European Investment Bank (EIB)

Senior Social Development Specialist

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Job Description

The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Directorate, Projects Directorate (PJ) – Mobility – Regional Transport Programmes Division (RTRANS) at its headquarters in Luxembourg, (Senior) Social Development Specialist. This is a full-time position at grade 5/6. The term of this contract will be 4 years. Panel interviews are anticipated for end of August. The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.


The Projects Directorate (PJ) appraises and monitors projects, assessing their economic, environmental, social and technical sustainability and their compliance with EU and EIB sector policies. It also provides advice to promoters on the preparation and implementation of projects, either directly or through external consultants. The EIB aims to add value by enhancing the environmental and social sustainability of all the projects that it is financing and all such projects must comply with the environmental and social requirements of the Bank. Within multi-disciplinary teams, the Social Development Specialist (SDS) undertakes the social due diligence of projects (mainly outside the EU) following a risk based approach. The SDS is expected to work as a team member on social high-risk projects. As a team member, the SDS will appraise projects to ensure social dimensions are incorporated in project design in line with EIB's Social Standard. Upon approval of the project by the EIB’s Governing Bodies, the SDS will also have an active role in the social monitoring of the project until its completion, including providing support to complaints on social matters. The Social Development Specialist also provides ad-hoc advice to colleagues regarding social impacts and associated risks and EIB social standards, participates in the Bank’s Social Working Group (SWG) and provides input to EIB social policy work, which is led by the Environment, Climate & Social Office (ECSO) in PJ.

Operating Network

As (Senior) Social Development Specialist (internally referred to as (Senior) Officer), you will be part of the Regional Transport Programmes Division (RTRANS) located in the Mobility Department. You will report to the respective Head of Division and operate across all Divisions of the Mobility Department as projects require. As such, you will be in close contact with the professional staff of the Mobility Department, as well as coordinating with other Departments’ Social Specialists, the social development policy team in Environment, Climate & Social Office Division (ECSO) and EIB staff, notably those participating in mobility lending operations. You will also be managing a team of about six (6) external social consultants. You will need to work with a high degree of autonomy, maintaining contacts with other international financial institutions, public authorities and EU institutions, as appropriate and representing the EIB at high level project-related meetings with promoters and EU counterparts. Participation in horizontal tasks within the Mobility Department or PJ may also be envisaged. Business travel will be required notably to non-EU countries, in particular the Eastern Neighbourhood, South and East Mediterranean countries and Sub-Saharan Africa, but also to Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin American countries. Capacity to engage with local communities, civil society and public officials will be essential.


  • Provide specialist advice on social due diligence issues pertaining to individual projects;

  • Participate in the relevant stages of the project cycle, including the review of the quality of documents required under EIB Standards and their management plans, namely: Resettlement Policy Frameworks, Resettlement Action Plans, Stakeholder Engagement Plans etc.;

  • Support the preparation of appraisal reports of social high-risk projects in order to determine if they can be co-financed by the EIB;

  • Monitor on-going projects in order to verify their alignment with the agreed social objectives and EIB Standards;

  • Manage the provision of consultancy services to support project-based social due diligence, specific social studies and/or under technical assistance frameworks;

  • Support the implementation and development of the Bank’s social standards and procedures, and represent PJ/Mobility at the SWG;

  • Contribute to specific social development topics within ECSO’s Knowledge Sharing Programme, in collaboration with ECSO colleagues;

  • Deliver training on EIB’s social standards and other social development themes within the MOB Department and potentially to promoters.


  • University degree in a relevant field (e.g. sociology, anthropology, social development practice, environmental studies, development studies, economics or another relevant discipline);

  • At least 8 years of recent and relevant professional experience related to social and environmental due diligence and/or social or environmental safeguards (preference will be given to a candidates working at a senior level and managing complex tasks/projects);

  • Sound knowledge of social due diligence frameworks, processes and tools and solid experience in their application thereof in a project context;

  • Sound knowledge of the main social development policies and practices of the major international financial institutions;

  • Experience with the main social standards/safeguards and social development policies and practices of the major IFIs and relevant EU policies would be an asset;

  • Familiarity with current approaches to and debates on sustainable development and more specialised expertise in areas such as conflict and fragility, land tenure rights would be an advantage;

  • Prior experience with at least one of the following areas of the EIB social standards: indigenous rights; resettlement; labor rights and stakeholder engagement;

  • Field experience in assessing social impacts of infrastructure projects outside the EU;

  • Demonstrated ability to work in inter-disciplinary contexts;

  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, civil society, and local communities;

  • Excellent analytical skills with a practical approach to problem solving;

  • Capacity to deal with stressful and sensitive environments and situations and experience operating in diverse and challenging international environments;

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;

  • Ability to use standard computer tools;

  • Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of French. Competence in other languages (such as Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese) would be an advantage.


(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages We are an equal opportunity employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business.  As such, we promote the inclusion of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability (*). By applying for this position you acknowledge the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of the Information of the EIB Group. In case of selection for the position you agree to comply with all measures (policies, controls, document classification and management) implemented by the EIB Group to prevent unauthorized disclosure of any information or any damage to the EIB Group reputation. Deadline for applications: Monday, 20th July 2020
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