Social Development Specialist Jobs – Ministry of Education and Sports

Job Title: Social Development Specialist

Organisation: Ministry of Education and Sports

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda with frequent travel to the project sites

Reports to: Project Coordinator USEEP


About US:

The Ministry of Education and Sports is a cabinet-level ministry of Uganda. It is mandated “to provide technical support, guide, coordinate, regulate and promote quality education, training and sports to all persons in Uganda for national integration, development and individual advancement”, according to the website of the ministry.



The Government of Uganda has received financing of US$ 150 million from the World Bank towards support to the 3-year Uganda Secondary Education Expansion Project (USEEP) under the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). The project became effective on 19th May 2022 and is expected to close by 31st December, 2025. A Project Coordination Unit (PCU) under the MoES will provide support to line departments and stakeholders in implementation of the project.


Job Summary: The Social Safeguards Specialist shall work with the PCU, the Ministry and the relevant District Local Governments/ Municipalities to implement the Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), Social Risk Management Plans (SRMPs)Including Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups Plans (VMGPs), Labour Management Plans (LMPs), Gender Mainstreaming Plans (GMP), Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEPs) and the Community Development Action Plans (CDAP).


The Consultant will ensure that various interventions implemented under USEEP comply with social policies, laws and regulations governing both Uganda and IDA. The incumbent will mainly be determining, to what extent the Social Safeguard Policies of Government of Uganda and the World Bank are being followed during implementation of such activities as: construction of school infrastructure, capacity building initiatives; level of compliance with regard to the provisions in Labour and working conditions and Occupational Health and Safety; and other cross cutting issues such as Gender Based Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Sexual Harassment (GBV/SEA/SH), Violence against children, mitigation of HIV/AIDS, stakeholder engagement and grievance management .


Key Result Areas

  • Development of Social Safeguards monitoring and reporting tools
  • Preparation of progress reports on performance of social safeguards
  • Capacity building plan for project implementation teams on social safeguards.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all project interventions comply with the projects’ ESMF, RPF, IPPF and social assessments;
  • Take charge of development of the Social Safeguards compliance monitoring framework for integration in the comprehensive monitoring tools for the project;
  • Furnish the project implementation team with progress made and challenges faced in the implementation of Social Safeguards at each of the monthly progress review meetings;
  • Offer technical guidance to the Ministry team with respect to approaches used to ensure compliance with social safeguards measures as indicated in the ESMF, RPF and IPPF;
  • Support effective stakeholder engagement and consultations and facilitate conclusive grievance redress on all project activities as required;
  • Support the collection, analysis and utilisation of social safeguards information at National, Local Government, institutional and community levels and document lessons learnt
  • Participate in field monitoring of project activities especially construction of school facilities to assess the level of compliance with RAPs, LMPs, and site meetings to provide social inputs regarding the project;
  • Determine the scope and magnitude of likely resettlement effects, compile likely losses of residential lands and assets, agricultural lands, business and income opportunities, affected communal assets and public building; including management of all project information that relates to social safeguards from the respective beneficiaries for discussion in meetings or project missions;
  • Ensure that safeguards and cross cutting issues are included in technical designs, tender documentation and project budgets as agreed between MoES and the World Bank Task Team;
  • Actively coordinate and support preparation of periodic project progress reports with adequate input on project performance on social safeguards;
  • Coordinate key stakeholders, conduct periodic training and capacity building of key USEEP implementers at National, Local Government, institutional and community levels on implementing social safeguards under the project;
  • Ensure that adequate reporting on social safeguards, records and documentation are kept (including photographs,) of works and other interventions and adequate documentation of stakeholder consultations and land affirmations;
  • Assist in developing TOR for the social impact assessment studies (including ToRs for RAPs) for specific USEEP activities where required;
  • Guide Management on strategies for strengthening implementation of social safeguards measures;
  • Work in collaboration with the Environment specialist and project team to ensure general compliance with Environment and social safeguards.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The Specialist must be a holder of a Master’s Degree in any of the following disciplines Sociology, Anthropology, Public Policy and Administration, Development Studies, Gender Studies or other relevant Social Science fields from a recognised institution.
  • He or she should hold a Bachelor’s degree in either Social Work, Social Sciences, Gender Studies or Development Studies
  • Membership in related professional association(s) will be of added advantage.
  • At least Ten (10) years in the field of Assessment and management of Social Impacts
  • Experience in dealing with social issues pertinent to infrastructure development including management of land acquisition, resettlements and rehabilitation; community engagement and grievance management, gender analysis and knowledge in provision of culturally appropriate
  • Experience in dealing with national experts and institutions related to Social Risk Management;
  • Experience of having worked in refugee settings is an added advantage.



  • Working knowledge of Uganda’s legal and regulatory framework, as well as World Bank’s Operational Policies on social safeguards;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of supporting a comprehensive and balanced approach to social safeguards management is required including scoping, screening, research, risk assessment, planning, project development and implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications and any environmental/social analytical packages.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Should be fluent in English.
  • A high level of interpersonal and management skills and ability to work with teams in the organization at all levels.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Proven integrity and confidentiality in handling public resources and in executing duties.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested Individuals should submit sealed applications accompanied with certified Copies of their academic documents and detailed Resume giving full details of the applicants’ education, qualifications, experience, three referees with their full address, e-mail and telephone contacts as well as the candidate’s full address, telephone number and e-mail to the address below;


The Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Education and Sports; and delivered to

Ministry Registry, Plot 9/11 King George VI Way,

Embassy House, 4th Floor, Room 1,


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


Deadline: 22nd August 2022 at 5:00pm


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