Team: Programs | Commitment: Consulting | Location: Abuja

STTA: Environmental Compliance Specialist

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to strengthen the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment. To achieve this goal, the Activity focuses on four interrelated components: (i) improving the enabling environment for agricultural sector growth; (ii) broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; (iii) promoting and facilitating investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations; and (iv) sustainably enhancing the performance of agribusiness micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). In line with the U.S. and Nigerian governments’ commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the depth, breadth, dynamism, and competitiveness of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Position Description

The Agribusiness Investment Activity (the Activity) is seeking an Environmental Compliance Specialist to complete three key objectives: 1) work with Activity staff to update the Activity’s Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP); 2) develop an environmental compliance system to be implemented by the Activity; 3) conduct training on specific environmental compliance requirements of the Activity’s contract. This assignment will include developing templates of environmental compliance materials for the project to administer to ensure compliance with USAID/Nigeria’s Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) recommendations, the Activity’s EMMP, and the requirements of 22 CFR 216. The Environmental Compliance Specialist will report to the Activity COP, while working closely with the MEL Manager and other Activity staff. This assignment will include a remote desk review in addition to travel to the Activity head office in Abuja, Nigeria.

Period of Performance: February – March 2020

Duties and Responsibilities: General

  • Conduct a desk review of the following approved Activity documents: environmental sections of USAID Contract, FTF Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity Technical Proposal, Year 2 Annual Work Plan, Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP), Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP), and any other Activity documents deemed relevant.
  • Meet with USAID Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and USAID/Nigeria Bureau Environmental Officer, as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties related to this assignment as requested by the COP or his designate as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:Updating the Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP)

  • Meet with technical staff in Abuja to review the Activity’s intervention strategies, ongoing and planned activities, theory of change, and key performance indicators.
  • Using tracked changes, propose edits to update the EMMP based on conversations with Activity staff, the approved Year 1 Workplan, and expected activities for the life of project.
  • Conduct a 1-day workshop with technical staff to discuss, refine and validate proposed changes to the Activity’s EMMP. 

Duties and Responsibilities: Develop an environmental compliance system to be implemented by the Activity

  • Propose an environmental compliance administration system to be managed by the MEL Unit.
  • Work closely with the MEL Manager and relevant technical staff to develop environmental compliance checklists (i.e. Environmental Review Checklists) and/or certification forms to be signed by training participants and partners receiving technical assistance.
  • Develop environmental compliance modules (based on mitigation measures outlined in the EMMP) suitable for inclusion in trainings to be conducted across all Activity components (i.e. for use by Activity staff, or hired trainers, to train project participants).
  • Develop training notes so that Activity-hired trainers may incorporate and administer these environmental compliance training modules into existing trainings for Activity beneficiaries, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities: Conduct training for Activity staff on environmental compliance requirements of the contract

  • Conduct a 1-day training for Activity technical staff covering the following subjects: 1) an overview of USAID Environmental Compliance requirements that are pertinent to the Activity contract, and; 2) an overview of the environmental compliance measures that must be implemented to ensure compliance with the EMMP.
  • Develop all training materials (e.g. PowerPoint presentation, printed materials, etc.) required to conduct the above referenced training for Activity staff on contract-specific USAID environmental compliance requirements and the environmental compliance system to be implemented by the Activity.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Agronomy, or relevant field is required;
  • Minimum of 5 years working in environmental compliance on donor-funded projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on environmental compliance for USAID-funded agriculture projects;  
  • Experience developing environmental training or environmental compliance materials for USAID is required;
  • Experience working in West Africa is required and experience working in Nigeria is strongly preferred;
  • Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal initiative, stress tolerance, integrity and ethics;
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; and
  • The ability to produce various informational products under tight deadlines.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.