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Job advert – Project Environmental & Social Specialist


The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) is a semi-autonomous government agency operating in partnership with the private sector and the Government of Uganda to drive national economic growth and development. The Authority was set up by an Act of Parliament (Investment Code 1991, which was later revised to the Edition 2000 Laws of Uganda) 2019 with the aim of promoting and facilitating private sector investment in Uganda.

The ability of the Authority to fulfill its mandate primarily lies in the way in which its Human Resource is managed from the point of entry, stay, exit and post-exit. It is a policy of UIA to attract and retain a highly qualified and competitive workforce to fulfill its mandate and hence the need to fill the vacant positions.

UIA seeks to recruit highly-skilled, experienced, and motivated qualified individuals to fill the following position:



The Project Environmental and Social Specialist shall report to the Project Manager.

Working relations

Liaises with the EPC Contractor, Owner’s Engineer, Independent Environmental and Social Consultant (IESC) and other relevant project stakeholders.

Purpose of the job

The Project Environmental and Social Specialist shall be responsible for coordinating, compliance monitoring and reporting implementation of all project environmental and social aspects in line with the project’s environmental requirements.

Key areas of focus

  1. Project technical studies and designs;
  2. Compliance with project environmental requirements, laws and standards while executing project construction and installation activities;
  3. Management of day to day project environmental and social activities;
  4. Reviews and inspects project deliverables.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Environmental and Social Specialist shall be expected to carry out the following duties and responsibilities;

  1. Advise the Project Manager on environmental and social management issues on the project and ensure that the issues are addressed;
  2. Ensure that UIA’s interests are protected in the technical studies, designs and construction phases of all project infrastructure;
  3. In consultation with the Project Manager, review the ESIA and the EMPs together with any other environmental legal and regulatory requirements from the Owner’s Engineer and the IESC.
  4. Serves a liaison between the Project, IESC, Communities and NEMA on environmental and social matters related to the project.
  5. Inspect all project activities and ensure that construction is as per approved project environmental and social requirements as well as statutory provisions;
  6. Preparation of periodic monitoring and performance reports as per the project reporting requirements;
  7. Ensure that all project environmental and social documentation is maintained.
  8. Facilitate the securing of requisite permits and approvals in relation to statutory requirements.
  9. Any other duties that may be assigned.


The Project Environmental and Social Specialist’s measurable outputs shall include;

  1. Approved Project deliverables such as approved project studies and designs;
  2. Project environmental and social documentation maintained;
  3. Project issues log;
  4. Project Permits and approvals such as NEMA approvals and or clearances among others;
  5. Project periodic performance and monitoring reports;


The Project Environmental and Social Specialist shall possess a minimum of the following;

  1. A master’s degree in Environmental Science, or Environmental Management, or Environmental Engineering.
  2. An honors Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Management or Environmental Engineering. 
  3. A post graduate qualification and or membership to any project management professional body shall be an added advantage.
  4. Registration with the NEMA is a MUST.
  5. Possession of a valid NEMA practicing license is a MUST.


The Project Environmental and Social Specialist shall possess a minimum of the following;

  1. Must have at least 5+ years’ work experience in supervision and management of environmental aspects on projects post registration with NEMA.
  2. Proof of experience and working knowledge of key environmental management tools such as EIAs, EAs among others in complex environments and large infrastructure and or civil works particularly in the field of construction supervision and management.
  3. Proof of experience in implementation of EPC + F projects.   
  4. Experience in contract management, project management and programming-related work.
  5. Proof of experience in working on infrastructure projects will be an added advantage.
  6. Proof of experience in Social Safety Guards in a major project.

Skills and Competencies

  1. Ability to work with minimal supervision with strong organizational skills; 
  2. Technical report writing and excellent oral communication skills. 
  3. Must be results-oriented, a team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity. 
  4. Proof of excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with investors, government and development partners. 
  5. Project management skills. 
  6. Attention to detail. 
  7. Openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  8. Competencies with MS (Office, Project and Visio) and other professional software are a MUST.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications with updated CVs, certified academic certificates, and transcripts no later than Friday, 28th January 2022 by 5:00 pm addressed to;

The Director-General,

Uganda Investment Authority,

UIA Kampala Industrial & Business Park (Namanve) Office

P.O Box 7418, Kampala.

                                             Only Shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

NOTE: Those who had applied for these positions in July 2020 are encouraged to Re-apply