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  • Posted: Oct 27, 2021
    Deadline: Nov 18, 2021
  • Since inception in 1944, the World Bank has expanded from a single institution to a closely associated group of five development institutions. Our mission evolved from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) as facilitator of post-war reconstruction and development to the present-day mandate of worldwide poverty alleviation in close ...
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    Senior Social Development Specialist

    Job #: req13462
    Organization: World Bank
    Sector: Social Development
    Grade: GF
    Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
    Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
    Required Language(s): English


    • The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice has a growing work program in Nigeria, encompassing project loans and grants, advisory and analytical programs and active partnerships supporting a wide range of engagements focusing on fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV); social cohesion and resilience; women empowerment and gender equality, social inclusion, citizen engagement and social accountability; and social risk management. 
    • The selected candidate will provide support in meeting the Bank's expanding Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and social safeguards agenda and promote the social sustainability of its investments.
    • S/he will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will report to Senior Social Development Specialist – ESF/Safeguards under the overall oversight of SAWS1 Practice Manager and will be expected to work closely with the CMU and task teams in the country.

    Duties and Accountabilities

    • Ensure quality of the project portfolio, including quality review, due diligence, and direct operational support on social safeguards and the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).
    • Provide technical support to clients on social sustainability and safeguards issues and advise counterparts on technical options for social risk management, particularly involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, labor issues, grievance redress mechanisms, mitigation plans and institutional development strategies.
    • Assist project teams in developing operational designs and mechanisms to assess social opportunities, impacts, constraints, and risks related to Bank-supported operations.
    • Manage technical, institutional and program implementation issues related to social sustainability and inclusion and assist in the preparation of project documentation.
    • Participate in analytical studies, support analytical work on different social sustainability and safeguards topics, and stay abreast of developments in social development globally and on cross-cutting issues.
    • Participate in cross-practice teams responsible for the preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks, sector studies, and research and policy development activities on the full range of social development topics.

    Selection Criteria

    • Master’s Degree or PhD in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, Political Economy, Social Development, etc.), AND a minimum of eight (8) years of directly relevant professional experience in social sustainability, social standards/safeguards and/or social development.
    • Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and social safeguards policies or similar policies in other international finance institutions in complex and challenging settings.
    • Strong operational (task management) and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to translate analytical technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies.
    • Solid understanding of social analysis and the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations; experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
    • Experience in social sustainability and risk management policy development, including dialogue with governments, and collaboration in these areas with other international development agencies.
    • Experience with consultative and participatory approaches to project design and implementation while deriving results that resonate with the client.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and team skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced solutions to complex development problems, with a strong client focus.
    • Excellent oral and writing skills in English. Fluency and ability to write well in English is essential.


    • Social Sustainability and Safeguards: Demonstrated experience managing the social risks of complex projects in Africa.
    • Strong Experience managing social issues identified in the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework, particularly: Environmental and Social assessment (ESS1), Labor and Working Conditions (ESS2), Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement (ESS5), Indigenous Peoples/Sub-Saharan African Historically Underserved Traditional Local Communities (ESS7) and Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure (ESS10) – on both high and low risk projects, with minimal supervision
    • Policy Dialogue Skills:  Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of government and non-government partners.
    • Social inclusion and empowerment:  Experience in successfully applying social sustainability and inclusion principles and good practice, covering issues of gender/GBV, inclusion and non-discrimination of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, stakeholder engagement, etc.
    • Social Development implications on policies, institutions, and operations: Solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
    • Participation and Consultation:  Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the interventions.
    • Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability: Extensive experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
    • Integrative Skills: Understand relevant cross-practice areas and how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations.
    • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena: Translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interact with clients at the policy level.
    • Lead and Innovate: Develop innovative solutions with others.
    • Deliver Results for Clients: Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for the client.
    • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries: Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the World Bank Group and bring differing ideas into the forefront.
    • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Create, apply, and share knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.
    • Make Smart Decisions: Recommend and take decisive action.

    World Bank Group Core Competencies:

    • The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
    • We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

    Method of Application


    • The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
    • This appointment will last 3 years but it could be extended depending on performance and business need.
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