, and in accordance with environmental and social instruments (Environmental and Social Management Framework-ESMF, sub-project specific Environmental and Social Management Plans-ESMPs and/or Infection Control and Waste Management Plans – IC WMPs, and Cold Chain Temperature Monitoring Plan).
The Environmental Standards Specialist/Consultant is responsible for the overall environmental aspects of the Implementing Agency activities (please refer to the attached Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment).
The Consultant shall be responsible for:
The ESS shall be responsible for:
- Together with the Social Standards Specialist (SSS) of the PIU, carrying out environmental and social (ES) screening of each activity proposed for financing from the Project proceed in order to (i) filter out any activities which are not eligible for the Project support, (ii) assess ES risks associated with the proposed activities, and (iii) determine what kind of subproject-specific ES Instrument should be developed for the given activity;
- Together with healthcare sector professionals of the MoILHSA and/or its subordinate agencies involved in the Project implementation, reviewing technical specifications of medical goods, supplies and equipment to be procured under the Project in order to ensure their consistency with relevant guidance of the WHO;
- Together with the SSS of the PIU, developing ESMPs for civil works to be undertaken under the Project as prescribed by the ESMF; ensure disclosure of these ESMPs in Georgian and English languages through the web page(s) of the MoILHSA and its subordinate agencies, as required, and organize meaningful and inclusive stakeholder consultation on ESMPs in the optimal manner and format compliant with the quarantine restrictions imposed in Georgia at any given point of time;
- In cooperation with relevant healthcare sector professionals of the MoILHSA, its subordinate agencies, as required, and relevant Project beneficiary institutions, developing ICWMPs for clinics receiving Project support in the form of equipment, supplies and other goods and/or minor works and/or consultant services addressing issues of medical and household waste handling and disposal at present and in future operations in the manner minimizing related health risks for medical staff and personnel, patients and communities;
- Ensure implementation of the Cold Chain Temperature Monitoring Plan (CCTMP) and VDDM, together with the relevant employees of PIU;
- Liaising with immunisation service provider (dispensing the project financed vaccines) and advise them on healthcare waste management good practice;
- Provision of trainings in healthcare waste handling to relevant employees of beneficiary healthcare facilities;
- Liaising with the designers of proposed civil works to advise on environmental, health and safety considerations to be built into the architectural/design documents with the purpose to minimize negative environmental impacts of works and maximize efficiency in resource use;
- Supervising Contractors’ compliance with sub-project specific ESMPs according to the ES monitoring plans included in these ESMPs;
- Producing environmental audit review reports for the completed activities suggested for reimbursement from the Project proceeds based on the retroactive financing arrangements;
- Together with the SSS, preparing monthly ES field monitoring reports which would cover all individual work sites active in the report period, provide assessment ES performance of works Contractors, document any revealed miss performance and prescribed corrective action, describe status of corrective action applied to already identified incompliance and carry photo documentation from the work sites;
- Together with the SSS, providing input to the MoILHSA for preparing quarterly progress reports containing information on the status of compliance with the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) and the ES instruments referred to therein, all such reports in form and substance acceptable to the Bank, setting out, inter alia: (i) the status of implementation of the ESCP; (ii) conditions, if any, which interfere or threaten to interfere with the implementation of the ESCP; and (iii) corrective and preventive measures taken or required to be taken to address such conditions;
- Immediately communicating with the Project Manager Deputy Minister of the MoILHSA in charge of the Project implementation in case of any incident or accident related to or having an impact on the Project which has, or is likely to have, a significant adverse effect on the environment, the affected communities, the public or workers, and facilitating prompt reporting on such incident or accident to the WB in accordance with the ES Standards of the WB, the ESCP and the ESMF.
- Cooperating with the regular implementation support missions of the WB, and providing contributions to the missions’ work as requested;
- Any other activities in relation with the implementation of the Project requiring professional involvement of an environmental standards specialist.
The individual consultant shall meet the following qualification and experience requirements:
The Consultant shall have the following experience and qualifications:
- University Degree in natural sciences, environmental management, or equivalent;
- At least 3 years of relevant experience in assessing, managing or supervising environmental aspects of development projects;
- At least two years’ work experience as an environmental specialist or relevant employee in internationally funded development projects; knowledge of the WB’s or another multilateral development bank’s safeguard policies and requirements is a must;
- Proven record of timely delivery of high-quality results/outputs;
- Experience in medical waste management is preferable;
- Demonstrated Computer Skills (Proficiency in using computer desktop application MS Office, Word, Excel, and Power Point);
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Georgian and English.
The Consultant will be mobilized on a full-time basis for 12 months contract with the possibility for downstream work subject to satisfactory performance.
A consultant will be selected in accordance with the “Open Competitive Selection of Individual Consultants)” procedures set out in World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (Regulations) (2016, July, Revised November 2017 and August 2018).
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (Revised November 2017 and August 2018) (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment: paragraph 3.17 of the Procurement Regulations.
Please indicate the position in subject line.
Deadline for applications: 26 October, 2021
To obtain detailed information, please contact:
Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs (MoILHSA),
Name: Khatia Amilakhvari
Position: Procurement consultant
Procurement Consultant, PIU – World Bank
Additional Financing for Emergency COVID-19 Response Project
Web Site: www.moh.gov.ge