Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analyst (Retainer)

Job categories Health, Safety and Environment
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5303/21624
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Kenya MCO
Duty station Lusaka, Zambia
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-8
Duration 12 Months renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 20-Apr-2021 to 05-May-2021


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Kenya Multi-Country Office (KEMC) and Zambia Country Office

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC/East and Southern Africa sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several island states.

In 2020 KEMC established an Office in Lusaka, Zambia. The Government of Zambia (GoZ) has prepared the Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP, P102459, IDA Credit #48740) in the amount of SDR74.70 million (US$115 million), approved in April 2011 by the World Bank. The Project’s original objective was to increase yields per hectare and value of diverse products marketed by smallholders benefitting from investments in irrigation in selected sites served by the project.” Originally the project had four components (i) Irrigated Agriculture Support Services, (ii) Public Infrastructure; (iii) Private and Cooperative Investment; and (iv) Management and Coordination. 

In March 2020, the government requested Additional Funding of US$ 30 million and a time extension of 24 months to allow: (i) the completion of the ongoing works under IDSP and cost replenishment (US$ 14 million); (ii) the implementation of Phase 2 of the remedial works for ten dams (US$ 15 million) and (iii) Drought Emergency Response (USD 1 million). 

Ten dams have been built on selected rivers in Zambia as a part of the Zambia Water Resources Development Project (WRDP). These are all earth fill dams, with walls varying in height from 8 m and 10.7 m. Four of the dams were pre-existing and were rehabilitated while the remainder were new dams. Most of the construction was completed between 2016 and 2018. In late 2018, work was stopped due to persistently poor performance by the contractors. A performance review of dam safety and safeguard concerns, including a review of all safeguard instruments, was undertaken for each dam site to guide the requirements for completion of remedial work under the Additional Financing. 

The dams now present risks to the local communities and the Government and the World Bank (“Funder”) want to have these dams secured and retrofitted. The remediation works will be financed by the WB through the IDSP. IDSP engaged UNOPS as implementing partner in a Phase 1 to provide services including  planning (support of surveillance and emergency preparedness) for 10 dams and design, updating of environmental and social safeguards documentation to comply with WB social and environmental policies for 10 dams and tendering of the works for 10 dams. In Phase 2, UNOPS role will be implementing the identified solutions and lead on the remedial and rehabilitation works on the 10 dams. This will include ensuring the implementation measures of all environmental and social risk mitigation measures as laid out in the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), which were prepared for each dam in Phase 1. Furthermore, UNOPS will ensure that the works are accompanied by strong stakeholder engagement and a solid Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) available for local communities to provide feedback and register their grievances in relation to the project.

UNOPS is looking to engage a skilled Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analyst that works out of UNOPS Project Implementation team in Lusaka. Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analyst will monitor and support the contractors’ implementation of social risk mitigation measures; will be responsible for the implementation of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan and the Grievance Redress Mechanism including the management of the relationship with communities at the dams sites. 

The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analyst will work as part of the UNOPS Project Management Team in Lusaka, and will need to undertake frequent travels to the 10 dam sites.




Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Health, Safety, Social...

A Bachelor's Degree in Social Science or equivalent field is required. ...

Minimum of  two (2)  years of relevant experience in social developmen...

Fluency in read, oral and written English is required. Knowledge of local di...

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and enc...

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

Contract type: ICA Contract level: Local ICA Specialist Contract duration: ...

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful imp...
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