Social Development Specialist – World Bank Uganda

World Bank
Location: Kampala, Uganda
3 Year Term – Local Appointment – Level GF
The World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department in the Africa Region has a wide-ranging work program that covers the environment, agriculture and rural development, social development and fragile/conflict affected states, water, urban, energy, and transport sectors. The Department has a portfolio of over 200 projects worth over $12 billion and a rapidly growing pipeline of new commitments. The Fragile States, Conflict and Social Development Unit (AFTCS) in the Sustainable Development Department plays a strategic, advisory and knowledge role for the Region’s work in these areas.
The Unit has around 40 staff and two major work streams:
Support for fragile states and conflict-affected countries;
And social development, including implementation of the Bank’s social safeguards policies on resettlement and indigenous peoples. With a rapidly growing lending program, especially the increasing emphasis in relieving infrastructure constraints in the Region, there is a growing demand for safeguards work and the need to strengthen the Region’s capacity to not only assist task teams to meet their safeguard obligations but also to contribute more broadly to the design of operations that are socially sustainable and able to spread the benefits of growth more widely.
AFTCS is looking to recruit a local Social Development Specialist for the World Bank’s Kampala Office to focus on cross-cutting social development issues with a major focus on social safeguards policies. Under the supervision of the Africa Region Sector Manager for Social Development (AFTCS), the Social Development Specialist in the Kampala Office will have the following duties and responsibilities, among others:
(i) Provide direct social safeguard review and support to clients and Bank teams working on the Uganda portfolio. Where appropriate the Social Development Specialist may be asked to support task teams in other countries in Africa.
(ii) In particular, advise and guide Bank teams and client governments on the applicability of, and compliance with, Bank social safeguard policies; supervise and provide technical support to government project agencies on preparation and implementation of social safeguard components; formulate the necessary supporting documentation required internally by the Bank to process projects; and participate in periodic supervision to monitor and ensure compliance with safeguard policies throughout the project phases.
(iii) Contribute to capacity building for local government agencies, training and other dissemination efforts on social safeguards.
(iv) As the safeguard work program permits, contribute to the Unit’s broader social development agenda, including social accountability, social inclusion, youth at risk, gender, and conflict.
(v) Travel in-country regularly to support the various lending operations as needed, and if required undertake some limited international travel within the Africa Region.
·         The desired candidate should be holder of an Advanced Degree (Masters or equivalent) in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science or related social sciences and at least 5 years of directly relevant experience.
How to Apply
For the full position description and complete selection criteria, qualified candidates are requested to visit and submit an on-line application at . Click on >employment opportunities >professional/ technical staff opportunities – current vacancies > job # 121788. The World Bank is committed to achieving diversity of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date is 12th August 2012.
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