Project Sociologist Career Jobs – Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD)

Job Title:    Project Sociologist
Organisation: Ministry of
Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD)
Project Name: Albertine
Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP)
Funding Source: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator ARSDP
About US:
The Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD) has
received funding from the World Bank to implement Albertine Region Sustainable
Development Project (ARSDP)-Component 2- Local Access, Planning and
Development. This Project Component will finance physical planning and
infrastructure development in Hoima District, Buliisa District and Buliisa Town
Council. The infrastructure includes roads, markets, fish landing sites,
storage facilities, and slaughterhouses. The Project Support Team (PST) formed
under another World Bank Funded Project of Uganda Support to Municipal
Infrastructure Development (USMID) in MoLHUD spearheads the project
implementation.
Job Summary: The Project
Sociologist will monitor and assess the implementation of resettlement
processes, inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups, undertake social
impact assessments and develop social mitigations, as appropriate. The overall
goal being, to mitigate any negative social impact of the project. The
Sociologist will support the  
establishment and management of a social safeguards and social risk
monitoring programme, including a functional grievance handling mechanism. The
Sociologist shall also promote communication and community participation,
gender strengthening and HIV/AIDs responsiveness among others. The jobholder
will provide technical Support to MLHUD to undertake the Social Risk Management
and Safeguard aspects in accordance with the World Bank Safeguard Policies,
National Laws, Regulations and Guidelines associated with planned
infrastructure under Local access and physical development planning component
of ARSDP.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Work closely with the Environment and
    Social Management Specialist, USMID and the  MoLHUD Sociologists to a) implement the
    ARSDP Resettlement  Policy Framework
    and World Bank Safeguard Policies b) identify project related social risks
    and support implementation of related social risk management actions.
  • Keenly review the planning and procurement
    procedures to ensure that (i) the social requirements are included and
    costed in contract documents, (ii) social safeguards milestones are
    included in the contractor’s certificates for payment, and (iii) social
    conditions of approval on the NEMA certificate and other statutory
    approvals are well considered.
  • Supervise and monitor the preparation, and
    implementation of the Contractor’s Social Management Plan, Social Impact
    Assessments (SIA) including the STD/ HIV/ AIDS prevention and mitigation
    plans. The latter will include support to the development of Terms of
    Reference for service providers, ensure input to ToR from the Uganda AIDS
    Commission and support the establishment of necessary linkages to and
    guidance from relevant Local Government units and related HIV/AIDS points
    of care.
  • Manage the implementation of the
    Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and review progress reports by service
    providers (e.g. Involuntary resettlement, livelihood restoration and
    support to vulnerable groups, HIV and AIDS, Gender, child protection,
    safety and OSH), to ensure that they are in compliance with the relevant
    legal and policy framework. In addition, this will include ensuring
    collaboration/partnership with MGLSD, the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) and
    relevant District actors in the delivery of the above and provision of
    compliance support for relevant policies on social issues. The
    development, implementation and monitoring of a community engagement plan
    will be key.
  • Supervise the preparation and
    implementation of the Grievance Management Plan. This will include support
    to the establishment of and enhancing the capacity of GRCs to report,
    refer and follow up closure of grievances related to the project including
    those resulting from involuntary resettlement and injurious affection due
    to ARSDP projects. The complaints handling process should not be limited
    to involuntary resettlement but to a wide range of social risks related to
    the project.
  • Keenly review social aspects of all ARSDP
    reports to ensure that both social safeguards and other social issues are
    well identified and recommendations/ actions to address them clearly
    reflected and followed up.
  • Ensure the clarity, robustness and
    completeness of necessary Mitigation Plans, for Social Impacts and
    Involuntary Resettlements
  • Sensitize staff and other Stakeholders
    including contractors and communities on the Safeguards requirements for
    ARSDP infrastructure projects; including the rights and obligations of all
    the parties involved. This will include sensitization on the importance of
    identifying and addressing all social issues that may negatively result
    out of project implementation. Examples include increased socio economic
    disparities including poverty and gender inequalities, discrimination,
    exploitation and marginalization of vulnerable/minority groups, sexual
    abuse of young girls and harassment of women, increased sexual networks
    that could contribute to gender based violence and family break up in
    addition to spread of STIs/HIV in the project area among others. Referral
    systems for survivors of GBV should be established and linked to the
    project GRM.
  • Participate in routine supervision of
    works, to ensure compliance with social safeguard policies, laws and
    related national policies as required as well as planned mitigation
    measures. This will include collaboration with key government actors to
    promote compliance by all contractors to all pertaining labor laws
    including establishment of a zero tolerance workplace program to all forms
    of sexual harassment. The latter will include education of workers on
    their rights and responsibilities, display of key policy provisions,
    ensuring that the contractors comply with the requirement to establish a
    program to prevent and mitigate sexual harassment as provided for in the
    Uganda Employment Act among others.
  • Provide support in the dissemination of
    information regarding addressing the social impact of infrastructure
    projects to users and residents prior to, during and after the execution
    of works.
  • Participate in all site meetings and
    provide technical guidance on the above mentioned areas among other social
    related concerns.
  • Prepare regular and ad hoc Social reports
    for management action
  • Participate in preparation of Project
    Steering Committee (PSC), Project Technical Committee (PTC) and
    stakeholder progress review meetings.
  • Keenly review the performance of the
    Supervising Consultant with regard to enforcing social contractual
    requirements, closely working with the project managers,   to ensure that the agreed social
    safeguards and risk management actions/ requirements are met before
    payments are approved.
  • Contribute to the development of new tools
    and methodologies for addressing social risks in all related projects
  • Disseminate good practices in social risk
    management in the infrastructure and road projects
  • Conduct Baseline, Beneficiary satisfaction
    and social accountability/ citizen engagement surveys in project areas.
  • Take part in Training of key technical staff
    of participating Local Governments in Environment screening, social
    management and Resettlement Policy Framework management, Child Protection,
    gender responsiveness.
  • Perform any other related duties as may be
    assigned from time to time by management
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the World Bank
    ARSDP Project Sociologist career opportunity should hold a University
    Degree in Social Sciences or related areas e.g. Sociology, SWASA,
    Anthropology, Development Studies or Geography.
  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Social
    Development area, including but not limited to Social Work and Social
    Administration, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, or any other related
    Social Science Discipline.
  • At least six (6) years’ experience in
    social development work including three (3) years on donor funded
    infrastructure development projects with demonstrated understanding of
    Environmental and Social Safeguards policy requirements.
  • Significant experience and Training in
    management of social aspects of infrastructure development will be an
    added advantage.
  • Experience in handling similar assignments
    in Uganda or in the African region is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of World Bank systems will be an
    added advantage
  • Proficiency in the English language is a
    must (both written and oral).
  • Ability to travel often to the project
    sites and work with minimal supervision.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications with updated CVs addressed to;
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development
P.O. Box 7096 Kampala, Uganda
And they should be delivered to;
The Procurement & Disposal Unit
Ministry Lands, Housing & Urban Development
Century Building, Plot 13 – 15 Parliament Avenue
First Floor Room 17
Deadline: 15th February 2017

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