Background

1.1. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank in the amount of US$135 million equivalent towards the cost of Uganda Energy for Rural Transformation Phase III (ERT III) and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for consulting services to be procured under the project. The Project Development Objective of ERT III Project is to increase access to electricity in rural areas of Uganda.

1.2. Under the ERT III project, REA will be responsible for implementation of component 1 and subcomponent 2.4. Component 1 (On-grid Energy Access) shall support on-grid investments namely; (i) Grid Extension and Associated Connections; (ii) Grid Intensification and Associated Connections; (iii) Household Connections from Existing Lines and (iv) Implementation Support for On-grid Energy Access. Subcomponent 2.4 (Quality Assurance for Solar Market Development) will be implemented in collaboration with the UNBS and it aims to promote quality assurance and awareness of solar products so as to enable the market for affordable, high-quality PV products in rural areas.

1.3. Under this project, the following positions are available to be filled by qualified, experienced professional as detailed in the person specifications below:

Position Senior Social Development Officer
Number of Positions 1 Position
Main purpose The primary purpose of the Senior Social Development Officer will be to coordinate, monitor and report on the social aspects of the implementation of electricity distribution extension and intensification works
Scope of the assignment/ Key Responsibilities
    Ensuring and monitoring compliance of the project activities with Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), other World Bank safeguards requirements and the national environmental policy and legal requirements during construction of subprojects.

    Reviewing the contractor’s Social Management Plans for compliance with the project’s objectives and ensures their implementation.
    Supervising and coordinating all social related activities of the project, including the supervision of the contractor and the consultant’s social activities.

    Coordinating social impact assessment and management during the preparation, implementation and monitoring of participatory RAPs and carry out post RAP implementation and a social audit to ensure that all the social impacts are addressed in accordance with the social safeguard instruments in place.

    Spearheading sensitization and information dissemination on the project’s objectives within the project areas and develop and implement appropriate strategies to enhance community participation during project design and implementation.

    Reviewing Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), ESMPs, and RAPs of rural electrification projects and ensure that social issues are comprehensively addressed.

        Ensuring that the findings of ESIAs and RAPs including public consultation input of affected communities and their disaggregation in terms of gender, different levels of social vulnerability to project risks and impacts, as well as equitable access to project opportunities and benefits, are incorporated into project design and implementation strategies by providing technical input to requisite ESMPs and RAPs of Rural Electrification projects.

        Coordinating closely with the REA Way Leaves Officer, the Environmental Specialist and Community Outreach Unit to ensure that the RAP and EIA processes capture all the relevant social aspects.

        Providing guidelines on relevant social mitigation measures, including measures pertaining to way leaves acquisition and resettlement, protection of cultural resources, community & worker health and safety, gender based violence, violence against children, child labour, forced labour, HIV/AIDS, and other issues where relevant, which should be considered during preparation of bidding documents for rural electrification projects

        Identifying potential sources of grievances, design and implement appropriate grievance redress mechanisms for the project to ensure effective and timely resolution of any complaints or grievances raised by stakeholders.

        Supporting stakeholders including district and community members in identification, prioritization and mitigation of social, equity and gender issues during the project design and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation of social impacts of the projects.

        Ensuring that social aspects (including gender, vulnerable groups, forced labour, child labour, workers, and community), health and safety mitigation procedures and processes are adhered to during project implementation phase.

        Serving as stakeholders’ liaison between the project affected parties and REA and build a strong, constructive, and responsive relationships essential for the successful implementation of socially acceptable rural electrification projects.

        Ensuring relevant government agencies, including Ministry of Finance, the Chief Government Valuer and partner agencies are well informed on issues related to the implementation of RAPs and required support for timely implementation.

        Undertaking monthly, quarterly and annual monitoring of all Rural Electrification projects on Social management aspects and accordingly compile reports for both internal and external use, and ensure compliance with the relevant Government of Uganda Social Requirements and the Social Safeguards of the respective funding/development partners.

        To carry out any other duties as specified by the Supervisor.

Qualifications of the Senior Social Development Officer A candidate must:-
    Have a Bachelor’s degree in social science related field and a Master’s degree in Social Science, Sociology, Social Work and Social Administration and Development studies from a recognized University/institution.

    Have at least Five (5) years of relevant professional experience in social impact management for development projects.

    Demonstrate his/her knowledge and ability to engage in a range of social issues in the energy sector.

    Have knowledge and experience of Key Social Management Tools, notably Social Impact Assessment, Social Impact Audits, conflict resolution, Grievance Redress Mechanism, community engagement, monitoring, and reporting.

    Have demonstrable experience in way leaves acquisition and the process of compilation of a Resettlement Action Plan for infrastructure projects.

    Good interpersonal, communication and public relations skills.
      Proven ability to work as a member of a senior management team.

      Additional training in Environmental and Social Safeguards will be an added advantage.

      A proven integrity record
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Position Senior Project Engineers
Number of Positions 2 Positions
Main purpose The primary purpose of the Senior Project Engineer will be to oversee the implementation of electricity distribution network extension and intensification works for the different World Bank-funded activities under the ERT III project country wide. He/she will represent REA in the management of distribution network extension/intensification projects and will be REA’s liaison person with relevant stakeholders to ensure smooth and effective project implementation.
Scope of the assignment/ Key Responsibilities
    Contract Management which involves submission, verification and certification of securities; scheduling timely site handover; timely submission and filing of reports, programmes and key contractual deliverables throughout implementation period; to review, update and approve reports and deliverables throughout the implementation period hence ensuring contract effectiveness; and reporting compliance and completeness of key reporting requirements and deliverables.

    To supervise construction work for quality compliance by ensuring supply and use of quality materials as per contract, ensure adherence to good engineering practices with reference to the contract and the engineering memorandum, and to review and recommend change orders and or instructions.

    To represent REA in the mmanagement of rural electrification projects through stakeholder identification and involvement and to ensure participation of key stake holders during project implementation.

    To carry out project monitoring, control, quality management, and reporting throughout the project cycle to ensure adherence to contractual requirements; to review detailed engineering designs drawings, and other relevant documentation prior to manufacturing and commencement of works at site; to develop and implement a quality control plan with focus on critical project milestones, activities and equipment; to prepare quality control protocols; to schedule and facilitate network pre commissioning and commissioning activities; and to facilitate handover of completed project works as detailed in the contract.

    To collaborate with the Social and Environmental Specialist at REA to monitor the project’s compliance with environmental and social safeguard instruments that include, among others, the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and all relevant Word Bank policies as detailed in the Project’s Financing Agreement; to ensure timely submission of the contractor’s ESMP implementation report, to review for completeness in conjunction with the environmental unit and to facilitate environmental audit exercise during the project closure.

    To participate in project preparation and supervision by conducting field visits to verify and update scope, designs, and material quantities; and to supervise the development statement of requirements and preparation of bidding documents; to facilitate the procurement of project contractors; and to prepare terms of reference (TORs) for consultancy services and to facilitate the related procurement activities.

    To review payment certificates and consultancy fee notes and submit as necessary for payment and to ensure timely payment of contractors’ invoices and consultancy fee notes.

    To carry out any other duties as specified by the Supervisor.

Qualifications A candidate should have:-
    A Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized University.

    Must be a registered Engineer and a member with a Professional Engineering body.

    Master of Power Engineering or the equivalent will be an advantage.

    Additional training in Project Management will be an advantage.

    Working experience of at least seven (7) years, of which at least five (5) years should have been in designing and implementing electricity distribution projects up to 33 kV.

    At least 3 years of experience in project management or managing construction contracts

    Extensive experience in electricity infrastructure construction

    Extensive knowledge of power system commissioning and maintenance practice.

    Good interpersonal, communication and public relations skills.

    Proven ability to work as a member of a senior management team.

    A proven integrity record

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Application procedure

Interested nationals who meet the requirements should submit their applications which include: forwarding letter, detailed CV, names and addresses of three referees and copies of relevant certificates and testimonials, addressed and delivered to:

The Executive Director
Rural Electrification Agency
Plot 10 Windsor Loop, Kololo
2nd Floor, House of Hope
P.O Box 7317 Kampala - Uganda

Deadline for receiving the applications: Wednesday 9th August, 2017 at 5:00pm

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that canvassing and lobbying will lead to automatic disqualification of the candidate.