Social Consultant with experience in Resettlement for RESPITE LIBERIA PIU

Job Details

Status

open

End Date

Until Filled

Job ID

RCU/ENV/LEC/2024/2024

Category

Jobs

Job Description

Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), a state-owned utility, is the implementing agency of two World Bank-financed projects: (i) Liberia Electricity Sector Strengthening and Access Project (LESSAP), and (ii) Regional Emergency Solar Power Intervention Project (RESPITE). A brief description of the two projects is provided herein below.

LEC has established a specific Project Implementation Units (PIU) to implement donor-funded projects, including LESSAP and RESPITE. All the LEC PIUs are overseen by the LEC Executive Director for Donor Projects (EDP). The EDP reports to the LEC CEO and the COO for the overall implementation, coordination, and oversight of all donor-funded projects. The EDP is the focal point of contact and is responsible for coordination among the donors. The EDP is currently supported by other supporting staff.

Under the LEC, each project is implemented by a respective Project Implementation Unit. Each PIU is headed by a Project Director (PIU PD), who is responsible for the daily implementation of the project. The Head of the respective PIUs report directly to the LEC CEO and COO through the EDP. The Project Director is supported by his PIU staff including technical, financial, procurement, safeguard, monitoring and evaluation, etc. Some PIU staff can work on more than one project and thus are named in various projects.

World Bank Financed Projects

LEC is currently implementing two on-going World Bank financed projects as indicated below. It is also working with the World Bank in preparation of new projects including a hydropower project.

Regional Emergency Solar Power Intervention Project (RESPITE)

RESPPITE is a regional project providing support to four countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chad and Togo. The project development objective is to rapidly increase grid-connected renewable energy capacity and facilitate regional interconnection in West and Central Africa. The project comprises of 4 components:

  • Component 1: Construction of Solar PV with BESS and Grid Connections (US$190 million equivalent IDA) will finance all costs associated with the Design, Supply and Installation (DSI) and O&M for the first three years of the solar PV power plants and any associated works for grid connection

(i) Sub-Component 1A: Construction of 20MWp/16 MWac Solar PV power plant on Mount Coffee Island in Liberia (US$23 million IDA equivalent)

  • Component 2: Expansion of Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant (US$63 million equivalent IDA) will finance all costs associated with expansion of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power plant by installing two new turbines. The project will fund the expansion of an existing 88 MW MCHPP by adding an additional capacity of 41 MW to increase the installed capacity of the project to 129 MW.
  • Component 3: Transmission and Distribution Upgrades (US$16 million equivalent IDA) will finance the upgrade of distribution and transmission networks to help the newly installed capacity to be connected to regional interconnectors and/or reach national populations.
  • Component 4: Regional Coordination, Institutional Strengthening, Implementation Support and Technical Assistance (US$36 million equivalent IDA).

(i) Sub-Component 4A: Regional Coordination & Implementation Support (US$5 million): This component will finance the establishment and operation of the Regional Technical Committee (RTC) and the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) as specified in the implementation framework (See detail in Section III.A).

(ii) Sub-Component 4B: Institutional Strengthening (US$11 million): The sub-component will focus on two specific issues (i) Supporting the national PIUs in the implementation of the project and (ii) Ensuring knowledge exchange between countries and supporting the curation and dissemination of this knowledge at the regional level.

(iii) Sub-Component 4C: Technical Assistance for establishment of river basin management agency and preparation of new hydro project in Liberia (US$10 million): This sub-component will support Liberia in establishing a river basin management agency, which will be responsible for managing the entire cascade of hydro projects, including watershed and biodiversity management, and provide technical support to the operations and capacity building of the agency. This component will also support preparation of new hydro projects in the country.

(iv) Sub-Component 4D: Regional Integration and Technical Assistance (RITA) (US$10 million): This sub-component will continue support for activities that commenced under Component 2 of the WAPP APL4 (Phase 1) – Côte D'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea Power System Re-Development Project (WAPP-CLSG Project, P113266), namely: (i) finalization and operationalization of the legal, regulatory and technical frameworks to enable efficient regional trade between WAPP countries including for the CLSG Interconnection and the North Core Interconnection; (ii) technical integration of the WAPP network by improving the synchronous operation and reliability of interconnectors; (iii) preparation, implementation and monitoring of priority regional projects as per the WAPP Master Plan 2018 including preparatory studies for the solar PV project on Mt Coffee Island (Sub-Component 1A) and the Mt Coffee HPP extension (Component 2); and (iv) strengthening of the institutional and technical capacity of the WAPP Secretariat to undertake its regional mandate.

For the RESPITE, LEC is responsible to implement Subcomponent 1A, Component 2, Subcomponent 4C and in collaboration with other implementing agency to implement Subcomponent 4A, 4B and 4D.

  1. Objective of the Assignment

The LEC is seeking the services of a qualified and experienced Social Consultant with experience in resettlement for the RESPITE Liberia PIU, including other World Bank funded projects subject to discussion between LEC and the consultant. S/he shall work closely with the other PIU personnel including Social Specialist, MCHPP community liaison team, GBV Consultant and  Environmental Specialist of the project to develop, manage and implement resettlement policies, frameworks, standards and action plans, for the World Bank financed RESPITE Liberia PIU and potentially provide support to the preparation of the ST Paul 2 hydropower project (P180780) consistent in policy and context with the laws, regulations, and procedures adopted by the Government of Liberia and the World Bank’s Safeguard Standards on land acquisition, land restriction and involuntary resettlement (ESS 5) covering both physical and economic displacement, resettlement, and livelihood restoration.

  1. Scope of Work

The Social Consultant with experience in resettlement will be based between the MCHPP site and Monrovia, but he/she is expected to spend most of his/her time at MCHPP during the project implementation. S/he shall be primarily responsible to ensure adequate resettlement/livelihood restoration risks management measures are implemented throughout the RESPITE project cycle consistent with all the Environmental and Social, legal and regulatory frameworks of Liberia, as well as the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) of the project. Under the overall supervision of the Project Director for RESPITE Liberia PIU, the Resettlement Consultant shall be responsible for the following tasks, which include but not limited to:

  1. Analyze, and review applicable national and World Bank operational policies, Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), standards and guidelines that have been or are being prepared for this project in order to assess project activities for potential adverse resettlement/livelihood impacts as well as planning and implementing impact mitigation measures;
  2. Support and monitor the implementation of resettlement/livelihood risks and impacts of the project, and regularly discuss with the PIU E&S Manager and if not available the PIU Project Director for RESPITE to ensure enough resources are captured in the project’s annual budget for the management of resettlement and livelihood risks and impacts, including regular supervision and monitoring activities;
  • Collaborate with relevant PIU staff to conduct consultations with identified project affected parties or persons (PAPs), based on a census of the affected sites;
  1. Participate in the conduct of a census of the affected persons to include identification of vulnerable groups, eligibility criteria and establish a cut-off date;
  2. Establish local decision making bodies who will be part of the inventory, valuation implementation and compensation approaches for resettlement and/or livelihood restoration plans;
  3. Develop in a participatory manner the proposed grievance mechanism to be covered in the RAP and/or Livelihood Restoration Plan including structures for implementation in consultation with PAPs;
  • Evaluate and prepare an inventory of the affected properties;
  • Make arrangements for legally regularizing tenure and transferring titles to resettled PAPs;
  1. Evaluate all other socio-economic costs;
  2. Conduct public consultations/awareness creation on resettlement and livelihood restoration of the relevant stakeholders, taking into consideration the gender concerns and vulnerable groups, in line with the project SEP;
  3. Identify alternative relocation sites, where affected person might have to be resettled;
  • Research and present institutional and technical arrangements for identifying and preparing relocation sites, procedures for physical relocation, including timetables for site preparation and transfers;
  • Develop adequate livelihood restoration mechanisms when and where required;
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation methodology for resettlement/livelihood restoration plans;
  1. Consider the relevant legal provisions for land acquisition and resettlement including the gaps between national and World Bank requirements and review an appropriate resettlement action plan that meets applicable requirement standards;
  • Prepare and submit a detailed schedule for implementation of resettlement/ livelihood restoration action plans;
  • Develop and present a comprehensive budget for implementation of resettlement/livelihood plans, including compensation of project-affected persons for the taking and loss of their land and assets due to project implementation and operational activities;
  • Together with other PIU personnel, organize and conduct validation workshops and publication and dissemination for resettlement and livelihood assessment reports and ensure that the mitigation measures recommended are implemented effectively and efficiently before authorization to start civil works;
  • Undertake regular field visits to project sites to assess resettlement and livelihood risks and impacts and verify monitoring information provided in the reports of contractors, including photo documentation as applicable. Maintain and catalogue/store accurate records of meetings;
  1. Keep accurate records of the management of the project’s resettlement/livelihood risks management activities in a systemic manner to ensure documents are available upon request by key stakeholders such as the PIU, LEC, World Bank, and Government Authorities;
  • Prepare regular monthly and quarterly reports on the implementation of resettlement and livelihood risks and impacts of the project and ensure reports are shared with the PIU and World Bank in a timely manner as per the ESCP;
  • Perform other tasks as may be required by the PIU Director in relation to resettlement/livelihood management.

Job Related Qualifications

  1. Qualification and Experience
  • Master’s degree in sociology, social science, development studies, gender studies, or law.
  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in the preparation/updating and or implementation of Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and/or Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP) for infrastructure development projects;
  • Experience in preparation/updating or implementation of RAP or LRP for World Bank or other donor funded infrastructure projects locally or in the region is an added advantage;
  • Proven knowledge and experience of the World Bank Environmental and Social Frameworks (ESF) and Environmental and Social Standard 5 (ESS5);
  • Experience with national environmental laws, regulations, policies and institutional mandates for implementing/overseeing such laws and regulations is an added advantage;
  • Proven capacity and direct work experience with project affected communities, local county officials, government ministries and agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector locally or in the region;
  • Experience with electricity utility companies is desirable;
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas within a team environment and exercise mature judgment;
  • Fluent in English with excellent written and oral skills;
  • Advanced computer skills and full proficiency in the use of relevant Microsoft Office suites (eg. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).

Miscellaneous

  1. Deliverables and Reporting

The position requires close collaboration with other team members. Functionally, the Social Consultant with experience in resettlement shall report to the PIU E& S manager for RESPITE through the National Social Safeguard Specialist  who shall coordinate the activities of the consultant for quality assurance and to meet deadlines; administratively the consultant shall report to the ED for Projects at LEC through the same medium stated herein above

S/he shall be required to submit regular monthly, quarterly and annual activity reports on the implementation of resettlement/livelihood risks and impacts of the project in collaboration with the project’s social specialist, GBV consultant, and environmental specialist. S/he shall also contribute to the preparation of annual action plans, as well as to the drafting of periodic project reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) and ensure that resettlement/livelihood risks and impacts are adequately taken into account in these reports. These reports will summarize the achievements of the month, quarter or year, present the main issues raised and the solutions provided together with the strengths and weaknesses of the actions taken, and also present the forecast for the following month or quarter.

  1. Duration of the Assignment

The duration of this assignment is time based for a period of 80 working days within 12 months from signing of contract, subject to extension based on satisfactory performance of the consultant and availability of funding by the Donor. The consultant  may propose in his offer a detailed implementation schedule or timeline for executing the consultancy in accordance within the 80 working days duration provided herein. Meanwhile, additional days will be allocated where the consultant is required to work on St. Paul 2 hydropower project (P180780).

  1. Facilities to be Provided by the Employer

The client will make available to the Consultant the following facilities:

  • Office space with all necessary office equipment at MCHPP;
  • Communication (i.e., Internet Services and scratch cards);
  • Accommodation at MCHPP at one of the staff housing accommodations;
  • Transportation between MCHPP and Monrovia on a weekly/bi-monthly/monthly basis and as needed for attending meetings;
  • Personal Protective Equipment for field work.

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