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Social Development Global Practice
The Social Development Global Practice addresses the persistent social challenges stemming from inequality, exclusion, climate change, rapid unregulated growth and fragility which constitute the core topics of the. The Social Development theme addresses issues related to: (a) social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable, and the excluded; (b) promoting accountable institutions; (c) supporting socially cohesive communities and groups with a focus on prevention of conflict, crime and violence, as well as supporting post-conflict development; and (d) using community driven development as a tool for developing local infrastructure and delivering services. The work on inclusion of vulnerable and excluded group covers, among others, issues related to racism and discrimination, Gender, LGBT, Disability, ethnic minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and displaced populations.
The World Bank has in operation a set of social and environmental safeguard policies over the past two decades to address social and environmental issues arising from its supported development projects. These policies embody core values of the institution and form the cornerstone of the World Bank’s efforts to protect people, environment and support sustainable development. In August 2016, the World Bank board approve a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) that preserves the values and protections of the safeguards policies, enhances the coverage of social issues and improves governance, efficiency and accountability in addressing social and environmental issues. A key responsibility of the Social Development GP is to provide expertise and operational support to implement the WBG operational policies (the WB OPs, ESF and IFC’s performance standards) to deliver sustainable development results and ensure that any adverse impacts of WBG interventions are limited and mitigated and the affected population are able to improve or at least restore their livelihoods.
The World Bank Group’s current engagement with Egypt is guided by its Country Partnership Framework (CPF) 2015–19, and Performance and Learning Review (PLR), which resulted in the extension of the CPF to 2021, and which focuses on fighting poverty and inequality. This is informed by rigorous analysis of key constraints to poverty reduction and the creation of shared prosperity, and by extensive consultations with the government, the private sector, academia, civil society organizations, and youth groups.
The CPF comprises three, interconnected strategic focus areas that are consistent with the Government of Egypt’s longer-term development strategy: i) improving governance, ii) improving opportunities for private sector job creation, and iii) social inclusion. The CPF was designed to remain flexible so that it could respond to the country’s evolving needs, while bringing integrated development solutions that are customized to Egypt’s specific context with world class expertise. The two-year extension granted as part of the PLR endorsed by the Board of Directors in May 2019, positions the World Bank Group to build on its existing strategy for more impact through focusing on mobilizing finance for development, human capital development, and enable the transitioning to a digital economy.
The extension supported a key goal of the Bank’s Regional Strategy, the renewal of the social contract, by addressing regional disparities through interventions in Egypt’s lagging regions, and by strengthening the social safety net system, improving accessibility to low-income housing, expanding access to water and sanitation services (especially in rural areas) and household natural gas, and moving on education and health reform programs.
The World Bank Group is preparing a new Country Partnership Framework 2021–2025 with job creation and inclusion the core theme. The new CPF will address government priorities and new challenges, utilizing global knowledge, financial resources, strong partnerships, and the Bank’s convening power to help the people of Egypt reap the fruits of their patience.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Extended Term Consultant (ETC) will be based in Cairo, Egypt and will support the Egypt 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 MNA Social Development Practice Manager and in close collaboration with the Regional Safeguards Coordinator and Sr. Social Development Specialist based in Egypt. The ETC will have the following main tasks and responsibilities:
Social Safeguards Risk Management
- Support the preparation and implementation of Bank-financed projects, following different financing instrument (e.g. IPF and PforR) by providing technical advice to Borrowers on social risk management and sustainability.
- Provide technical advice to Borrowers on social risk management to assigned projects. This support may include providing guidance in the preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), resettlement action plan (RAP) social impacts assessments (SIAs) and corresponding social management plans (SMPs), Resettlement Frameworks (RFs) Environmental and Social Commitment Plan, Stakeholders Engagement Plan (SEP), and Labor Management Procedures (LMP),etc.
- Provide technical support to Borrowers on processes such as consultations and stakeholder engagement.
- Providing orientation and training to counterpart agencies working on Bank-financed investments in terms of social risk management.
- Provide intensive on-site field level support to project teams and/or Borrowers involved in preparation and the implementation of social risk management instruments.
- Provide technical support to Bank teams during the processing of Bank-financed projects under preparation and ensure proper internal documentation during project implementation.
Broader Social Development Work
- 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.
- Support work to develop new areas of focus and business around social development issues that emerge in the context of growth and transition (gender, youth, employment, migration, etc.).
- 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.
- Advanced Degree (master’s Degree or equivalent) in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science or related social sciences and at least 5 years of relevant experience.
- Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank’s ESF and social safeguards policies or similar policies in other international finance institutions in complex and challenging settings, and across practices.
- Knowledge and experience with social assessments and analyzing social risks and impacts on different population groups; involuntary resettlement in different socio-economic contexts and tenure systems; coordination of transparent consultative and stakeholder engagement processes; grievance redress mechanisms, integration of relevant planning instruments such as Resettlement Action Plans in overall project planning and implementation; labor and working conditions community health and safety; and cultural heritage.
- Experience in areas of social of vulnerable and excluded group including, among others, issues related to Gender, LGBT, Disability, ethnic minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and displaced populations.
- Familiarity with the sectors and the Government entities engaged with the Bank including familiarity with the social risks associated with sectors and the clients’ capacity challenge.
- Strong community engagement skills. Experience working with local communities, local institutions, non-state actors, is desirable.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in social risk management in different types of Bank- financed projects a plus.
- Ability to travel for long durations to remote sites within Egypt is necessary.
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Arabic.
- Social Development Implications on Policy, Institutions, and Operations - Familiarity with the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
- Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability - Solid experience conducting social development analyses, producing meaningful results, and applying the tools in the course of an operation.
- Participation and Consultation - Solid experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches and applying the approaches in the course of an operation.
- Social Safeguards - Familiar with and can apply (under supervision) the social safeguard policies to a situation and identify issues and risks.
- Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
- Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; 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.
- Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
- Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
- Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
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