Regional Management Unit Context

The ECA SSI team is responsible for: (i) undertaking social analysis during project preparation and implementation, to mainstream social development issues throughout the Bank’s work in the region; (ii) supporting clients to manage project-level social risk; (iii) ensuring that Bank-financed projects meet the requirements of the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), including: social assessment; labor and working conditions; community health and safety; land acquisition, restrictions on land use and involuntary resettlement; stakeholder engagement (with a focus on vulnerable groups); grievance redress and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse/Sexual Harassment; (iv) undertaking Analytical and Advisory Activities (ASA) in the form of thematic studies on social development issues, country social analysis, and Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS); (v) leading the preparation and supervision of lending operations, with a particular focus on promoting the inclusion of vulnerable groups (including youth, the elderly, Roma, women, internally displaced persons, refugees, etc.), and citizen engagement; and (vi) facilitating partnerships and dialogue with civil society through outreach and engagement with a broad range of actors. To this end, the ECA Social Development Unit works closely with staff across all Country Management Units and Global Practices in ECA.

Serbia Country Context:

The World Bank has a wide portfolio in Serbia which spans infrastructure (water, energy, agriculture, transport), health, education and support to the economic and financial sectors. These programs need to build on good social analysis so they can be adapted to benefit the most marginalised and vulnerable groups as well as ensure sustainable social development outcomes. Groups like the Roma, minority groups, returnees and the informally employed need to be better integrated into service delivery and information systems so they can better benefit from the range of development programs in the country and region.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Extended Term Consultant (ETC) will be based in Belgrade, Serbia and will support the Serbia portfolio’s work on social risk management including managing issues related to the old Bank safeguards policies and the new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). The ETC will also provide technical support on broad social development themes including gender, social accountability and youth centered activities. The ETC will report to the ECA SSI Practice Manager and work in close collaboration with the Regional Safeguards Coordinator and Western Balkans ESF CMU Coordinator. The ETC will have the following main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance to clients on social risk management so that not only the Bank’s social risk management standards are fully complied with, but also the impact and sustainability of Bank supported operations are enhanced.
  • Primarily provide project preparation and implementation support to the Bank’s operations in Serbia.
  • Advise task teams and clients on the Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards and supporting the conceptualization of approaches to mitigate social risk and maximize social benefits through the preparation and supervision of lending operations across sectors.
  • Provide guidance and direct operational support to task teams and staff on responses to social risk issues and ESF related topics and during preparation and implementation on all aspects related to social risk management.
  • Ensure that, at any time, the relevant reporting systems are updated with high quality information to allow proactive monitoring, management, and reporting of social risk across the portfolio.
  • Build capacity with clients on issues related to social risk management and broader social issues, including clients’ monitoring and evaluation of social development activities and outcomes.
  • Support work on the mainstream social development agenda, including providing analytic inputs to operational activities, with an emphasis on social inclusion and cohesion, youth and migration.
  • Contribute to the development of learning products/activities such as Technical Assistance, internal BBLs, guidance notes, peer learning events.
  • Travel regularly to field sites as needed. Sites may be in remote areas with very limited facilities.

Selection Criteria

  • At least advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant social science (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science) or related fields.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in social development topics, including social safeguards, social inclusion, gender integration and ethnic minorities.
  • Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and social safeguards policies, particularly social assessment, involuntary resettlement, labor and working conditions, community health and safety, Indigenous Peoples, stakeholder engagement and information disclosure and/or similar policies in other international finance institutions in complex and challenging settings, and across sectors. Experience with grievance redress mechanisms.
  • Experience with involuntary resettlement and integration of relevant planning instruments such as Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) in overall project planning and implementation.
  • Strong operational (working on projects on the ground) and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and actionable, practical recommendations.
  • Proven experience in engaging in policy dialogue with government, development partners in at least 2 relevant social development areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a complex work program; aptitude to lead diverse team, navigate team dynamics, and mentor STCs.
  • Experience with managing donor-funded projects/programs a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Serbian. Knowledge of Albanian will be an advantage.
  • In addition, the successful candidate is expected to exhibit the following core competencies:
  • Social Development Implications on Policy, Institutions, and Operations: solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
  • Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability and Inclusion: Robust experience conducting social development analyses, producing meaningful results, and applying the tools in operations.
  • Participation and Consultation: Solid experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches, and applying the approaches in operations.
  • Knowledge and experience in development arena - understands policy making process; has worked on projects with vulnerable groups, distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.

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