Gender Environmental & Social Safeguard Office in Herat

Job Location: Herat
Nationality: National
Employment Type: Full Time
Category: Other
Salary: According to DACAAR / PB salary scale (PB-A1) incl
No. Of Jobs: 1
Organization: DACAAR
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in Communi
Contract Duration: Project Based till end of December 2024 (Extendabl
Education: University degree is required for both Male/Female, BSc in social environmental science / Gender Stu
Closing Date: 2024-07-20


DACAAR is a non governmental, humanitarian organization that supports sustainable development in Afghanistan through promoting the ability of local communities to decide upon and manage their own development process. The organisation employs around 900 staff of whom 05 are expatriates. Core thematic areas are: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Natural Resource Management; Small Scale Enterprise Development; Women’s Empowerment

Job Description:

Position Description:

The Social Safeguard Officer's primary responsibility is to ensure compliance with gender, environmental, and social regulations and standards within the organization/project. He/she plays a crucial role in identifying potential gender, ecological, and social risks, developing mitigation strategies, and monitoring their implementation to minimize negative impacts on the gender, environment, and society. The GESS Officer will collaborate with project teams, stakeholders, and regulatory bodies to promote sustainable practices and ensure Gender Environmental, and Social protection.

Based at the West Regional Office, the GESS Officer monthly activity plan includes visits to Project sites in Herat, Farah, Nimroz, Badghis, and Ghor provinces. These visits are essential to ensure that the progress of relevant activities aligns with the project mandate, donor, and organization policies.


  • The GESS Officer should monitor and enforce compliance with local, national, and project gender, environmental, and social regulations, permits, and standards applicable to the organization or project.
  • The GESS officer will respect the local norms and social standards according to the context of Afghanistan.
  • In close coordination with the line manager the GESS Officer should prepare a comprehensive visit plan for visiting DACAAR field offices and project sites of the WERP project in Herat, Farah, Nimroz, Badghis, and Ghor provinces periodically.
  • The GESS officer shall ensure that the Project is carried out per the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) and this Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), in a manner acceptable to the donor (World Bank).
  • Provide together monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on the implementation of SS-related issues of the project, to the DACAR Project Unit, AKF PIU, and WB.
  • Promptly notify the line manager of any incident or accident related to the Project that has, or is likely to have, a significant adverse effect on the environment, the affected communities, the public, or workers, including, inter alia, cases of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment (SH), accidents that result in death, serious injury.
  • Adopt and implement an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) consistent with the relevant Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs).
  • The GESS officer will adopt and implement a Waste Management Plan (WMP), to manage hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, consistent with GESS.
  • When required the GESS officer should conduct GESS impact assessments, GESS audits, and risk assessments to identify potential GESS hazards, evaluate their significance, and propose mitigation measures.
  • Develop and implement environmental management plans (EMPs) and safeguard measures to minimize and mitigate environmental impacts resulting from organizational activities or project operations.
  • Implement monitoring programs to assess compliance with gender, environmental, and social standards and track the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Prepare regular reports and documentation to communicate findings and recommendations.
  • The GESS officer should assess the feasibility of the project implementation in the field practically considering gender, environmental, and social safeguard regulations before the project survey conducted by field engineers.
  • The GESS officer should timely explain the project's negative list to the Field Officers/ Engineers and ensure these staff understand the difference between positive and negative projects.
  • Make sure the GESS documents are attached to the tender document.  
  • The GESS officers should regularly monitor the WERP project Environmental Social Mitigation Plan (ESMP)

    Job Requirements:

    Job Title:                                       Gender Environmental & Social Safeguard Officer

    Vacancy Number:                          PB-006/2024

    Nationality:                                    Afghan 

    Department:                                   Programme / Operation Sub Department 

    Duty station:                           West - RO / Herat - Regional Office with traveling to Ghor, Badghis, Farah, Herat and Nimroz provinces.

    Required number:                           One couple (Mahram Sharayee)

    Gender:                                           Male / Female (Mahram Sharayee)

    Contract:                                          Project Based till end of December 2024 (Extendable)   

    Salary:                                  According to DACAAR / PB salary scale (PB-A1) including Government Tax

    Opening Date:                                 10/07/2024

    Closing Date:                                    21/07/2024


    Education/ Qualification and Employment Benefits                                               

    Education: University degree is required for both Male/Female, BSc in social environmental science / Gender Studies, Master in relevant field is preferred.

    Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in Community Driven Development projects. Familiar with community-based gender environmental and social aspects

    Other qualifications’ an advantage:

    • In-depth knowledge of gender environmental and social safeguard regulations, standards, and best practices.
    • Familiarity with gender environmental and social safeguard management Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and address gender environmental and social safeguard risks.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills for effective stakeholder engagement and report writing.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
    • Proficiency in using gender environmental and social safeguard assessment tools
    • Certification or training in gender environmental and social safeguard auditing or risk assessment is a plus

    Languages: Pashto, Dari and English.

    Employment benefits:

    • Good training opportunities to enhance employees’ skills
    • Eid bonus on both Eids (after the completion of three months service)
    • 36 days of paid annual leave per year
    • 10 days of paid sick leave per year
    • 30 days of paid Hajj leave (after the completion of one-year service)
    • 90 days of paid maternity leave for female employees (after the completion of three months service)
    • 5 days of paid paternity leave for male employees (after the completion of three months service)
    • Public holidays (According to the approved public holiday’s list).

    Submission Guideline:

    Procedure for submission of applications:                                                                                      

    Interested and qualified candidates should submit a DACAAR Job Application Form along with introduction letter and CV online to or a Hard copy to HR Department in DACAAR main office Kabul.

    Important Note:

    • Applications without DACAAR’s UPDATED Job Application Form will not be considered.
    • Application without Vacancy Number will not be considered.
    • UPDATED DACAAR job application form can be obtained from; DACAAR website, acbar website; websites, and DACAAR Main Office kabul.
    • Applications submitted as .RAR file or if the size exceeds 2MB, will not be accepted by the system
    • Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted and called for the written test/ interview.
    • The salary would be paid in AFN according to the actual exchange rate.

    DACAAR is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the society. While all applicants will be strictly assessed on their individual merit, qualified women, people with disabilities and members of minority communities are especially encouraged to apply.

    Kabul Office Address:
    DACAAR, Main Office, Paikob-e-Naswar, Wazirabad, Kabul, Afghanistan

    Postal address: Central P.O. Box 208, Kabul, Afghanistan
    Phone: (+93) 0202230752/ (+93) 0202230753
    Web site:

    Submission Email:

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