Senior / Principal Social Scientist - Golder Associates

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Golder has a dynamic and growing business in West Africa, serviced in large part from Ghana where it has a multi-disciplinary mining services, engineering, environmental and social team.

Golder is seeking a Senior/ Principal Social Scientist in its Ghana operation. The successful candidate will be an experienced consultant with a proven record building business and leading technical teams. They will be available and medically fit to travel to project sites, work in a team environment and apply a high degree of problem-solving in the execution of duties.

This full-time position will be based in Accra.

The appointed candidate will have a proven track record in building business and technical teams. They will lead or contribute to the successful execution of a variety of projects that form part of environmental and social impact assessments and the suite of social management plans, involuntary resettlement, land take and compensation, advise developers and lenders on project social compliance, undertake specialist social studies and develop integrated social solutions.
Qualification and Experience:

Preferred minimum qualifications and skillsets include:

  • Masters’ degree in social sciences or equivalent.

  • Demonstrable and progressive experience in the social sciences discipline (Social impact assessment, involuntary resettlement planning and compensation; livelihood restoration and stakeholder engagement).

  • Applied understanding of, and proven experience in international and lender standards.

  • 10-15 years of progressive experience in the broad social science consulting field.

  • Progressive project experience in Ghana and West Africa.

  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office suite of software, MS Project

  • A Ghanaian National, or holder of a valid transferable work permit will be an advantage

  • Proven ability to build business and maintain strong client relationships.

  • Demonstrate a high level of business acumen, to deal well with clients, work in multi-disciplinary teams, be problem solvers and be passionate about investing in their career growth.

  • A high level of attention to detail, technically strong in your specialist field and with a recognised and growing professional profile

  • Strong project management capabilities;
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to write well, and

  • Multi lingual skills will be an advantage, particularly French

Ownership: we take pride in our work;

Initiative: we proactively do more than expected, seeking guidance when required, looking beyond the task at hand;

Enthusiastic: positive, eager, energetic, wanting to get involved;

Learning and growth: we invest in ourselves, we seek mentorship, we respond well to feedback, we want to learn and improve;

Willing to ask questions: we want to understand our business and that of our clients;

Versatile/flexible: we adapt, we are willing to try different things in pursuit of a solution;

Good communication: we express our ideas clearly, speak clearly and write well;

Detail and quality focus: we pay attention to detail, have a high standard of care in all they do, takes pride in their work, sets high standards for their work, pays attention to details, double checks their work;

Good judgement: we are confident to ask questions, we know when to and are willing to ask for help;

Organisation: we can prioritise our time and demands, we can juggle multiple tasks;

Work ethic: we can apply our education and experience to the benefit of our clients; and

Robust: we are pragmatic to work with and willing to work locally and abroad

Additional Requirements:
  • Own Vehicle
  • Valid Driver’s Licence


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