Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analyst – Social Development (Retainer), Lusaka, Zambia 121 views

UNOPS Kenya Multi-country Office (KEMC) helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development. UNOPS KEMC has over twenty years of experience working in East Africa, including large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.

KEMChas its own Technical Services Unit (TSU) which comprises a core group of technical staff supplemented by experts employed on a retainer basis. The group conducts feasibility studies and assessments and engages in design and monitoring work. The core group’s skills include Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Architects, Design Associates and Quantity Surveyors. Retainers provide additional capacity in core disciplines as well as GIS, Environmental, Social and sector specific expertise (roads, healthcare, heritage etc).UNOPS is undertaking a project to re mediate dams across Zambia. There are outstanding environmental and social safeguard issues and the remediation works will give rise to new safeguards requirements. The consultant is expected to support the revision of the existing social safeguards and to implement and monitor the risk mitigation measures during the remedial works.

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analyst – Social Development (Retainer) will be prepared to travel to any site in or around the countries under KEMC as required and as UNDSS permits.

  • Assist in rolling out the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) in consultation with the World Bank and implementing partners;
  • Support the revisions of the existing Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study (ESIAs)ESIAs and ESMPs in view of the upcoming remedial works on the dams
  • Support the review of existing grievance redress mechanisms and resettlement action plans
  • Assist in monitoring and reporting on social screening processes of site-specific activities as conducted by implementing partners;
  • Monitor and report on social risk mitigation indicators in the ESMPs;
  • Conduct field supervisory and data collection missions;
  • Ensure that appropriate social instruments and tools are applied by contractors– as set out in the ESMPs;
  • Ensure that appropriate social mitigation measures are proposed and met;
  • Assist in triggering and overseeing the implementation of social correction measures;
  • Undertake follow-up monitoring to ensure that proposed social mitigation measures are implemented according to the ESMPs;
  • Conduct supervision and monitoring field visits to all sites;
  • Support the development and delivery of a series of spot checks to ensure mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the guideline;
  • Assist in compiling monthly reports on social risks, impacts, and mitigation measures;
  • Provide technical support to the remediation project;
  • Carry out training and capacity building on social tools and frameworks, especially for new staff in the UNOPS Offices and for implementing partners

Impact of Results

  • All project activities are successfully supervised and monitored against the ESMPs, including understanding of the risks and impacts and implementation of mitigation measures
  • All field teams are well-versed in issues regarding social standards
  • Reporting of all social standard issues is done.
  • Bachelor Degree in Social Science or related field with a combination of two additional years of relevant experience is required;
  • Advanced Degree (Master’s degree) in a related field will be an added advantage;
  • Minimum two years working experience in managing health and safety on construction sites is required.
  • Experience in gender equality work will be an asset
  • Experience in implementing social safeguards will be an asset
  • Work experience in international organizations will be an asset
  • Experience working on rural infrastructure projects will be an asset

Excellent written and spoken English is required

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.Contract type: Local Individual Contractor AgreementContract level: LICA 8Contract duration:12 Months renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

  • This is a local post and it is for only Zambian Nationals or individuals with valid residency work permits are eligible to apply.
  • The position is based in a family duty station

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UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

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UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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