World Bank RCIP Social Scientist Job Placement – National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U)

Job Title:       Social Scientist
Organisation: National Information Technology Authority-Uganda
(NITA-U)
Project Name: Regional Communication Infrastructure Program
(RCIP)
Funding Source: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: RCIP Programme Coordinator
About NITA-U:
The
National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) was established as a
statutory body under the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda Act,
2009 as one of the key players in the Information and Communications Technology
Sector. Its mandated is to coordinate, promote and monitor IT development
within the context of national social and economic development, with a vision
as “a facilitator of a knowledge-based, globally competitive Uganda where
social transformation and economic development is supported through IT enabled
services.”
About World Bank RCIP Program:
The
Government of Uganda has secured funding from the International Development
Association (IDA) to finance various activities under the Regional
Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP). The Regional Communication
Infrastructure Program (RCIP) Uganda will complement existing country ICT and
e-government Infrastructure initiatives by helping boost the already existing
e-government infrastructure and bridge the financing and technical gaps. The
project will be implemented by the National Information Technology
Authority-Uganda (NITA-U). The beneficiaries will be the Ministry of
Information Communications Technology (MoICT) and Public Procurement and
Disposal of Public assets Authority (PPDA).
Job Summary: The Social Scientist on a retainer basis with a
primary objective of ensuring  that the
projects meet the necessary international standards including that of the World
Bank with regard to safeguard compliance (and other social issues such as
inclusion of vulnerable and marginalised groups, child protection, labour laws
compliance, gender and HIV/AIDS mainstreaming), but also that they reflect
current good practice in terms of social sustainability during design and
implementation of programme activities. The incumbent will support knowledge
development and management within NITA-U to grow internal skills and knowledge
of social impacts of ICT projects. Specifically, the Social scientist will keenly
monitor and assess the implementation of resettlement process, inclusion of the
vulnerable and marginalised groups, undertake social impact assessments and
develop social mitigation programs, as appropriate, to mitigate any negative
social impacts of the Project; and to establish and manage a social monitoring
program, encompassing the grievance handling mechanism. The Social Scientist is
also expected to support the broad policy discussion on ICT in promoting
communication and people participation, and community involvement, gender and
HIV/AIDs mainstreaming, and ICT in poverty reduction, amongst others.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide conceptual and operational leadership
    on the core social development themes pursed in the project and ICT
    sector.
  • Act as the focal point person on social
    issues including land acquisition/resettlement and vulnerable and
    marginalised groups who may be affected by the project and work closely
    with implementing teams to address any challenges.
  • Actively participate in projects
    implementation of all social issues including safeguards; facilitate the
    preparation of action plans and review implementation social issues
    documentation required by the funding agencies to ensure that social
    issues have been adequately addressed and that the project is in
    compliance with the Safeguard Policies, particularly those on Involuntary
    Resettlement and social inclusion.
  • Where appropriate promote and contribute
    substantively to analyses of strengthening social aspects such as gender,
    child protection, HIV/AIDs, social inclusion, land acquisition and compensation
    of the project.
  • Advise and/or provide quality operational
    support on safeguards and non-safeguards related social development issues
    at both the design0design review and implementation phases, including
    advice on identification of social impacts associated with the
    environmental assessment process in close collaboration with Environmental
    Officer.
  • Guide management of NITA-U on major or
    sensitive matters relating to social impacts and risks during
    implementation
  • Advise and/or participate on project teams in
    the design and implementation of operational mechanisms that take into
    account social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks of individual
    projects implemented by NITA-U.
  • In charge of coordinating the mainstreaming
    of social issues in project design and implementation in accordance with
    agreed safeguard instruments (Environmental and Social Management
    Framework (ESMF), Resettlement Policy Framework/Plan (RPF/P) and
    Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups Framework (VMGA).
  • Offer technical support in facilitating
    stakeholders including district and community members in identification,
    prioritisation and mitigation of social, equity and gender issues during
    the project design and implementation, as well as monitoring and
    evaluation of social impacts of the projects.
  • Take lead in identifying potential sources of
    grievances, design and implement appropriate grievance redress mechanisms
    with special attention to land related matters.
  • Continuous monitoring of social, equity and
    gender issues concerning the programme and participate in assessment and
    evaluation of the social impact of programme interventions.
  • Conducting awareness creation and
    sensitisation of the communities on social, equity and gender dimensions
    of the programme along with suggested safeguards.
  • Advise and/or provide quality operational
    support on safeguards and non-safeguards related social development issues
    at both the design review and implementation phases, including advice on
    identification of social impacts associated with the environmental
    assessment process in close collaboration with Environmental Unit.
  • Advise and/or participate on project teams in
    the design and implementation of operational mechanisms that take into
    account social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks of individual
    projects implemented by NITA-U
  • Prepare and review Terms of Reference for
    social assessments and other analytical tools required for investment
    design/review and implementation. This will require working the funding
    agencies to assure the quality of project documentation and supporting
    analysis;
  • Ensure that all social issues including
    safeguard implementation are assessed and reported in the periodical legal
    reports and by the Midterm Review and Project Completion Report.
  • Operationalize the social safeguards
    instrument including Resettlement Policy frameworks and support
    preparations of the resettlement actions plans including instituting
    appropriate mechanism of consultations and information relay on rights and
    legislation on involuntary land acquisition, stakeholder engagement,
    complaint handling mechanisms, etc.
  • Ensure relevant government agencies,
    including Ministry of Finance, stakeholders and partner agencies are well
    informed on issues related to the implementation of RAPs and required
    support for timely implementation
  • Undertake project site visits to assess
    compliance and make the necessary remedies
  • Any other duties as will be assigned by the
    Supervisor from time to time.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Continuous risk assessment reports for the
    project to identify all risks and impacts
  • An inception report by end of the third month
    that would include a status report of progress in the Specialist area of
    the Consultant, a detailed personal work plan for the next 9 months to the
    end of the assignment plus the subsequent annual work plans.
  • Comprehensive Resettlement Action Plans
    (RAPs) developed and implemented according to PPF guidelines.
  • Environment and Social Management Plans
    developed with clear social actions included.
  • Vulnerable and Marginalised groups
    plan/Indigenous Peoples Plans as guided by the IPPF/VMGF
  • Reports on the location and socio-demographic
    characteristics of the project affected persons for each of the
    sub-projects
  • A skills gap analysis report for the
    environment and the social development team to ensure adequate skills is
    available for the project and other related projects.
  • Coaching and mentoring programme for staff
    under implemented.
  • An effective communication and community
    engagement strategy and plan that will support the ICT project(s) in
    people participation and social accountability, information sharing and
    feedback
  • Address social issues as identified during
    project preparation, mentioned in the Project Appraisal Document, RPF/ESMF
    or identified in the Social assessments.
  • End of assignment report
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the World Bank RCIP Social
    Scientist should hold an advanced university degree in sociology or other
    related field of Social Sciences from a recognized University/institution.
  • Additional training in land management,
    acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, and social inclusion is an
    added advantage.
  • At least five years’ experience in the
    application of social development skills to evaluate and address social
    issues such as resettlement , HIV/AIDS, gender and social inclusion in the
    context of development projects.
  • Five years’ experience in handling cross
    cutting issues of in development projects.
  • Significant experience in design and
    implementation of Grievance Redress Mechanisms and Resettlement Action Plans
    will be added advantages.
  • Familiarity with the World Bank social
    safeguard mechanisms will be added advantage
  • Strong community engagement and training in
    land management, acquisition and resettlement or forced displacements is
    desirable
  • Excellent track record on dealing effectively
    with policies that have to do with social inclusion (focusing on gender
    and region) and on Involuntary Resettlement.
  • The applicant must be a good team-player,
    experienced in working collaboratively in a broad range of cultural and
    social contexts.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of social
    inclusion, poverty reduction and land management institutions and land
    tenure systems.
  • Working knowledge of World Bank social
    performance standards is desirable.
  • Familiarity with multi-disciplinary
    approaches for addressing the needs of persons displaced from their land
    and/or homes.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the issues
    affecting ethnic minorities in the countries of the sub-region.
  • Previous experience in undertaking social and
    institutional analysis and familiarity with participatory methodologies
    and techniques would be desirable.
  • Social Safeguards Knowledge of and ability to
    apply social safeguard policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ strategies to
    help minimize involuntary resettlement and adverse impacts on indigenous
    peoples, potentially displaced persons and other vulnerable groups.
  • Ability to integrate social inclusion (with
    respect to gender, age, ethnicity or any other relevant factor) into
    analysis, policies, institutions and operations.
  • Ability to design operations that focus on
    strengthening inclusion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
    skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
Personal Competencies:
  • Communications: Very good communication skills
    (spoken and written), including the ability to communicate effectively with
    diverse audiences on environmental related matters, good negotiation
    skills and to prepare a variety of written documents, contracts, reports,
    etc. in a clear, concise style.
  • Teamwork: Very good interpersonal skills and
    ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people
    in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect
    for diversity.
  • Integrity: Must be a person of proven honesty
    and does not tolerate corruption and unethical behaviors in all its forms
    and manifestations.
  • Innovation: Must be a person with ability to
    seek new ways of doing things efficiently to deliver value to our
    customers.
  • Customer Centricity: Must be a person who strives to
    satisfy customers and clients. Should be able to understand what the
    customer wants and delivering it flawlessly.
  • Quality: Must be a person who thinks of quality and
    continuous improvement in his/she our work.
How to Apply:
All
candidates who meet the job requirements/specifications and with the right
personal attributes are invited to complete and submit their application form, download
here
, with a cover letter, supported by curriculum vitae, copies of
certificates and testimonials, and must specify day time telephone contact,
postal and email addresses of both the applicant and three referees, to the
address below.
The
Executive Director,
National
Information Technology
Authority
– UGANDA (NITA-U),
Palm
Courts, Plot 7A, Rotary Avenue (former lugogo bypass)
P.O.
Box 33151, Kampala-Uganda
Tel:
0417 801 038
Or via email: rcip@nita.go.ug (application must not exceed
10MBs)
Applicants
must also submit with their application verifiable evidence supporting previous
relevant appointments such as appointment letters and employment contracts.
Deadline: 9th  February 2016
(Not later than 17.00 hrs. Local Time).
NB: No application will be accepted without a duly
completed and signed standard application form (refer to above).
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