Social Specialist

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Lesotho Renewable Energy and Energy Access Project (LREEAP) Social Specialist in the Strategy, Planning and Projects Division

EENG: LP 0195 DATE: 15/07/2020

Lesotho Electricity Company (PTY) Ltd hereby invites suitably qualified Lesotho Nationals for the above-mentioned position on a three (3) year contract. The incumbent will be responsible to the Project Manager LREEAP. The position is tenable in Maseru, in the LREEAP.

1. QUALIFICATIONS

A Degree in sociology, anthropology, urban planning and socio-economics; with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in managing complex teams and/or projects; conducting socio-economic surveys; social assessments; public consultations and participation process; resettlement and compensation issues; other social development issues

OR

A Master’s degree in sociology, anthropology, urban planning and socio-economics with a minimum 7 years of relevant experience in managing complex teams and/or projects; conducting socio-economic surveys; social assessments; public consultations and participation process; resettlement and compensation issues; other social development issues.

2. EXPERIENCE & OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Experience:

i. Significant experience in the implementation of similar projects especially funded by the International Financial Institutions such as the World Bank;
ii. Proven experience in operationalizing environmental and social standards, social safeguard policies of major donor agencies, in particular the World Bank’s Operational Policy OP4.12 on Involuntary Resettlement;
iii. Field experience highly desirable;
iv. Computer Skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
v. Must possess a valid driver’s license with at least 5 years driving experience

3. COMPETENCES

i. Must speak Sesotho and English efficiently;
ii. Team player with strong leadership abilities
iii. Demonstrate ability to work independently with limited supervision;
iv. Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships within the Project Coordination Unit, Project Technical Unit and external stakeholders;
v. Skilled in organising and prioritising work schedule to meet deadlines;
vii. Demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
viii. An ability to work effectively, take initiative and deliver results, even under pressure;
ix. Ability to think strategically and conduct dialogue on social development priorities, while maintaining a strong sense of realism with regard to Lesotho conditions and competing demands for resources.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

Among others, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following:

a) Review, assess and determine the extent of compliance with social risks standards and policies, including the ability to clearly identify potential social risks and impacts; procedures for screening sub-projects; public consultation, and other social mitigation measures.
b) Provide technical guidance to contractors, consultants and other stakeholders to ensure all aspects of Social risks management requirements are implemented and adhered to.
c) Ensure adequate documentation of social risks issues are maintained (including photographs,) of works and sub-projects, records of documentation of stakeholder consultations and complaints in a Grievance Redress System.
d) Develop terms of reference for social assessments and social management and monitoring plans required to inform the project during preparation and implementation;
e) Identify stakeholders, sources of baseline data and documentation relevant to the project;
g) Review of all social assessments to ascertain the quality of the product and the accuracy of data and presented facts;l and Social Framework (ESF), Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and associated guidelines;
g) Review of all social assessments to ascertain quality of the product and the accuracy of data and presented facts;
h) Provide comprehensive support to consultants engaged to undertake resettlement or compensation studies or preparation of compensation action plans if necessary;
i) Assess and guide the robustness of the consultation process required for the preparation and implementation of the compensation action plans;
j) Review draft resettlement/compensation action plans to ascertain compliance to all the National laws, the World Bank ESF and the project’s Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF);
k) Facilitate land acquisition and all the necessary consultations and documentation for effective and efficient project implementation;
l) Oversee orientation and training of contractor’s employees engaged in the project to ensure compliance with the ESF;
m) Work closely with the project Environment Specialist to ensure inclusion and review of the social aspects in the Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) as well as the site-specific Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) in line with the National Laws and the World Bank safeguards;
n) Work closely with all the Regional Managers, Area Managers and relevant LEC employees on social issues of the project;
o) Takes responsibility for project inclusion of vulnerable households as well as gender perspectives to ensure equal participation and benefit distribution;
p) Facilitate the engagement of major stakeholders including local authorities in the social and sustainable development decisions making, their access to and sharing of information for effective compliance with social safeguard measures in the context of intra and inter-generational equity;
q) Manage labour, SEA/SH and community grievance procedures under the Project;
r) Produce periodic reports, project completion/closure/compliance reports;
s) Undertake other assignments as provided by the Project Manager.
t) Undertake other assignments as provided by the Project Manager.

Interested candidates must submit their applications, CVs and certified copies of their educational certificates and transcripts in sealed envelopes clearly stating the position the candidate is applying for, for the attention of General Manager Human Resources and Administration, and hand-deliver at the Registry, LEC Head Office on or before 31st July 2020 at 16:00 hrs. References should be made to EENG: LP 0095 on all applications.

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