Social Safeguards Specialist to Support RESSP (EARP)

  • Address : Kigali, Rwanda
  • Position Type : Full Time
  • Deadline : 05-July-2017
  • Vacancies : 1
  • Required degree : Bachelor
  • Required Years of Experience : 3


The Energy Sector in Rwanda is undergoing a process of reform and a comprehensive program of renewal and expansion of electricity infrastructure is underway to ensure growth of the network to meet current and future supply requirements with a high level of reliability. The Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) is a Subsidiary of the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) one of the Successor entities from the former EWSA. EUCL took over EWSA utility operations including the associated generation plants, transmission and distribution network and all adjoining facilities thereto.

Description, duties, responsibilities

Objectives and scope of work of the EARP Social Safeguards Specialist

  • The Social Safeguards Specialist will work for PMU, which has been established to support the implementation of EARP. S/he will report to the Director of General Services and liaise with the EARP
  • Coordinator on the following:

  1. Provide overall social safeguards oversight during the implementation of the EARP,
  2. Support and advise the stakeholders to address a variety of social safeguards issues at all the stages of the implementation of the project,
  3. Coordinate and participate in social safeguards related training/awareness raising and other related activities,
  4. Implement social related activities as outlined in the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF),
  5. Prepare necessary documents, such as social safeguards guidelines and tools in consultation with stakeholders and help in commissioning and managing additional and/ or special studies/assessment, if necessary [i.e. involuntary resettlement issues and grievance and conflict handling mechanisms (GCHM), Stakeholder analysis/stakeholder /citizen engagement, child labour and child abuse along the T lines; labour influx issues, sexual abuse, community and worker health safety, etc.]


  • Specifically, the incumbent will have primary and overall responsibility to:
  • Familiarize him/herself with the ESMF and the RPF for the program. Improve performance as needed of either framework during program implementation, recommend improvements
  • Monitor the progress of program investments in terms of meeting compliance to social safeguards
  • Carry out social assessment analysis to ensure program compliance with the requirements of the social development concerns; this will include but not limited to: Conducting social risks analysis and developing a social risks mitigation plans related to the program;
  • Develop a social development strategy to achieve social development concerns
  • Provide professional input regarding social concerns into the planning, design and contracting of investments, including the preparation of tender documents;
  • Supervise the preparation and Implementation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) for specific investments, and ensuring that such plans are approved by relevant authorities before contracts can be implemented;

  • Develop resettlement good practice guidelines for use in the planning and design of typical investments (e.g. village hydro, transmission and distribution lines) in order to avoid involuntary resettlement and minimize the need for new RAPs each time;
  • Periodically supervise land acquisition and resettlement activities to ensure they are complete before the civil works are begun;
  • Periodically supervise construction activities on-site, especially on potentially troublesome investments, to ensure that safeguards requirements are being met; and Following up investment operations to ensure that any outstanding resettlement issues are properly attended to.
  • Prepare all documents related to the process of Social Safeguards activities (MoUs, grant agreements, etc.)
  • Ensure that Social Safeguards related modules are incorporated in the training and capacity building programs at all the levels;
  • Participate in identifying suitable consultants/institutions to be used on technical support activities and training & capacity building related to Social Safeguards aspects;
  • Provide Social Safeguards inputs to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities;
  • Ensure regular interaction with the External Consultants / World Bank Mission / stakeholders on Social Safeguards aspects;
  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the EARP Director of General Services and the EARP Coordinator.


  • Must be a team player and able to work with people from different backgrounds,
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, commitment to team work and to work across Disciplines.

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude,
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills in substantive and technical areas,
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities,
  • An ability to work effectively, taking initiative to deliver results, even under pressure, and Willing to visit sites in relatively remote areas

Assignment period

  • The Social Safeguards Specialist will be assigned initially for 12 months with a possibility of further extension, subject to a satisfactory performance. The specialist is expected to work full time office hours based in Kigali, Rwanda with frequent travels outside Kigali within Rwanda on project related matters.


  • The EARP Social Safeguards Specialist will report to the EARP Director of General Services.

Selection criteria 

  • The Social Safeguards Specialist shall be selected based on the individual consultant selection method of the World Bank’s consultant selection guidelines. Main criteria for the selection will be relevant work experience and qualifications.

Requirements and Skills

    • The candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s  degree (A0) in social sciences.

    • Minimum of about 3 years of progressively senior experience in the social discipline and application in development

    • Have thorough working knowledge of World Bank Safeguards Policies, and especially the involuntary resettlement (OP 4.12), and other development partners (Bilateral or multilateral) safeguards policies

    • Be familiar with social and economic conditions prevailing in Rwanda or similar African countries; how these aspects impact on linear projects such as the EARP.

    • Be fluent in Kinyarwanda , English and /or French