Chief Social Safeguards Officer

  • Position title: Chief Social Safeguards Officer
  • Grade: PL3
  • Position N°: 50001296
  • Reference: ADB/19/127
  • Publication date: 13/06/2019
  • Closing date: 12/07/2019
  • Country: Kenya


Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.


The Senior Vice-Presidency (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve its strategic objective and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results. The SNVP provides effective leadership and exceptional coordination to ensure implementation and monitoring of key corporate decisions as well as the identification of necessary corrective measures and actions. The SNVP leads senior management discussions, decision-making processes and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.


Located within the SNVP Complex, the Environmental and Social Safeguards and Compliance Department is responsible for mainstreaming environmental and social development considerations into Bank financed operations in the public and private sectors through the implementation of the Integrated Safeguard System (ISS). The Department will provide cross-sector E&S operational support to all operations in the regions in conducting the necessary E&S due diligence and implementation support across all stages of the project development cycle. The Department will also design and/or provide capacity-building support to ensure that not all of the Bank’s projects and programs are only compliant with the ISS but also enhance opportunities for the sustainability of Environment and Social development outcomes.


The Chief Social Safeguards Officer will work under the general supervision and guidance of the Safeguards and Compliance Director.

Mainstreaming of social aspects in operations, including safeguards, gender and social inclusion.  As task team member, he/she will provide support to Task Managers and Borrowers/Clients in identifying, mainstreaming and monitoring social development and safeguard aspects/concerns in Bank operations during the identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation, and completion stages (throughout project lifecycle) through the following:

  1. Assess the social risk associated to Bank-funded operations and prepare/contribute to the categorization memorandum;
  2. Assess and/or ameliorate the nature of the social analyses and socio-economic studies, prepared by Borrowers/Clients, to capture all relevant social development and safeguards concerns;
  3. Analyse and mainstream relevant and cross-cutting social issues into Bank-funded operations, particularly issues related to gender, social vulnerability, stakeholder engagement and the social implications of climate change;
  4. Document and recommend lessons learnt on social sustainability to integrate in the design and implementation modalities of new operations to enhance social benefits;
  5. Assist Borrowers/Clients for the finalization of the Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the preparation of Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) documentation (SESA, ESIA, ESMP, ESMF, ESMS, RAP, ES Audit, Hazard and Risk Assessment, etc.) to ensure compliance with the ISS.
  6. Review the ESA documentation submitted by the Borrowers/Clients as of the ISS and other Bank policies’ requirements;
  7. Draft the inputs for the technical sections on social impacts in Project Concept Notes (PCNs), Project Appraisal Reports (PARs), Project Completion Reports (PCRs) and any other project related report as required.
  8. Draft and/or ameliorate reporting templates for use in implementing and monitoring social aspects and components of projects and programs and prepare, where applicable, action plans to bring projects and programs in compliance with Bank’s environmental and social requirements.
  9. Liaise with co-financiers to ensure consistency in the mainstreaming of social safeguard concerns.

Policy and Compliance with Social Requirements:

  1. Participate in the formulation, review and/or revision of the Bank environmental and social safeguard policies, procedures and guidelines.
  2. Provide policy guidance to Bank teams on social safeguard issues to enhance their awareness and the capacity of the projects and programmes to comply with the ISS.

Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:

  1. Contribute to the development and implementation of capacity building and training programs for staff within the Bank and in RMCs.
  2. Participate in, contribute and represent the Bank in internal and external trainings and conferences on social safeguards and social development issues as well as other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.
  3. Develop and/or contribute to the development of innovative knowledge products on social sustainability, social safeguards and/or the E&S performance of Bank financed projects and programmes.
  4. Undertake any other task as the Director of the Environment and Social Safeguards Department and/or the Regional Director General.
  1. Hold at least Master’s degree in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, geography, law, economy) or related discipline.
  2. A minimum of seven (07) years of relevant professional experience in social development and safeguards, including the preparation and implementation of social safeguards risk management instruments, social assessment, community driven operations, land management etc. Experience with international organizations or Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) is an advantage.
  3. Demonstrable knowledge and practice of the operational safeguards policies, procedures and practices of major bilateral and multilateral partner development agencies in regional member countries, particularly with respect to infrastructure projects.
  4. Analytical Tools for Environmental Sustainability – Extensive experience conducting environmental assessments and development of effective tools; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
  5. Mainstreaming Skills – demonstrated skills in mainstreaming environmental and social, as well climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in lending and non-lending operations.
  6. Achieving results and problem solving – (e.g. consistently seeks more effective and practical ways for the Departmental delivery of services, products, and processes, Proposes new ways to improve the quality and relevance of products and services).
  7. Strong inter-personal skill and ability to deal with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relations with colleagues
  8. Communicate and write effectively in English and/or French.
  9. It would be desirable to have a working knowledge of the other language, or even communicate and write effectively both in French and English.
  10. Competence in the use of standard software applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.)


To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.

Specialist in Social Management (Retainer- Home Based)

Application closing date: 19 June 2019 

Background Information – Job-specific

The mission of UNOPS is to serve people in need by expanding the capacity of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three main knowledge areas, UNOPS provides its partners with transactional, advisory and implementation services in projects ranging from the construction of schools and hospitals to the acquisition of goods and services or the training of local staff. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure greater economic, social and environmental sustainability in the projects we support, with special emphasis on the development of national capacity

Working in some of the most challenging environments in the world, the vision of UNOPS is to promote sustainable implementation practices in the humanitarian, development and peace-building contexts, always with the objective of meeting or exceeding the expectations of our partners.

The above described, also applies to the Republic of Panama, where UNOPS is developing some important projects for the National Government. Among which, we can Penitentiary Centers, Hospitals, Educational Centers, among others. The projects developed by UNOPS require the selected professional to develop their knowledge in their area of ​​expertise, document activities, be proactive, work in teams and manage their work packages with transparency, efficiency and effectiveness.

Functional Responsibilities

The Specialist in Social Management will integrate the multidisciplinary technical team of UNOPS Panama as responsible for the preparation and implementation of the social management plans of the different projects that UNOPS manages in Panama; In this sense, he will contribute to the project from his branch of specialization, in the following activities:

  • Social Diagnosis: conducting interviews to families and final users of the Project, to representatives of organizations and inhabitants of populations neighboring the Project, identifying characteristics and problems as well as support opportunities.
  • Preparation of the Social Management Plan of the projects assigned to it.
  • Implementation of the Social Management Plan during the execution phase of the works: social support visits to families, users of the project, inhabitants of nearby towns, workshops, institutional strengthening meetings with social organizations whose fundamental lines of work are: access to information, participation, effective access to fundamental rights; the prevention of different forms of violence and discrimination, mainstreaming the gender approach in the different intervention modalities, leading to a line of action to promote gender equality and equity among the key actors of the project, among other aspects
  • Attention to citizen complaints and requests and follow-up until their resolution.
  • Participative evaluation: in the closing phase of the projects, summon the social actors involved (families, users, social organizations, workers) in order to evaluate relevant aspects of the project and identify lessons learned.
  • Systematization of the project experience: preparation of a final report of the project, indicating its impact on the community of action, the externalities to which it has given rise and the lessons learned that may result in an input for the formulation of policy recommendations public at the close of the Program.

The activities foreseen in the framework of the Social Management of the projects include:

  • Conducting interviews.
  • Visits of social accompaniment to relatives, users of the project, inhabitants of towns near the project
  • Collaboration in the design and development of workshops and other spaces for awareness and training.
  • Institutional strengthening meetings
  • Record of information collected in the field
  • Preparation of follow-up reports.
  • Preparation of statistical data.
  • Information on risks detected in the development of Social Management activities.
  • Systematization of lessons learned.
  • Contribution to the formulation of public policy recommendations in the social aspect.
  • Perform other related functions that are required by the Project Manager.
  • Report to the Project Manager
  • Have ample availability to travel through the country in case of any needs that require special attention.
  • Contribute to the implementation of methodologies and best practices for the promotion of gender equality
  • Support in the coordination, implementation and monitoring of the activities proposed in the project related to the gender component

Education / Experience / Language requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas of Social Work, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or related branches of Social Sciences.
  • Bachelor’s degree (secondary school) will be accepted as long as you certify a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or related branches of Social Sciences is desirable.
  • Good management of operative softwares (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Knowledge in the gender approach in desirable projects.


At least 2 years of general experience (or more according to level of study) in the Social Management of public infrastructure projects.


  • Domain of the Spanish language.
  • Desirable knowledge of the English language at intermediate level.
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