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Project Sociologist Career Jobs – Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD)

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Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD)

Job Title:    Project Sociologist

Organisation: Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD)

Project Name: Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP)

Funding Source: World Bank

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project Coordinator ARSDP

About Us: The Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD) has received funding from the World Bank to implement Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP)-Component 2- Local Access, Planning and Development. This Project Component will finance physical planning and infrastructure development in Hoima District, Buliisa District and Buliisa Town Council. The infrastructure includes roads, markets, fish landing sites, storage facilities, and slaughterhouses. The Project Support Team (PST) formed under another World Bank Funded Project of Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) in MoLHUD spearheads the project implementation.

Job Summary: The Project Sociologist will monitor and assess the implementation of resettlement processes, inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups, undertake social impact assessments and develop social mitigations, as appropriate. The overall goal being, to mitigate any negative social impact of the project. The Sociologist will support the   establishment and management of a social safeguards and social risk monitoring programme, including a functional grievance handling mechanism. The Sociologist shall also promote communication and community participation, gender strengthening and HIV/AIDs responsiveness among others. The jobholder will provide technical Support to MLHUD to undertake the Social Risk Management and Safeguard aspects in accordance with the World Bank Safeguard Policies, National Laws, Regulations and Guidelines associated with planned infrastructure under Local access and physical development planning component of ARSDP.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Work closely with the Environment and Social Management Specialist, USMID and the  MoLHUD Sociologists to a) implement the ARSDP Resettlement  Policy Framework and World Bank Safeguard Policies b) identify project related social risks and support implementation of related social risk management actions.
  • Keenly review the planning and procurement procedures to ensure that (i) the social requirements are included and costed in contract documents, (ii) social safeguards milestones are included in the contractor’s certificates for payment, and (iii) social conditions of approval on the NEMA certificate and other statutory approvals are well considered.
  • Supervise and monitor the preparation, and implementation of the Contractor’s Social Management Plan, Social Impact Assessments (SIA) including the STD/ HIV/ AIDS prevention and mitigation plans. The latter will include support to the development of Terms of Reference for service providers, ensure input to ToR from the Uganda AIDS Commission and support the establishment of necessary linkages to and guidance from relevant Local Government units and related HIV/AIDS points of care.
  • Manage the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and review progress reports by service providers (e.g. Involuntary resettlement, livelihood restoration and support to vulnerable groups, HIV and AIDS, Gender, child protection, safety and OSH), to ensure that they are in compliance with the relevant legal and policy framework. In addition, this will include ensuring collaboration/partnership with MGLSD, the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) and relevant District actors in the delivery of the above and provision of compliance support for relevant policies on social issues. The development, implementation and monitoring of a community engagement plan will be key.
  • Supervise the preparation and implementation of the Grievance Management Plan. This will include support to the establishment of and enhancing the capacity of GRCs to report, refer and follow up closure of grievances related to the project including those resulting from involuntary resettlement and injurious affection due to ARSDP projects. The complaints handling process should not be limited to involuntary resettlement but to a wide range of social risks related to the project.
  • Keenly review social aspects of all ARSDP reports to ensure that both social safeguards and other social issues are well identified and recommendations/ actions to address them clearly reflected and followed up.
  • Ensure the clarity, robustness and completeness of necessary Mitigation Plans, for Social Impacts and Involuntary Resettlements
  • Sensitize staff and other Stakeholders including contractors and communities on the Safeguards requirements for ARSDP infrastructure projects; including the rights and obligations of all the parties involved. This will include sensitization on the importance of identifying and addressing all social issues that may negatively result out of project implementation. Examples include increased socio economic disparities including poverty and gender inequalities, discrimination, exploitation and marginalization of vulnerable/minority groups, sexual abuse of young girls and harassment of women, increased sexual networks that could contribute to gender based violence and family break up in addition to spread of STIs/HIV in the project area among others. Referral systems for survivors of GBV should be established and linked to the project GRM.
  • Participate in routine supervision of works, to ensure compliance with social safeguard policies, laws and related national policies as required as well as planned mitigation measures. This will include collaboration with key government actors to promote compliance by all contractors to all pertaining labor laws including establishment of a zero tolerance workplace program to all forms of sexual harassment. The latter will include education of workers on their rights and responsibilities, display of key policy provisions, ensuring that the contractors comply with the requirement to establish a program to prevent and mitigate sexual harassment as provided for in the Uganda Employment Act among others.
  • Provide support in the dissemination of information regarding addressing the social impact of infrastructure projects to users and residents prior to, during and after the execution of works.
  • Participate in all site meetings and provide technical guidance on the above mentioned areas among other social related concerns.
  • Prepare regular and ad hoc Social reports for management action
  • Participate in preparation of Project Steering Committee (PSC), Project Technical Committee (PTC) and stakeholder progress review meetings.
  • Keenly review the performance of the Supervising Consultant with regard to enforcing social contractual requirements, closely working with the project managers,   to ensure that the agreed social safeguards and risk management actions/ requirements are met before payments are approved.
  • Contribute to the development of new tools and methodologies for addressing social risks in all related projects
  • Disseminate good practices in social risk management in the infrastructure and road projects
  • Conduct Baseline, Beneficiary satisfaction and social accountability/ citizen engagement surveys in project areas.
  • Take part in Training of key technical staff of participating Local Governments in Environment screening, social management and Resettlement Policy Framework management, Child Protection, gender responsiveness.
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned from time to time by management

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the World Bank ARSDP Project Sociologist career opportunity should hold a University Degree in Social Sciences or related areas e.g. Sociology, SWASA, Anthropology, Development Studies or Geography.
  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Social Development area, including but not limited to Social Work and Social Administration, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, or any other related Social Science Discipline.
  • At least six (6) years’ experience in social development work including three (3) years on donor funded infrastructure development projects with demonstrated understanding of Environmental and Social Safeguards policy requirements.
  • Significant experience and Training in management of social aspects of infrastructure development will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in handling similar assignments in Uganda or in the African region is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of World Bank systems will be an added advantage
  • Proficiency in the English language is a must (both written and oral).
  • Ability to travel often to the project sites and work with minimal supervision.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications with updated CVs addressed to;

The Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development

P.O. Box 7096 Kampala, Uganda

 

And they should be delivered to;

The Procurement & Disposal Unit

Ministry Lands, Housing & Urban Development

Century Building, Plot 13 – 15 Parliament Avenue

First Floor Room 17

Deadline: 15th February 2017