TIF- Environmental Compliance Specialist
Background and Context
The USAID-funded Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) project purpose is to facilitate export of Lebanese goods and services to generate foreign exchange through investments that simultaneously promote job creation, income generation, and improved livelihoods throughout the country.
TIF has three objectives:
1) increased exports of Lebanese goods and services,
2) investment facilitation leading to increased domestic investment, and
3) improved business and investment enabling environment.
The TIF conducted sector analysis, which resulted into identifying TIF priority sectors and each sector’s main challenges, opportunities and potential areas of interventions related to the growth of each one of them.
In March 2021, TIF launched its Call for Partnership - Annual Program Statement (APS), which was broadly published across Lebanon to submit development plans. Additionally, key stakeholders in each of TIF priority sectors were invited to sector webinars and introducing them to TIF’s APS.
As a next step leading to achieve TIF’s objectives, the workshops and co-creation activities for approved development plans have started, in partnerships with key stakeholders. Per USAID regulations, all project activities have to be screened for any potential impact on the environment.
The purpose of this assignment is to engage the Environmental Compliance Specialist to support the TIF’s team in satisfying Environmental compliance requirements. Major tasks include:
- Train TIF staff on USAID regulations on environmental compliance requirements and provide targeted consultations when requested.
- Complete Environmental Review and Assessment Checklist (ERAC) in accordance with USAID rules and regulations for individual activities. ERAC identifies potential impact on the environment. Based on the findings, individual Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) might be required. EMMP lists all specific mitigations measures that shall be put in place and sets out indicators/criteria for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of mitigation measures. ERAC and EMMP must be completed based on the USAID approved Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) document for TIF.
- Conduct site Visits and submit reports for all assigned activities including findings, challenges, key lessons learned, and recommendations for corrective measures.
Location of Assignment
The location of this assignment is across Lebanon.
Level of Effort and Period of Performance
Estimated 48 days from June 2021 till September 2022.
- The consultant must submit a complete ERAC and EMMP (when required) for each assigned activity.
- The consultant must take DAI and USAID comments and feedback into consideration and amend submitted ERACs and EMMPs, accordingly.
- Site visits reports are required when site visits are deemed necessary.
Reporting and Supervision
The consultant will coordinate with TIF grants team and will directly report to TIF Senior Procurement and Grants Manager.
- Bachelor’s degree in one or several of the following areas: Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Engineering or other relevant area/degree
- At least five years of relevant experience, focused on environmental management and environmental impact assessment and mitigation
- At least two years’ experience in developing USAID ERACs and EMMPs
- Strong communication skills - both written and oral – in English and Arabic.