Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kandahar Full Time 270
Date Posted:Jan 14, 2021
Reference:Project12/Knd/SBU
Closing Date:Jan 28, 2021
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Social Science
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Contractor
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation (AUWSSC):

Founded:  

Brief History of AUWSSC The first water supply distribution network was built for Kabul city in 1880 at Amir Abdulrahman khan period by using water springs (fountains) located behind Ibn-e-Sina hospital. Afterwards water supply services developed in Kabul at Amir Habibullah khan period in (1915-1920) by using water canals located in Paghman district, after that in 1970 water supply services began in other cities like Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalal Abad and Kandahar. In order for better coherence and management Afghanistan Water Supply Utility stablished according to the decree No of 1224 under the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in 20/Feb/1975 and it’s published in official journal No. 301 dated 05/Jun/1975, subsequently Afghanistan Water Supply Utility converted from central authority for water supply and sewerage to Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation as a governmental joint corporation in 2009 and its main objective is to provide productive sustainable water and wastewater services for urban and semi-urban

areas of the country.

Project Description

The first project of this SoP (“the Project”) will finance water supply infrastructure and capacity building to improve water services to urban and peri-urban Kandahar. Kandahar is Afghanistan’s second largest city, with an officially estimated population of 830,000 people, although unofficial estimates are as high as 1.5 million. Kandahar’s historic water infrastructure has deteriorated while demand has increased rapidly. The existing water network covers only approximately 9,000 households, while the vast majority of the population obtains water from wells drawing from a shallow, unconfined aquifer which is contaminated, in particular by sewage due to the absence of a sewerage system. The existing piped system was constructed in the early 1970s and has seen only limited rehabilitation and extension works in recent years with support from UN-Habitat, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Bank. The network is exclusively supplied through wells drawing from a deep aquifer 60-200 m below Kandahar. The wells that remain functional presently supply approximately 8,000 cubic meters per day, about 10% of the water needed to ensure that the population’s most basic needs are met (based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations).[1] Current AUWSSC supply is also not being treated as chlorination systems are no longer in working order. Water quality is reportedly poor and supply intermittent.

A Feasibility Study financed by ADB and completed in February 2019 recommended that surface water from the existing Dahla Dam be developed to provide drinking water to Kandahar city and its peri-urban area. Based on this recommendation the first project would undertake investments to achieve: conjunctive use of ground and surface water (Dahla Dam and existing groundwater wells); a transmission pipeline from the existing Dahla Dam to a new water treatment plant (WTP) with associated booster station and service tanks; rehabilitation/ replacement and extension of the existing network based on a “house connections and public standpipes” concept. These infrastructure investments will directly complement financing by the ADB that will raise the Dahla Dam by 12 meters, construct associated irrigation schemes and invest in hydropower generation. The proposed Phase 1 project is expected to start in 2020 with an initial focus on rehabilitating existing infrastructure (pipes, pumps and wells). The project will also provide institutional support and capacity building to the water utility AUWSSC, and in particular its Kandahar Strategic Business Unit (KSBU) to execute the project and improve its ability to plan, implement and sustain an expansion of safe water supply in Kandahar. The project will consist of four components: Component 1 will finance Water Supply Infrastructure and Efficiency Improvements; Component 2 will fund Sector Reform, Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building; Component 3 is supporting Project Management and Monitoring; and Component 4: Contingent Emergency Response Component. To facilitate scaling-up as the Program moves forward, it is expected that future SoPs will have a structure consistent with these four components, albeit with varying scope and target areas.

Job Summary:

Objectives of the Assignment:

The Social Safeguard Specialist shall be responsible for: a) being be able to fulfill the duties to mainstream the Environmental and Social Management Framework and Resettlement Framework (RF) and implementation of social management instruments including Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and Resettlement Plans (RPs) b) identify the potential social issues within the project activities; b) provide technical assistance on mitigation strategies for the potential negative social impact; c) identify training needs at different levels of the organization and of clients ( on continuous basis) training of project staff, and training/awareness raising of clients and advising on how to fulfil the e and RF and Citizen Engagement requirements; d) Coordinating social commitments and initiatives with relevant government agencies. 


Duties & Responsibilities:

A.   DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include, but are not limited to):


  • Ensure that the project activities follow the guidelines and provisions of the environmental and social framework (ESF) and the relevant standards in overall projects operations
  • Ensure the implementation of social management plans and studies agreed in the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)

·        Ensure that the land acquisitions approaches are in full compliance with the ESF standards, particularly ESS5 (Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement)

·        Support the organization in implementation of land acquisition and resettlement management framework, resettlement plan and environmental and social management plans

·        Guided by the ESMF and RF, conduct social monitoring of the activities in association with engineering staff and ensure the implementation of recommendations prescribed in the ESMPs and RPs

·        To provide technical assistance to clients on mitigation strategies and requirements for the potential negative social impacts.

·        Provide trainings to organization’s staff on overall social aspects and Resettlement Framework and awareness raising of contractors on their immediate requirements to ensure compliance with ESF standards and procedures. 

·        Conduct consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders to discuss site-specific social issues of the project and get feedback from the participants to refine the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP)

·        Ensure the implementation of stakeholder engagement plan (SEP), Labour Management Procedures (LMP) and plans

·        Support the project team on implementation of Citizen Engagement mechanisms and ensure the delivery of satisfaction surveys with the level of affordability and reliability of services

·        Ensure the implementation of the Grievance Redress Mechanism and the grievance handling procedures, channels, grievance database to ensure that all registered complains are addressed properly; 

·        Ensure that the Grievance Redress Mechanism manual is translated and disclosed among the staff and project beneficiaries and establish functional GRM system

·        Conduct training and awareness raising of the project staff and contractors on GRM utilization and functionally

·        Help strengthen capacity for managing social concerns of the relevant staff and the contractors working with the organization

·        Prepare a socioeconomic analysis, including a poverty profile and characteristics and determinants of primary project beneficiaries in the target areas of the proposed investment components based on a review of existing studies, data, and development plans. The analysis will include a review of poverty by gender and ethnic minority and propose specific actions to benefit vulnerable indigenous peoples and minorities.

·        Prepare a gender needs analysis to identify specific energy needs and preferences of poor and vulnerable women in project areas, design activities/indicators/targets responding to these energy needs to ensure gender beneficial impacts, and develop participatory gender inclusive strategies to maximize women’s participation in project design, development and implementation.

·        Take charge of public information and disclosure initiatives.

·        Undertake other duties as per the requirements of the project or as directed by director.


Job Requirement:

A.   EDUCATION and REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:


The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree or higher educational degree with an emphasis in Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science, Environmental Science or other related fields. Master’s Degree in related fields are is preferred.

The candidate must be Fluent in English with a working knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto. The minimum qualifications, skills and experiences required for this position are as follows.

·        At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in social safeguard management work, or related area and in project administration.; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the capabilities to perform the described duties.

·        technical knowledge of social assessment and management and experience of similar projects water supply and sewerage systems.

·        Ability to work as a team player on multiple projects.

·        Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level


Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kandahar

Submission Guideline:

Submission Guidelines For Posting Jobs.

Please send your CV a long with a cover later to the given email address below before expiry date of vacancy. please mention vacancy number in the subject line of your email or your application will not be accepted.

Note: No resume will be considered of received after the closing date.

Only shortlisted candidates whose application respond to the above criteria will be contacted for written test and interview:

In case of any inquiry please contact this number: 0745273632

Submission Email:

  jobs@auwssc.gov.af