Senior Advisor, Social and Environmental Responsibility
SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Nouméa, New Caledonia
The Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme (CCES) was established to enable SPC to strengthen and streamline its actions on climate change by bringing together work already undertaken by the organisation under a coherent strategic and technical leadership. In addition, it leads the actions of SPC on climate change and environmental sustainability, works with the Organisation’s regional and international partners and promotes the integration of these issues into all development activities conducted by the Organisation’s divisions.
The role - the Senior Adviser, Social and Environmental Responsibility will coordinate implementation and management of the SPC Social and Environmental Responsibility policy at corporate and programmatic levels, liaising with SPC internal services and requirements, ensuring highest standard for SPC’s Social and Environmental safeguards.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following
Leadership and coordination of SPC SER team’s work towards the SER Action Plan implementation
- Supervise the collaboration of the SER team for mainstreaming of social and environmental sustainability inclusion.
- Lead the implementation of practical actions to respond to surveys and suggestions to improve staff wellbeing and ensure the smooth inclusion of a People-centred approach at SPC.
- Catalyse change in SPC’s corporate activities.
- Supervise and coordinate the implementation of SPC’s carbon neutrality fund.
- Develop and operationalize the SER policy action plan for projects and programmes.
- Lead the provision of advice and support to divisions on the assessment and management of social and environmental risks and impacts.
Management of SER knowledge and communication
- Supervise the work of the CCES ICKM officer in the development of communication and mainstreaming materials outlining sound social and environmental responsibility practices.
- Supervise the design and update of the SER intranet page.
- Coordinate the SER team’s work supporting the implementation of SPC’s grievance redress mechanism in collaboration with the OMD legal team.
- Management of the SPC SER Practice Group.
- Supervise and coordinate the design and delivery of SER training.
Development of the programme’s partnerships and outreach activities related to SER as per the SPC strategic plan
- Supervise SPC engagement and partnerships with national and international organisations as well as SPC donors in the field of social and environmental responsibility.
- Review divisional business plans to embed relevant SER components within all of divisional activities through PCA mainstreaming.
- Supervise the monitoring of SER policy implementation.
- Lead the review of SPC corporate strategic plan to reflect the implementation of the SER policy.
Programme/project development - resource mobilization
- Support project and programme development and fundraising to strengthen environmental sustainability at regional level.
- Design small-scale projects supporting the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability at national or regional level.
- Contribute to mobilization of initiatives and development of project proposals targeting climate finance mechanisms.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
- A Postgraduate Degree in environmental or social project management, international development or public policy.
- A minimum of ten years’ experience in cross-cutting environmental and social management including research, analysis and reporting in the public sector or development organization.
- At least five years of leading Social and Environmental Responsibility initiatives and programmes at national, regional or international level.
- Demonstrated experience in relationship building and working with a variety of donors and development agencies.
- Proven knowledge and experience in carbon insetting and offsetting, including international frameworks.
- Practical relevant experience in a developing country environment.
- Proven experience representing organisations, agencies or administrations at regional and international level.
- Ability to work constructively to resolve issues, concerns or differences of opinion.
- Demonstrated capability to work autonomously, self-organise, multi-task, and effectively meet deadlines on multiple, and sometimes urgent requests for support.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
- Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.
- Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.
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