Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Associate – Environmental Management, Harare, Zimbabwe 291 views

Following devastation caused to life, livelihoods and property by Cyclone Idai in March 2019, the World Bank has allocated up to US$ 75 million to finance a recovery programme for the affected locations in Zimbabwe. The programme addresses both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture). UNOPS has been requested to establish multiple projects in Zimbabwe to assist with the recovery of the selected areas in Zimbabwe that were most affected by the cyclone.

Position Background

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Manage, the position will be based in Harare, Zimbabwe and will support the Lead Engineers in all activities in both Chipinge and Chimanimani.

Function / Expected Results: Analytical and Technical support;

  • Assist the Lead Engineers in the roll out of the Environmental and Social Management Framework in consultation with the Project Management Unit (PIU).
  • Be the focal point for all Health and Safety matters and assist the Lead Engineers in developing the HS plan.
  • Help the Lead Engineers coordinate the environmental and social screening processes of site-specific activities conducted by the UNOPS C.I. Chipinge and Chimanimani Office.
  • Monitoring and reporting of site-specific ESMPs for activities conducted by the UNOPS field Offices.
  • Assist in coordination of the implementation, monitoring and reporting of Environmental and Social Management Tools including Labor Management Procedures (LMP), Gender Based Violence Action Plan, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Prevention Action Plan and Child Protection Action Plan.
  • Carry out a series of spot checks to ensure mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the guideline.
  • In collaboration with the Reporting and M&E Associate, compile weekly, monthly, quarterly and/or annual reports on Environmental and Social as per outline in the ESMP or may be required by the Project Manager.
  • Handle additional assignments as directed by the Project Manager.

Function / Expected Results: Representation, Operations, Management and Implementation;

  • Identify challenges, opportunities, priorities and needs for the implementation of the site specific ESMPs.
  • Assist the PM and Lead Engineers in reviewing and assessing products/services provided by consultants and experts counterparts.
  • Advice on administrative measures and actions required for ensuring the compliance with requirements set in the site specific ESMPs.
  • Prepare reports to be submitted to the PIU and other stakeholders.

Function / Expected Results: Capacity Building;

  • Provide technical support to the UNOPS C.I. field Offices and field engineers.
  • Carry out training and capacity building on Health and Safety matters, environmental and social management tools and plans, for staff, contractors and community Workers.


  • Completion of secondary school certificate is required
  • First University Degree in environmental and social studies or equivalent disciplines is desirable but not required


  • A Minimum of 6 years experience is defined as experience in Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Health & Safety Management is required
  • Experience in Environmental law is required
  • Experience working with national governments is required
  • Knowledge of Zimbabwe government Environmental assessment process and procedure is essential
  • Experience in infrastructure and interacting with civil society organisations is an asset
  • Computer literacy is an asset


  • Fluency in written and oral English language is required

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

  • The position is based in a family duty station.

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: LICA6Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


The UNOPS Kenya office manages more than 60 projects in around 10 countries of eastern and southern Africa. UNOPS in Kenya helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development.

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