The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
GLOBAL PRACTICES & CROSS-CUTTING SOLUTIONS AREAS
The 14 GPs are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance and Markets; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Trade and Competitiveness; Transport and ICT; and Water. The 5 CCSAs are: Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict and Violence; Gender; Jobs; and Public-Private Partnerships. The new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients, so that together we can achieve the twin goals of: (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030; and (2) promote shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country.
THE “SOCIAL, URBAN, RURAL AND RESILIENCE” (SURR) GLOBAL PRACTICE
The SURR GP covers a wide gamut: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment). A key responsibility of the GP is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to implement the WBG social policies (the WB’s safeguard policies and the IFC’s Performance Standards) to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WBG interventions are limited and mitigated.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Within GSURR, the Social Development team in the South Asia Region (SAR) is responsible for: a) undertaking social analysis during project preparation and implementation, so as to mainstream attention to social development issues throughout the Bank’s work in SAR; b) ensuring compliance with the Bank’s social safeguards policies on Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples; c) undertaking Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) in the form of thematic studies on social development issues and country social analysis; d) leading the preparation and supervision of activities where the team has a comparative advantage, particularly in relation to promoting community driven development (CDD) programs, gender and women’s economic empowerment, citizen engagement, forced displacement, social inclusion of marginalized populations, and strengthening land acquisition systems; and (e) facilitating partnerships on cross-cutting areas, such as post-conflict reconstruction, cultural heritage, and citizen engagement. To this end, SAR Social Development team members work closely with staff across all country units and global practices in SAR.
The unit is recruiting a local Senior Social Development Specialist to provide support in meeting the Bank’s expanding and complex social safeguards and sustainability agenda. The selected individual will report directly to the SAR Social Development Practice Manager (PM) and will be expected to work closely with country units and Task Teams across the Region. The selected candidate will also be expected to work collaboratively and develop good relations with the Regional Social Safeguard Coordinator, the corporate teams in OPCS and LEGEN working on safeguards, and the Bank-wide Social Sustainability and Safeguards Global Solutions Group (GSG), coordinated by the Global Lead in GSURR. The position will be based in New Delhi, India.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
• Work under coordination of the Country social safeguard focal point on the social sustainability and social safeguards portfolio, providing oversight and quality assurance. This will include direct operational support to high risk and complex operations on safeguards related issues.
• Serve as a social development specialist to participate in project teams to help develop mechanism to assess social opportunities, impacts, constraints and risks related to Bank supported operations with focus on involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, labor and working conditions, Gender mainstreaming, citizen Engagement, stakeholder engagement and intuitional development aspects. This also includes application of the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).
• Undertake policy dialogue with clients on social inclusion and sustainability issues advising counterparts in identifying key opportunities to advance the social inclusion and sustainability agenda, and supporting the integration of technical options for social development, particularly involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, labor and working conditions, stakeholder engagement, social management systems, mitigation plans and institutional development strategies.
• Support other Senior and Lead Specialists in handling complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues regarding social development.
• Liaise closely with Regional Safeguards Advisors (RSA) and Country Social Safeguard focal point and Regional social safeguard coordinator (RSC), on completion and follow up on social review processes when required. This will include ensuring that technical comments related to social aspects have been fully addressed and integrated into project documentation, and ensuring compliance with applicable procedures and disclosure requirements.
• Participate and play a leading role in portfolio reviews .
• Build capacity with clients especially in application of ESF social inclusion agenda, and monitoring and evaluation of social development activities and outcomes.
• Conduct and contribute to analytical and advisory activities on the themes related to social sustainability and social safeguards/standards. S/he also required to support Project for Results (P4R) operations to carry out Environment and Social Systems Assessments (ESSA).
• Participate in and contribute in high quality training and other learning events related to social assessments, social safeguards and broader social development issues.
• Liaise with other social development specialists and other groups within GSURR and other Global Practices and across the World Bank Group, to develop and promote the use of consistent approaches to social assessment and risk management.
• Participate in the broader social development work of the team.
• Work independently under general direction of the Practice Manager, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues Country social safeguard focal point, Regional Safeguards Coordinator , and other senior/lead staff as appropriate.
• Managing Social Development staff and consultants including overseeing their work program and providing technical guidance to staff
• Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank’s ESF and social safeguards policies.
• Demonstrated skills and direct work experience in the field of social accountability and citizen engagement (including public consultations; participatory research methods and poverty assessments; participatory monitoring and evaluation; and grievance redress mechanisms) .
• In-depth knowledge of at least one of the other social development competencies – social inclusion; addressing fragility, conflict and violence, community driven development (incl. community mobilization and empowerment) – is desirable.
• Proven capacity to translate analytical work into policy advice and operational, actionable, recommendations.
• Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, government counterparts, beneficiaries of Bank projects, and civil society organizations.
• 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 on social development themes. Deep understanding of the relationship between social development, social policy, and the promotion of social inclusion of the poor and the vulnerable (including indigenous peoples and those affected by involuntary resettlement) and strengthening of democratic governance.
• Strong oral and written presentation skills, creativity and problem-solving skills.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments.
• Willingness to travel frequently, including in areas affected by fragility.
• Social Safeguards/ESF – Experience in successfully applying social safeguard and/or ESF policies to both high and low risk projects, with minimal supervision, covering issues of involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, labor, community health and safety, stakeholder engagement, etc.
• Social Development implications on policies, institutions, and operations –Solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
• Participation and Consultation – Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the interventions.
• Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability – Extensive experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
• Integrative Skills – Understand relevant cross-practice areas and how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interact with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of government and non-government partners.
• Lead and Innovate – Develop innovative solutions with others.
• Deliver Results for Clients – Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for the client.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the World Bank Group, and bring differing ideas into the forefront.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Create, apply and share knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.
• Make Smart Decisions – Recommend and take decisive action