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Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Occupational Health & Safety

Pemba (Mozambique)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Pemba (Mozambique)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security and Safety
    • Environment
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS Kenya Multicountry Office (KEMC) helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development. UNOPS KEMC has over twenty years of experience working in Africa, including on large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.

As part of the IDP crisis response, the Republic of Mozambique is preparing the Mozambique Northern Crisis Recovery Project (P176157) to be financed by the International Development Association (IDA) in the amount of US$100 million. The Project Development Objective is to improve access to basic services and economic opportunities for internally displaced persons and host communities in targeted areas of Northern Mozambique. The Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER) through the National Sustainable Development Fund (FNDS). The Project will retain and make use of existing Financial Management (FM) capacities and project oversight systems at FNDS. 

The Government intends to contract UNOPS to provide overall technical support to Project implementation, including through the preparation of Environmental and Social Safeguards instruments, based on the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Frameworks (ESF); as well as support in M&E. UNOPS is further tasked with the implementation of distinct project components.

The proposed Project has four components: Component 1 – Building social cohesion and resilience to conflict; Component 2 – Provision of livelihoods and economic opportunities for IDPs and host communities; Component 3 –Rehabilitation of public infrastructure and Component 4 – Project management and oversight.

UNOPS is looking for an Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Occupational Health & Safety to assist with all Environmental and Social (E&S) tasks for the infrastructure related components of the Project, including the implementation of all risk mitigation measures as defined in the E&S instruments of the Project and as stipulated by UNOPS’ HSSE requirements.

Functional Responsibilities

As part of the World Bank’s requirements set out in the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), E&S instruments are currently developed to mitigate E&S risks and impacts of the Project. In addition, UNOPS’ HSSE stipulates a series of compliance issues specifically in regards to infrastructure activities. 

UNOPS is looking for the services of a highly skilled Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Occupational Health & Safety Analyst to support the Infrastructure Team in its tasks. The analyst will be required to work out of the UNOPS Office in Pemba, with frequent travel to the Project activity sites in Northern Mozambique. 

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Occupational Health & Safety will be operating as part of the team managing and implementing the infrastructure related components of the Project. 

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Occupational Health & Safety is responsible for all aspects of health, safety and environment during the project life cycle. S/he must be able to apply with/out direction, the duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria.

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Occupational Health & Safety will work under the guidance and supervision of and report to the Project Manager of Component 3 to implement and monitor all aspects of health, safety and environment during the procurement, design development and execution phases of the project. 

Functional Responsibilities 

  • Oversee and contribute to HSSE aspects during the design development of infrastructure components of the Project; 
  • Oversee, monitor and report on environmental and social screening processes of site-specific activities as conducted by contractors and other public bodies carrying out physical construction works; 
  • Ensure that World Bank’s ESF and UNOPS HSSE policies and procedures are addressed and implemented through the Project’s E&S instruments; 
  • Trigger and oversee the implementation of HSSE correction measures required of and by design development consultants, contractors and public bodies responsible for the delivery of the infrastructure components of the Project; 
  • Ensure that appropriate HSSE mitigation measures are proposed and met; 
  • Conduct supervision and monitoring visits to all physical construction sites; 
  • Lead on developing and delivering a series of spot checks to ensure mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the E&S Instruments;
  • Compile checkpoint and highlight reports on E&S risks, impacts, and mitigation measures, as per the requirements of the POM; 
  • Identify challenges, opportunities, priorities and needs for the implementation of the E&S Instruments;
  • Supervise the HSSE components of design consultancy works and review and assess products/services provided by consultants and experts counterparts and notify/advise the Project Manager on quality, and recommend appropriate actions to be taken for improvement as per the POM;
  • Coordinate with the Environmental Authorities with regard to the development of any required E(S)IA documentation by infrastructure design consultants; 
  • Coordinate the approval of design consultant submitted E(S)IA components of designs for infrastructure through the Environmental Authorities; 
  • Advice on administrative measures and actions required to ensure the compliance with requirements set in the POM and E&S Instruments prior to the validation and implementation of any site-specific activities; 
  • Prepare HSSE components of Stage and Highlight reports for issue to the project stakeholders with a special view to capturing lessons learned and best practices for improving the performance of the Project and maintaining E&S/HSSE standards;
  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation missions, as required by the E&S Instruments, to ensure capturing of all risks and impacts, as well as ensure that mitigation measures are implemented; 
  • Develop and deliver development and training programs for UNOPS personnel and design consultant, contractor and public bodies focal points, including on Health, Safety and Environment Risk Assessments within the area of operation; 
  • Maintain up-to-date instructions and training for personnel on implementation of the E&S Instruments, including required precautions, comprehensive listing of emergency supplies, and guidance on action taken during emergencies, including natural disasters and political crises

Impact of Results 

  • All project activities are successfully supervised and monitored against the Project’s E&S Instruments, including understanding of the risks and impacts and implementation of mitigation measures; 
  • Successful corrective measures are undertaken by UNOPS and all project partners where mitigation measures have failed; 
  • All reporting is developed with appropriate levels of quality and delivered as defined in the POM; 
  • Staff capacity and that of all project partners in regard to HSSE is improved


  • A Masters Degree in environmental management, environmental studies, social studies or other relevant disciplines is required.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in environmental management, environmental studies, social studies or related subject(s) in combination with an additional 2 years' relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters degree.

  • A Technical/Professional Diploma in environmental and social studies or related subject(s) in combination with an additional 4 years relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Bachelor's degree; 

  • Certificate of completion of secondary/high school in combination with an additional 6 years’ relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of Bachelor's degree


  • Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in HSSE management is required

  • Experience in a leadership role is required; 

  • Direct experience with the United Nations Health, Safety and Environment Management Systems is an added advantage; 

  • Ability to produce Standing Operating Procedures in Health, Safety and Environment Risk is an advantage; 

  • Expereince in carrying out Assessments/Plans in accordance with a recognised body/methodology is an added advantage; 

  • Proficiency in computer skills including MS office is an added advantage; 


Fluency in written and oral English and Portuguese languages is required; 


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
  • Contract level: ICS 9/ LICA 9
  • Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

  • This is a local post. As such, it is only open to Mozambican nationals or persons with valid residence permits
  • This position is not based in a family duty station

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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