Social Development Specialist, Islamabad, Pakistan

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Pakistan

City: Islamabad, Pakistan

Office: World Bank in Islamabad, Pakistan

Closing date: Monday, 8 February 2021

Social Development Specialist

Job #: req10691

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Social Development

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Islamabad,Pakistan

Required Language(s): English and Urdu

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 2/8/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. The Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SSI) GP team in Pakistan is responsible for: (i) undertaking social analysis during project preparation and implementation to mainstream social sustainability and inclusion issues throughout the Bank’s work in Pakistan; (ii) ensuring compliance with the Bank’s social safeguards policies and the implementation of the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF); (iii) undertaking analytics in the form of thematic studies on social development issues; (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. A key responsibility of the group is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to implement the WB safeguards policies and the ESF to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WB interventions are limited and mitigated and to promote opportunities for social inclusion and benefit sharing. The work on inclusion of vulnerable and excluded groups covers, among others, issues related to Gender, LGBTI, Disability, ethnic minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and displaced populations. Work on gender is aligned with the implementation of the World Bank Group Gender Strategy (FY 2016-2023) and guidelines on including gender in operations and the "Gender Tag" system. The South Asia SSI Unit (SSAS1) is recruiting a local Social Development Specialist for ESF/social safeguards, based in Islamabad, Pakistan to provide support on in meeting the Bank’s expanding and complex social safeguards and ESF requirements. S/he will report directly to the SSAS1 Practice Manager, be part of the SSI team in Pakistan, and work closely with the task teams s/he supports. Duties & Responsibilities: As a member of project teams related to preparing and implementing and supervising projects in Pakistan, the specialist will be responsible for providing ESF/social safeguards related input and direction so that projects comply with the World Bank’s ESF/social safeguard requirements. More specifically, s/he will:

Work closely with task teams and other colleagues to identify and address social safeguard and ESF related challenges and issues as well as provide support on corporate commitments on citizen engagement and gender; Support efforts to build capacity among colleagues and counterparts including understanding and significance of Social Impact Assessment, vulnerability and inclusion, stakeholder engagement/ citizen engagement, grievance redress, labor and working conditions, community health and safety, cultural heritage, and other requirements for management of social sustainability and inclusion issues in relation to projects; Support efforts to reach the corporate requirements on gender by reviewing attention to gender in project documents and providing direct support to operational teams. Support efforts towards management of Gender-Based Violence Risks (especially Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) in Bank operations; Provide operational support on social risk management including undertaking regular operational missions to assist task teams to review social safeguard documentation and implementation to ensure that social issues have been adequately addressed and that projects are in compliance with the Social Safeguard Policies or the ESF; Prepare Environmental & Social Review Summaries (ESRS) for new projects and relevant social sections of Project Appraisal Documents and complete necessary administrative activities used by the Bank to track and monitor social safeguard implementation; Where appropriate, promote and contribute substantively to analyses and efforts to strengthen country systems for social risk management; Review and guide the preparation of terms of reference for social assessments and other assessments, and other analytical tools required for investment design and implementation. This will require helping the client to assure the quality of project documentation and supporting analysis and participation in training sessions and other capacity building exercises; Undertake analytical work on land acquisition, resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, vulnerability and inclusion, and other social risk management issues; Engage in the Bank-wide professional community of staff in social sustainability, social standards and safeguards by participating in thematic groups, exchanging best practices, and drafting technical notes. Participate in the broader social sustainability and inclusion work of the team; Perform other ad-hoc duties and support other staff as assigned by the Practice Manager and others in the Unit.

Selection Criteria

Advanced university degree (Master’s) in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., social anthropology, sociology, human geography, political science, social policy, etc.) or other related discipline. A minimum of five years of working experience in social sustainability, social risk management, gender, and social development in the context of international development projects, including specific experience working on the above-mentioned topics in Pakistan. Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by social risk management policies (social impact assessments, land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, indigenous people, labor and working conditions, community health and safety, and stakeholder engagement and grievance redress). Experience in reviewing potential social impacts of development projects and promoting social sustainability aspects of operations. Ability to develop innovative approaches to mitigate social risks or overcome difficult challenges across a range of investment projects. Team oriented professionals with proven ability in managing complex tasks as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment, manage multiple tasks, identify and respond to needs as they arise, and remain flexible and self-motivated in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment. High level of energy, initiative and self-motivation; willingness to travel extensively. Excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability of making effective presentations to diverse audiences. Fluency in English and Urdu is a prerequisite. Excellent communications and writing skills in English are essential. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to exhibit the following core competencies: Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders. Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of the sector. Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability - Proven ability and substantial experience to conceptualize, design and implement major projects and to produce major/complex reports or studies. Participation and Consultation - Substantial experience in conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches and applying the approaches in the course of an operation. Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge. Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the Client. Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables. Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Demonstrated professional ability to work in a team of professionals. Demonstrated ability to actively seek and consider diverse ideas and approaches. Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG and brings differing ideas into the forefront. Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.

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