Roles and ResponsibilitiesWWF-India is one of the largest organizations, engaged in wildlife and nature conservation since the past 50 years.
Sustainable Infrastructure Expert will be responsible for understanding the potential impact of large infrastructure on conservation and develop strategic ways to address the issue in WWF India landscapes. Under the supervision of Head, OD & Innovation, the Sustainable Infrastructure Expert, will be responsible to build capacity of Government agencies and other stakeholders; and, coordinate with concerned agencies to promote Sustainable Green Infrastructure to reduce adverse impacts of infrastructure on the ecosystem and biodiversity.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Technical support to reducing the adverse impacts of infrastructure development in WWF India landscapes
- Working closely with the supervisor, landscape managers, and other relevant WWF staff members both from the field and Secretariat, the incumbent will undertake the work for sustainable green infrastructure in general and WWF India's priority landscapes in particular (Terai Arc, Brahmaputra, Central India and Western Ghats) to address the adverse impacts of infrastructure development on biodiversity, freshwater and forests. This includes but not limited to; identification and mapping of planned new infrastructures on the landscapes; review of environmental and social impacts, impacts from unsustainable extraction of construction materials; reviewing developers’ environmental impact assessments (EIA)/IEE); identifying cumulative impacts of multiple infrastructures; coordinating stakeholder identification ; and identifying best practices and mitigating measures in planning, design and implementation of key linear infrastructures. Anticipated major focus will be around development of new roads and railway lines, highway expansion, transmission lines, hydropower projects, and urban expansion among others.
- Working closely with the Climate Hub, promote mainstreaming of climate adaptation into the infrastructure sector, promote scenario planning with developers and donors to take account of possible climate and development scenarios. Support building climate resilience infrastructure through practices, protocols, and guidelines.
- Develop working relationships with developers, donors and relevant government departments, local and state governments in order to promote best practices in infrastructure development. This responsibility may include coordination with different CSO/Network/interest groups that are actively engaged in any infrastructure development project in the country.
Work as Sustainable Infrastructure expert for Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safeGuarding Nature (ALIGN) project
- WWF India is an implementing office for ALIGN project – a USAID funded project for four years. The position will work as a nodal point for all infrastructure related work as demanded by the ALIGN project. The position will work in close coordination with the Country Coordinator for ALIGN in WWF India including other regional / global staff and the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC).
Knowledge and Learning
- Enhance knowledge and learning on best practices including Sustainable Green Infrastructure (SGI) practices; document lessons from infrastructure work and contribute to WWF India's learning program. The incumbent should keep track of the progress in the field of infrastructure development, including at bilateral and multilateral levels. In addition, S/he should be continuously keeping track of public sector investment by local and state level governments in areas of WWF interest, particularly conservation landscapes and areas of biodiversity significance.
- Working closely with Monitoring and Evaluation staff, monitor progress of the infrastructure work and contribute to performance monitoring, progress reports and final program reports.
- Promote communication of messages on infrastructure impacts and ways to reduce them, such as modeling tools for decision makers; awareness and outreach events; and production of publications and other materials; for key audiences including decision makers, developers, donors, practitioners, partners and the general public. Communication work will be undertaken in coordination with WWF India communication team and ALIGN project staff.
- Provide inputs to annual work plans on infrastructure. Prepare grants and contracts as required. Work closely with the Finance and Admin department while issuing the grants and contracts. Track infrastructure budget and expenditures in collaboration with Finance and Admin staff. Provide inputs to progress reports and final report.
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and play an active role in developing the infrastructure portfolio in WWF India.
Internal: This position is a cross cutting in nature. It needs to work closely with staff members from the landscape team in the field, experts in the Secretariat and relevant persons from the global team. Similarly, the position should collaborate with WWF regional offices including Nepal and Mongolia together with CLLC for the ALIGN project. This position reports to Head, OD & Innovation.
External: Interacts regularly with consultants, developers, donors, and Government of India officials.
Educational and Work Experience Requirements:
- A Master’s degree with qualification in Civil / Environmental Engineering or Environmental/ Transport Planning; additional degree in environment/natural resources a strong advantage.
- At least 5 years of experience working on infrastructure development, with strong experience in environmental impact assessment/initial environmental examination is essential; roads and railways experience preferred.
- Knowledge and/or experience in forests or natural resource management and climate change adaptation is strongly preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- This position requires strong commitment to reducing adverse impacts of infrastructure on the environment.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to think outside the box; strong communication skills including written and spoken English. Proficiency in written English and Hindi needed.
- Strong inter-personal and diplomatic skills, and ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders including government, developers, donors, NGOs, and local community groups.
- Good facilitation skills a strong advantage.
- Good ability to prioritize, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines.
- A self-starter with ability to take initiative as needed and work well under minimal supervision, maintaining good communication with team members.
- Strong team player.
- Cheerful personality with preferably a good sense of humor.
Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter
Employment Type:Full Time, Permanent
PG:M.Tech in Environmental, Civil
World Wide Fund For Nature India