Social Safeguard Specialist, Sana’a, Yemen

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Yemen

City: Sana’a, Yemen

Office: FAO Sana’a, Yemen

Closing date: Friday, 9 July 2021


Social Safeguard Specialist

Job Posting: 25/Jun/2021

Closure Date: 09/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FNYAR

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Yemen-Sana’A

Duration : 12 months (extendable based on performance and budget availability)

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

FAO’s office for Yemen is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development priorities under Yemen. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level. This position is based in FAO Representation in Sanaa, Yemen. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

Social Safeguard Specialist - will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Yemen, general supervision of Head of Agriculture and Rural Development unit and under the technical and direct supervision of Agriculture Officer.

Technical Focus

Facilitate compliance of the project with social safeguards and stakeholder engagement requirements as established in the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), acting as a focal point within the Project Management Unit and coordinating the required inputs from the Project Implementation Teams.

Tasks and responsibilities

Support social safeguards-related (i) safeguards compliance; (ii) sustainable performance throughout the project; and (iii) quality assurance of all social safeguards and sustainability performance documents of the Yemen Desert Locust Response Project prior to sharing them with the World Bank, and in close collaboration with the FAO ESM Unit (HQ based).

Support strengthening of technical capacities within the country and PMU, and coach the Project Safeguard and Gender Team (PSGT) throughout.

Work closely with Environmental Safeguards Specialist and Gender Based Violence Analysts within the Project Implementation Teams

Manage on a daily bases the social safeguards aspects of the project (this includes reviews, screenings, preparation of safeguards plans, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting), ensuring compliance with the all safeguards documents and keeping/recording proper documentation in the project file for possible review by the World Bank and FAO’s ESM-Rome team, whenever deemed necessary.

Lead the social impact assessment exercise of sub-projects to check activities are permissible (as per the legal and regulatory requirements of the project); determine the level of social assessment required based on the level of expected impacts and establish where Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP) will be required, providing estimated costs of implementation.

Support the stakeholder engagement process from the social safeguards perspective, facilitating stakeholder identification, engagement, understanding and use of the grievance redress mechanism (GRM), and disclosure.

Coordinate the monitoring and reporting of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) during project implementation to ensure SEP performance is regularly reported with site-specific monitoring and information.

Compile information from quarterly reports received from other safeguards specialists/implementation partners related to grievances to feed in the biannual project reports.

Lead the compilation of social safeguard documents required for sub-projects prior to the implementation of sub-project activities, following the guidance identified in the ESMF and related safeguards documents (e.g. Resettlement Framework, etc.).

Coordinate the establishment of the GRM, including: (i) adequate, multiple-access GRM points to receive complaints from stakeholders; (ii) awareness raising/ensuring these access points are known to beneficiaries; (iii) acting as a focal point to receive and file claims accordingly; and (iv) monitor the effectiveness of the access points, proposing any improvement(s) needed in order to resolve and handle complaints on-site;
Brief staff on the existing GRM, how it works, and how to address receipt and handling of grievances.

Communicate social safeguards information to the Chief Technical Advisor and guide on addressing concerns brought to the attention of the focal points regarding any social issues arising from subproject activities.

Prepare and manage public consultation and disclosure plans where needed;

Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Social Work, Socio-Economics or closely related fields.

Minimum five years of relevant operational experience and proven track record in working on projects covering a broad range of environmental and social issues.

Knowledge and understanding of international environmental and social impact assessment standards and practices (with an emphasis on social standards and social impact assessments).

Demonstrated on-ground/in-field experience working on development projects, particularly related to stakeholder engagement and resolution/management of social issues/conflict.

English language fluency (reading, writing, speaking).

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Proficiency in standard computer software

National of Yemen

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement.

Technical/Functional Skills

Good interpersonal and networking skills with stakeholders;
The candidate must have the ability to build effective working relationships with national and international colleagues with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds.


Demonstrated capacity to plan, advise, and guide compliance with social safeguards, including compliance with stakeholder engagement requirements;
Demonstrated ability to liaise with multiple agencies, effectively building an understanding and partnership with other UN bodies, NGOs, and governmental agencies.

Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on stakeholder engagement and grievance redress.

Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills in English.

The candidate must possess teamwork spirit, ability to work under minimum supervision.

Understanding of complex emergencies; experience working in insecure and crisis environment.

Proven strong communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills; Analytical skills and experience.

Ability to keep sensitive information as confidential .


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