Social Development Specialist -Soc Safeguards and Sustainability Stand
Social Development Specialist -Soc Safeguards and Sustainability Stand

Job description

Organization:World Bank
Category:Economics, Social & Development
Grade: GF
Deadline: 06-Feb-2017



Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance
Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International
Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the
World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.


The 14 GPs are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources;
Finance and Markets; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal
Management; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Trade and
Competitiveness; Transport and ICT; and Water. The 5 CCSAs are: Climate Change; Fragility,
Conflict and Violence; Gender; Jobs; and Public-Private Partnerships. The new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients, so that together we can achieve the twin goals of (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030, and
(2) promoting shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country.

Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented pace. Cities generate 80% of global GDP and are key to job creation and the pursuit of shared prosperity. Yet one billion city residents live in slums today, and by 2030 one billion new migrants will arrive in cities. This concentration of people
and assets will exacerbate risk exposure to adverse natural events and climate change, which
affect the poor disproportionately. The absence of secure land tenure underpins deprivation and
is a major source of conflict in the urban and rural space. One and a half billion people live in countries affected by repeated cycles of violence. In the absence of services, participative planning and responsive institutions, these trends will result in increased poverty, social exclusion, vulnerability and violence. Finally, avoiding a 4-degree warmer world requires drastically reducing the carbon footprint of cities.

The WBG is in a unique position to support national and sub-national clients to: harness
urbanization and enable effective land management in support of both growth and poverty reduction;
foster social inclusion of marginalized groups; support the responsiveness and fiscal, financial,
and management capacities of local governments – cities, municipalities, and rural districts – to
deliver local infrastructure and decentralized services; strengthen resilience and risk management
related to natural disasters; reduce conflict and violence; scale-up access to finance for
sub-national governments; and reduce the carbon footprint of cities. The WBG brings a combination
of lending ($7-8 billion in annual lending to cities), analytical and advisory services, its growing portfolio of reimbursable advisory services, its convening power, its leveraging capacity, and its ability to
work with the private sector to tackle the challenges at scale and to effect.

The SURR GP covers a wide gamut: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment).
A key responsibility of the GP is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to implement the WBG operational policies (the WB’s safeguard policies and the IFC’s Performance Standards) to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WBG interventions are limited and mitigated.


The World Bank’s Pacific region comprises 13 countries including (i) Papua New Guinea (PNG); (ii) Timor-Leste; (iii) Fiji; (iv) Solomon Islands; (v) 6 small south Pacific countries (Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; and (vi) 3 small north Pacific countries (Federated States of Micronesia/FSM, Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI). The World Bank’s program in the Pacific has increased substantially over the past 7 years going from 20 projects to some 60 projects covering energy and infrastructure, fisheries, agriculture and natural resource management, rural development, social protection, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.
The SURR GP is recruiting a Social Development Specialist based in Sydney to provide support on project preparation and supervision to help ensure that social development considerations are integrated into project design and implementation, and compliance with the Bank’s social safeguard policies across all sectors. The selected candidate will report directly to the East Asia and Pacific Social Development Practice Manager (PM) and will be expected to work closely with country units and Task Teams across the Pacific

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Responsibilities

As members of task teams related to preparing and implementing/supervising projects in the Pacific, the specialist will be responsible for providing social safeguards advice so that projects comply with the World Bank’s safeguard requirements. The objective is to ensure that the projects meet the necessary standards of the Bank with regard to safeguard compliance, but also that they reflect current good practice in terms of social sustainability. To that end it is anticipated that the social development specialist will engage in knowledge transfer to our clients and others involved with projects to raise their awareness and skills with social development.

The Specialist will apply his/her technical expertise to a broad range of social development themes and policy issues. S/he will:

• Provide conceptual and operational support on the core social development themes pursed in the sub-region.

• Work closely with task teams and other colleagues to address social safeguard challenges including land access arrangements for infrastructure activities including those related to customary land ownership and indigenous people.

• Undertake regular operational missions to assist task teams to review safeguard documentation prepared by the client to ensure that social issues have been adequately addressed and that the project is in compliance with the Social Safeguard Policies, particularly those on Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples.

• Prepare Integrated Safeguards Data Sheets and relevant social sections of Project Appraisal Documents and complete necessary administrative activities including the “Tracking Social Performance” database used by the Bank to track and monitor social safeguard implementation.

• Support efforts to build capacity among colleagues and counterparts including understanding of SIA and stakeholder engagement as it relates to projects. Where appropriate promote and contribute substantively to analyses and efforts to strengthen country systems.

• Provide operational support on safeguards and non-safeguards related social development issues at both the design and implementation phases, including advice on identification of the wide range of social impacts associated with the environmental assessment process.

• Advise and/or participate on project teams in the design of operational mechanisms that take into account social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks.

• Prepare and review Terms of Reference for social assessments and other analytical tools required for investment design and implementation. This will require providing assistance to 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 and other social issues.

• Participate in Project Concept meetings, Quality Enhancement Reviews and Project Appraisal Document review meetings.

• Contribute to knowledge generation and diffusion within the region and beyond and ensure consistency with regional and Bank-wide approaches to safeguards.


Master’s degree in relevant social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, political science, social development, human geography, etc) with a minimum of five years’ experience in the application of social development skills to evaluate and address social issues in the context of infrastructure related development projects in a number of different international settings.

Work Experiance

• Demonstrated experience delivering Social Impact Assessments and working effectively on social issues involving access to land (including involuntary resettlement) Indigenous Peoples, ethnic minorities and resettlement/livelihood-related impacts.

• Willingness to undertake frequent international travel.

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

• Ability to apply a practical approach to problem solving, produce high quality work outputs, effectively prioritize, and adapt to at times competing and unexpected demands.

• Demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries and to function effectively both as a member of a team and individually as required.

• A good understanding of land management institutions and land tenure systems in the Pacific region.

• Knowledge of environmental issues in the Pacific and IFC social performance standards is desirable.

• Familiarity with multi-disciplinary approaches for addressing the needs of persons displaced from their land and/or homes.

• Knowledge and professional experience in the PIC sub- region is required.

• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.



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