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Social Management Senior Analyst

Juba (South Sudan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-23

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS will be leading the implementation of a three-year World bank funded multi-million USD Project “Enhancing Community Resilience and Local Governance (ECRP)' in South Sudan starting in July 2020 with the Objective to improve access to basic services and strengthen community institutions in South Sudan.  

The ECRP is a follow-on Project to the Local Governance and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) that was implemented in South Sudan from 2014 and involved the transfer of block grants from the national government directly to county government with the Objective of helping develop an annual intergovernmental fiscal transfer system for local development. 

The ECRP will be implemented by UNOPS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with UNOPS as the primary grant recipient and responsibility of the establishment and implementation of the Project Management Unit (PMU) whose primary tasks will include: project management, stakeholder and communication management, fiduciary and procurement management, results management and risk management. UNOPS will be the grant recipient  and will  be directly accountable to the World Bank in all aspects related to project delivery (Project Management - Social and Environmental Safeguards, Fiduciary Oversight and Procurement Planning, Infrastructure Quality and Standards; Project Implementation – of community infrastructure as per agreed scope; as well as directly liaising with the Government of South Sudan).

The ECRP comprises the following four components

Component 1: Community Infrastructure and Services-this will involve the implementation of sub-projects selected through an open menu approach where communities will be allowed to choose freely, in a participatory manner, based on their needs.

Component 2: Local Institution Strengthening which is split into two parts: community institution strengthening and county government strengthening.

Component 3: Project Management and Learning

Component 4: Contingency emergency response

The ECRP will be implemented throughout the country’s 10 states and target counties. The community infrastructure sub-projects are divided by area and implemented by IOM and UNOPS separately. While the two UN-agencies will implement their respective sub-projects, a harmonized approach will be managed and governed by UNOPS through the Infrastructure Compliance Guidelines and the Project Implementation Manual. The sectors include water supply and sanitation; rural roads; primary health facilities; primary schools; small scale irrigation schemes and community markets. UNOPS will be responsible for quality assurance of all sub-projects during the planning, design and construction stages, through a monitoring plan. 

UNOPS has developed environmental and social safeguards instruments, which are mainly laid out in the Project’s Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF). The instruments are in line with World Bank Environmental and Social Standards. The Project Management Unit (PMU) is tasked to ensure full compliance with all safeguards instruments by UNOPS, IOM and all sub implementers and contractors. The UNOPS PMU therefore seeks to employ a Social Specialist to support the PMU in the implementation, monitoring and supervision in regards to all social safeguards. The Social Specialist will work closely with an Environmental Specialist, both will be reporting to the Project Manager.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Function / Expected Results: Technical support;
  • Roll out the Environmental and Social Management Framework in consultation with the World Bank and implementing partners

  • Provide support to social screening processes of site-specific activities required from implementing partners and the UNOPS Community Infrastructure Component 

  • Monitor and report on social indicators in the project’s ESMF and sub-project specific ESMPs

  • Conduct field supervisory and data collection missions

  • Ensure that appropriate social instruments and tools are applied by all implementing partners and the UNOPS Community Infrastructure Component – as set out on the ESMF. 

  • Lead in compiling data and monitoring of the Project Grievance Redress Mechanisms (GRM)

  • Ensure that appropriate social mitigation measures are proposed and met, as defined in the ESMF;

  • Lead in triggering and overseeing the implementation of social correction measures by implementing partners and the UNOPS Community Infrastructure Component 

  • Support the development and delivery of a series of spot checks to ensure mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the guideline;

  • Support the compiling of quarterly and annual reports on social risks, impacts, and mitigation measures, as per outline in the ESMF. 

  • Prepare reports related to maintaining social standards – as per outline provided in the ESMF

  • Handle additional assignments as directed by the  Senior Project Manager Monitor the implementation of instruments, such as the GBV/SEA and Child Protection Action Plan 

2. Function / Expected Results: Operations and Implementation;
  • Identify challenges, opportunities, priorities and needs for the implementation of the ESMF

  • Support the undertaking of monitoring and evaluation missions, as defined in the ESMF, to ensure capturing of all risks and impacts, as well as ensure that mitigation measures are implemented. 

  • Carry out training and capacity building on environmental tools and frameworks, especially for new staff in the UNOPS Offices and for implementing partners


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Social Science or related field;
  • Bachelors degree in Social Sciences or related, in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of a Masters degree


  • 2 years of progressive experience in social development, gender equality or women’s empowerment , or related experience is required.
  • Work experience with social safeguards is an asset
  • Skills in advisory support and capacity building, are desirable
  • Experience working in South Sudan is an asset
  • Experience in a conflict/post-conflict context is an asset


  • Fluency in English (writing, reading and speaking) 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.

Additional Considerations

  • 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
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • This position is in a non-family duty station  

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, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement
Contract level: I-ICA 1
Contract duration: ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Background Information -South Sudan

The UNOPS South Sudan office helps a wide range of local and international partners improve the lives of the South Sudanese people by implementing infrastructure and procurement projects. All UNOPS operations have an increasing emphasis on developing national capacities and considering gender, environmental and community concerns. UNOPS is working in a range of sectors in South Sudan including: transport, education, health, post-conflict stabilization and emergency response.

Background Information - UNOPS

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.

Working with us

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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