rizwana a.

Sr.Specialist Environmental and Social Safeguards

Master's DegreeUniversity of Cape Town



With M.Phil in Sociology and Masters in Environmental Sciences, I have one year Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Laws/Policy and have demonstrated experience of more than 15 years for environmental and social safeguards compliance and overall environmental management in WB and ADB funded development sector projects. I have clear and concise report writing ability with excellent written and spoken English and local languages skills. I have extensively travelled throughout the country to ensure the compliance of environmental and social safeguards and environmental management and monitoring in ADB and WB funded projects. In an ADB funded Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program, I worked at the PMU (The Urban Unit) as Team Lead (Sr. Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist) and assisted the EAs/IAs to ensure that all projects safeguard documents meet SPS 2009 requirements before submission to ADB .I provided technical insight in projects screening, requirements of project description, determining the project area of influence, identifying applicable standards and guidance, sensitive receptors including vulnerable groups, types of impacts, scoping process, baseline data collation, impact and risk assessment process, determination magnitude and significance, iterative design process including consideration of alternatives, monitoring requirements, meaningful ~~~ consultation, information disclosure, grievance redress mechanism, environmental management plans and links to contract documentation as per ADB Policy Statement in ADB funded Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program. For the compliance of ADB safeguards policies and procedures, I conducted extensive site visits; worked with EAs/IAs, PPTA consultants, project supervision consultants and contractors in identifying environmental issues and addressing ADB comments; participated in public consultation; and helped EA/IAs in liaising with national environmental authorities for obtaining necessary environmental approvals. As a Team Lead at PMU and PIU level, I have worked in development sector projects of diverse nature and ensured the compliance of environmental and social safeguards and OHS Guidelines and monitored the ESSs compliance, designed and launched training/capacity enhancement programs for Government Officers, field practitioners and internal staff on environmental and social safeguards ,and constantly provided technical support to the other sector heads and team leads in overall implementation and compliance of local and national environmental laws/policies and social and environmental safeguards. Currently, I am working as Environmental Safeguards Specialist (CMS Consultant) with ADB in PPP Enhancing Project to ensure the compliance of environmental safeguards in overall project activities My professional experience as Team Lead in monitoring and ensuring the social and environmental safeguards policies compliance in donor (WB and ADB) funded projects, strengthening of Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) and Public Disclosure of Information through stakeholders consultation and providing strategies for climate change issues and DRM have strongly justified me to apply for this position. I have clear and concise report writing ability with excellent written and spoken English. My devotion with my profession, communication skills, responsibility and leadership qualities are assets, I would bring to the work.


  • climate change
  • development
  • banking system
  • trade policy / tariffs
  • tertiary education
  • world bank group
  • pakistan
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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