Safeguards Specialist

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Conservation International

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Puerto Princesa, Philippines

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30+ days ago

Safeguards Specialist

Project Site/Duty Station : Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Division/Program : Asia Pacific Field Division/Philippines

Application Deadline : 08 September 2022

Type of Contract : Fixed Term, Full Time

Starting Date : 01 November 2022

Expected Duration : 4 years

Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. (CIPFI) is an Affiliate of CI, a US-based environmental non-profit organization. Our mission is “Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity.” CIPFI applies innovations in science, economics, policy, and community participation to protect the earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Safeguards Specialist will support the development and implementation, and capacity building of environmental and social safeguard plans of the Community, Conservation and Natural Climate Solutions: The Mantalingahan Landscape Conservation Project. The safeguard plans will be composed of CI policies, standards and procedures, guidance, capacity-building processes, and a grievance redress mechanism in compliance with national government safeguards requirements, Community, Climate and Biodiversity Standards, and CI’s Safeguard System, designed to avoid or mitigate adverse environmental and social impacts in projects.

Reporting to the Project Lead, this position will provide targeted support to ensure the project’s timeliness and complete compliance with the CI’s safeguards, gender, and human rights-based obligations and other related safeguard plan. The Safeguards Specialist will develop and support the development of high-quality safeguard plans and monitoring reports, ensuring projects comply with CI’s safeguard policies and requirements to meet project targets. The position will also support the development of outreach and training materials, conduct online and in-person safeguard training, and collect, analyze, and present safeguards performance data.


  • Lead the development and review project safeguard plans: Environment and Social Management Plan; Gender Mainstreaming Plan, Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Grievance RedressMechanism/Procedure
  • Provide input, analysis, and support to community processes such as ADSDPP implementation, ADSDPP harmonization with the protected area management plan, negotiations on benefit sharing and other related processes
  • Provide technical guidance to teams in the preparation and timely submission of safeguard forms, information and reports to address social and social risks during project implementation.
  • Ensure that all teams and deliver partners adequately integrate all safeguard plans and activities into their workplans and flow down of safeguard responsibilities in grant agreements and contracts
  • Regularly assess national and local safeguard policies and frameworks to determine risks and opportunities with funding partnerships.
  • Participate in and organize awareness-raising, capacity strengthening, and knowledge exchange activities related to safeguards and gender for CI staff, project teams, implementing partners, and selective stakeholders.
  • Support Safeguard-related consultancies including the preparation and publishing of TORs, evaluation and short-listing of bids, contract signing and management, and receipt of deliverables.
  • Undertake reviews of progress/monitoring reports on the environment and social safeguards for ongoing projects in coordination with relevant M&E units.
  • Periodically collect and analyze data related to Safeguard performance indicators for the region and performance reviews of the CI Safeguard System implementation.
  • Provide support to the effective operation of project-level grievance redress mechanisms, including assisting in dealing with complaints from external parties affected by CI projects concerning the application of safeguards.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • No direct supervision of staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a related field, such as international development or social sciences and 4-6 years of experience working with project and program design, monitoring, and compliance of public or private donor-funded projects in environment, conservation, and/or development or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in designing, applying, and monitoring environment and social safeguards (stakeholder engagement, gender mainstreaming, grievance mechanism)
  • Strong understanding of the social and risks and impacts, particularly the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized peoples, gender equality, indigenous peoples, benefit-sharing, conflict, and grievance redress).
  • Relevant experience with gender-responsive programming, including the design and implementation of gender action plans.
  • Strong capacity to communicate with government agencies, local communities, civil society organizations, indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent cross-cultural and people skills, commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at both a project and institutional level.
  • Ability to work independently and /or remotely, to meet deadlines and commitments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to work in team environments, including building productive partnerships across a diversity of stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail and discretion in the discussion of sensitive risk-related issues
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills, including public speaking.


  • Knowledge of Palawan social and environmental issues
  • Experience in producing and disseminating knowledge management products and training materials.
  • Experience in conducting M&E, including developing performance indicators, designing surveys, analyzing data, and presenting findings in a user-friendly manner.

Working Conditions:

(in keeping with Philippine Government and CIPFI regulations health and safety regulations during

COVID-19 pandemic)

  • Extended work hours may be required, including non-traditional work hours as needed in a global organization
  • Regular travel to field sites in Southern Palawan, as needed

CI Values: We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

Kindly send letter of intent with your resumé that will include three references, including their email and contact numbers on or before 08 September 2022.

Job Type: Full-time
Contract length: 48 months

Salary: Php79,000.00 - Php113,000.00 per month


  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Puerto Princesa City, Palawan: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Deadline: 09/08/2022
Expected Start Date: 11/01/2022