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  • Posted: Jan 21, 2023
    Deadline: Mar 6, 2023
  • Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development. Specific areas we work in include:...
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    Environmental Compliance Specialist

    Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

    • Tracking the status of pesticide and geographic spray area decisions with PMI and NMCP, and determining the 22 CFR 216 documentation needs for the upcoming campaign.
    • Timely preparation of a country-specific Supplemental Environmental Assessment, amendment, or Letter Report, as appropriate.
    • Arranging for timely completion of the needed environmental audits and workplace occupational health and safety certifications, as per local requirements.
    • Development of waste management plans prior to the initiation of spray activities describing the disposition plan for each waste stream generated during the spray season.
    • Determining the registration status of proposed pesticides in the country of use prior to shipment, and ensuring that registration needs are satisfied before the arrival of pesticide.
    • Ensuring that quality assurance testing on pesticide samples is performed and demonstrates that the pesticide meets specifications prior to shipment.
    • Performance of smartphone-based Pre-Season Environmental Compliance Assessments for each operations site (soak pit and/or storeroom) two months prior to spray.
    • Performing vehicle inspections prior to signing lease agreements to be sure that all proposed vehicles meet Best Management Practice (BMP) requirements.
    • Tracking and supervision of work required at operations sites prior to commencement of spray. Confirming soak pit construction according to BMPs.
    • Providing or overseeing the annual environmental compliance training of spray teams and storekeepers, as well as Abt staff as necessary.
    • Performing a final Pre-Season Environmental Compliance Assessment for each operations site 1-2 weeks prior to spray.
    • Continual supervision of spray operations and completion of BMP checklists throughout the spray season.
    • Oversight of the closure of seasonal operations sites at the end of the spray season, and documenting proper storage of equipment and leftover pesticides.
    • Oversight of waste management activities (incineration of sachets and masks, recycling of other wastes where possible, thorough washing of disposable items) to be sure that wastes are managed responsibly.
    • Preparation of the environmental compliance portion and the Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Report of the End of Spray report, including a description of the important points noted throughout the campaign, and a consolidation of the information gathered from supervisory inspections.
    • Identifying needs for next year’s spray campaign.
    • Using data from the smartphone data collection system to optimize operations site selection and optimization.
    • Developing a database or system of spreadsheets to consolidate all necessary and useful information pertaining to environmental compliance in the ECO’s country, and US requirements under US 22 CFR 216.
    • Lead and coordinate environmental compliance efforts for all program spray activities, inlcuding the implementation and oversight of procedures for:
      • Quality and safety of insecticide procurements;
      • Procedures for distribution, storage, and handling of insecticides; and
      • Procedures for disposal of insecticide, waste products, and package material in accordance with national and international standards.
    • Training and technical assistance to IRS implementation teams and counterparts.
    • Liaison with project counterparts from the Ministry of Health, and other regulatory and governmental authorities.
    • Frequent travel to field sites to monitor IRS operations and implementation.

    Qualification requirements include the following:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, Environmental Sciences or other relevant field. Master’s degree preferred.
    • At least 10-12 years of relevant professional work experience, including significant experience in environmental health and inseciticide use and management.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of direction and supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a team and as a team leader, with the ability to accept the inputs of other team members.
    • Strong management and planning skills of project tasks and budgets.
    • Demonstrates leadership and team work and produces high quality work in a timely, cost effective manner and has excellent writing skills.
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication and computer skills.
    • Experience with USAID and donor projects is highly desirable.
    • English language proficiency.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree + Nine years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Seven years of relevant experience, or PhD + Four years of relevant experience

    Method of Application

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