Job at NELSAP: Social Development Officer (Deadline: 11th September 2017)

Job at NELSAP:  Social Development Officer (Deadline: 11th September 2017)

Job at NELSAP: Social Development Officer (Deadline: 11th September 2017)


A continued implementation of any development program like NELSAP requires a multidisciplinary team to spearhead on–going and future interventions. With that in mind, NELSAP–CU wishes to recruit the Social Development Officer to support its functions.


To ensure effective program/project design and implementation in three areas: (i) strategic social analysis, participation advice, and program planning, for the preparation of NELSAP projects; (ii) confidence building to build trust and joint collaboration across borders; and (iii) stakeholders’ involvement to create greater inclusion, program visibility to key stakeholders and accountability within each country with regard to NELSAP programs and projects.

The position will undertake technical analyses of social, gender and participatory development; lead and participate in operational missions, the aspects social development, gender mainstreaming and stakeholders engagement and partnerships in particular; provides technical advice to clients, governments and NBI/NELSAP projects’ teams on the inclusion of key social development aspects, effectively addressing issues of vulnerability, poverty, gender equity, and other social dimensions. The position’s role is to ensure effective sub-regional strategies and program implementation in three key areas:

  1. Strategic social and gender analysis, participation and partnership advice, and program social, gender and participatory planning during the design, preparation and implementation phases of NBI/NELSAP regional trans-boundary infrastructure investment programs and projects;
  2. Capacity development and dissemination of best practice in the inclusion of social, gender dimensions and participatory methodologies in the design and preparation of large public infrastructure investment projects in the water and power development sectors; and
  3. Stakeholder engagement and partnership development meant to create greater inclusion and program visibility and accountability with regard to NELSAP Sub–programs.

Accountability and Reporting

The Social Development Officer will report and be accountable to the Senior Economist/M&E Specialist.

Duties & Responsibilities

In delivering on the above key areas, the position will ensure the following duties are performed:

  1. Review and appraise feasibility and design study documents to incorporate social and gender analyses and ensure social and gender dimensions are captured;
  2. Review and appraise Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Resettlement Action Plans, providing strategic guidance on social safeguards compliance requirements and enhancement measures, in adherence to the policies and procedures of individual countries and international funding agencies;
  3. Prepare and update Gender Audit and Action plans of NELSAP and projects with a view to assessing capacity to mainstream gender and providing practical recommendations for strategies and processes to enhance gender integration;
  4. Prepare and update Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines and Checklists for NELSAP projects
  5. Prepare Terms of Reference and Concept Notes for Social Impact Assessments, Gender Analysis, Conflict Analysis, Resettlement Management and Local Area Development for NELSAP projects
  6. Prepare and update Resettlement Policy Frameworks for the Nile Equatorial Lakes countries with regard to the World Bank and other donor funded projects as per existing policy requirements
  7. Prepare and update a monitoring matrix for Social Safeguards in project design and preparation;
  8. Prepare and update Social Impact Assessment, Gender Analysis, Resettlement Action Plan, Public Consultation, Communication and Disclosure, grievance redress manuals and in migration management plans for the NELSAP Environmental and Social Management Guidelines;
  9. Develop and maintain credible stakeholder databases for NELSAP projects;
  10. Establish partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, broadening engagement to include local communities, civil society and the media, and ensuring their inclusion in NELSAP project preparation processes;
  11. Provide strategic guidance to management and projects on the most optimal stakeholder engagement and partnership structures for NELSAP projects;
  12. Engage key NELSAP stakeholders, establish and maintain stakeholders’ database;

  13. Prepare and update Stakeholder and Partnership Guidelines and Management Plan for NELSAP investment projects;
  14. Capacity Building and Knowledge Development in the areas of: Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation; Gender Mainstreaming in Integrated Water Resources Management and Social Analysis Tools and Techniques for project preparation and development;
  15. Provide support to supplemental project preparation processes including procurement processes for evaluations of technical and financial proposals, EOIs and contract negotiations for hiring consultants undertaking Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Resettlement Action Plan studies for NELSAP projects; and
  16. Perform any duty as may be assigned by your supervisor.

    Minimum Academic Qualification

    1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Development Studies, Social anthropology, Community Development, Political Science or related studies; and
    2. Possession of a Master’s degree in Sociology or Social Development, Development Studies and related studies. Post experience of 2 years will be an added advantage.

    Minimum Work Experience Required

    1. 5 years working experience of which 2 years are relevant experience at expert level in social development/community/social expertise or related discipline;
    2. Demonstrated experience conducting social impacts studies (Environmental Social Impact Assessment–ESIA) and social and stakeholders’ engagement & networking and implementation of RAP;
    3. Expertise in the development and use of participatory approaches at all levels (regional, national and community), preferably in complex projects with tangible positive impact on project implementation. Experience with social marketing or behavior change will be an asset;
    4. At least five (5) years of work experience in participatory approaches with a range of stakeholders with demonstrated practical experience in social analysis, planning and management of a range of social dimensions (Poverty and Vulnerability, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Indigenous Peoples, Conflict, and Migration);
    5. Experience working within international and donor organization contexts and especially familiarity with the applicable policies, procedures and practices of major bilateral and multilateral development agencies is an advantage; and
    6. Willing to travel extensively within the NEL Regional and beyond as per work demands.

    Skills Required

    1. Excellent writing, analytical, presentation, and reporting skills;
    2. Fluency in English or French;
    3. Excellent writing, analytical, presentation, and reporting skills; and
    4. Good computer skills (including knowledge of software packages for word processing, databases, and spreadsheets; Familiarity with modern communication systems);
    5. Recognized knowledge and technical expertise in displacement, resettlement and valuation and compensation frameworks. Knowledge of World Bank Resettlement Policies and procedures will be an added advantage;
    6. Excellent consensus-building, multi-cultural, and inter-personal skills; Strong team building and mentoring capabilities; Knowledge and skills in the use of consensus building tools will be an asset; and
    7. Understanding of budget formulation and control.

    Duty Station and Employment Terms

    The duty station will be at the NELSAP–CU Offices in Kigali, Rwanda, with extensive travels in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region. The employment is for a one year contract that may be renewed based on satisfactory performance, availability of funds and need for services.

    How to Apply

    The position is open to the Rwanda Nationals only. Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application by attaching a Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and all academic certificates and transcripts addressed to The NELSAP Regional Coordinator on: to by 11th September 2017. The subject matter of the email should read: Social Development Officer and Candidate’s Name.

    Only applicants who meet requirements will be considered for interview. Please note that applications received after the closing date shall not be considered. The NBI is an equal opportunities employer whereby female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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