Senior Social Development Specialist at World Bank, Washington, DC, United States


Deadline: 10 May 2019

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

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The Senior Social Development Specialist will provide 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 to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Senior Social Development Specialist will perform the following functions-

  • Overall Coordination of Social Development work Program:
    • Serve as the coordinator for engagement with CMUs on social development/social risk management issues.
    • Serve as a senior technical specialist, advising the social development team, manager and GP staff on strategy and a range of interventions and provide support for on-going and future work in the areas of among others community empowerment, citizen engagement, gender, social accountability, and social inclusion.
    • Mentor and guide a team of social development staff and STCs and provide quality enhancement support to outputs of staff.
  • Social Safeguards and Social Risk Management of the Portfolio:
    • Serve as the LCR regional safeguards coordinator (RSC) for LCR social safeguards portfolio in providing oversight and quality assurance in collaboration with the Practice Managers for Social Development and Environment, and the Regional Safeguards Advisor in OPCS.
    • Work on complex and high-risk operations particularly those with challenging resettlement issues as well as handle complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues regarding social development/social risk management and lead the related dialogue with counterparts.
    • Oversee the social risk management across the portfolio through the organization of quarterly portfolio reviews, and preparing communication to be conveyed to respective stakeholders- CMUs and GPs.
  • Analytical Work and Technical Assistance:
    • Liaise with the Country Management Units to ensure engagement on social development (social risk management, analytical work, and gender) in Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks and other strategic discussions.
    • Coordinate data gathering and analytical work for upstream identification of systemic social risk management issues across the portfolio supporting the country program by proposing new guidance and management tools as well as recommendations to address these issues.
    • Identify and explore opportunities to support the development of training and capacity development programs to manage E&S risks in LAC focusing mainly on the new ESF.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

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  • At least advanced university degree (Master’s or PhD) in relevant social science (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science) or related fields.
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience in social development topics, including social safeguards, social inclusion, gender integration and ethnic minorities.
  • Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and social safeguards policies, particularly involuntary resettlement, labor and working conditions, community health and safety, Indigenous Peoples, stakeholder engagement and information disclosure and or similar policies in other international finance institutions in complex and challenging settings, and across practices.
  • Experience with grievance redress mechanisms.
  • Extensive experience with involuntary resettlement and integration of relevant planning instruments such as Resettlement Action Plans and Indigenous Peoples Plans in overall project planning and implementation.
  • Strong operational (task management) and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and actionable, practical recommendations.
  • Ability to present complex Social Development and safeguards issues to task teams and Bank audiences, and to engage effectively with government counterparts, the private sector, project beneficiaries and civil society.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced solutions to complex development problems, with a strong client focus.
  • Acting with integrity at all times to build trust and to create an enabling work environment, whether as team leader or team member.
  • Excellent Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English. Strong oral and written presentation skills in English and Spanish.
  • Excellent communicator, creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Proven experience in engaging in policy dialogue with government, development partners in at least 2 relevant social development areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a complex work program; aptitude to lead diverse team, navigate team dynamics, and mentor junior staff.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.

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