Stakeholder Engagement and Environmental and Social Management Аnalyst – Kyіv


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Viktorov Illia

Stakeholder Engagement and Environmental and Social Management Аnalyst – Kyіv

Today Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since achieving independence in 1991. The ongoing war has already resulted in significant loss of life, unprecedented displacement, internally and towards neighboring countries, and devastating destruction of infrastructure. The UN Ukraine Flash Appeal shows that at least 15.7 million people are in immediate need of emergency assistance and protection. Early projections indicate that if the war should continue in the medium to long term, up to 90% of the Ukrainian population could face poverty and extreme economic vulnerability, and the country’s socio-economic progress could be set-back by almost 20 years. In the short-term, 62% of the population is at high risk of falling into poverty. Ukraine’s economy is set to shrink by 45% this year due to the war and even with a moderate recovery in the next few years, by 2025 the GDP would still only be two-thirds of the pre-war GDP in 2021.

In addition, the country faces losses of many people’s lives and devastative destruction of infrastructures and economic bases. Currently, more than 50% of the energy infrastructure damaged, causing the massive disruption of energy supply nationwide with millions of people experiencing power outages and challenges in heating. Extensive scale of destruction of infrastructure, rehabilitating or constructing infrastructures and installing equipment with necessary supply of the materials is urgently required to restore or maintain life-line and key basic services, followed by removal or mines and explosives as well as debris.

In 2020, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine signed a €300 million loan under Ukraine Public Building Energy Efficiency (UPBEE) Programme . The primary goal of the UPBEE Programme is to fund extensive energy efficient upgrades in public buildings across Ukrainian cities, with a focus on small and medium-sized municipalities, and local governments. Beyond energy improvements, the Programme also allocates funding to repair war damages and modify public buildings, including hospitals, schools, kindergartens, cultural centres among others, ensuring they cater better to the needs of Internally Displaced Persons and their host communities.

The UNDP provides technical assistance to support the UPBEE Programme implementation and compliance with the EIB standards. This support includes assistance to local municipalities within all the phases of the sub-project cycle, including planning, design, procurement, construction work, evaluation and monitoring. The UNDP technical assistance performs anti-corruption assessments and sanctions screening, enhance due diligence, improve compliance and financial management, as well as provide regular consultations to the final beneficiaries and local stakeholders.

More than 30 municipalities applied for UPBEE Programme within two rounds of Calls for Proposals in 2023. Currently, the selected municipalities are at different stages in the process of signing the loan transfer agreements. The UNDP technical assistance team will be performing regular site visits to the municipalities across Ukraine for capacity building and monitoring purposes. The UNDP technical assistance will work closely with municipalities to strengthen operation of the entire project cycle, including support in incorporating environment and social standards and monitoring their implementation.

In this regard, UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of the Stakeholder Engagement and Environmental and Social Management Analyst. 

The overall objective of this assignment is to ensure the proper preparation and implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP) and Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEP) for the UPBEE framework loans provided by the EIB. It is anticipated that the incumbent will contribute to expanding the EIB Programmes’ contribution to strengthening of environmental sustainability and social cohesion in target regions. The Analyst will work closely with municipalities under preparation and implementation of their projects to ensure community participation, stakeholder engagement and effective communication models, gender responsiveness, transparency and accountability, as well as mitigate any adverse environmental and social risks related to the implementation of the projects.

Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure implementation of capacity building activities
  • Prepare methodological guides/instructions and training materials for final beneficiaries and local stakeholders to ensure that EIB Environmental and Social Standards and corresponding national legal requirements are incorporated in all phases of project cycle.
  • Contribute to the establishment of partnerships between UPBEE Programme final beneficiaries and community-based stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of the projects (e.g. via Project Implementation Units in target communities).
  • Foster the engagement of the representatives of the local communities, including CSOs and NGOs, in the implementation of the UPBEE Programme projects.
  • Guide the local communities and CSOs in organizing stakeholders’ consultations and, based on their information needs, developing and implementing communication plans for the UPBEE projects.

Ensure Effective Reporting and oversight of the project activities 

  • Provide consultative support to final beneficiaries and local stakeholders in the development and implementation of relevant ESMPs and SEPs for specific projects as well as compliance checks on environment and social aspects (including due diligence on incoming complaints/comments; grievances mechanism operation).
  • Carry out social and environmental screening and monitoring of the projects in line with the EIB Environmental and Social Standards, national legislation, and according to the established procedures.
  • Provide substantial inputs to regular reporting, including progress and annual reports, monthly operational reports, evaluating the impact of programme activities on needs of men and women with and without disabilities from different age groups, etc.

Provide technical advisory support in project implementation

  •  Provide technical advisory support to the Project Manager and project team members in relevant area; Participate in relevant working group meetings and share information with Programme partners.
  • Liaise with the local self-government authorities, lower administrative level authorities for the smooth administration and implementation of project.

Facilitate knowledge and capacity building, knowledge sharing and advocacy

  • Identify, synthesize and document best practices and lessons learned that are generated from the project and implementing partners.
  • Promote advocacy on development trends and opportunities to collaborate in coordination with the project partners, stakeholders, and UNDP communications staff. 
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization. 

   Institutional Arrangement

Under the direct supervision of Project Manager, the Stakeholder Engagement/Environmental and Social Management Analyst will be responsible for providing technical support in implementing the ESMP and SEP for the UPBEE Programme projects to ensure their compliance with national legislation and the EIB Environmental and Social standards. 

Achieve Results:    LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline 
Think Innovatively:    LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements  
Learn Continuously:    LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback 
Adapt with Agility:    LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible  
Act with Determination:     LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident 
Engage and Partner:    LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships 
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:    LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination  
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Business Direction & Strategy – Effective Decision Making – Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.
Business Direction & Strategy – System Thinking – Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
Business Direction & Strategy - Negotiation and Influence – Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations.
Business Management – Communication – Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience. Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media, and other appropriate channels.
Business Management – Monitoring – Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
Partnership Management – Relationship management - Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced university degree (Masters degree (or equivalent)) in Social Sciences, Public Administration, Communications, Environmental Science or another related field is required; or 
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the areas mentioned above, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree
Min. years of relevant work experience:
  • Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant  experience at national or international level with stakeholder engagement in a municipal infrastructure recovery projects or other development projects, in community development and civic engagement. 

Required skills:

  • Experience of work with a wide range of stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental institutions, local communities and civil society organizations and others;
  • Experience in capacity development and training in the areas of stakeholders/community engagement, community mobilization; 
  • Excellent computer skills (including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:
  • Experience in civil society development and civic activism would be an advantage;
  • Prior experience working with IFIs and donor funding projects would be an asset;
  • Experience of work with UN agencies or international development organizations will be an asset;
  • Familiarity with social and environmental standards of international organizations/institutions, in particular EIB Environmental and Social standards, would be an advantage;
  • Experience of developing and implementing stakeholder engagement plans would be an advantage;
  • Experience in socio-environmental assessment and/or monitoring would be an advantage; 
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming and gender responsiveness evaluation would be an advantage.
Required Language(s):
  •  Fluency in English and Ukrainian (both spoken and written) is required. 
Applicant information about UNDP rosters
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 
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UNDP will use a transparent and competitive screening process, though will only contact those applicants in whom there is further interest. Applications may only be submitted for specific vacancy.

Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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