World Bank UNRA Jobs – Project Social Scientist

Organisation: Uganda
National Roads Authority (UNRA)
Funding Source: World
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:  Safeguards Manager
About US:
The Uganda National Roads
Authority (UNRA) was established by an Act of Parliament; The Uganda National
Authority Act, No. 15 of 2006. UNRA became operational on 1st July 2008.The
mandate of UNRA is to develop and maintain the national roads network, advise
Government on general roads policy and contribute to addressing of transport
concerns, among others. Uganda National Roads Authority has received funding
from the World Bank to undertake road development for the Albertine Region,
North Eastern Road Network Maintenance Project and also to strengthen the
Directorate of Internal Audit.
Job Summary: The Project
Social Scientist will be responsible for ensuring that social Safeguards
concerns are addressed during the planning, preparation, and implementation of
development and maintenance of roads works. He/she will collaborate with and
support the Right of Way Specialist in undertaking and integrating social
issues in land acquisition/resettlement activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: The job holder will be responsible for social safeguards concerns and
more specifically will undertake, but not limited to the following:
  • Provide
    social technical guidance in the strategic interventions of Roads,
    including defining the required social processes and supporting the
    preparation of the necessary technical documents such as assessment/
    scoping reports, guideline, Terms of References etc.
  • Actively
    coordinates and assists in identifying, overseeing, and dissemination of
    any project related studies to help the UNRA to take evidence based
    decisions on social aspects when designing and implementing its projects
  • Participates
    in reviewing Social Impact Assessments (SIA), Resettlement Action Plan
    (RAP) including the auxiliary road construction activities and/ or STD/
    HIV/ AIDS mitigation plans.
  • Ensures
    that that a functional projects social complaint management mechanisms are
    in place
  • In
    charge of monitoring and participating  in the management of grievances related
    to involuntary resettlement due to UNRA projects rollout.
  • Actively
    contributes in the drafting of social Safeguards Guidelines and Operations
    Manuals to be used by Authority in Planning, Implementation and Operation
    of its projects.
  • Ensures
    that safeguards issues are included in the Terms of Reference for road
    studies and design consultancies.
  • Regularly
    reviews progress reports by service providers of Involuntary Resettlement,
    HIV and AIDS, Gender and OSH, with the view to ascertain their
    appropriateness and relevance.
  • Reviews
    social impact aspects of feasibility studies and major project designs to
    ensure that social impact concerns have been addressed and budgeted for,
    including STD and HIV/ AIDS mitigation measures.
  • Offer
    technical assistance to UNRA staff, contractors and communities on the
    social issues including impacts in respect to road construction projects
    and sensitize staff and other Stakeholders including contractors and
    communities on the Safeguards requirements for UNRA Projects.
  • Works
    closely with RoW Specialist, assist in organizing activities to strengthen
    UNRA capacity in formulating, managing and monitoring of ongoing social
    development activities in UNRA and under projects, including social
    assessments, Resettlement requirements and frameworks in projects,
    promoting social accountability and equity in project identification,
    planning and implementation,
  • Participate
    in UNRA Preparation of TOR’s for social activities covered under the
  • Reviews
    ToRs to ensure Social Aspects such as for mitigation against Gender-based
    marginalization and other vulnerable categories, as well as OSH and are
    catered for.
  • Actively
    participates in monitoring works implementation, to ensure compliance with
    social safeguards laws and policies as required by UNRA partners and
    government, as well as planned mitigation measures.
  • Supports
    the dissemination of information regarding addressing the social impact
    concerns of road users and residents prior to, during and after the
    execution of works.
  • In
    charge of networking with partners and liaise with different stakeholders
    including communities, Local Governments and National and Local based
    Civil Society Organizations, etc, and update them on the social aspects of
    the project,
  • Prepares
    regular and ad-hoc Reports for the Director of Planning as required and to
    ensure that implementation of social issues and their performance are
    integrated into the overall project implementation reports
  • Performs
    such other related duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and
    Social Administration, Sociology, Anthropology or any other relevant
    Social Science discipline obtained from a recognized institution of higher
  • A
    minimum of six years’ working experience on social issues with at least
    2-3 years supporting social safeguards for infrastructure development in
    government and donor aided projects.
  • Skills
    in capacity building training in social aspects of infrastructure development
    or a Master’s degree in the relevant discipline will be an added
  • The
    applicants should hold a research background and having implemented
    infrastructure with a community based perspective and sensitive to
    HIV/AIDS gender and equity issues would be preferred
  • Possess
    excellent interpersonal skills, communication, writing and analytical
    skills. The jobholder must have the ability to work independently, long
    hours, and in rural settings with a multidisciplinary team.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their applications accompanied by:
  • A
    capability statement detailing the applicant’s general qualifications,
    adequacy for the post and illustrated personal experience;
  • Copies
    of testimonials (the applicant must endorse on each copy of the submitted
  • A
    photocopy of the title page and abstract of the academic research
    dissertation in respect to the position of Project Social Scientist and
    Project Environmentalist.
  • Detailed
    curriculum vitae duly signed by the applicant on each and every page and
    showing previous positions held;
  • Current
  • Three
    referees; and
  • Postal
    addresses and day telephone contacts of applicant should be submitted to:
The Executive Director
Uganda National Roads Authority
Plot 5, Lourdel Road, Nakasero
P.O. Box 28487
Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: Friday, 10th April 2015 by 17:00 Hours.
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