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Field Supervisor, Stakeholder Engagement Job in Kenya

Tullow Oil is Africa’s leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company and is a constituent of the London FTSE100.

The Group has interests in over 100 exploration and production licences across 24 countries focusing on four core regions: Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America. Working for Tullow Oil in Kenya, you will be given the freedom and responsibility to make a difference.

We provide the opportunities to build a solid future within our rapidly expanding portfolio and provide competitive rewards as part of our people strategy. Our high level of employee engagement is also one of our key success factors that we want to continue building on.

Tullow Kenya BV is seeking to appoint the following position:

Job Title: Field Supervisor, Stakeholder Engagement
Reports To: Social Impact Manager

Job Purpose:

The Field Supervisor, Stakeholder Engagement is the key field (and site) based representative for community and local government engagement activities. 

This position is responsible for managing and coordinating the day to day execution of community based activities (engagement, sensitisation and issues management) according to business requirements and applicable policies and guidelines.
This position will play a key role in managing grass roots engagement & consultation and company reputation / social licence to operate issues. 

The position will provide input into exploration / appraisal and development planning activities as they pertain to grassroots community relations or engagement activities.  It will also have a key role in ongoing issues management and grievance management.  

This role will work closely with EHS and other functions to ensure that social impact and investment initiatives / programmes are executed to minimised impacts and ensure positive relationships are developed with impacted communities. 

Timely and accurate reporting and communications (within the field and between the field and Nairobi) are key elements of this role. 

This position will be responsible for managing and implementing supporting systems and processes to ensure community relations and grievances are managed effectively and transparently.

Responsibilities / Key Objectives:

Community Relations & Consultation
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders in the operational areas including (but not limited to) impacted communities, County Officials, the media (as requested), NGOs, religious institutions, cultural bodies and internal departments.
  • In cooperation with the Social Investment Coordinator, develop and implement community engagement and social impact mitigation guidelines.
  • Deploy community relations resources according to business requirements and provide input into business planning processes / decisions as required (accounting for operational impacts and stakeholder impacts on the business objectives). 
  • Support Corporate Affairs in organising, sponsoring and attending events on behalf of the company and as required.
  • Monitor and prioritise relevant political and social intelligence in the areas of operation to the company and report this information in a timely manner through line management.
  • Provide project specific oversight and ensure compliance from the community relations perspective.
  • Support internal systems and procedures relevant to successful integration of Social Performance requirements in oil exploration and development projects.
  • Manage a team of Field Stakeholder Engagement Officers on a day to day basis (daily planning and execution). 
  • Support permitting and compensation aspects in the areas of operation.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of access processes and implement improvements and efficiencies. 
  • Participate and contribute to community relations audits / reviews (either internal or external).

Social Investment
  • Assist in the day to day execution of field based social enterprise projects and initiatives as requested by the Social Impact Manager and / or Social Investment Coordinator. 

General Management
  • Provide regular updates to the Social Performance Team on the status of issues pertaining to community relations. 
  • Manage external consultancies effectively as required.
  • Manage rotational schedule of community liaison officers and deploy resources according to business requirements.
  • Actively support the training and development of direct reports. 

Experience and Education:
Senior education qualified.
  • At least five years previous experience working within a community relations / development role.
  • Experience within a major infrastructure projects / resource sector is critical.
  • Experience operating in a remote, challenging and cross cultural context is essential. 
  • Previous exposure to environmental / social impact assessment and management would be desirable.  As would exposure to conflict resolution activities.

Demonstrated skills in planning and delegation.
  • Build and maintain a network of local stakeholders and informed parties. 
  • Ability to translate complex information into strong, easily delivered messages, including the ability to influence, inspire confidence and build trust at all levels.
  • Experience in the management of grievances and grievance management systems. 
  • Ability to integrate consultation outcomes into business and project planning as required. 
  • Ability to delegate to team members and guide outcomes.
  • Proven ability to manage complex matters in a transparent and inclusive fashion. 
  • Demonstrated ability to produce effective frameworks, policies and procedures to ensure timely access and minimize associated impacts. 
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies (including key stakeholder engagement) to secure desired outcomes and support objectives.
  • Ability to manage external consultants / advisors (as appropriate) to support key deliverables and build capacity. 
  • Able to work on own initiative as well as effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to manage conflict situations including conflict resolution and analysis.

How to apply:

Send your application including a cover letter indicating your desire to work with our client; a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, a daytime phone contact, valid email address, and the names and telephone contacts of three professional referees

All applications and enquiries should be addressed to:

Adept Systems
Management Consultants
Tausi Court, 3rd Floor, along Tausi Road,
Off Muthithi Road, Westlands, Nairobi
P O Box 6416, Nairobi, GPO 00100


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Closing date: 30th August 2013

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