Social Development Specialist – req3102

3 Years, GF Level Local recruitment to be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Sustainable Development Practice Group of the World Bank Group is recruiting a Social Development Specialist.

Duties and Accountabilities: The Social Development Specialist – Social Sustainability and Safeguards will have the following responsibilities:

• Work under the coordination of the regional focal point for the Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and social safeguards and the CMU coordinator for ESF and social safeguards providing oversight and quality assurance on the project portfolio. This will include direct operational support on social safeguards and ESF.

• Participate in the regional roll-out of the ESF and its future application within the region and with clients in borrower countries.

• Undertake policy dialogue with clients on social sustainability and safeguards issues and advise counterparts on technical options for social development, particularly involuntary resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, labor issues, mitigation plans and institutional development strategies.

• Participate in cross-practice teams responsible for the preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks, sector studies, and research and policy development activities on the full range of social development topics.

• Advise and participate in project teams to help develop operational designs and mechanisms to assess social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks related to Bank supported operations; develop and evaluate proposed technical solutions and assist in the preparation of project documentation.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree or PhD in social sciences (anthropology, sociology, political economy, social development, etc.), and a minimum of five years of professional experience in social sustainability, social standards/safeguards and/or social development (voice and participation, gender, community-driven development, citizen engagement).

• Experience with: social assessments and analyzing social risks and impacts on different population groups; involuntary resettlement, Indigenous Peoples’ issues; coordination of transparent consultative and stakeholder engagement processes; grievance redress mechanisms, integration of relevant planning instruments such as Resettlement Action Plans and Indigenous Peoples Plans.

• Fluency in English and French required. Lingala and/or Kiswahili also desirable

Applications: For the FULL job description, selection criteria and required competencies, qualified candidates are requested to submit an on-line application at Click on the Explore Job Openings and then type req3102 into the "Keyword or ReqID" in the search field. The World Bank is committed to achieving diversity of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Closing date for receipt of applications is June 3, 2019. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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