Job Vacancy for Project Environmental and Social Specialist

By Uganda Investment Authority

Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) is a statutory agency that is mandated to promote, attract, facilitate, register, monitor, and evaluate all forms of investments and business activities in Uganda as per the Investment Code Act, 2019. It is on the basis of this mandate that UIA initiates and supports measures that enhance investments in Uganda and advises the Government of appropriate policies conducive for investment promotion and growth in the country.

The Government of Uganda has secured financing from United Kingdom Export Finance and Standard Chartered Bank to a tune of Euros 249 M for the development of the following infrastructure;

  1. Road network and bridge including traffic management for the entire park.
  2. Water distribution network including water reservoirs for the entire park.
  3. Sewerage network including sewer underground pipe network for the entire park.
  4. Waste treatment plant including public toilets, a solid treatment plant for the park.
  5. MN Power Services that shall include the supply and laying of 33KV single core cable among others for the entire park.
  6. Fibre optic services and CCTV services for the entire park.
  7. Solar street lighting for the entire park.
  8. The SME workspaces.
  9. Other amenities such as water hydrants etc.

Uganda Investment Authority intends to recruit the most experienced and qualified technical staff to run the implementation of the project. The details of the vacant positions are as detailed below:

PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL SPECIALIST

Reporting

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.

Outputs

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;

Qualifications

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.

Experience

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 the 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

The Project Environmental and Social Specialist should possess;

  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 Curriculum Vitae, certified academic certificates and transcripts no later than Monday 7th September 2020 by 4:30 pm addressed to;

Ag. Director-General,

Uganda Investment Authority

P.O.Box 7418, Kampala

Plot 22B Lumumba Avenue

2nd Floor TWED Plaza, Nakasero

Kampala Uganda.