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The CSP Specialist(s) will be based in, or close to, the Municipality of Boticas in Portugal
The CSP Specialist needs to be a fluent Portuguese speaker and have a minimum of Intermediate proficiency (B1-B2 according to the CEFR scale) in English
Background to the role
Savannah Resources Plc (“Savannah”) is an AIM listed public company who owns the Barroso Lithium project mining lease with a recently approved DIA and is moving towards development. Savannah is now undertaking a series of studies including a Feasibility Study (FS), RECAPE and licensing of a new bypass road to the proposed mine development and is seeking a suitably qualified person to help manage social impact and risk during the development, working closely with community stakeholders.
Purpose of the Role
The CSP Specialist will provide professional support for the management of Savannah’s relationship with local community stakeholders, mainly those living close to the project site. The CSP Specialist acts as a key point of contact to enable community members to engage with Savannah and plays an integral role in implementing Savannah’s community relations strategy at the local level. The role also includes supporting Savannah to meet international standards for social and human rights performance.
The position exists to enable Savannah and the local community/communities to:
A key objective during the development phase is to ensure that development of the BLP project occurs in a way that avoids harm to the environment, local livelihoods or wellbeing, while building mutually beneficial relationships with local community members. Above all the objective of the CSP Specialist role is to support sustainable development and the protection of human life, health and the environment, and to contribute benefits to the local communities.
Understanding community expectations, needs, interests and concerns namely by gathering baseline data gathering and monitoring data. Understanding how project activities might affect community well-being and community dynamics. Recording and reporting on insights and discussing them with colleagues.
Community stakeholder mapping
Understanding and mapping various community stakeholders and their needs, interests, concerns and levels of influence in a way that can be used for project decision-making. Discussing the results of stakeholder mapping with colleagues.
Ensuring that information about the project is shared with the community in an effective, appropriate and timely manner. Discussing project-related information with community members. Using basic information-sharing tools, including verbal communication, pamphlets, posters, media announcements, and common social media platforms, such as Facebook in articulation with the communication department. Recognizing whether community members have sufficient access to information, and reporting to managers on any barriers to community information access.
Regular engagement with community stakeholders, including local leaders, civil society organizations, landholders and land/resource users, households and vulnerable groups, with the aim of building the trust and respect of the community. Explaining the goals and aspirations of the project, and discussing potential project impacts and opportunities with community members. Advising landholders and land/resource users in advance of planned interventions that might affect them directly, and the timings and extent of such activities. Supporting community meetings by preparing information packages, arranging venues, posting advertisements and collecting feedback forms. Identifying and respecting the needs of different stakeholder groups, especially vulnerable groups, and modifying engagement approaches as appropriate.
Supporting information gathering for consultation purposes, including questionnaire surveys and community meetings. Accurately recording community views and concerns to input into consultation processes. Supporting the management of consultation responses by analyzing appropriately quantitative and qualitative information.
Community grievance and dispute management
Developing and supporting the community grievance mechanism, by recording and reporting on grievances and their resolution. Explaining to community members how to use the grievance mechanism. Discussing issues and grievances with community members and resolving low-level issues and disputes, as required. Bringing larger grievances and disputes to the attention of the right people to resolve them. Responding sensitively at all times and bringing calm to tense situations.
Supporting incident and crisis response activities, as required. Participating in incident and crisis response training. Explaining issues relating to safety, security and emergency risk to community members. Engaging with community members in a crisis, as required, explaining the situation clearly and passing on advice from the company on steps they should take. Supporting alternative community engagement approaches, as required in the context of specific conflict situations. Recognizing the need for expert conflict management, mediation or dispute resolution in the community, and seeking expertise to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
Reporting and documentation
Reporting to the line manager regarding own activities and the day-to-day situation in the community. Reporting against key performance indicators (KPIs) and ESG aspects relevant to social and human rights performance. Reporting on major and minor incidents and emerging issues in the community. Ensuring that accurate records are kept of key conversations and action items are noted and conveyed to senior management for discussion and agreement.
Social management system
Working with project teams to implement human rights due diligence, international standards for social performance, and related company policies and procedures. Contributing to the continuous improvement of Community and Social Performance practices.
Supporting internal and external scrutiny by providing information and reporting in an accurate and timely fashion.
Post-graduate qualifications in social sciences, such as in psychology (social or community psychology preferably), sociology, anthropology and human geography. Additional knowledge and qualifications relating to environmental sustainability and socio-economic development are also desirable.
Experience working with the following is also highly desirable: