Cardno

Environmental Review Specialist

	 	 

USAID Kosovo Compete Activity

STATEMENT OF WORK

Description of Project: USAID has awarded Cardno a five-year contract to promote resilient, self-sustaining market systems, and to facilitate the private sector’s improved competitiveness in local, regional and global markets. Through the Compete Activity, Cardno will work to empower firms, organizations, and institutions to improve market systems. The Activity will focus in three key export-oriented sectors (Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), Wood, and Food processing) to sustainably increase their competitiveness. By working to address constraints across the system, the Activity will enable scalable and systemic change to occur, stimulating job creation and private sector increased ability to engage in local, regional and international markets. The expected results of the Activity across all three sectors are 1) market systems are strengthened to increase sector competitiveness and 2) market actors within those market systems are more productive and competitive.

Name of Position

Environmental Review Specialist

General Responsibilities

 

The Environmental Review Specialist will support implementation of the provisions of the USAID Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) applicable to USAID Kosovo Compete Activity, according to which the Activity must assess all of its interventions as to their environmental impact, to determine first whether they are categorically excluded, and if not, to conduct Environmental Reviews, implement appropriate mitigating actions, and conduct adequate monitoring to ensure environmental concerns are addressed.  The main objective of this assignment is to ensure that all requirements of USAID’s environmental regulations at 22 CFR 216 are met.  The Specialist will also make sure that USAID Kosovo Compete Activity complies with compatible Kosovo environmental regulations.

The LOE for this assignment is up to 50 working days, to be use based on USAID Kosovo Compete Activity needs for conducting Environmental Reviews, which depend on interventions that will be considered for funding.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

The Environmental Review Specialist will complete an Environmental Review Form to screen the proposed grant activities to ensure that they will not result in any adverse environmental impact, to develop mitigation measures if necessary, and to specify monitoring and reporting.

1.     Per USAID Kosovo Compete Activity sector requests, The Environmental Review Specialist will identify all proposed grant activities in a summary table and determine if they fall under a categorical exclusion;

2.     For any activities that do not fall under a categorical exclusion, conduct an IEE that identifies and describes the proposed activities and recommend one of the following threshold decisions:

·         The activities have no significant adverse impacts (negative determinations);

·         The activities have no significant adverse impacts, given specified mitigation and monitoring (negative determinations with conditions); or

·         The activities have significant adverse impacts (positive determination).

3.     For activities that will have no significant adverse impacts if mitigation and monitoring measures are put in place, prepare an environmental mitigation and monitoring plan that proposes mitigation measures to prevent adverse effects on the environment;

4.     Prepare together with USAID Kosovo Compete Activity staff Environmental Review Form to be submitted to the COR when requesting USAID approval to award a grant;

5.     Prepare together with USAID Kosovo Compete Activity staff report on Environmental Compliance requirements for routine USAID Kosovo Compete Activity Reporting to USAID (Quarterly Report, Annual Report);

6.     USAID Kosovo Compete Activity does not envision to have activities that will have Significant Adverse Impact; therefore, it is not expected to have any Positive Determination. Nonetheless, the Consultant will review and identify activities with potential to have significant adverse impacts if any and will provide written recommendation for further steps to USAID Kosovo Compete Activity. The consultant will facilitate the process of EIS or EA if required by USAID Kosovo Compete Activity.

 

  1. Deliverables, Outputs, and Outcomes

Outputs and deliverables for this position are:

1.     Environmental Review Forms, for activities that fall under “categorical exclusion”

2.     Environmental Review Forms, for activities that have no significant adverse impacts (negative determinations);

3.     Environmental Review Forms, for activities that have no significant adverse impacts (negative determinations with conditions) including environmental mitigation and monitoring plan that proposes mitigation measures to prevent adverse effects on the environment;

4.     Deliver report with recommendations for activities which need Environmental Impact Survey (EIS) for activities with significant adverse impact in accordance with 22 CFR 216 requirements if needed;

5.     Deliver report with recommendations for activities which need Environmental Assessment for activities with significant adverse impact in accordance with 22 CFR 216 requirements if needed;

Deliver reports on Environmental Compliance Requirements for routine USAID Kosovo Compete Activity Reporting to USAID (Quarterly Report, Annual Report).

Minimum Education Requirement

Relevant University Degree

Minimum Professional Experience

·         Minimum 5 years of relevant experience implementing large donor projects focused on competitiveness, private sector development, and exports;

·         Thorough knowledge of USAID Environmental Regulations as well as 22 CFR 216;

·         Strong conceptual and communications skills in verbal presentations and writing, in both local language and English;

·         Ability to work and communicate with USAID Kosovo Compete Activity grantees in a way to get the information required to complete the work/reports;

·         Strong communicator with interpersonal skills and exceptional ability to motivate teams;

·         Experience with adaptive management to facilitate CLA approach and learning culture;

·         Strong relationship-building skills;

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff;

·         Demonstrated ability to negotiate and partner with government, private sector, and other stakeholders. Knowledge of USAID and other funded donor programs;

Period of Performance

March 2021 - August 2025

Level of Effort

Up to 50 working days

Supervisor

Chief of Party

Supervisory role

none

Application:

To apply please submit your CV and a one-page cover letter in English.

Please send the requested documents electronically to the following email: info@kosovocompete.org

All submissions must be received on or before Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

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