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Compensation & Livelihood Coordinator

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    Elaf Khoshnaw

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    about 2 months ago

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mselect is looking to hire a Compensation & Livelihood Coordinator for an international energy client in Basrah, Iraq. Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience. Fluency in English and Arabic is a must.

Land acquisition and involuntary resettlement is the singular most significant social impact that an infrastructure project can have on people. It involves the physical, economic, cultural, and spiritual displacement of people from their homes and livelihoods. This is sometimes temporary and others permanent.
Temporary & permanent land access and right of ways for the projects includes a footprint of 110 km2 to deploy 4 projects (AGUP, GMP, SPP, WIP) and a 3D seismic survey. Several villages & agricultural lands are located within the Project area of influence with populations highly dependent on land and natural resources for their livelihoods, anticipated impact on land is mainly economic displacement which requires the development and implementation of an effective LRF/LRP.

Stakeholder engagement:
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the 4 projects (AGUP, GMP, SPP, WIP) and a 3D seismic survey specific stakeholder engagement strategy and Stakeholder Engagement plans for land acquisition and livelihood restoration
  • Work closely with the RAP and other consultants on their field level community engagement and if necessary, participates in Stakeholder Engagement activities
  • Participate in engagements with relevant regional and local authorities to support their roles in the land acquisition and compensation process, engage them and keep them informed, integrate their guidance, and ensure their support
  • Ensure that any identified vulnerable stakeholders including indigenous people (ex. marsh arabs & bedouins) among the land access impacted communities are adequately engaged during the land acquisition process and provided sufficient support during the compensation and livelihoods processes
  • Support the collection and management of community grievances related to land and livelihoods

Land acquisition & resettlement, livelihood restoration:
  • Participate in engagement with relevant key governmental stakeholders on agreeing Resettlement Policy Framework and action plans; including involving them and keeping them informed of progress and seeking solution for problems or issues putting the Project schedule or activities at risk
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the 4 projects (AGUP, GMP, SPP, WIP) and a 3D seismic survey strategy and management plan(s) for permanent and temporary land acquisition, compensation and livelihood restoration required by the Project within the set timeline
  • Take Responsibility for the proper implementation of procedures and processes for permanent and temporary land acquisition, compensation, and livelihood restoration
  • Maintain a detailed knowledge of potentially affected landowners and land users through the creation of PAP compensation folders and household profiles
  • In coordination with Sustainability Manager, Head of Land Access and RAP Contractors, ensure the identification of practical in-kind entitlements for impacts on agricultural land
  • Work closely with the Sustainability Manager, Head of Land Access and Land Data Administrator to create and operationalize a plan to sign land access agreements with all affected PAPs including drafting key tracking metrics for compensation and livelihoods, managing and archiving all signed hardcopy documents resulting from compensation agreements process
  • Work closely with the Head of Land Access and Land Data Coordinator to centralise all compensation and livelihoods data collected during the land acquisition planning and implementation phase.
  • Supports the implementation of relevant studies including land and asset inventory, socio-economic census to identify PAPs, assets and fair compensation rates
  • Supports the coordination of internal and external working groups for land acquisition and resettlement with support from hierarchy
  • Provides support for the design of appropriate livelihood restoration programs and their implementation
  • Actively liaise with the company's security department, stakeholder engagement team and local authorities if required in ensuring encroachment is actively managed and minimized as much as possible
  • Ensure compliance of land management processes with affiliate compliance standards, local laws & regulations, IFC standards and ompany codes of conduct

Monitoring & Evaluation, Reporting:
  • Ensure Compliance of all documents and activities with Iraq legislation, and IFC Standards
  • Work closely with land data coordinator to ensure robust record keeping and data management at the community level to ensure appropriate tracking of all activities including grievances. Ensure the database of engagements results/outcomes are up to date and regularly analyzed and utilized in resettlement and livelihood planning
  • Actively monitors any land use potential issues and their relevance for project implementation. Identify risks and solutions for land related issues that could put the Project schedule or activities at risk
  • Provide adhoc, weekly and monthly reports to ensure land access implementation is done timely and within standards

  • Provide Contractor field work oversight support
  • Growth Gas Integrated Project  is a project in Iraq around Oil field. It includes 4 sub projects: Water Injection Project (WIP), Gas Midstream project (GMP) and Solar Power Plant (SSP) and Associated Gas Upstream Project (AGUP). affiliate is established to steer and implement the Project. The affiliate is based in Basra and operates in close coordination with Basra Oil Company (BOC) and South Gas Company (SGC)
  • In line with affiliate footprint, coordination with Projects teams, affiliate relevant departments and concerned public administrations is key to successful and timely land access
  • Working in a tribal/semi-rural environment where stakeholders have high expectations, that requires vigilance & wise management of the relations. In an area where compliance and sanctions rules are not fully developed, that requires special
  • attention to apply and communicate on company code of conduct
  • To contribute to the successful implementation of the Project through
  • Effective delivery of compensation and livelihood restoration scope
  • Effective engagement with people affected by land acquisition, fair compensation, and timely resolution of grievances to achieve and maintain Project Social License to Operate
  • Demonstrating an exemplary behaviour with regard to compliance & corporate values
  • Comply with the Activities described within the HSE Management System. Take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts at work
  • Know their responsibilities to environmental issues in their work areas
  • Each employee, at his level of responsibility, must observe all Company Rules, Procedures, and instructions in the performance of his own task
  • Reporting any anomaly, abnormal conditions and near miss
  • Participating actively in HSE meetings, safety talks, toolboxes, training sessions and drills
  • Ideal candidate will be Iraqi National
  • Work location is the Main with frequent travel to work locations
  • This is a full-time role. At its discretion, COMPANY will consider alternative working arrangements
  • Post graduate degree in social sciences, international relations, economics, demography, sociology, agronomy, valuation etc. A minimum of 10 15 years of relevant professional experience, in community relations and social development in an extractive industry in developing economies; of which 10 years professional experience in land acquisition and resettlement (and/or related activities) and 5 years working in the application of IFC Performance Standard 5 to lender financed private sector industrial projects
  • High integrity, capacity to listen, to dialogue essential, superior negotiation and communications skills. Creativity, open-mindedness, leadership skills, flexibility essential, excellent analytical skills
  • Strong team player with maturity to build effective partnerships across corporate and cultural divides. Strong focus on delivery of results, ability to work to deadlines

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.