REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Social Safeguards Specialist for Project Implementation Unit



The Gambia



Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA/ D4070


Assignment Title: Social  Safeguards Specialist for Project Implementation Unit

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-275376-CS-INDV


The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP) funded by the World Bank is a series of projects aims to increase people’s access to reliable energy services, which is one of the major challenges in the ECOWAS region. It builds on the ECOWAS Rural and Peri-Urban Electrification Master Plan, designed to meet the short- and medium-term needs of the Member States in terms of access to electricity as well the regional interconnection projects funded by the World Bank under the ECOWAS Power Generation and Transmission Master Plan implemented by WAPP.


The proposed project is the first of two in a series of projects (SOP) to provide access to 1.1 million people in Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and The Gambia. The project will finance the expansion of medium- and low-voltage networks from the high-voltage substations of the Gambia River Basin Development Organization (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie, OMVG) and Senegal River Basin Development Organization (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal, OMVS) to transform their power sectors and enable them to achieve their common objective of delivering more power to more consumers.


A Social Specialist is now being recruited by the Gambia Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to work on relevant project activities and ensuring strict compliance of project preparation and implementation activities with social safeguards regulations of the financing institutions and Gambian legislation.

In general, he/she will be responsible for providing advice and technical assistance to the project and all stakeholders to ensure acceptable quality of social risk and impact management in accordance with the World Bank’s operational policies and EHS guidelines and, where applicable, national regulations in The Gambia.

The successful applicant shall be engaged immediately on a full-time basis for two years and for additional years during the project implementation period depending on the satisfactory performance during contract duration.


The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained at the address given below:


Required qualifications:

  • (i) Master degree in social sciences such as political science or policy, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, social assessment studies, or related fields (with experience in areas relevant to social safeguards such as land acquisition or resettlement, vulnerable groups and individuals, gender, livelihoods, participation and civic engagement, social impact analysis, assessment of social risks).
  • (ii) At least 5 years’ experience in the region in compliance with social safeguards policies including involuntary resettlement.
  • (iii) Good knowledge of the relevant regulations/directives and operations of multilateral development organizations and executing agencies.
  • (iv) Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Bank operations and social safeguard policies, especially, experience and familiarity with complex safeguard work.
  • (v) Proven experience and skills in managing projects.
  • (vi) Proven capacity to work across multiple stakeholders, including government entities, civil society organizations (CSOs), local communities, and the private sector.
  • (vii) Demonstrated experience in the World Bank project cycle and procedures
  • (viii) Fluent in English with excellent written and oral skills.
  • (ix) Advanced computer skills and full proficiency in the use of relevant software applications in using computers and software such as Microsoft Office suite
  • (x) Participate in capacity-building training to strengthen competencies as need be.
  • (xi) Work with GBV consultant to strengthen capacity on addressing GBV/SHEA/VAC risks in the project.
  • (xii) Knowledge of local language like Mandinka, wolof, fula, or serere is a requirement since the project is intervening in rural areas.
  • (xiii) Familiarity with risks and mitigation measures related to gender-based violence (GBV) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse/Sexual Harassment (SEA/SH) to ensure such risks/mitigation measures are included in the ESCP and SEP.


The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised November 2017 and July 2018 and November 2020 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by close of business July 14th, 2022 

PIU-GAMBIA Attention: Mrs Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited, Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue Floor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st FloorCity:


Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 996 1301/ 9967791/ 7009342

Electronic mail address:, (and copy to