Environmental and Social Safeguard Officer

  • Full Time
  • Oman

World Health Organization


Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Up to 12 months initially, to be extended based on the availability of funds, need for the position and performance.
Job Posting: Mar 12, 2023, 3:01:14 AM
Closing Date: Mar 31, 2023, 3:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Yemen-Sana’a
Organization: EM_YEM WHO Representative’s Office, Yemen
Schedule: Full-time

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The WHO Thirteenth General Programme of Work and the Sustainable Development Goals include an emphasis on enabling all people to enjoy better health and well-being. This includes reducing health inequalities and reducing preventable disease and injury caused by environmental,social and economic determinants of health. The role of the Healthier Populations team within the WHO Country Office in Yemen is to promote a healthier environment, intensify prevention efforts and address the root causes of environmental and social threats to health. The team support policy development, data collection, analysis and reporting, awareness raising, capacitybuilding activities, and procurement of essential supplies towards promoting better heath. The funding for this position comes from the Emergency Human Capital Project supported by the World Bank. This project aims to provide essential health, nutrition, water, and sanitation services to the population of Yemen. It is implemented by WHO, UNICEF and UNOPS. The project adheres to and advances implementation of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework which was endorsed in 2018.

1. Oversee the implementation of environmental and social safeguards plans and requirements and update these plans when necessary.

2. Coordinate the rollout of capacity-building activities to improve medical waste management in supported facilities, as well as overseeing the installation of waste treatment units.

3. Draft site-specific environmental and social management plans (ESMPs) for project subactivities where relevant.

4. Update the ESMPs for diesel fuel supply, waste treatment units and others, when necessary.

5. Improve tools and processes for stakeholder engagement, including grievance redress mechanisms, workshops with health facility managers, and analysis of beneficiary survey data, and update the stakeholder engagement plan (SEP) regularly.

6. Raise awareness of contractors and core capacities with regards to the Code of Conduct specifically for preventing and reporting sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment.

7. Implement strategies regarding social safeguards issues including gender-responsive activities as part of health system strengthening.

8. Promote climate co-benefits in WHO’s operations, through raising awareness of climate change, exploring opportunities to increase energy efficiency and use renewable sources in project activities.

9. Work with other technical units and partners to advance activities such as climate sensitive disease forecasting and proactive response.

10. Be responsible for technical reporting to donors on adherence to environmental and social safeguards requirements in WHO activities.

11. Respond and take timely action on relevant findings of third-party monitoring agencies, WHO internal monitoring and evaluation teams and other sources to ensure adherence to environmental and social safeguards in WHO activities.

Essential: Bachelor’s degree in environmental health, environmental sciences, social sciences, occupational health and safety or a related field.
Desirable: Training in environmental and social safeguards.

WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/.


Essential: At least five years of relevant experience, with proven international exposure, working on environmental health projects or climate sustainability, or gender-responsive health programming, including management of grievances/complaints and/or community engagement.
Desirable: Practical experience applying environmental and social safeguards requirements in fragile or conflict-affected contexts.


1. Thorough knowledge and understanding of environmental health issues associated with health care activities

2. Demonstrated technical skills and knowledge of the Environment Safeguards, Environmental Development, Waste Management and related areas and their implementation in emergencies

3. Excellent organizational and programme management skills

4. Sound knowledge of WHO and or other UN Agencies rules, manuals, practices and procedures is an asset.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:


Use of Language Skills

Excellent knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 62,692 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1625 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
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Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
In view of the current situation, Sana’a has been declared as a non-family duty station; i.e., dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station.
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