Environmental & Social Management Specialist (ESMS)

Vacancy Closing Date: Friday, 13 May, 2022
Type: Full Time Position
All suitably qualified SADC Region citizens are welcome to apply.

The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a subsidiary of the SADC Secretariat, is established as a Centre of Excellence on sustainable groundwater management issues in the SADC region. SADC-GMI is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Pretoria, South Africa on behalf of and under the strategic guidance of the SADC Secretariat, Directorate of Infrastructure and Services –Water Division, in Gaborone, Botswana.

The Position Objective
The overall responsibility of the Environmental and Social Management Specialist (ESMS) is to provide environmental and social management advice and support to the SADC-GMI and project stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater in SADC Member States project phase 2 in line with the with the provisions of the ESMF, ESCP, SEP, Grant Agreement, World Bank ESF and associated project agreements. The ESMS will work with a diverse team of experts and will report directly to the SADC-GMI Executive Director and serve as a focal point for all environmental and social management issues in the project.

The ideal Environmental and Social Management Specialist must meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Management, natural resources management (e.g., land, water etc.), environmental engineering, development studies, or equivalent; with proven experience in Social Safeguards issues working with vulnerable groups in particular women, youths, persons with disabilities.
  2. A minimum of 8 years of post-qualification experience handling environmental and social safeguards programs of donor funded program
  3. Demonstrated 3 years’ experience managing and/or implementing training and capacity building programs.
  4. Proven knowledge in sustainable development financing and environmental and social risk management, preferably within the international development sector.
  5. Proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages (word processing, spreadsheet etc.) and experience in handling of web-based data and information management systems.
  6. Proven organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills with the ability to build partnerships, work in multinational teams and deliver results.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with Senior Government and Non-Governmental stakeholders.
  8. Work experience in donor funded projects and other relevant institutions and experience of working and managing World Bank Environmental and Social risks will be an added advantage.
  9. Multi-country working experience on infrastructure, especially water (groundwater) projects in the SADC region involving the private and public sector institutions is a requirement.
  10. Fluency and professional proficiency in the English language is mandatory. Ability to work in the other SADC official languages (French, Portuguese, and Swahili) is desirable.

Duration of Assignment

The successful Specialist will be offered a performance-based contract for a cumulative 450 person-days deployed over a period of 36 months (average of 150 person-days/year) with an option for extension, thereafter, depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Duration of Assignment

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time contract for a period of 36 months with an option for extension, thereafter, depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.


As a reputable regional organisation, SADC-GMI will offer the successful candidate a commensurate competitive salary.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified SADC region citizens to fill this position. The successful incumbent will be based in Pretoria, South Africa, the position involves travelling to SADC Member States.

View the full job descriptions and application instructions on the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za and email your application by Friday 13 May 2022 to: