UNDP International Social Safeguards Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

UNDP International Social Safeguards Specialist Jobs in South Sudan


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Social Safeguards Specialist is responsible for executing the Social safeguards program in accordance with national regulations, UNWomen and World Bank Safeguard requirements as detailed in the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan and related social and environmental instruments prepared for the project. The social safeguards specialist will work closely with the project teams at UNWomen, MGCSW/PMU to effectively deliver the tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of the Social Development Specialist are to:

Manage the implementation of social safeguards for the SSWSEEP to ensure Compliance:

  • Closely supervise the implementation of social safeguards instruments as outlined in the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan as outlined in the Environmental and Social Management framework;

  • Lead in the oversight of the implementation of social risk management and compliance with Government and Project Environmental and Social Safeguards guidelines in consultation with the Project Management Unit Environmental and Social safeguards officers;

  • Undertake targeted visits to subprojects to assess compliance and propose necessary remedies;

  • Prepare revisions of the social safeguard’s provisions of the SSWSEEP ESMS and present them to Management for endorsement where required;

  • Be responsible for monitoring the social safeguard issues of all construction sub-projects with the field staff and relevant contractors and if there are problems report to the Project Manager and suggest solutions;

  • Coordinate and monitor regular social safeguards capacity development of implementing partners, consultants, and Contractors during project implementation, including project awareness, communication, and sensitization activities;

  • Supervise and coordinate the promotion and integration of social aspects such as gender, child protection, HIV/AIDs, social inclusion, and SGBV prevention and response, at all stages of project implementation in collaboration with the GBV Specialist;

  • Work closely with the Social Development Specialist in the PMU and the Environmental Safeguards Specialist to ensure the full integration and harmonization between the environmental requirements and the social aspects;

  • In coordination with the environmental safeguards’ specialist, follow up on social-related complaints and ensure resolving relevant ones while properly documenting the process in line with the World Bank and UN Women requirements on the topic;

  • Coordinate and follow up with Third-Party monitoring (TPM) agency on the site visit reports. Verify the deviations tracked by TPM and rectify the deviations;

  • Provide support for strengthening the collaboration and linkages amongst different teams within the SSWSEEP project, social safeguards, environmental safeguards, GBV Specialist and M&E to achieve project results;

  • Closely supervise the implementation of the SSWSEEP, including conducting social audits to ensure that all the social risks and impacts are addressed.

    Support the MGCSW to set up and manage the Grievance Redress Mechanism and monitoring:

  • Supporting the setup and operationalization of projects Grievances Redress Mechanisms (GRMs);

  • Receiving social complaints relating to SSWSEEP activities and ensuring that they are addressed in accordance with the project ESMS system;

    Manage technical assistance and capacity development for project staff, partners, and contractors:

  • Provide technical advice and guidance on
    the implementation and monitoring of all social safeguards under the SSWSEEP;

  • Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives to assess and manage social risks in the project locations;

  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support the implementation of social safeguards plans; respond to any potential problems;

  • Identify capacity-building needs of staff, and partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training, and capacity development initiatives to partners;

  • Develop training materials and deliver trainings on social safeguards requirements and apply its tools to the relevant staff of the project, beneficiaries, and stakeholders;

  • Develop/update the environmental safeguard and support the development of Greivance Redress Mechanism (GRM) training manuals and conduct training sessions for project staff and stakeholders;

  • Ensure all site engineers and relevant project staff, contractors NGOs, and/or other stakeholders in the project, are trained on gender, GBV, and other social issues and risks related to the project implementation.


  • Final social safeguards management plan in place;

  • Social screening document reviewed and in place;

  • Redress document reviewed in place, informed by the Grievance Redress mechanism (GRM);

  • Implementation of social risk management instruments as per the Environment and Social Commitment Plan;

  • Represent UN Women in all environmental and social safeguards meetings;

  • All staff and field teams knowledgeable of ESRM instruments and safeguards issues;

  • Implementation of sub-projects in compliance with the ESMP;

  • Regular Reporting on safeguard issues.

    Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues;

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States (donor and program);

  • Proven networking skills, and ability to mobilize support on behalf of UN Women;

  • Strong negotiating skills;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes;

  • Strong IT skills, including databases, extranet, and office software packages;

  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills;

  • Knowledge of social risk management and broader safeguard Issues;

  • Knowledge of National environment and/or social policies and requirements and the World Bank/UN Women environment and social frameworks.

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences/social work and social, Administration, Development Studies/Counselling, and Guidance from a recognized University/Institution. Or

  • A first-level University degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the related fields with an additional 3 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration instead of a Master’s degree.


  • A minimum of 7 years professional experience in social safeguards management, especially in public civil works projects and/or development projects and/or emergency assistance and/or social development is required;

  • Experience in the implementation of large-scale projects regarding social safeguards-related work financed by Multilateral, such as the World Bank;

  • Experience in gender equality and women's empowerment;

  • A project/program management certification would be an added advantage;

  • Previous experience with the UN or World Bank-funded projects is desirable;

  • Experience in supervisory work on-site of contractors or working on the implementation of infrastructural projects is an asset;

  • Knowledge of environmental safeguards and best practices is an asset.

    Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English required;

  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP International Social Safeguards Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

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