Social Development Specialist

The World Bank, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th March, 2015

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Regional Practice Manager for Social Development, the Social Development Specialist will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

•  Serve as the Country Social Development Specialist for the Turkey Country Program in order to (i) identify opportunities for increased social sustainability, social inclusion and social accountability in World Bank lending operations, technical assistance and policy dialogue, and (ii) work with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams in the fulfillment of these objectives.  
•  Ensure the integration of key social inclusion, cohesion, and accountability issues in the Turkey Systematic Country Diagnostic and the Country Partnership Framework by proactively identifying entry points for social analysis, and working with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams to identify opportunities for programs that will contribute to improved social outcomes in the World Bank’s partnership with the Government of Turkey.
•  Support the Task Team Leader of the “Regional Development and Vulnerability” analysis, which focuses on Southeastern Turkey, with (i) the ongoing dialogue with government authorities across relevant Departments and Ministries, (ii) the organization and quality oversight of several social analysis and diagnostic products; and (iii) the formulation of policy and program advice with respect to the regional development of Southeastern Turkey.
•  Ensure the compliance with the World Bank’s social safeguards policies on involuntary resettlement and land acquisition, as well as gender mainstreaming and citizen engagement in the World Bank’s project engagement in Turkey.

Selection criteria:

•  Advanced Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science or related social sciences and at least 5 years of directly relevant experience.
•  Solid background in social inclusion and at least 1 of the following social development competencies – social accountability, addressing fragility and conflict, community driven development (incl. community mobilization and empowerment).
•  Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: public consultations; public hearings; participatory rural and urban appraisal; participatory poverty assessments; participatory monitoring and evaluation; grievance redress mechanisms.
•  Proven analytical skills; ability to design, implement, and interpret qualitative research (including focus group discussions, interviews, case studies); ability to design, implement and interpret quantitative research. Ability to extract key findings and messages from qualitative and quantitative research and using the evidence to construct a clear narrative on research findings and policy implications.
•  Experience with translating research findings into policy advice and with carrying such policy dialogue with government agencies.
•  Familiarity with the short-term humanitarian as well as medium to long term social and economic development issues related to war-induced displacement highly desirable.  
•  Familiarity with mitigating the impacts of development-induced land acquisition, displacement, and resettlement highly desirable.
•  Commitment and ability to develop institutional capacity in both state and non-state partner agencies with respect to all issues mentioned above.  Experience in developing partnerships with government counterparts to identify and implement solutions to difficult development challenges. Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, academics, development agencies, and NGOs. Strong network of stakeholders and key experts in social development.
•  Strong oral and written presentation skills, as well as creativity and problem-solving skills.
•  Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments.
•  Enthusiasm for and commitment to poverty alleviation, social development and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable. Highly self-motivated and talented in motivating others.
•  Outstanding verbal and written communications skills in English.


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