Associate Director, Environmental and Social Due Diligence

London Central
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Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
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Competitive Salary Offered
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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AECOM’s International Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Practice Area is looking to recruit a Lenders E&S Due Diligence (ESDD)/ ESIA professional with good international experience to join our London-based team. In particular, we are looking for an individual who is able to further grow and develop our sustainable finance capabilities with experience working with a variety of financial institutions across a range of sectors.

The successful candidate will have well established relationships with lender organisations and a track-record of successfully winning work and delivering services to lenders; including ESDD, E&S Action Plans, E&S monitoring - as well as management of ESIAs in key sectors such as water, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and mining.

Our UK Environment & Planning (E&P) business comprises over 200 people across approximately 20 offices and we work closely with colleagues in Environmental Disciplines (Air Quality, Ecology, GIS, Heritage, Landscape etc.) as well as Transport, Water and other parts of the business.

The international ESIA Practice Area within E&P includes environmental and social specialists, working alongside other technical disciplines such as acoustics, air quality, biodiversity, climate change, cultural heritage, etc. Our ESDD/ ESIA specialists perform the full range of consulting services for international projects, including ESIAs, ESDD and audits. Our geographical areas of focus are Africa (including francophone countries), Middle East and Central/ Eastern Europe.

The following provides a sample of our recent and current projects:

  • ESDD of mining projects in sub-Saharan Africa

  • ESDD of a petrochemical project in Uzbekistan

  • Construction phase lenders’ monitoring for an oil pipeline in Kenya

  • ESAP monitoring of a petrochemical project in Egypt

  • ESIA for a new port development in Senegal

  • ESIA services for major infrastructure projects in Gabon

  • E&S post-permitting support in Mozambique

  • Resettlement Action Plans for major mining and oil and gas projects in sub-Saharan Africa, including advice on FPIC.

  • Livelihood Restoration Plans for renewable energy projects in Ghana and Turkey.

Job Duties:

You will be responsible for the development of our services to lenders and project sponsors seeking international finance. Working either directly for clients, or as leader of small teams during project delivery, you will support the wider development of AECOM’s work with lenders as part of the ESIA Practice Area.

  • Maintaining a client-facing role with specific responsibility to develop work with international financial institutions, project sponsors and funds.

  • Contributing specialist technical knowledge on sustainable financing standards (IFC Equator Principles, OECD Common Approaches, EBRD, AfDB, PRI etc.).

  • Providing mentorship and guidance to more junior staff.

  • Managing the delivery of ESDD and ESIA projects to ensure projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

  • Understanding and implementing project management principles and fully appreciating the need to work within project budgets.

  • Leading preparation of project documents including ESDD Reports, ESAPs, ESMSs as well as supplementary technical studies in accordance with project timescales.

  • Evaluating compliance of projects with both National Standards as well as those adopted by the major international lenders (eg IFC and EBRD).

  • Coordinating and conducting workshops with multiple lenders / ECAs.

  • Assisting and advising project sponsors on meeting the standards of international lenders.

  • Coordinating and managing technical specialists (e.g. covering climate change, ecosystems services, social development) and coordinating their contributions to project deliverables.

  • Acting as a proficient project manager, including coordination and financial management of projects.

  • Supporting business development through engaging with clients and assisting in the preparation of tenders, looking to continuously improve our service offering for clients.

  • Understanding and complying with quality and health and safety requirements and ensuring these are addressed throughout a project.

Minimum Requirements

  • You must have international experience in lender-related E&S services and ESIA, including experience in project assessment and evaluation against international standards, such as the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), the African Development Bank Integrated Safeguards System and/or European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Performance Requirements.

  • You will have good communication skills both verbal and written, including demonstrable experience developing concise written reports.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The successful candidate would ideally have a post-graduate qualification in environmental management or social development or another relevant discipline.

  • Candidates with a relevant under-graduate degree and a comprehensive level of practical experience will also be considered.

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