Project-affected People's Mechanism (PPM) Compliance Specialist/Senior Compliance Specialist
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank whose mission is financing the Infrastructure for Tomorrow - infrastructure with sustainability at its core. We began operations in Beijing in January 2016 and have since grown to 106 approved members worldwide. We are capitalized up to USD100 billion and Triple-A-rated by the major international credit rating agencies. Working with partners, AIIB meets clients’ needs by unlocking new capital and investing in infrastructure that is green, technology-enabled and promotes regional connectivity.
The Complaints-resolution, Evaluation and Integrity Unit (CEIU) was established in 2016 as an independent unit within AIIB and is part of AIIB’s Oversight Mechanism created by its Board of Directors under Article 26(iv) of the AIIB Articles of Agreement. As part of its Complaints-resolution function, CEIU implements the Project-affected People’s Mechanism (PPM), which is the independent accountability mechanism of AIIB. Project-affected people may raise their concerns to PPM regarding the environmental and social (E&S) aspects of an AIIB-financed Project with the Client and AIIB during the preparation and implementation of the Project. PPM has three key functions: Project Processing Queries; Dispute Resolution; and Compliance Review.
The Compliance Review under PPM is designed to investigate allegations by Project-affected people that AIIB has failed to comply with its obligations under the Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) in its E&S due diligence of a Project or its oversight of the Project during implementation, thereby causing or being likely to cause material adverse environmental or social impacts on the Project-affected people and, if the allegations are substantiated, to review any action plan proposed by Management to address these impacts.
CEIU is currently looking for a PPM Compliance Specialist/Senior Compliance Specialist with significant expertise in conducting compliance investigations in relation to E&S issues; expertise in E&S due diligence on development projects; demonstrated experience in assessment of adverse impacts, particularly in relation to E&S issues; demonstrated ability to analyze policies and practices and develop proposals for reform in complex institutional contexts.
Under the overall supervision of the Managing Director, in coordination with the Senior PPM Specialist, the PPM Compliance Specialist/Senior Compliance Specialist is expected to:
- Handle compliance review of eligible submissions made to PPM.
- Manage specific tasks related to compliance review work including: eligibility assessment submissions for compliance review; preparation of Terms of Reference for Compliance Review; coordination of compliance review teams; prepare compliance review reports; prepare other relevant reports as directed.
- Provide inputs for maintaining PPM Registry.
- Ensure management and disclosure of documents in a timely manner and in accordance with relevant AIIB policies.
- Ensure that timelines under the Project-affected People’s Rules of Procedure are followed and timely responses are sent by PPM.
- Carry out outreach activities and support PPM in solving problems identified in submissions made to the PPM.
- Understand and apply provisions for confidentiality and mitigation of retaliation in the PPM.
- Undertake designated tasks relating to the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network.
- Undertake the design and oversee the maintenance and updating of the PPM website.
- Assist in the preparation of reports by PPM, including annual reports.
- Support PPM outreach programs and orientation sessions and training to familiarize executing agencies, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, AIIB staff, management and other stakeholders with the PPM and its functions.
- Support other CEIU activities, as required.
- At least eight years of relevant professional work experience, especially in operations, in a multilateral development bank or international organization, with extensive experience in international business/transactions.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations or compliance reviews in relation to E&S impacts on project-affected people and communities.
- Demonstrated experience in applying appropriate E&S safeguard policies and other related policies of development projects.
- Proven application of safeguard policy expertise and skills in compliance investigations under independent accountability mechanism (IAM).
- Demonstrated international experience of working in several countries and/or multinational environments. Experience with development issues and living conditions in developing countries as well as ability to engage and build rapport and trust with stakeholders around various and complex E&S impacts and development issues.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including the ability to prepare, present, and defend facts, findings, issues, lessons learned, and recommendations in a clear, concise, and compelling manner.
- Proficiency in another language used by AIIB members is an advantage.
- Demonstrated ability to perform under pressure and balance multiple priorities.
- Highest levels of integrity, professionalism, diplomacy, and tact.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a proven track record of being a team player.
- Demonstrated leadership, innovation, and conceptualization skills.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in economic, legal, social, environmental, or other development-related field with special emphasis given to those with a strong background in leading and managing complex social and socio-environmental issues and impact of large projects with a focus on resettlement, economic displacement, indigenous people and rights, land rights, cultural rights.
Previous experience and qualifications will determine the employee level at which a successful applicant will enter AIIB.
AIIB is committed to diversity, transparency and inclusion. We believe our strength comes from having a team with the right diverse skills, experiences and abilities selected through a merit-based competitive process. We actively encourage applications from people from both within and outside AIIB members, regardless of nationality, religion, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.
Join us and help create a prosperous and sustainable Asia while growing your career in a diverse and innovative environment.
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