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Recruitment of a Senior Environmental Specialist

Date : 08 Dec 2020
Venue : ECOWAS Commission,
Town : ABUJA
Country : Nigeria


(Phase 1) – P164044



Recruitment of a Senior Environmental Specialist


For a Time-Based Contract


Date: December 08, 2020 to January 07, 2021
Venue: ECOWAS Commission, Directorate of Energy & Mines
Country: Nigeria

Project reference No.: P164044


  1. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has received a grant from the World Bank toward the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS – REAP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the Selection of a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU).
  2. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to increase grid electricity access in ECOWAS region. In its Phase 1, the project will finance the strengthening and extension of the distribution network (MV and LV) in three West African countries, namely Guinea Bissau, Mali and The Gambia and to enable cross-border electrification in those countries.
  3. The Consultant services (“the Services”) include the following as shown below and the duration of the contract shall be one (1) year renewable subject to satisfactory performance with an expectation duration of 3 years. During the services the Consultant is expected to be available to work part time.
  4. The overall responsibility of the Senior Environmental Specialist will be to carry out all environmental activities of the project including monitoring the implementation of the ESMP, preparing reports on environmental activities, also providing strategic advices and key milestones monitoring of all environmental issues raising throughout the implementation of the project. The Consultant will undertake activities which include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Oversight of overall environmental safeguards in the project preparation and implementation under the general management of the RCU Coordinator;
    2. Provision of necessary coordination and relevant inputs in preparation of environmental and social studies for the project under preparation and implementation;
    3. Assistance in recruitment of environmental and social consultants, including drafting ToR, estimating budget, evaluating consultants, negotiating and preparing contracts;
    4. Ensuring that bidding documents and contracts include necessary environmental provisions;
    5. Review of environmental assessment report and explain the specific environmental and social issues related to the project to the financing institutions;
    6. Preparing outlines of environmental issues or risks to be addressed in the contracts or the financing documents as appropriate;
    7. Supervision of contractors’ performance in handling specific environmental issues and provision of corrective instructions as needed;
    8. Preparation of relevant parts of required environmental monitoring reports, including reports on ESMP implementation status;
    9. Analysis of project implementation reports to ensure that all work is completed in full compliance with environmental policies;
    10. Help in preparation and implementation of support measures for ESMPs;
    11. Monitoring of compensation process and assessment of comments and complaints from PAPs on issues of compensations and other relevant environmental issues, and recommendation of actions to address identified issues;
    12. Review of lists of crop and property and public areas affected by the project and help to get rapid payment of the related compensations;
    13. Preparation of reports on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan and the Resettlement Action Plan, highlighting gender and vulnerable people support measures;
    14. Help to ensure the resolution of conflicts through mediation;
    15. Analysis of recommendations of supervisory offices or other providers;
    16. Ensure good collaboration with government agencies, decentralized institutions and local civil society;
    17. Technical support to national PIUs and RCU for capacity building on environmental safeguards
    18. Other activities, as instructed by the RCU Coordinator;
    19. Site visits and report to RCU Coordinator to provide inputs for Junior Environmental and Social Specialist.
  5. The ECOWAS Commission now invites eligible Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services regarding the following criteria at the next paragraph (§6).
  6. The Consultant will have to prove a professional experience including but not limited the following qualification requirements:

Qualifications and skills

  1. Must hold a minimum Master’s Degree or equivalent in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering;
  2. Good command of information technology and communication tools;
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  1. Experienced computer user, including excellent knowledge of MS-Office suite;
  2. Excellent written, presentation and reporting skills.

General work experience

At least 20 years of working experience in environmental activities particularly in Environmental Impact Evaluation for infrastructure projects.

Specific work experience

  1. Have been involved in at least in five (5) Environmental Impact Evaluation studies on power project specifically in grid extension or reinforcement projects or electrification projects HV/LV or Power generation in the last ten (10) years;
  2. Experience and understanding methodology of environmental and social rules and regulations of the World Bank;
  • Experience and understanding methodology of environmental and social rules and regulations multi donor funded project (AfDB, USAID, IDB etc…) will be an advantage;
  1. Have some knowledge of the issues and problems facing the energy sector in the ECOWAS region.
  2. Experience in Environmental Impact Evaluation studies on power projects of the ECOWAS region will be an advantage;

Language requirement

Candidates must be fluent in French and English; and have excellent written, presentation and reporting skill; knowledge of Portuguese will be a plus.

  1. A Candidate will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultant set out in the World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (July 2016, revised in November 2017 and August 2018).
  2. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. (GMT + 1) Local Time,
  3. ECOWAS-REAP, Directorate of Energy & Mines, ECOWAS Commission Annex, Niger House, 4th Floor

Plot 817, Ralph Shodeinde Street, Abuja, NIGERIA.

E-mail:; with copy to;; ; and

  1. Expressions of interest must be delivered latest by January 07, 2021 at 5.00 p.m. GMT + 1 at the above e-mail contacts.

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