REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Environmental Safeguards Specialist for Project Implementation Unit


The Gambia



Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA/ D4070


Assignment Title: Environmental Safeguards Specialist for Project Implementation Unit. (As per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-275370-CS-INDV


The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP) funded by the World Bank is a series of projects aims to increase people’s access to reliable energy services, which is one of the major challenges in the ECOWAS region. It builds on the ECOWAS Rural and Peri-Urban Electrification Master Plan, designed to meet the short- and medium-term needs of the Member States in terms of access to electricity as well the regional interconnection projects funded by the World Bank under the ECOWAS Power Generation and Transmission Master Plan implemented by WAPP.

The proposed project is the first of two in a series of projects (SOP) to provide access to 1.1 million people in Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and The Gambia. The project will finance the expansion of medium- and low-voltage networks from the high-voltage substations of the Gambia River Basin Development Organization (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie, OMVG) and Senegal River Basin Development Organization (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal, OMVS) to transform their power sectors and enable them to achieve their common objective of delivering more power to more consumers.

An Environmental Safeguards Specialist is now being recruited by The Gambia Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to work on relevant project activities and ensuring strict compliance of project preparation and implementation activities with environmental safeguards regulations of the financing institutions and Gambian legislation.

In general, he/she will be responsible for providing advice and technical environmental safeguards oversight for the project and all stakeholders to ensure acceptable quality of environmental risk and impact management in accordance with the World Bank’s operational policies and EHS guidelines and, where applicable, national regulations in The Gambia.

The successful applicant shall be engaged immediately on a full-time basis for two years and for additional years during the project implementation period depending on the satisfactory performance during contract duration.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be downloaded at the link given below:



Required qualifications:

  1. have a higher education degree (at least 5 years) in environmental management or environmental sciences (ecology, biology, botany, forestry, natural resource management, etc.), geography, or any other degree deemed equivalent and having the environment as a base (with experience in areas relevant to environmental safeguards).
  2. Have a proven experience of five (5) years in environmental management including two (2) years in projects financed by the World Bank.
  3. Good knowledge of the relevant regulations/directives and operations of multilateral development organizations and executing agencies.
  4. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Bank operations and environmental safeguard policies, especially, experience and familiarity with complex safeguard work.
  5. Good experience in the development and/or implementation of Environmental and Social Assessment instruments (ESIA, ESMP, CPPP, CPR, RAP) of projects, if possible, in projects financed by the World Bank.
  6. Proven experience and skills in managing projects.
  7. Proven capacity to work across multiple stakeholders, including government entities, civil society organizations (CSOs), local communities, and the private sector.
  8. Demonstrated experience in the World Bank project cycle and procedures.
  9. Fluent in English with excellent written and oral skills.
  10. Knowledge of local language like Mandinka, wolof, fula, or serere is a requirement since the project is intervening in rural areas.
  11. Advanced computer skills and full proficiency in the use of relevant software applications in using computers and software such as Microsoft Office suite.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised November 2017 and July 2018 and November 2020 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by close of business August 10th, 2022 PIU-GAMBIA Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project CoordinatorAddress: National Water & Electricity Company Limited,Project Implementation UnitEmporium III Building, Fajara114 Kairaba AvenueFloor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st FloorCity: BanjulCountry: The GambiaTelephone: +220 996 1301/ 9967791/ 7009342Electronic mail address:, (and copy to