GPE Project Jobs – Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist at Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports

Organization: Ministry of
Education, Science, Technology and Sports
Project Name: Uganda Teacher
and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP)
Funding Source: Global
Partnership for Education (GPE)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator – UTSEP
About US:
The Government
of Uganda has received a grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
as support towards the implementation of the Education Sector Strategic Plan
(ESSP) through the Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP). The
Project Development Objective is to support the Government in improving teacher
and school effectiveness in the public primary education system, by enhancing
teacher competences, effort and resourcing; strengthening governance and
provision of facilities at schools; and providing technical assistance for
implementation support and capacity building.
About UTSEP Project:
The Ministry
has prepared the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF),
Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework
(IPPF) as instruments to guide the avoidance or mitigation of any adverse
social and environmental impacts, resulting from implementation of UTSEP. As
part of the implementation arrangements, the Ministry is expected to provide
oversight and ensure adherence to the provisions of these instruments.
Job Summary:  The Environmental and Social Safeguards
Specialist will support various interventions implemented under UTSEP comply
with environmental and social policies, laws and regulations governing both
Uganda and IDA. The incumbent will mainly responsible for determining, to what
extent the Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies of Government of Uganda
and the World Bank are being followed during implementation of such activities
as: construction of school infrastructure, capacity building initiatives,
implementation of IT related activities; level of compliance with regard to the
provisions in the National Environment Management Act Cap. 153, Occupational
Health and Safety; and other cross cutting issues such as Gender and HIV/ AIDS
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Ensure that all project interventions comply with the
projects’ ESMF, RPF, IPPF and social assessments.
·        
Responsible for the development of the Environmental
and Social Safeguards compliance monitoring framework for integration in the comprehensive
monitoring tools for the project.
·        
Equip the project implementation team with progress
made and challenges faced in the implementation of Environmental and Social
Safeguards at each of the monthly progress review meetings.
·        
Provide technical support to the Ministry team with
respect to approaches used to ensure compliance to environmental and social
safeguards measures as indicated in the ESMF, RPF and IPPF.
·        
Carry out stakeholder engagement and consultations
on all project activities as required.
·        
Support the collection, analysis and utilisation of
environmental and social safeguards information at National, Local Government,
institutional and community levels.
·        
Take part in field monitoring of project activities
especially construction of school facilities to assess level of compliance with
Environmental Impact Assessments (ElAs), Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) and
Best Environmental Practices (BEP) as contained in the Environmental Management
Plans; and site meetings to provide environmental and social inputs regarding
the project.
·        
The incumbent also determines the scope and
magnitude of likely resettlement effects, compile likely losses of residential
lands and assets, agricultural lands, business and income opportunities,
affected communal assets and public building; including management of all
project information that relates to environmental and social safeguards from
the respective beneficiaries for discussion in meetings or project missions.
·        
Ensure that safeguards and cross cutting issues are
included in technical designs, tender documentation and project budgets as
agreed between MoESTS and the World Bank Task Team
·        
Actively coordinate and support preparation of
periodic project progress reports with adequate input on project performance on
environmental and social safeguards
·        
Carry out periodic training and capacity building of
key UTSEP implementers at National, Local Government, institutional and
community levels on implementing environmental safeguards under the project,
including orienting them on the application of the ESMF, RPF and IPPF; using
project availed opportunities for cost efficiency.
·        
Ensure that there is adequate environmental and
social safeguards records and documentation are kept (including photographs.)
of works and other interventions and adequate documentation of stakeholders
consultations and land affirmations
·        
Ensure that Environmental and Social Safeguards
Compliance Certificates are issued prior to final completion certificates for
all civil works.
·        
Render support in developing TOR for the
environmental and social impact assessment studies (including ToRs for RAPs)
for specific UTSEP activities where required,
·        
Support and lead in the development of respective
ESIAs and RAPs as defined in the ESMF, RPF and IPPF where required, p) Guide
Management on strategies for strengthening implementation of environmental and
social safeguards measures
·        
Generate specific outputs (deliverables) as
determined form time to time in the respective projected work plans for each
quarter
·        
Work closely with National Environmental Management
Authority and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in matters
pertaining to environment and lands respectively.
Key Performance Indicators:
·        
Environmental and Social Safeguards monitoring and
reporting tools.
·        
Monthly progress reports on performance of
environmental and social safeguards.
·        
Capacity building plan for project implementation
teams on environmental and social safeguards.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant must hold at least a Master’s Degree
in Environment and Natural Resources Management, and or Sociology from a
recognized institution, with a matching experience of at least 10 years in the
field of Environmental and Social Impacts.
·        
Additional experience in dealing with social issues
as well as management of land acquisition, resettlements and rehabilitation;
preparation of resettlement action plans or implementation relating to
infrastructure construction programs, gender analysis and provision of
culturally appropriate social benefits are desirable.
·        
Familiarity with Uganda’s legal and regulatory
framework for the sectors of education, environment and lands, as well as World
Bank’s Operational Policies on environmental and social
·        
Extensive knowledge of supporting a comprehensive
and balanced approach to environmental and social safeguards management is
required including scoping screening, research, risk assessment, planning,
project development and implementation, monitoring and reporting.
·        
Computer literacy i.e. Proficient in Microsoft
Office Suite applications and any environ-mental/social analytical packages.
·        
Membership in related professional association(s)
will be an added advantage.
Personal Competencies:
·        
Ability to independently and effectively plan,
organise, manage and evaluate important and complex projects for individual and
team work.
·        
Demonstrated ability to make quick and good
judgement.
·        
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
·        
Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy
and tact.
·        
High level of honesty, integrity and versatility.
·        
Ability to work with minimum supervision and deliver
under pressure.
·        
Able to work in rural settings with
multi-disciplinary teams.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications addressed to:

The Ag. Commissioner, Human Resource Management,
Ministry of
Education, Science, Technology and Sports,
4th Floor,
Embassy House, Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 10th October, 2015

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