Social Development Specialist at World Bank, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo


Deadline: 15 May 2019

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

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The 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

The Social Development Specialist will perform the following functions-

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  • 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, human 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.
  • Interact with clients at the operational level.
  • Participate in project teams to help develop operational designs and mechanisms to assess social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks related to both Bank supported operations.
  • Develop and evaluate proposed technical solutions, and assists in preparation of project design documentation, supporting reports, annexes, etc.
  • Contribute to the interface with the Government of DRC 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.
  • Guide the preparation of Stakeholder Engagement Plans to ensure that the level of consultations is proportional to project risks and impacts – and monitor implementation; also, ensures projects include and operate grievance redress mechanisms.
  • Advise government agencies and task teams on managing gender-based violence/sexual exploitation and abuse risks; and
  • Other relevant tasks, as required.
  • Participate in portfolio reviews on social sustainability and social risk management.
  • Make recommendations on strategies and policy options for counterparts in local and central government agencies.
  • Evaluate studies and practice related to the development of project documentation.
  • Conduct and contribute 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.
  • Identify 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Master’s 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 experience in social risk management, 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.
  • At least 5 year’s of experience working in social risk management in DRC and/or elsewhere in the subregion, with demonstrated experience in situations affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV).
  • Readiness for frequent travel within DRC and the region.
  • Experience working Eastern Congo, including North and/or South Kivu, other Eastern DRC provinces.
  • 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.

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