Environmental Social Scientist

Job Title: Environmental Social Scientist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
REF: BBBH25613
Contact Name: Barrie Dempster
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 3 years ago

Environmental Social Scientist

Due to continued expansion an exciting opportunity has arisen for an Environmental and Socila Scientist. You will be joining the social safeguards team working in an integrated manner with the environmental and engineering teams on infrastructure projects. The focus is primarily in the energy sector, but will also include work on water, transport and other types of internationally financed infrastructure projects. Working with customers and local communities to provide social safeguard protection and, where possible, enhance social and community development benefits in pursuit of sustainable infrastructure projects.

The clients include project developers, international lenders including multilateral development and private banks, and governments. The work of our team primarily covers:

  • Social impact assessment and management - social due diligence, equator principle compliance reviews and construction monitoring
  • Resettlement and indigenous peoples' development planning
  • Public consultation, disclosure and stakeholder engagement planning
  • Labour rights management planning and auditing
  • Ecosystems services and livelihoods
  • Gender analysis and management planning

The team works mainly on international projects and international travel is an integral part of this role. Over the next few years team members will be undertaking periodic site visits to Projects in the following regions and countries, amongst others: South Asia (e.g. Pakistan), Central Asia (e.g. Mongolia), North and Francophone Africa (e.g. Egypt, Senegal, Madagascar).

Candidate Specification:


  • Masters qualification in a discipline related to sociology, social or international development, or a core service area of the team
  • Experience in carrying out SIAs
  • Due diligence reviews / construction monitoring and resettlement action plans for infrastructure projects
  • Experience of IFC and other lender safeguards and their role in project finance processes and cycles
  • Experience of working internationally
  • Ability to undertake international trips as required
  • Fluency in English, excellent communication and report writing skills


  • Fluency or the ability to work in French at site or when writing reports
  • Experience in the regions/countries mentioned above, and/or ability to work in the languages spoken in those locations
  • Experience in the power sector
  • Experience mentoring junior staff
  • Demonstrable academic or industry expertise in nice service areas such as gender, or other core services provided by the team

We look forward to receiving your application. For further information, then please contact Barrie Dempster at ALLEN & YORK LTD on 01202 888986 or email