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AECOM Senior Consultant, International Social Sustainability Team in London, United Kingdom

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

AECOM’s International ESIA and Social Sustainability Team is looking to recruit a Senior Social Consultant working in international Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental & Social Due Diligence (ESDD) and wider social performance services in line with international funder environmental and social standards (e.g. IFC, EBRD, AfDB).

Our work helps clients deliver their projects in socially sustainable ways, leading to better outcomes for projects and communities. Our team members gain experience of some of the world’s largest and most challenging projects, working with a diverse range of clients and communities in different countries, and across many sectors including water, oil and gas, power, renewables, infrastructure and mining.

We work closely with specialists in AECOM’s network of offices in over 150 countries. Our geographical areas are varied, for example some of the projects we have delivered recently include:

  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and stakeholder engagement for a solar plant in Kazakhstan;

  • Engaging local authorities and communities for a sustainable city project funded by the EBRD in Eastern Europe and Central Asia;

  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA), Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and Stakeholder Engagement for a mining project in Malawi;

  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in the Comoros Islands and Madagascar for various offshore oil & gas developers; and

  • Environmental and Social monitoring of the implementation of environmental and social action plans for various infrastructure projects in Turkey.

  • Our International Social specialists perform a wide range of consulting services for international projects, including contribution to and coordinating delivering ESIAs and ESDDs, as well as having experience in social specialisms such as Resettlement Action Plans (RAP), Livelihood Restoration Plans (LRP), community and stakeholder engagement, labour and working conditions, community investment, and social performance and sustainability reporting.

You will play a key role in social aspects of international ESIA, ESDD and social performance services on major international projects for our private sector clients and on behalf of international funders. Working as either a member of a multidisciplinary team, or directly for clients, you will undertake work such as:

  • Social baseline studies,

  • Community and stakeholder engagement,

  • Assessments of social impacts, identification of mitigation measures, social management plans,

  • Labour & working conditions audits,

  • Preparation and implementation of resettlement and livelihood restoration plans,

  • Social performance monitoring and reporting, training and capacity building on social performance for clients etc.

  • You will also be involved in work winning through contributing to proposal preparation, mentoring junior consultants and maintaining client relationships.

The international ESIA Practice Area sits within AECOM’s Environment & Planning (E&P) business, which in the UK comprises over 200 people across approximately 20 offices. In London and the South-East, we have offices in Aldgate, Croydon, St Albans, Cambridge and Basingstoke.

The successful candidate will undertake the following illustrative roles and responsibilities:

  • Be centrally involved in the delivery of major international ESIA, ESDD, E&S monitoring and RAP/LRP assignments.

  • Researching and drafting social baseline chapters, carrying out assessment of social impacts, defining mitigation and social management plans.

  • Community and stakeholder engagement in varied geographies.

  • Assistance to clients in meeting international lender standards and advise on international best practice in social performance.

  • Delivery of work through well written reports and presentations to clients.

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate would have the following qualification and skills:

  • Strong previous experience in delivering social performance related projects such as Social Impact Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement, Social Due Diligence and/or Resettlement Action Plans following international standards (e.g. IFC Performance Standards).

  • Excellent knowledge of written and oral English, with good report writing and presentation skills.

  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including ability to manipulate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Strong ability of working as a member of a team who is also able to work independently, a creative thinker with vision and desire to deliver meaningful results. Previous qualitative research experience a plus.

  • Strong experience of working in a professional international environment (e.g. international organisations, private sector, development non-governmental organisations).

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability for building internal and external relationships and networks.

  • Strong interest in Businesses’ “Social License to Operate”, social performance, international relations and development issues, and/or Business and Human Rights.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A post-graduate qualification – economics, social sciences, international relations or similar discipline.

  • Fluency in foreign language (for example French and/or Spanish) is a plus.

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Planning

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 263946BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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