Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation was established by the Government of Bangladesh in 1990 as an apex organization for poverty alleviation through employment creation. Since its inception, PKSF has been implementing various programs and projects for poverty alleviation through its Partner Organizations (POs). At present, PKSF has more than 200 active Partner Organizations throughout the country. PKSF launched its Micro-Enterprise program in 2001 to extend financial services to the progressive clients of its Partner Organizations (POs) for undertaking Micro-Enterprises.
This program termed ‘Agrosor’ is being implemented all over Bangladesh through the POs of PKSF.In the microenterprise sector, attention to environmental sustainability and climate resilience is limited due to a mix of capacity, market accessibility, knowledge and financial barriers. While the statistics shows a high contribution to GDP from microenterprises, there is little evidence to show that microenterprises are growing in a sustainable way. The performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is limited in terms of revenue earnings, machinery use, capital-labor ratio, and
growth of value added, except labor productivity in some instances.
Understanding the need of paradigm shift of microenterprises from the Business as usual to an environment friendly business, upon the request from Government of Bangladesh, The World Bank is supporting PKSF for the implementation of the Sustainable Enterprise Project. The project aims to support microenterprises through environment friendly investments (energy, water and resource efficiency) in the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors to promote environmentally sustainable technologies and practices among microenterprises in environmentally vulnerable areas, induce changes in the micro-lending ecosystem, and support the adoption of basic operational safety norms in project-supported enterprises. The project consists of three components: (a) enhancing services and enabling systems, (b) strengthened access to finance for commercially viable environmentally friendly and resilient
microenterprises, and (c) project management, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation.
2.0 Project objectives
The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to increase the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices by targeted microenterprises.
3.0 Project areas
The project will focus on the clusters of Micro-Enterprises of the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors preferably in the environmentally stressed and climate change vulnerable (flood, flash flood, drought and salinity-prone) areas in Bangladesh.
4.0 Target population
The project will cover approximately 100,000 Micro-Enterprise members under PKSF MicroEnterprise (ME) Loan Program through its Partner Organizations (POs).
5.0 Objective of the Assignment:
Proper implementation and monitoring of environmental safeguard issues related to the project and capacity building of the micro-entrepreneurs and the POs regarding environmental issues.
6.0 Duty station
The employee will be stationed at Dhaka with extensive travel to anywhere in Bangladesh including the most remote areas as per instruction of the PKSF.
The estimated duration of appointment will be 01 (one) year (extendable upon performance) beginning from the effective date of the contract.
8.0 Tasks and duties
The Assistant Program Officer (Environment & Natural Resources Management) will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Program Officer (Environment & Natural Resources Management Specialist) and will undertake the tasks and duties to assist them. The specific tasks are, but not limited to, the following:
At least 3 years of professional experience in the field of environmental science. Preference will be given to those having working experience in development projects.
10.0 Academic qualification
The candidate must have at least a four year undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering/ Environmental Sciences/ Geography/ Disaster Management or any relevant subject from a recognized university with good academic standing. S/he must have at least two first class degrees or equivalent among the latest four. Having 3rd class/division or equivalent in any examination will incur ineligibility.
11.0 Age limit
Maximum 32 years.