Terms of Reference
Environmental Specialist (for the Loan Part)
(Ref: CS-INDV-3C.L – 05)
Development and Investment Bank of Turkey (TKYB) received an IBRD loan in the amount of EUR 316 million and a grant financing in the amount of EUR 76 million from the European Development Fund (EDF) under the Facilities for Refugees in Turkey – FRIT, for Formal Employment Creation Project (FEC).
Project Development Objective. The objective of the Project is to enhance the conditions for formal job creation by firms operating in provinces with high incidence of Syrians under Temporary Protection (“SuTP”), for the benefit of Turkish citizens and refugees.
To reach this objective, the Formal Employment Creation Project will support increased (a) access to finance through loans to firms with an already consolidated record of sustained job creation and greater capacity to expand business and generate markets, (b) access to finance through grants conditional on job creation to firms which are with high job creation potential, and (c) access to skills through participation of beneficiary firms and workers in training programs financed by the project.
The Project consists of the following parts:
Project Components. The Project consists of three components which are: (i) World Bank loan of EUR 316 Million, (ii) EU grant of EUR 76 Million and (iii) Technical and Institutional support to be funded from both loan and grant.
Part 1. Loans targeting firms with high potential for job creation.
Loans targeting established firms with high potential for job creation;
- Sub-loans directly to eligible beneficiary Large Enterprise firms (LEs) in the Selected Provinces to finance Sub-projects. The TKYB will provide loans to LEs directly.
- Subsidiary Financing to select Participating Financial Institutions (“PFIs”) to provide Sub-loans to eligible beneficiary Small and Medium Enterprise (“SME”) firms in the Selected Provinces to finance Sub-projects.
Part 2. Grants targeting firms conditional on job creation.
Sub-grants to eligible beneficiary firms operating in the Selected Provinces, conditional on formal job creation for Turkish citizens and refugees under a Sub-grant scheme, which is based on a firm’s viable business and employment plans.
Part 3. Technical and institutional support.
- Skills building for Sub-loan beneficiary firms.
Provision of capacity building activities for Sub-loan beneficiary firms under Part 1 of the Project, including in management practices, socioemotional skills (including, leadership, teamwork, client orientation), and financial literacy.
- Skills building for Sub-grant beneficiary firms.
Provision of, needs-based, capacity-building activities for Subgrant beneficiary firms under Part 2 of the Project, including training for said firms’ employees on technical, analytical, and socioemotional skills.
- Capacity Building for the implementation of Sub-loans.
Provision of assistance to support the implementation of Part 1 of the Project, including capacity building of Borrower and PFI staff, through the financing of goods, consulting services, non-consulting services, Training, and Operating Costs.
- Capacity Building for the implementation of Sub-grants.
Provision of assistance to support the implementation of Part 2 of the Project (including communications, outreach and visibility activities), through the financing of goods, consulting services, non-consulting services, and Operating Costs for the Project Implementing Unit and the Grant Evaluation Committee.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the Trust Fund financed portions of the Project.
Provision of assistance to carry out monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented under Parts 2, 3.B, and 3.D of the Project, including data collection and preparation of reports, in support of the related results framework under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
- Scope and Objective
In the scope of the Project, an Environmental Specialist will be assigned to (i) ensure adequate and regular management of the environmental risks associated with the implementation of the Part 1 (1.A and 1.B) and Part 3 ( 3.A and 3.C) of the Project as per the requirements of respective Environmental and Social Standards of the World Bank, and environmental compliance of the project at each stage of project implementation, (ii) introduce early identification and proper handling of Part 1 (1.A and 1.B) and Part 3 ( 3.A and 3.C) of the Project related environmental matters as envisaged by the respective Environmental and Social Commitment Plan and E&S safeguard documents.
- Documents to be Provided
Environmental Specialist is appointed and dismissed by the order of the Executive Vice President of Treasury, Financial Institutions, Development Finance Institutions and Wholesale Banking. The Environmental Specialist works under the supervision of the PIU Coordinator and Environmental and Social Team.
Environmental Specialist during executing her/his duties is required to adhere to the following documents and guidelines:
- Loan Agreement between the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and Development and Investment Bank of Turkey for Formal Employment Creation Project
- General Conditions for IBRD Financing: Investment Project Financing (December 14, 2018)
- Formal Employment Creation Project Operations Manual for Sub-Loans
- Procurement Plan for Formal Employment Creation Project
- The World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF)
- Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) for Formal Employment Creation Project
- Environmental and Social Policy, Development Investment Bank of Turkey, January 2020
- Environmental and Social Risk Assessment Procedures, Development Investment Bank of Turkey, January 2020
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan for Formal Employment Creation Project
- Labor Management Procedures for Formal Employment Creation Project
- Project GRM Procedures
- TKYB Code of Conduct for Service Providers
- TKYB Covid-19 Procedures
The following documents are the supplementary documents that will enable deep understanding to the Environmental Specialist with regard to Project and its implementation.
- Grant Agreement between the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and Development and Investment Bank of Turkey for Formal Employment Creation Project
- World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (November, 2020)
- Formal Employment Creation Project Operations Manual for Sub-Grants
- FRIT Facility Visibility Guidelines
- Communication and Visibility Plan for Formal Employment Creation Project
- EU Communication and Visibility Manual for External Actions
- Duties and Responsibilities
Environmental Specialist shall be guided by the provisions of the ESCP for Formal Employment Creation Project. Specific tasks to be implemented by the PIU Environmental Specialist are as follows:
- Ensure the Project and all its sub-projects are implemented in accordance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), as well as with TKYB’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), Project’s Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), National Environmental and Social Laws and Regulations and Project Operations Manual for Sub-Loans.
- Work as a member of PIU which is defined under the Loan Agreement and work in coordination with TKYB Environmental and Social team which consist of (i) an environmental expert, (ii) a social expert, and (iii) a focal point for the grievance redress mechanism and stakeholder engagement.
- Participate in evaluation of sub-project proposals to ensure that environmental evaluations are in line with the requirements, and advise on environmental eligibility and acceptability of the sub-loan applications of Large Enterprises (LE’s) and Participating Finance Institutions (PFI’s).
- Provide assistance to PIU in environmental screening of all the sub-loan projects implemented under for Part 1.A and Part 1.B components and assigning environmental and social risk category;
- Ensure all potential environmental impacts are identified and addressed under E&S screening activities of corporate ESMS.
- Conduct environmental screening of all the specific sub-projects to ensure all potential environmental impacts are identified and addressed under E&S screening activities of corporate ESMS.
- Visit sub-project sites to assess baseline conditions and potential site-specific impacts, and track corrective and preventive actions taken in response to site visit findings when needed.
- Regularly report to the PIU and Environmental and Social Team on the results of monitoring visits, promptly identify any environmental issues or facts of incompliance, and make recommendations on dealing with those issues. This also includes discussions with beneficiaries and agreeing on specific steps and timeline,
- Ensure that evaluation of environmental and social standards of the sub-project are in compliant with stakeholder engagement plan, citizen engagement and gender requirements of the Project.
- Co-operate with social expert to conduct social risks and impacts reviews, internal supervision of project operations and sub-loan beneficiaries’ and PFIs’ activities to ensure compliance with corporate ESMS, ESCP, LMP, SEP procedures, applicable laws, regulations and standards, and the WB’s requirements for social standards,
- Monitor regularly sub-loan beneficiaries’ and PFIs’ performance under the project regarding all aspects related to identification and management of environmental issues covered under the ESF, and in accordance with corporate ESMS and ESCP ensuring timeliness of report submissions;
- Ensure that sub-loan beneficiaries and PFIs are compliant with national employment, health and safety laws and relevant mitigation measures included in the LMP,
- Ensure that procurement documents include all necessary requirements to be consistent with ESF requirements, with special focus on environmental risk related elements. Specifically, ensure that provisions about sub-loan beneficiaries’ and PFIs’ environmental responsibilities is included in bidding documents and reflected in the sub-contracts, and that awareness measures are conducted on these measures for contractors (as well as sub-contractors, where relevant).
- Provide guidance and direction to PIU management and personnel for achieving compliance with all applicable ESF social standards and requirements.
- Act as TKYB representative to communities for environmental issues.
- Inform TKYB PIU and Environmental and Social Team about the need to update ESMS when/if necessary, in the course of implementation of the Project, as well as in case of the national legislation changes.
- Implement environmental trainings and provide knowledge transfer to PIU, sub-loan beneficiaries and PFIs as necessary.
- Implement, monitor and report on the implementation of ESMS; contribute to periodically progress reports to the World Bank on the monitoring activities conducted, and status of compliance with ESCP.
- Carry out random site visits for the monitoring of beneficiaries rated as environmental and social risk category B- (medium risk) (and category C (Low Risk) projects if needed) and report findings and suggests corrective measures in case of non-compliances.
- Perform other qualified duties as assigned in this ToR.
- Environmental Specialist is accountable for:
- Due follow up and adherence with the national legislation, responsibilities and tasks stated above, and ensuring timely delivery of reporting and other tasks;
- Failure or improper performance of her/his official duties under this job description;
- Offences committed in the course of activities carried out within the limits defined by current administrative, criminal, labor and civil legislation of the Republic of Turkey;
- Damages to property within the limits of the existing labor and civil legislation of the Republic of Turkey.
Environmental Specialist shall assist preparation of periodical and non-periodical reports including Sub-Grant Quarterly and Semi-Annually Technical and Financial Progress Reports, Program Closing Report, Program Risk Evaluation Reports, Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports and other ad-hoc managerial/non-financial reports needed.
- Qualifications and Skills
- University degree in Environmental Engineering or any other field related with environmental sciences,
- At least 5 years of work experience as environmental specialist in nationally and/or internationally financed projects,
- Experience in at least 3 projects of environmental impact assessment and/or environmental due diligence studies and/or environmental and social management plans in accordance with IFIs (e.g IFC, IBRD, EBRD, EIB, ADB) procedures,
- Experience in working with public institutions and/or international organizations is an asset,
- Knowledge of the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework and Standards is an asset,
- Knowledge of EU Environmental and Social Legislations is an asset,
- Capacity to communicate orally and in writing in both Turkish and English languages,
- Ability to use MS Office applications,
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills,
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team,
- Have no restriction for travel,
- Teamwork skills,
- Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills,
- Adaptability to flexible working hours,
- Completed or postponed military service for minimum two years for male candidates (Turkish Citizens).
- Implementation Arrangements
The position will be based in Istanbul and as a member of the Project Implementation Unit. The Environmental Specialist will be employed on a part-time basis. The services are expected to commence in January 2023, and have 12-month contract duration, including the two-month probation period.
The required services are expected to end by December 31, 2024 corresponding to the closing date of the Project or on the date of the Project’s extended closing date. The contract may be extended based on the performance of the Environmental Specialist in line with the Project Closure date.
The Environmental Specialist will be paid on a monthly basis upon completion of the required services and submission of time-sheet approved by the TKYB.
- How to Apply
Interested candidates are requested to submit a Curriculum Vitae including personal information, key qualifications, educational background, professional experience, language and computer knowledge in the requested form and a cover letter (no more than one A4 page included to the CV as the first page) in English with contact details (name, phone and e-mail details) indicating name of the position applied with its reference number, following to provided link when you click on the apply button no later than December 30, 2022, 5:30 p.m. local time.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.