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1. Background

Save the Children Canada (SCC) is a member of Save the Children International, a federation that works in more than 120 countries worldwide delivering programs focused on health and nutrition, education, child protection, child poverty, humanitarian response, and child rights governance. As the world’s leading independent organization for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation.

SCC is implementing a program titled “Reaching the Poorest: Supporting Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Mozambique”. The ultimate goal for this 4-year long project is to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights for rural adolescent girls and boys in and out of school in three districts in Zambezia province (Morumbala, Derre and Milange).

Save the Children plans to achieve it through interventions in health facilities, schools and communities in order to redress the conditions that have perpetuated poor access to quality, gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly SRHR services and information. This includes:

  • Constructing purpose-built buildings on the grounds of three existing district health centers so that trained health care providers can provide quality and confidential adolescent and youth-friendly health services
  • Constructing or rehabilitating school health counselling corners at target primary schools so that trained peer educators can provide confidential counselling
  • Constructing or rehabilitating latrines in target primary schools in order to ensure that boys and girls have environmentally and physically safe and private facilities, and that girls washrooms, in particular, are designed to facilitate optimal menstrual hygiene management.

 

2. Purpose of the Assignment

Save the Children Canada is seeking to hire an Environmental Specialist, who is an expert in Canadian environmental regulations (including Canadian Environmental Assessment Act) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) standards, to support environmental assessments on all the rehabilitation or construction sites. The assessments themselves will be conducted by a local consulting firm in Mozambique, who will work under the virtual guidance of the Canadian Environmental Specialist.

These environmental assessments are required by the Global Affairs Canada prior to any rehabilitation or construction of infrastructure in order to assess any potential impact on the environment and to develop mitigation plans. The assessments should also identify all the social and economic risks that the constructions may have on humans and propose mitigation plans.

The consultant will report to the Program Officer based in Save the Children Canada, who is in charge of the Ungumi Project award under which the constructions have been financed, and will work closely with other Save the Children staff in Canada and the Mozambique Country Office.

 

3. Scope of work

3.1 Develop Terms of Reference(ToR) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) to be conducted by a local consulting firm in Mozambique.

The EA will need to be compliant with the Canadian regulations (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act) and Global Affairs Canada standards. The EA will cover the construction or rehabilitation of relatively small buildings in 23 sites; 3 of the sites are in district health facilities, and 20 are primary schools. All are located in three districts in Zambezia province: Morumbala, Derre and Milange. The proposed construction plans have been already categorized as “B” (Moderate environmental risks and Opportunities) under GAC’s Environmental Integration Process (EIP) – as some environmental risk related to construction and opportunities related to biomedical waste disposal training and implementation have been identified.

The environmental analysis to be developed by a local consultant in Mozambique should be commensurate with the nature of the physical work. The goal is to make sure that:

  • The physical work respects local construction code and has obtained permit and licenses to operate (including EIA, water license etc. if applicable);
  • Potential negative impacts (social and environmental) from the construction/operation of the physical work are properly identified (e.g. bio-medical waste management; utilization and maintenance of septic tank systems);
  • Mitigation measures are in place to ensure that no significant residual impacts exist and that these mitigation measures are integrated into an Environmental Management Plan;
  • Adequate financial and human resource for the implementation of the environmental management plan are in place and that clear role/responsibilities are identified and that a supervision/monitoring activity calendar is identified;
  • Climatic risks are taken into account in the design of the constructions, which would also be discussed as part of the EIA. The rehabilitation and construction of safe and climate-resilient physical space should be encouraged.

There is no approved format for the EA, as long as the following components are included:

  • Description of the Initiative
  • Host Country Legislation
  • Description of the Environment
  • Methodology
  • Analysis of Environmental Effects and Their Significance
  • Public Participation and Concerns
  • Mitigation Measures
  • Follow-Up and Monitoring
  • Conclusion of the Environmental Assessment

The selected local consulting firm in Mozambique should have a capacity to conduct site-specific visits to better understand project’s environmental context; and should be able to demonstrate that that the environmental analysis is rigorous enough and that the environmental mitigation plan (EMP) is adequate and commensurate to the potential impacts

Please note that the quality of these ToRs is of essence and these must be specific enough so that the local specialist/firm understands what exactly has to be included in the EA.

3.2 Support the review of proposals submitted by local environmental specialist/firm from Mozambique and provide recommendations to select the best offer. This process will be administered by Save the Children Canada. The environmental specialist will be provided with a shortlist of a maximum of 4 proposals to review and assess.

3.3 provide short-term support to the selected local environmental specialist/firm (once during the environmental assessment, and once at the end of it) to ensure compliance with Canadian regulations (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act) and Global Affairs Canada standards

3.4 review the final environmental assessment report

 

4. Deliverables

4.1 Detailed ToR for the local environmental specialist/firm from Mozambique to conduct the Environmental Assesment in Mozambique

4.2 A short-list of local consulting firms from Mozambique which submitted their proposals for the EA, with recommendations

4.3 A final environmental assessment report in compliance with Canadian regulations (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act) and Global Affairs Canada standards

 

5. Timeframe

The consultancy will take place over the following periods:

  • ToR development: 1-6 November 2019
  • Proposals review: 22-23 November 2019
  • Final EA report review: 28-31 January 2020

Exact level of effort to be determined with the consultant, on the basis of actual needs.

 

6. Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters degree in relevant field of study, for example, environment studies, engineering
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience providing environmental technical assistance, preferably to programs in low-income counties, including conducting environmental analysis and management plans (experience working under GAC-funded awards considered a strong asset)
  • Expert knowledge of Canadian environmental assessment standards and regulations
  • Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada policies and standards including Results-Based Management (RBM)
  • Knowledge of the health and construction sectors in Mozambique and/or the East Africa region considered a strong advantage
  • Fluent in speaking/writing/reading English
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish considered a strong advantage

 

7. Essential Competencies, Skills and Behaviours

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to deal with complex and sometimes stressful situations while maintaining a profession and solutions-oriented attitude
  • Strong organization and project management skills, with the ability to work within tight deadlines and time pressures;
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills.

 

8. Child Safeguarding

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. The most fundamental thing we must do above all else, is to be safe for children and we should exemplify what this means.

We are an organization that is focused on the betterment of children and guarding against and ultimately eliminating all types of harm to children including sexual, physical, emotional abuse and deliberate neglect or exploitation of children.

Our ambition is to make Save the Children safe for children. We strive to be an organization where:

  1. The safety and welfare of children are our highest priority and are paramount in all that we do
  2. No child is harmed as a result of actions of anyone working for or on behalf of Save the Children
  3. Children we come in to contact with are safe and have confidence in us as a child safe organization
  4. Everyone who works for or with Save the Children understands and believes that safeguarding children is their job

Save the Children has an obligation to ensure that all staff, vendors and volunteers are in compliance with Save the Children’s Child safe Guarding policy. Though the Consultant may not have direct contact with children they will be representing Save the Children in the public space The agreement language below outlines the Consultant’s commitment to signing on to Save the Children’s, CSGP and request training.
(a) Consultant will abide by the Save the Children Canada Child Safeguarding Policy.
(b) Consultant will engage in a CSGP orientation.

 

9. Application Package & Procedures

Applications for the consultancy must include following components, for a total of 10 pages (not including appendices, CVs, etc.):

A detailed proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this Terms of Reference (ToR) and including the following:

  1. Demonstrate previous experience of work in a similar nature;
  2. Curriculum Vitae(s) of the lead consultant and any additional support;
  3. Names and contact information of two references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience.
  4. A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).
  5. A detailed breakdown of costs to implement the three deliverables outlined in these Terms of Reference

APPLICATION:

  • Complete applications should be submitted electronically to [email protected] with the subject line of:  ‘Ungumi Environmental Specialist Application’, no later than November 12, 2019. We will be reviewing applications on a continuous basis.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your e-mail where  you saw this posting.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Save the Children is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. To learn more about how we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.ca.

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