To build capacity in Office of Director General’s (SAOD’s) safeguards team for providing technical, analytical and coordination support to South Asia Department (SARD) sector divisions in ensuring compliance of projects with ADB’s safeguards policies on involuntary resettlement (IR) and Indigenous Peoples (IP). The position will also be responsible for directly providing technical and analytical guidance for social safeguards compliance in SARD’s resident missions. The position exercises independent thinking in analyzing situations, suggesting pragmatic measures to achieve compliance, and developing client-responsive solutions.
Safeguards Policy Compliance Review and Monitoring
Contributes to project processing as a project team member (social safeguards specialist) for selected SARD projects.
Contributes to or reviews project-related safeguards documents including Resettlement Plans, Resettlement Frameworks, Indigenous Peoples Plans, Indigenous Peoples Frameworks and other related draft project documents (Project Concept Papers, Report and Recommendation to the President and linked documents, Project Completion Reports).
Contributes to country safeguards systems (CSS) assessments in SARD developing member countries (DMCs).
Monitors and reports on SARD projects using CSS.
Contributes to project implementation by monitoring the implementation progress of relevant safeguard plans, actively identifying issues, and recommending necessary actions.
Advises government agencies, project sponsors, consultants and non-governmental organizations on ADB’s Safeguards Policy Statement, specifically on involuntary resettlement and Indigenous Peoples policy principles, guidelines, procedures, and best practices and guides them in project preparation and implementation.
Mentors social development officers and safeguards analyst/s in Portfolio, Results and Quality Control Unit (SAOD-PR) to ensure their ability to provide technical, analytical and coordination support to SARD sector divisions in ensuring compliance of projects with ADB’s safeguards policies on involuntary resettlement (IR) and Indigenous Peoples (IP).
Provides technical and analytical guidance for social safeguards compliance in SARD’s resident missions.
Coordinates with SDES safeguards staff in ensuring quality control of project safeguards documents and safeguards-related activities.
Strategic and Planning Work
Supports the review and update of policies related to social safeguards, consultation and participation, and related operations manuals.
Reviews relevant ADB policies, operations manual, staff instructions, guidelines, handbooks and suggests measures to ensure consistency with SPS policy requirements.
Leads in the preparation of briefing papers, special reports and studies on safeguard policy and guidelines.
Supports the development of knowledge products and services, including the formulation of policies, guidelines and preparation of handbooks, best practice manuals, etc., by reviewing project design and implementation experiences, liaising with project practitioners and social science experts, and monitoring the applicability of current methods.
Provides training to Government staff in preparing and managing resettlement activities, and generally acts as a resettlement resource person for ADB-assisted activities in SARD DMCs.
Performs other duties as may be assigned and reflected in the incumbent’s workplan.
Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills
- Applies updated advancements in own knowledge area to relevant tasks
- Applies knowledge and practical skills to independently perform some complex tasks
- Conveys the need to use updated project approaches
- Delivers Divisional contributions across a variety of products and services to meet the needs of different clients
- Proposes options to clients that may better meet their needs than current approaches
- Defines and delivers to agreed standards with clients
Achieving Results and Problem Solving
- Conducts detailed research and analysis to determine appropriate methods for addressing the causes of issues
- Self-monitors achievement of results according to work plans
- Identifies different stakeholder needs and desired outcomes when planning for outcomes
- Independently solves problems and makes recommendations
- Maintains collaborative relationships within the Department
- Works effectively with diverse colleagues in own and other Divisions and Departments
- Flexibly alters positions and adjusts previously stated points of view to support the group consensus
- Follows through on team priorities in the absence of a team leader
Communication and Knowledge Sharing
- Checks with audience’s level of understanding and awareness of required follow up actions
- Consistently seeks and addresses feedback on own performance
- Creates knowledge products endorsed for wider distribution
- Independently amends and clarifies messages and documents
Innovation and Change
- Actively supports work improvement and/or organizational change by work and deed
- Develops and adopts change plans to support Division initiatives on which one works
- Considers current and future client needs in proposing ideas
- Vocalizes early support for change
- Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in immediate work area
- Bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences or other related fields; preferably with Master’s Degree in applied social sciences or equivalent.
At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, and at least 5 years of supervisory experience.
Adequate field experience working on social issues.
Good understanding of involuntary resettlement, indigenous people operations, policies, and procedures of multilateral development organizations.
Understanding of country safeguards systems.
Strong capacity to communicate with government agencies, local communities, civil societies and other stakeholders.
Strong conceptual skills and ability to identify issues and appropriate actions at the field office level.
Strong planning and organizing skills to handle a multitude of tasks under the given timelines.
Working knowledge of ADB-adopted computer applications.
Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail.
Effective report-writing and communication skills in English.
People and leadership skills
Able to mentor Administrative Staff (AS) to facilitate work planning, delivery and quality review
Able to liaise and work effectively with government officials
Able to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive team member.
Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork and ability to develop rapport internally and externally in multicultural environment.
Strong oral and written communication skills in English.
- Supervisor: Director/Country Director and/or designated International Staff
- The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
- Administrative Staff
We encourage diversity in the workplace and promote an inclusive work environment.