07 August 2017

Social Safeguards Specialist Career Placement - Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL)

Job Title:        Social Safeguards Specialist
Organisation: Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) is responsible for bulk purchase of electricity from the generating companies and selling the electricity in bulk to the distribution companies throughout Uganda. UETCL is also responsible for all exports and imports of electricity to Uganda. UETCL envisions: “To become a leading strategic business partner in the transmission and Single Buyer Business and to support sustainable energy development in Uganda.”

Job Summary: The Social Safeguards Specialist will primarily operationalize the safeguard monitoring plan, monitor implementation of the environmental and social mitigation measures, liaise with all relevant authorities for proper and timely project implementation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will be providing conceptual and operational leadership on the core social development themes pursed in the project and Electricity sector.
  • Acting as the focal point person on social issues including land acquisition/resettlement and vulnerable and marginalized groups who may be affected by the project and work closely with implementing teams to address any challenges.
  • Participate in projects implementation of all social issues including safeguards; facilitate the preparation of action plans and review implementation social issues documentation required by the funding agencies to ensure that social issues have been adequately addressed and that the project is in compliance with the Safeguard Policies, particularly those on Involuntary Resettlement and social inclusion.
  • Promoting and contributing substantively to analyses of strengthening social aspects such as gender, child protection, HIV/AIDs, social inclusion, land acquisition and compensation of the project.
  • Guiding the Project Management Unit (PMU) on major or sensitive matters relating to social impacts and risks during implementation.
  • Advising and/or providing quality operational support on safeguards and non-safeguards related social development issues at both the design review and implementation phases, including advice on identification of social impacts associated with the environmental assessment process in close collaboration with the Environmental Safeguard Officer.
  • Advising and/or participating on project teams in the design and implementation of operational mechanisms that take into account social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks of individual projects implemented by the PMT.
  • Tasked with coordinating the mainstreaming of social issues in project design and implementation in accordance with agreed safeguard instruments (Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), Resettlement Policy Framework/Plan (RPF/P) and Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups Framework (VMGA).
  • Support facilitating stakeholders including district and community members in identification, prioritisation and mitigation of social, equity and gender issues during the project design and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation of social impacts of the projects.
  • Identifying potential sources of grievances, design and implement appropriate grievance redress mechanisms with special attention to land related matters.
  • Continuous monitoring of social, equity and gender issues concerning the programme and participate in assessment and evaluation of the social impact of programme interventions.
  • Carrying out awareness creation and sensitisation of the communities on social, equity and gender dimensions of the programme along with suggested safeguards.
  • Advising and/or providing quality operational support on safeguards and non-safeguards related social development issues at both the design review and implementation phases, including advice on identification of social impacts associated with the environmental assessment process in close collaboration with Environmental Section.
  • Advising and/or participating on project teams in the design and implementation of operational mechanisms that take into account social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks of individual projects implemented by the PMU.
  • Ensuring that all social issues including safeguard implementation are assessed and reported in the periodical legal reports and by the Midterm Review and Project Completion Report.
  • Operationalizing the social safeguards instrument including Resettlement Policy frameworks and support preparations of the resettlement actions plans including instituting appropriate mechanism of consultations and information relay on rights and legislation on involuntary land acquisition, stakeholder engagement, complaint handling mechanisms, etc.
  • Integrating social inclusion (with respect to gender, age, ethnicity or any other relevant factor) into analysis, policies, institutions and operations.
  • Ensuring relevant government agencies, including Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Finance, the Financier, stakeholders and partner agencies are well informed on issues related to the implementation of RAPs and required support for timely implementation.
  • Carry out project site visits to assess and enforce compliance and make the necessary remedies.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the UETCL Social Safeguards Specialist career opportunity should hold a University Degree in Sociology or other related field of Social Sciences from a recognized University/institution or equivalent qualification.
  • Previous exposure and experience Training in land management, acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, and social inclusion is an added advantage.
  • Registration with NEMA or a relevant body as a Social Expert will be an added advantage
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Excellent supervisory and interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to withstand stressful work situations and have willingness to work for long hours outside the official working hours.
  • A person of high integrity, motivated, innovative and a committed team player.
  • Hold a clean and valid National Driving Permit.

How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to send their applications enclosing photocopies of academic qualification certificates and testimonials along with their curriculum vitae indicating contact postal address, daytime contact telephone, fax or e-mail and giving three (3) referees to:

The Manager,
Human Resource and Administration
Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited
P.O. Box 7625
Kampala. Uganda

Deadline: 18th August 2017


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