Social Safeguards Specialist World Bank Project Jobs – Ministry of Water and Environment


Job Title:    Social Safeguards Specialist

Organization:  Ministry of Water and Environment

Project Name: Irrigation for Climate Resilience Project

Funding Source: World Bank

Duty Station:  Kampala,

 Reports to: Project Coordinator (ICRP)


About US:

The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) was established in 2007, from
the then Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment, following the cabinet
decision taken on 15th April, 2007. It has the overall responsibility of the development,
managing, and regulating water and Environment resources in Uganda.  In the process of executing all its
operations, the Ministry is committed to zero tolerance to fraud and corruption
as guided by the existing legal national frameworks and institutions.


About World Bank ICRP Project:

The Irrigation for
Climate Resilience Project (ICRP) aims to support the Government of Uganda
(GoU) in the shift towards more resilient agriculture through the development
of sustainable irrigation services. The project intends to address Uganda’s
climate change vulnerabilities by: (i) promoting adoption of irrigation by
small farmers, in synergy with other agriculture inputs and technologies; (ii)
increasing water storage capacity; (iii) promoting drainage; and (iv) promoting
sustainable catchment management. Through the introduction of irrigation
services, combined to the provision of extension services and facilitated
access to agri-inputs, farmers are expected to record more stable and higher
yields, increase intensification (by cropping also during the dry season), and
diversification (by introducing higher value crops). This change will be pulled
by the market, with irrigation becoming the anchor for stronger producer
organizations and development of value chains. The project recognizes the need
to explore a range of irrigation models adapted to local needs.


Job Summary:   The Social Safeguards Specialist shall work
with the PST, the Contract(s) Supervision Consultants, and the ICRP
Implementing Directorates/ Departments of the Ministry of Water &
Environment, and the relevant District Local Governments/ Municipalities to
implement the Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), Social Risk Management Plans
(SRMPs), Gender Mainstreaming Plans (GMP), Community Engagement Plans and the
Community Development Action Plans (CDAP).


Key Duties and

conceptual and operational technical guidance on the core ICRP social
development activities

the development and review of social instruments, checklists, guidelines and
tools relevant to the implementation of environmental and social safeguards

in projects implementation of all social issues including safeguards;
facilitate the preparation of action plans and review implementation of social
issues and preparation of any documentation and reports required by the project
implementing entities and the World Bank to ensure that social issues have been
adequately addressed and that the project is in compliance with the World Bank
and Government of Uganda Safeguard Policies, particularly those on Involuntary
Resettlement and social inclusion.

and contributing substantively to analyses of strengthening social aspects such
as gender, child protection, Gender Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Exploitation
and Abuse (SEA). HIV/AIDs, social inclusion, land acquisition and compensation
under the project.

the Project Implementation staff on major or sensitive matters relating to
social impacts and risks during implementation

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 to the
environmental assessment process in close collaboration with the Project
Environment Safeguard Specialist.

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 Components.

the mainstreaming of social issues in project design and implementation in
accordance with agreed safeguard instruments (Environmental and Social
Management Framework (ESMF), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP)
and Resettlement Policy Framework/Resettlement Action Plan (RPF/RAP).

facilitating stakeholders including district and community members in
identification, prioritization 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.

potential sources of grievances, design and implement appropriate grievance
redress mechanisms with special attention to land related matters.

monitoring of social, equity and gender issues concerning the project and
participate in assessment and evaluation of the social impact of project

awareness creation and sensitization of the communities on social, equity and
gender dimensions of the project along with suggested safeguards.

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 Specialist.

inhouse expertise to the project implementation 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.

that all social issues including safeguard implementation are assessed and
reported in the periodical reports and in the Midterm Review and Project
Completion Report.

the social safeguards instrument including Resettlement Policy frameworks and
support preparation of the resettlement actions plans including instituting
appropriate mechanism of consultations and information dissemination on rights
and legislation on involuntary land acquisition, stakeholder engagement,
complaint handling mechanisms, etc.

social inclusion (with respect to gender, age, ethnicity or any other relevant
factor) into analysis, policies, institutions and operations.

relevant government MDAs, including Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social
Development, the Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and other stakeholders
and partner agencies are well informed on issues related to the implementation
of RAPs and required support for timely implementation

project site visits to assess and enforce compliance and make the necessary

technical input to the procurement Planning and procurement processing for the
works and construction supervision consultancy services contracts to ensure
that (a) the Social safeguard requirements are properly reflected in the
procurement plan; (b) the Social provisions including the Code of conduct in
the bidding documents are complete; and (c) the Social safeguard provisions are
comprehensively incorporated in the contract documents, and (d) participate in
evaluation of bids to assess the adequacy of the contractor’s offers on Social
safeguard requirements.


Key Performance Indicators

provided on social safeguards and non-safeguards related issues

coordination meetings initiated,

review meetings initiated,

and Annual reports produced and disseminated,

awareness and sensitization activities undertaken,

of site visits conducted, and relevance of advice provided.

safeguard requirements included in the procurement plan, incorporated in the
bidding document provisions and in the contract.

contract management reports include social safeguard management ……


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant must hold a Master’s degree in sociology or other related field of
Social Sciences from a recognized University/institution. Training in land
management, acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, and social inclusion
is an added advantage.

minimum of three years of experience in implementing social safeguards
arrangements on infrastructure projects in a large-scale national Project.

should have experience in development/management of community engagement
activities as well as in depth knowledge of participatory community engagement

experience in implementing Social safeguard policies for the World Bank or
other international development agencies.

or previous work on social sector programming in a public institution/
intervention. Knowledge of policies relevant to Land Acquisition and
resettlement i.e. Livelihood restoration, vulnerable groups, etc. will be an
added advantage.

must possess adequate communication and documentation skills.

oral and written communication skills. Should be fluent in English.

high level of integrity in handling public resources and in executing duties.

A high
level of interpersonal and management skills and ability to work with teams

Must be
result focused and be able to work under pressure and tight deadlines

level of integrity


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified
and interested candidates are invited to submit their expressions of interest
and CV with a phone contact, postal address and e-mail address to the address
below. Please attach (a) Copies of relevant academic documents/qualifications
and (b) Copies of the appointment letter(s)/Contract(s) of the current or most
recent employment.


Address to:


The Head,

Procurement &
Disposal Unit

Ministry of Water
and Environment Headquarters

Plot 3-7, Kabalega Crescent, Luzira

Kampala, Uganda


NB: Only
shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.


Deadline: 9th November, 2020 by 14:00 hours


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