Social Development Advisors

UNOPS , Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st October, 2019


Job Description

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management unit falls under the UNOPS Shared Services Centre (SSC) Group. It is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of HSSE good practices in UNOPS projects and operations in line with UNOPS policies, UN common system standards and international best practices.

A key component of the work of the HSSE unit is to provide tools and advice to make UNOPS projects more socially sustainable throughout their project life cycle. This means that the organisation seeks to maximise the benefits to various segments of society that result from its programmes and operations while preventing or minimising any harmful impacts. Therefore it is necessary to carry out social development due diligence and to establish appropriate social development frameworks for managing the projects. The social development aspects of UNOPS projects also involves monitoring performance and addressing deviations from expectations.Therefore, the organisation requires the services of senior social development experts that shall be on retainer contracts to carry out short term work packages when required.

Please note that the selected candidates who will successfully undergo the assessments will be offered a contract for 1 year (renewable) but proposed a work package only when a specific opportunity arises.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director of SSC and the Head of the HSSE unit, in shaping the strategic direction and policies of UNOPS in social development matters.
  • Provide innovative social development advice that helps UNOPS to assume a leadership position in implementing social development interventions and contributing to sustainability in project implementation.
  • Carry out or coordinate the carrying out of project due diligence including environmental and social screening and impact assessments.
  • Carry out social development due diligence of partners, contractors and suppliers prior to commencement of project work to ensure that the ones with unsatisfactory performance are not engaged. 
  • Develop and implement social development frameworks including social safeguards tools and processes for projects managed on behalf of a broad range of partners.
  • Develop and implement training programmes to develop the capacity of partners and UNOPS personnel in implementing UNOPS social development requirements.
  • Carry out or coordinate the monitoring of social development performance during project execution.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management unit falls under the UNOPS Shared Services Centre (SSC) Group. It is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of HSSE good practices in UNOPS projects and operations in line with UNOPS policies, UN common system standards and international best practices.
  • A key component of the work of the HSSE unit is to provide tools and advice to make UNOPS projects more socially sustainable throughout their project life cycle. This means that the organisation seeks to maximise the benefits to various segments of society that result from its programmes and operations while preventing or minimising any harmful impacts. Therefore it is necessary to carry out social development due diligence and to establish appropriate social development frameworks for managing the projects. The social development aspects of UNOPS projects also involves monitoring performance and addressing deviations from expectations.Therefore, the organisation requires the services of senior social development experts that shall be on retainer contracts to carry out short term work packages when required.
  • Please note that the selected candidates who will successfully undergo the assessments will be offered a contract for 1 year (renewable) but proposed a work package only when a specific opportunity arises.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director of SSC and the Head of the HSSE unit, in shaping the strategic direction and policies of UNOPS in social development matters.
  • Provide innovative social development advice that helps UNOPS to assume a leadership position in implementing social development interventions and contributing to sustainability in project implementation.
  • Carry out or coordinate the carrying out of project due diligence including environmental and social screening and impact assessments.
  • Carry out social development due diligence of partners, contractors and suppliers prior to commencement of project work to ensure that the ones with unsatisfactory performance are not engaged. 
  • Develop and implement social development frameworks including social safeguards tools and processes for projects managed on behalf of a broad range of partners.
  • Develop and implement training programmes to develop the capacity of partners and UNOPS personnel in implementing UNOPS social development requirements.
  • Carry out or coordinate the monitoring of social development performance during project execution.
  • Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as social development, sociology, development studies or anthropology is required.
  • An additional 2 years of relevant work experience in combination with a relevant first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) may substitute for the requirement for a Master’s degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in a social development role is required (with an advanced university degree).
  • Experience in a project worth above USD $50m is an asset.
  • Demonstrable experience in the management of some of the following areas is an asset: social impact assessment, stakeholder consultation, managing resettlement and livelihood restoration, social inclusion, formulating of social development standards.

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of either French or Spanish is an asset.
  • An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as social development, sociology, development studies or anthropology is required.
  • An additional 2 years of relevant work experience in combination with a relevant first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) may substitute for the requirement for a Master’s degree.

Source: https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=18597#3


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