Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges. Its experts focus on building inclusive educational systems, transitioning communities from conflict to peace, developing sustainable economic growth, engaging youth, promoting transparent elections and more. Creative is recognized for its ability to quickly adapt and excel in conflict and post-conflict environments.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Environmental Compliance Manager
Location: Abuja (FCT)
Employment Type: Full-time
- Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
- The USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Project (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) is a five-year, $140 million trade and investment facilitation activity that seeks to improve private sector competitiveness in West Africa through a market-based approach.
- By working in partnership with the private sector and fostering co-investments, the project will generate new private-sector capital investment into key sectors to create jobs and increase trade between the U.S. and West Africa, including through increased utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The project comprises of three main components:
- Design and administration of a Co-Investment fund for private sector partnerships, including a portion for partnerships in Research and Development (R&D) towards innovating and modernizing practices in Nigeria across five targeted value chains;
- Technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and engages with qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives; and
- Urgently respond to the secondary economic impacts of COVID-19, notably to increase the access of working capital with financial actors, prevent job loss, and respond to supply shortages by scaling up local response.
- Through this Co-Investment fund and technical assistance, the Trade Hub will improve companies’ abilities to expand business operations, increase productivity, and create jobs that build on the talents and aspirations of West Africa’s growing population.
- The Trade Hub will collaborate on specific commercial opportunities with firms, service providers, research organizations, as well as other business network actors to access private capital that will contribute to large-scale jobs, exports and investment, particularly with strong demonstrated or potential links to the U.S. companies and investors.
- The Environmental Compliance Manager will be responsible for applying the Trade Hub’s Environmental Review process and enforcing all policies and procedures stipulated within the Trade Hub’s approved Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP), USAID’s Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), and other relevant documentation for all activities.
- In particular, the Environmental Compliance Manager will provide guidance to potential Co-Investment partners and review each activity to ensure compliance prior to grant award.
- This also includes the monitoring and reporting related to all activities related to Co-Investment partnerships.
Reporting and Supervision
- The Environmental Compliance Manager will report to the MEL Director, coordinate with the Chief of Party and have additional support provided by an external Environmental Compliance expert.
- Supervise the Environmental Compliance Officer.
- Participate in co-creation meetings with prospective co-investment partners to ensure that environmental mitigation measures are taken into account within the full application;
- Review and revise Environmental Review Forms (ERFs) submitted by applicants based on the proposed activity and, when necessary, direct communication with the applicants;
- Review submissions from Grantees in relation to their USAID-approved activity EMMPs to ensure compliance;
- When necessary, visit sites of activities to ensure environmental mitigation measures are being respected;
- Report all monitoring completed in USAID quarterly and annual reports for all activities;
- Train staff, Grantees, and other stakeholders on environmental compliance and monitoring when necessary;
- Revise documentation, guides, and templates to take into account new activities or USAID regulations with regards to environmental compliance;
- Serve as the primary point of contact for all questions and issues raised with regards to environmental compliance, including from USAID Mission Environmental Compliance Officers and the COR; and
- Provide any additional support as requested by supervisor.
Required Skills and Qualifications
- BA / BSc Degree required, and MA / MS Degree desired in environmental science, environmental management, agronomy conservation, or similar field;
- Demonstrated ability to work on several activities at once independently;
- Ability to review applications and provide adequate guidance on environmental compliance based on established procedures;
- Preference on previous grants management experience, but not mandatory; and
- Preference for working knowledge of French, but not mandatory.
- At least Eight years of experience with providing environmental compliance monitoring and supervision on projects, particularly in agriculture and in countries in West Africa; and must have at least 4+ years of direct supervisory experience
- At least Five years of work experience in international development, ideally with USAID or USAID-funded activities;
- Solid understanding of donor regulations and procedures pertaining to environmental compliance with a preference in USAID regulations (Regulation 216);
- A good understanding of the range of environmental impacts and mitigation measures covering Trade Hub focus sectors, including agriculture, livestock production, processing, aquaculture, water and sanitation, renewable energy, and construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: [email protected] using the job title as the subject of the mail.
Application Deadline 24th February, 2022.
- Only finalists will be contacted.
- Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Disability / Veteran should also apply
- Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.