Job at LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE ENTITIES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY : Social Protection Social Safeguard Specialist ( Deadline :23 August 2018 )

Job at LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE ENTITIES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY : 	Social Protection Social Safeguard Specialist  (  Deadline :23 August 2018 )


Job at LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE ENTITIES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY : Social Protection Social Safeguard Specialist ( Deadline :23 August 2018 )

 

Job Description

The Social Safeguarding Specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
General responsibilities
• Oversee all the social safeguarding aspects of project activities implemented under the Social Protection IPF;
• Support the SPIU SP Coordinator to manage safeguarding risks associated with IPF implementation, ensuring that risks are identified and mitigation is effectively and promptly applied;
• Lead the development of guidelines/manuals and training materials for local governments to support implementation of the ESMF and Resettlement Policy Framework.
• Ensure that public works guidelines and manuals comply with social safeguarding policies, practices and legislation and keeping up to date with regulations/ policies of the Government of Rwanda ( GOR) and relevant safeguard policies of World Bank and the ESMF;
• Support engagement across national level Government departments and between national and local levels of government on issues related to social and environmental safeguarding;
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with safeguarding experts working within international development partners, serving as the key technical point of contact on issues related to the environmental safeguarding within the World Bank IPF in particular.

Planning
• Monitor if social safeguarding aspects are taken into account during activities planning, budgeting and implementation as per World Bank and Government of Rwanda Standards.
• Liaise with the planners and budgeting officials to ensure that Districts have allocated budget for compensation for any resettlement and other adverse effects arising due to project implementation.
• Support the screening of the project and sub projects and activities, and help to prepare project/sub project or activity specific Environmental & Social Management Plans (ESMPs).
• Review the project and activity plan, design, cost, and bid documents to ensure environmental factors and mitigations are incorporated, and subproject/activity documents and environmental documents are in harmony.
• Provide guidance and coach districts in identifying projects which comply with the ESMF and RPF categorized as B projects.
• Conduct analysis of technical feasibility of subprojects during subproject review process, with particular emphasis on social safeguarding issues;

Capacity building
• Together with the Environmental Safeguards Specialist and the Public Works Specialists in Social Protection Division, disseminate the IPF project’s ESMF and RPF to ensure that local governments are aware of the project impacts and mitigation measures during the implementation phase.
• Provide technical support to local governments in the procurement and implementation Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) as required
• Provide guidance on possible compensation and other resettlement assistance, as needed, or when a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) may need to be prepared in the context of the implementation of the Social Protection IPF.
• Provide guidance and coach districts in identifying projects which comply with the ESMF and RPF categorized as B projects.
• Ensure that mechanisms are put in place to ensure that communities in general and the impacted households in particular are informed of relevant project activities;
• Provide technical support to districts in the preparation of project/sub project or activity specific Environmental & Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs)
• Communicate with vendors, contractors, and subcontractors for necessary social safeguarding compliance;
• Support the Social Protection Division to respond to the technical support requests from the Districts, private operators, and other beneficiaries of the subprojects and take necessary actions;
• Deliver formal and on
– the
– job training/coaching to LODA and local government staff on social safeguarding policies and procedures

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
• Develop mechanisms/arrangements for monitoring and evaluation, specifically if a RAP is to be implemented, including completion of a baseline socio
– economic survey and follow up surveys of PAPs and host communities.
• Ensure a satisfactory implementation of the ESMF and RPF and subproject specific ESMPs and RAPs through frequent visits to project sites;
• Communicate with vendors, contractors, and subcontractors to ensure compliance with safeguarding requirements;
• Support the preparation of quarterly progress reports
• Support the implementation of recommendations from internal and external assessments related to management of safeguarding risks;
• Support the implementation of formal reviews and evaluations
• Support the documentation of successes, challenges and lessons
– learnt in VUP/IPF implementation

Job Profile

• At least a bachelor degree in Social Sciences, development studies, community development, economics, political sciences, public administration, management, with 7 years professional experience of thorough knowledge of World Bank and other development partners safeguards policies. Or a Master’s Degree in the same fields with at least 5 years professional experience of thorough knowledge of World Bank and other development partners’ safeguards policies.
• Excellent understanding of Rwanda’s environmental safeguarding legislation, policies, regulations and practices
• Experience of working on large
– scale community infrastructure programmes is desirable
• Understanding of Rwanda’s decentralised governance framework Rwanda;
• Excellent team working and communication skills
• Experience of developing and delivering training to Government officers;
• IT literate, excellent skills in Excel and Word
• Strongly results oriented and able to manage a complex and multi
– faceted workload
• Fluency in Kinyarwanda is essential, English is desirable; French is an added advantage

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