Senior Social Development Specialist at World Bank, Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 23 November 2018

The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior Social Development Specialist in Kampala, Uganda. The duration of this post is 3 years.

The Sr. 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.

WBG has set two ambitious goals first is reducing extreme poverty to 3% by 2030 and second is promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40% of the population in every country.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Senior Social Development Specialist will perform the following functions:

  • Supervise and provide 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.
  • Provide timely and professionally competent technical review of social assessment products prepared for rural development, infrastructure, private sector, transport, urban and other projects, as needed.
  • Supervise activities designed to manage the social risks on major projects as a technical expert.
  • Interact with clients at the policy and operational level.
  • Advise and participate in project teams to help develop operational designs and mechanisms to assess social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks related to Bank supported operations.
  • Develop and evaluate proposed technical solutions, and assists in preparation of project design documentation, supporting reports, annexes, etc.
  • Lead 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.
  • Provide 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.
  • Carry out a 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 coordinates the Bank’s relations with clients on social development.
  • Participate in- and plays a leading role in portfolio reviews on social sustainability and social risk management.
  • Evaluate studies and practice-related to the development of project documentation.
  • Participate in developing sustainable local and national consultation mechanisms and strategies.
  • Work as an active member of the Country Office and Country Team.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Advanced degree in relevant social science (anthropology, sociology, political economy, social development etc.).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and actionable, practical recommendations.
  • Demonstrated 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 background.
  • 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.
  • At least 8 years of experience working in social risk management in Uganda and/or elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.