Social Safeguards Specialist

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Job title
Social Safeguards Specialist
The Government of Uganda (GoU)
  • Uganda
Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of job
temporary contract
60 months
Renewable Energy
Language of description
Job description
Objectives of the Assignment

The Social Safeguards Specialist will oversee and manage the social safeguards responsibilities under the EASP at UECCC in accordance with the GoU and World Bank social safeguards guidelines and policies. He/she will also implement the UECCC Environment and Social Management System (ESMS) for the EASP project and ensure compliance with national legislations.

Scope of Services

The Social Safeguards Specialist will be dedicated to the implementation of the EASP project, and will have the following duties and responsibilities:

A) Project implementation activities.

He/she will provide professional services during the implementation of the EASP Project by:

  • Providing conceptual and operational leadership on the core social development themes under the EASP project
  • Serving as a lead person on social issues including, stakeholder engagement, grievance management, vulnerable and marginalized groups who may be affected by the EASP project, and work closely with other PIU members to address any challenges *Advising and/or providing quality operational leadership on major or sensitive matters relating to social impacts and risks associated with EASP project activities
  • Supporting/facilitating stakeholders, including PFIs and private energy companies, to incorporate in the processes and conditions of financing; screening, due diligence, equity and gender matters.,
  • Supporting the set up and operationaliza tion of projects Grievances Redress Mechanisms (GRMs)
  • Integrating social inclusion (with respect to gender, age, marginalised groups or any other relevant factors) into EASP project activities
  • Ensuring social safety clauses are incorporated in all agreements signed between UECCC and Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) in accordance with the UECCC ESMS.
  • Ensuring that relevant stakeholders are informed about issues relating to implementation of EASP project social safeguards and providing the required support for timely implementation
  • Developing and implementing capacity building and training plans on social safeguards for UECCC staff, PFIs and private energy companies.
  • Maintaining records on the social safeguards performance of the PFIs, private energy companies in accordance with the UECCC Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) policy objectives and targets
  • Preparing revisions of the social safeguard’s provisions of the UECCC ESMS and present to UECCC Management for endorsement where required
  • Acting as a link between UECCC and other stakeholders such as Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, consultants, communities and local governments on social matters.
  • Being responsible for management of social risks associated with the electrification and clean cooking for public institutions under EASP, as stipulated in the Grant Agreements to be signed between the UECCC and the solar/clean cooking service providers.
  • Receiving social complaints relating to EASP activities and ensuring that they are addressed in accordance with the UECCC ESMS system.
  • Undertaking targeted visits to subprojects (at least semi-annually) to assess compliance and propose necessary remedies.
  • Review quarterly progress reports from funded sub-projects and prepare reports covering all social safeguards aspects of the project.
  • Carrying out any other duties as assigned by the EASP Project Manager that contribute to achieving the development objectives of the EASP project.

B) Monitoring and evaluation of project activities by:

Continuous monitoring of social, equity and gender issues concerning the EASP project with a view to assess and evaluate the social impacts of the EASP Project.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Honours degree in social work and social administration, sociology, anthropology, applied social sciences or any other related fields from a recognized university
  • Master’s degree in sociology, anthropology, social sciences, natural resources management, or public administration from a recognized university
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the World Bank best practices and/or guidelines and procedures on social safeguards, social assessment, social analysis, effective stakeholder participation and complaint resolution systems, and the regulations and legal framework governing environmental and social management
  • At least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in social safeguards management
  • Demonstrable experience in conflict resolution in the context of development projects as well as the experience with at least two projects financed by the World Bank and/or the African Development Bank or, any partner having the same standards in terms of safeguards will be an added advantage
  • Highly motivated, innovative, pro-active and committed team player
  • Excellent reporting and communication skills
  • Knowledge of several local languages will be an added advantage
Application deadline

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