Environmental Safeguards Specialist




National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)


Environmental Safeguards Specialist


City Investments To Innovate, Integrate & Sustain (CITIIS)


New Delhi, India


Two Year (Renewable)


Individual Consultant Contract








About the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

Established in 1976, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA, is a premier Institute of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India for research and capacity building for urban sector in India. NIUA’s broad objective is to bridge the gap between research and practice on issues related to urbanization. For more than 40 years now, NIUA has been the vanguard for contributing to and building the urban narrative for a fast-evolving Urban India. The Institution has been actively working on bringing forth key areas of concern for urban India in order to build the urban discourse at various urban scales. It has utilized its competencies in research, knowledge management, policy advocacy and capacity building to address urban challenges and continuously striving to develop sustainable, inclusive, and productive urban ecosystems in the country. It has emerged as a thought leader and knowledge hub for urban development in India and is sought out by both Indian and International organizations for collaborations and partnerships in India’s urban transforming journey. NIUA is committed towards aligning its efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through all its initiatives and programs.


The objective of the Smart Cities Mission, launched in 2015, is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions. The Smart City Mission represents an important shift in the Government of India’s (GoI) urban sector policy, which aims at promoting smart integrated urban projects to improve the economic attractiveness of cities; as well as strengthening Urban Local Bodies’ (ULBs) technical and financial management capacities.

Financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU) and supported by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the CITIIS program aims at putting in place complementary instruments to the Smart Cities Mission to provide a financial incentive and technical support to demonstrative projects. The program was launched in March, 2018 and it is currently operational across 12 Smart City SPVs in India.

Each selected smart city project benefits from the additional Government of India grant financed through a EUR 100 million loan from AFD and EUR 6 million grant from the European Union. Along with the financial support, the selected projects’ SPVs also benefit from long-term international coaching to support the development and implementation of the project.


The Environmental Safeguards Specialist will be required to assist both the PMU (NIUA) and the participating cities across the country. The responsibilities of the incumbent will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Provide technical expertise on key issues related to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), on sustainability risks in the design, preparation and implementation considering best industry practices and standards (AFD E&S guidelines are aligned on the World Bank guidelines);
  • Identify all key potential environmental impacts and risks of the urban infrastructure projects being developed under the CITIIS program and ensure that their magnitude and significance are well understood by all stakeholders;
  • Train and handhold the E&S Nodal Officers in the participating local governments (Smart City SPVs) in developing and delivering the Environment Commitment Plan (ECP), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) measurement and monitoring, in close coordination with the Social Safeguards Specialist;
  • Critical review/ validation of the Environmental safeguards documentation submitted along with the Detailed Project Report (DPR);
  • Help develop step-by-step procedures for implementation of mitigation measures, supervising environmental consultants supporting the projects;
  • Based on the assessments, work with E&S Nodal Officers in the participating cities to ensure plans are developed and steps taken to ensure that projects will comply with AFD’s Policy / Guidelines on Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS);
  • Ensure quarterly, bi-annual and annual reporting is timely done to the stakeholders;
  • Work with colleagues and the management to foster strategic alliances and partnerships for sharing lessons and best practices as well as to develop opportunities for building capacities with local governments, internal staff and other specialists;
  • Extensive travel to the participating cities for on-ground monitoring, reporting and capacity building;
  • Develop toolkits, guidebooks and plans for Environmental Safeguards in the program;
  • Report on and disseminate good practices and generated knowledge; and
  • Liaison with relevant state and regulatory agencies.


The Environmental Safeguards Specialist shall work closely with the program team and report to the Program Director - CITIIS at NIUA, New Delhi.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Environmental sciences, Environmental planning, Ecology or other relevant fields;
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience; with at-least 5 years of experience in conducting Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and developing Environmental Management Plans (EMP) for urban infrastructure projects;
  • Excellent drafting, documentation and communication skills;
  • Proven record on similar work at local, regional or national level;
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically;
  • Good in personal organization, planning and priority setting;
  • Values the continuous improvement and learning;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

References: Please provide name and contact information of three references.

Remuneration: As par with the industry standards, depending on experience and skills and fitment with NIUA remuneration structures. Proof of past remuneration (last received salary/monthly contract payment) would be required.

Application process: Submit CV and cover letter through the NIUA portal.

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Last Date to Apply: 
Wednesday, 26 January 2022