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Associate - International Social Specialist

AECOM
Full-time
Remote

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Start here. Grow here.

Are you passionate about delivering effective social inputs and positively influencing the social performance of large-scale projects around the world? .Are you ready to lead a team of talented social specialists? Based in the UK you will play a key role in managing the social aspects of international Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental Social Due Diligence (ESDD) and social performance services on major projects.

Join our dynamic and multidisciplinary Environment & Sustainability business as an International Social specialist Associate Director in our growing London, Bristol or Edinburgh offices, as well as taking advantage of our flexible hybrid working model. The ESIA & ESDD Practice Area work closely with specialists in AECOM’s network of offices in over 100 countries. Our geographical areas are varied, for example some of the projects we have delivered recently include:

  • Conducting Human Rights Due Diligence and Human Rights Impact Assessments in accordance with the requirements of the Equator Principles and the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights.
  • ESIA and ESDD for major projects across Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia including highways, ports, railways, airports, solar power, hydro power, thermal power, pipelines, industrial facilities, urban masterplans and more;
  • Engaging local authorities and communities for a sustainable city project funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia;
  • Resettlement and livelihood restoration planning and implementation for projects in Guinea, Senegal, and Uzbekistan; and
  • Environmental and Social monitoring of the implementation of environmental and social action plans for various infrastructure projects through construction and operational phases. Recent projects include thermal power projects in Guam and Armenia, a railway in Ghana, a highway in Turkey, a bus rapid transit project in Cote d’Ivoire.

At AECOM, we’re at the forefront delivering to an exceptional portfolio of programs and projects through long-term partnerships with key clients. In this role, you will lead all aspects of ESIA, ESDD and social performance services primarily under key client long-term frameworks. This position offers an unparalleled opportunity to lead a talented, diverse team committed to managing the social aspects of international ESIA, ESDD and social performance services on major projects. Working as either a member of a multidisciplinary team, or directly for clients.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Oversee:

Contribution to and coordinating delivering ESIAs including social baseline studies, assessments of social impacts, identification of mitigation measures, and preparation of social management plansfor projects financed by international lenders.

Preparation and implementation of resettlement and livelihood restoration plans.

  • Lead

Lead and develop AECOM’s social offering by contributing to business development, recruitment and strategic planning for the social team

Mentor and support junior team members, fostering a collaborative and learning-focused environment.

  • Provide Expertise:

Offer technical knowledge and expertise. Acting as independent lender’s consultant and contributing to ESDDs and monitoring through construction and operation.

Ensure compliance with international standards such as IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, and other relevant guidelines.

Social performance monitoring and reporting.

  • Collaborate:

Work closely with clients and AECOM counterparts to secure training and capacity building on social performance for clients

  • Growth:

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

If you're passionate about innovation and turning bold ideas into reality, AECOM welcomes you. Join our team, where we don't just construct infrastructure but also uplift communities and enhance lives. Why not give our AECOM Environment page on LinkedIn a follow to stay updated on the impactful projects we're working on and see firsthand the difference we're making in the industry!

Come grow with us.

Become part of our The ESIA & ESDD Practice Area sits within AECOM’s Environment & Sustainability (E&S) business, which in the UK comprises over 200 people across approximately 20 offices. The location of the position is flexible and includes offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, and Edinburgh. Collaborate to deliver a variety of captivating projects. At AECOM, you’ll thrive in an inclusive and forward-thinking environment where your contributions are valued.

And let's not forget about the perks at AECOM. You'll enjoy a range of core and personalised benefits designed to support your future and well-being, customised to fit your lifestyle. Take advantage of career development opportunities, our flexible hybrid working model to ensure a work-life balance that suits your lifestyle, technical practice networks, AECOM University, and volunteering days.

Qualifications

Ready to push the limits of what’s possible?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Experience in supporting social inputs in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and/or Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD), including Social Impact Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement, Social Due Diligence and/or Resettlement Action Plans following international standards (e.g. IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles).
  • Experience of conducting Human Rights Due Diligence and Human Rights Impact Assessments in accordance with the requirements of the Equator Principles and the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and oral English, with good report writing and presentation skills.
  • Proven experience in applying baseline data collection methodologies and carrying out stakeholder engagement activities in emerging markets and rural communities, particularly in Africa, Central Asia, eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
  • The ability to lead and work collaboratively as part of an established team, supervising members of staff as applicable.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to progress applications requiring visa sponsorship at this time.
  • An appropriate graduate or post-graduate qualification.

We celebrate diversity, including neurodiversity, and believe it enriches our team. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and abilities. If you are an applicant with a disability that requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact us at [email protected]. At AECOM, we value everyone's unique contributions and perspectives.

If you meet some of the requirements above or have transferable skills you believe would benefit us, we would be delighted to hear from you!

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Additional Information

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About AECOM

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.