World Bank Jobs – Social Development Specialist

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Organization: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Practice Manager, GSU07, based in Washington, DC.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a wide array of investments in such areas as education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects are co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.
Job Summary:  The Social Development Specialist provides direct support to clients and Bank teams on social sustainability, social risk management and stakeholder engagement to ensure compliance with the Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) which consists of ten Environmental and Social Standards.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Provides technical support to government agencies on preparation and implementation of project related social risk management activities and activities to enhance the social sustainability of projects;
·         Provides timely and professionally competent technical review of social assessment products prepared for rural development, infrastructure, private sector, transport, urban and other projects, as needed;
·         Undertake activities designed to manage the social risks on major projects as a technical expert; Interacts with clients at the operational level;
·         Participates in project teams to help develop operational designs and mechanisms to assess social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks related to both Bank supported operations;
·         Develops and evaluates proposed technical solutions, and assists in preparation of project design documentation, supporting reports, annexes, etc;
·         Actively contributes to the interface with the Government of Uganda including project implementing agencies in resolving implementation issues including where the project has inadvertently impacted the local community adversely; and
·         Provides cross-support as required to the various teams in the portfolio and monitors adherence to the World Bank Environmental and Social Standards.
·         Guides the preparation of Stakeholder Engagement Plans to ensure that the level of consultations is proportional to project risks and impacts and monitor implementation.
·         Actively contributes to dialogue on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Framework with policy makers and government officials, international development partners, civil society, and other stakeholders, and coordinating the Bank’s relations with clients on social development;
·         Actively participates in portfolio reviews on social sustainability and social risk management;
·         Makes recommendations on strategies and policy options for counterparts in local and central government agencies;
·         As part of a team, advises government counterpart agencies on policy options for social risk management, particularly resettlement, social risk mitigation planning and institutional capacity development; and
·         Works closely with environmental colleagues to enhance the capacity of the client to implement the Bank’s new environmental and social framework for managing project risks and enhancing the sustainability of World Bank financed projects.
·         Evaluates studies and practice related to the development of project documentation; and
·         Conducts and contributes to formal and informal analytical advisory activities and research work on key social development issues, notably related to local governance and service delivery, gender mainstreaming, and land property and tenure rights.
·         Participates in developing sustainable local and national consultation mechanisms and strategies;
·         To strengthen client capacity, deliver ESF training on specific social standards and tailored to individual projects; and
·         Supervises the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure consistency and conformity to Bank standards.
·         Identifies potential partnerships as well as new opportunities for engagement around social development aimed at advancing social development in general and social risk management in particular;
·         Works as an active member of the Country Office and Country Team; and
·         Works under the guidance of more senior SD staff and under general direction of Practice Manager.
·         Works under the guidance of more senior social development staff based in Kampala, and under the general direction of the Lead Social Development Specialist (Regional Social Safeguards/ Standards Coordinator, based in Washington, DC) and Lead Social Development Specialist based in Nairobi.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the World Bank Group (WBG) Social Development Specialist job placement must hold an Advanced degree in relevant social science (anthropology, sociology, political economy, social development etc.)
·         A minimum of five years’ of experience working in social risk management in Uganda and/or elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa;
·         Extensive knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework in complex and challenging settings, and across sectors;
·         Previous experience in resettlement and relocation, land acquisition and in the analysis, assessment and monitoring of resettlement plans and indigenous peoples plans;
·         Experience with community consultation and the preparation, implementation and monitoring of Stakeholder Engagement Plans;
·         Ability to present complex social safeguards and social development issues in a simple way to people of different technical backgrounds;
·         Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with Government, private sector, project beneficiaries and civil society;
·         Strong analytical skills;
·         Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find solutions to complex development problems;
·         Very high level of energy and initiative;
·         Readiness for frequent travel within Uganda and the region.
·         Demonstrated ability to work in and actively contribute to teams and foster a positive team dynamic
·         Experience working in a multicultural setting;
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Demonstrated experience managing the social risks of infrastructure projects in Uganda.
·         Experience managing social issues identified in the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework – Particularly: Environmental and Social assessment (ESS1), Labor and Working Conditions (ESS2), Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement (ESS5), Indigenous Peoples/Sub-Saharan African Historically Underserved Traditional Local Communities (ESS7) and Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure (ESS10) – on both high and low risk projects.
·         Solid understanding of social analysis and the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
·         Experience with consultative and participatory approaches to project design and implementation while deriving results that resonate with the client;
·         Experience developing and monitoring grievance redress mechanisms to ensure accountability and ensure problems are addressed in a timely fashion;
·         Experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
·         Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Demonstrated ability to translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies;
·         Demonstrated experience in interacting with governments to bring about changes to policy;
·         Demonstrated ability anticipating needs in the field and conducting independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners to develop strategies to meet these needs.
·         Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to develop innovative solutions to complex social risk management problems.
·         Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client;
·         Demonstrated ability to create, apply and share knowledge from a range of sources to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.
·         Recommends and takes decisive action.
·         Language Proficiency: English, Knowledge of local languages in Uganda including Luganda considered highly desirable.
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the World Bank in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their applications Online by reviewing details at the web link below and clicking Apply Now on getting a broader insight of vacancy.
Deadline: 23rd November 2018


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