World Bank

Social Development Specialist

World Bank

Job Description

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East Asia and Pacific Social Sustainability and Inclusion Unit:

The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Unit 1 (SEAS1) in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region is responsible for: (i) undertaking social Analysis during project preparation and implementation, to mainstream social development and inclusion issues throughout the Bank’s work in the region; (ii) ensuring compliance with the Bank’s social safeguards policies on Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous People and the implementation of the ESF; (iii) undertaking Advisory Services and Analytics in the form of thematic studies on social development issues, country social analysis, and Reimbursable Advisory Services; (iv) leading the preparation and supervision of lending operations that promotes inclusion of vulnerable groups including women and youth, and (v) facilitating partnerships and dialogue with civil society through outreach and engagement! The selected candidate will report directly to the EAP SEAS1 Practice Manager and work under the day-to-day supervision of the senior social development Coordinator based in Hanoi. The person will work closely with other SSI team members in Vietnam to deliver the SSI work program, and work closely with task teams s/he supports.

Duties and Responsibilities:

As a member of task teams that support the preparation and implementation of projects in Vietnam, the specialist will be responsible for advising on the effective assessment and management of project induced social risks by client counterparts. The main objective of the assignment is to ensure that the projects meet the necessary standards of the World Bank with regard to compliance with its social safeguards and the environmental and social framework (ESF) and that they reflect current good practice in terms of social sustainability.  To that end, it is anticipated that the Specialist will also contribute to building the capacity of client counterparts, and others involved with World Bank financed projects and thus raise their awareness of Social Risk Management requirements and good practice.

The Specialist will apply his/her technical expertise to a broad range of social development themes and policy issues.  More specifically, s/he will: • Under the guidance of the CMU social development coordinator and in collaboration with senior staff in the unit provide advice to clients on social risk management in World Bank-financed projects.

• Specifically, prepare inputs for the Environmental and Social Review Summaries (ESRSs), Project Concept Notes (PCNs), Project Appraisal Documents (PADs), Implementation Status and Results Reports (ISRs) Mid-Term Reviews (MTRs), Implementation Completion Reports (ICRs) and others as needed.

• Review and advise on client-developed terms of reference (ToR) and deliverables for social assessments and social risk management instruments; e.g. Resettlement Plans (RPs), Ethnic Minority Development Plans (EMDPs), Labor Management Procedures (LMPs), Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEPs).

• Social risk areas of focus will include, but is not limited to, project related involuntary resettlement and adverse impacts on ethnic minority communities, labor and working conditions on projects, engagement with project stakeholders, gender based violence due to project induced labor influx, discrimination and exclusion of  vulnerable project beneficiaries etc.

• Participate in portfolio reviews and briefings for World Bank Management on social risk management.

• Contribute to analytical and advisory tasks on social inclusion as well as institutional and policy environment in Vietnam for improving social inclusion and social risk management.

• Undertake policy dialogue with clients on social inclusion and social sustainability issues, ranging from upstream inputs into Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, to advising counterparts on related policies or on risks and opportunities in other assignments as and when required.
Selection Criteria

This position suited to constructive, highly motivated team member with an eye for detail and strong problem-solving abilities. It is expected that the successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria: • Master's degree in relevant social sciences (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Development Studies, Political Science, etc.), and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the management of social risks (resettlement, labor and working conditions, gender based violence, stakeholder engagement, discrimination and exclusion etc.) in investment projects is preferred and/or applied social research (focused on social inclusion) .

• Working knowledge of World Bank’s operations including the environmental and social framework, as well as social safeguard policies on involuntary resettlement and Indigenous peoples.

• Demonstrated analytical capacity, through written work and dialogue, of in-depth knowledge of social issues, including social assessment and consultation/participation methodologies, working with vulnerable groups, resettlement, and Indigenous Peoples.

• Demonstrated ability to use office software and Communication Technology.

• A proven team-player experienced in working in a broad range of cultural and social contexts.

• Demonstrated ability to apply a practical approach to Problem Solving, produce high quality work outputs, effectively prioritize, and adapt to competing and unexpected demands.

• Willingness to travel regularly.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

• Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, poverty alleviation, social development and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable.
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