Atuabo Freeport is a designated Free Port, designed to be a fully integrated oil and gas logistics and industrial hub that meets the requirements of the oil and gas industry. The Freeport project will be sited on approximately 2000 acres of land both onshore and offshore in Atuabo in the Elembelle district of the Western Region. It will directly impact the livelihoods of farmers and fishermen in Atuabo, Anokyi and Assemdasuazo. To this end, the project has been through a thorough livelihood restoration planning to restore livelihoods. AFP has over the past two years engaged stakeholders especially the communities in a very transparent and open manner. The project has built good relationships and image in the entire district and will want to maintain and enhance this positive community relation throughout its lifetime.
Atuabo Freeport is due to begin the construction phase, a process that will take approximately 24 months. Prior to AFP taking possession of the land for the project, the Company must ensure full and fair compensation of crops, land and loss of livelihoods to the affected households and land owners. This process, and the change that comes with it will bring considerable social, environmental and economic impacts that must be managed and mitigated by AFP – alongside the efforts of CHEC, the construction company.
Following the construction phase, the port will begin its operations with a 50 year (25 + 25 years) life span, and as such Atuabo Freeport will become an integral part of the Western Region’s economy and landscape. Large scale, long-term infrastructure projects such as Atuabo Freeport must develop and maintain a social license to operate from their host communities. AFP has prioritised stakeholder engagement and constructive community relations from the outset, and has developed a constructive, respectful relationship with its stakeholders. This is a critical aspect of the successful management of the company, its operations and impacts.
Investors in AFP recognise the importance of managing such impacts and risks and AFP is committed to meet the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability and the World Bank Group Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines and the Equator Principles.
Job Title: Head of HSSE & Social Performance
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Social Performance Manager will be based in Atuabo, once a project office is established, and until this point in the office in Accra. There will be regular travel between the two offices, and potentially travel to other locations/countries for knowledge sharing opportunities as required/requested by the Port Director. The role will report to the Atuabo Freeport Project Director and work closely with other key staff to deliver AFP’s social performance commitments as outlined in the Social Management Plans.
The overall purpose of the Social Performance Manager will be to manage the implementation of the various social management plans established and identified during the Feasibility Study’s Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and agreed upon with Lenders prior to construction. These social management plans will need to be updated and improved upon (with input from evaluation and monitoring and stakeholder feedback) as the project develops.
Key duties include:
- Support AFP CEO to achieve pro-active management of HSSE&SP risk,operationalise short and long term HSSE&SP plans to mitigate risk,improve HSE performance and deliver Zero Lost Time Incidents.
- Lead and develop the AFP HSSE&SP team, and manage HSSE&SP consultants, advisors and contractors.
- Reviewing and approving the project E&S assessment and studies for implementation
- Reviewing and approving the development and implementation of the contractor E&S management plans, procedures, method statements
- Coordinating pollution control, waste management, recycling, environmental health, conservation and renewable energy at the site
- Auditing, analyzing and reporting company’s and contractor’s environmental and social performance to management, lenders and regulatory bodies
- Throughout construction, identifying, assessing and minimizing E&S risks and financial costs for mitigations
- Promoting and raising awareness, at all levels, of emerging E&S issues
- Coordinating stakeholder engagement on E&S matters
- Develop and manage HSSE&SP training staff at all
- Participate in the negotiation of HSSE&SP service agreements and managing the resulting contracts
- Responsible to develop and operationalise and verify in-situ assurance on proper implementation of the HSSE&SP Control Framework. AFP’s HSSE & SP Control Framework is a simplified set of mandatory standards that define high level HSSE and SP principles and expectations and will be the source of all company-wide requirements covering health,safety,security,the environment (HSSE) and social performance (SP) that ensure compliance with both regulatory standards and the lenders standards.
- Report regular interpretation/analysis of the HSSE&SP hazards and risks for AFP activities.
- Lead or participate in HSSE&SP incident investigation,analysis,reporting and learning and responsible to ensure that these processes are implemented in quality manner.
- Operationalise office safety management and upkeep AFP Standards and Procedures.
- Responsible for HSSE&SP data reporting.
- Develop and monitor implementation of HSSE&SP training requirements per documented training matrix including HSSE competence for staff in HSE Critical Positions.
- Operations Manager
- External Affairs
- HSSE&SP team
- Senior Management of AFP such as Financial Director, Commercial Managers
- Nzema Traditional Authority
- Ellembelle District Assembly
- Livelihood Restoration Committee Members
- Members of the Communities of Atuabo, Anochi and Assemda
- National, Local and International Development NGOs
- Development Agencies, such as IFC, World Bank, DFID, UN
- UN Global Compact members
- Government Officials, as appropriate
- AFP Tenants/Users of Atuabo Freeport
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Development and effective operationalisation of HSSE&SP Control Framework
Stakeholder Engagement Activities
Development and operationalisation of Community Conservation Programme
Zero Lost Time Accidents
Effective deployment and monitoring of Livelihoods Restoration Programme
Effective deliver of a sustainable social investment programmes.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Post Graduate Degree in a relevant discipline, such as a social science
- A minimum of 10 years of management experience working within a HSSE & social performance role in the field with experience in port developments
- Experience in developing and embedding HSSE & social performance standards within and organization and then monitoring and auditing the application of these
- Experience in developing and executing social investment and community development projects and in managing large scale, high impact, strategic development programmes
- Knowledge of international standards on responsible business practices including the IFC Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact
- Ability to drive a step change and continual improvement in social performance field
- Ability to provide strategic counsel to Board and senior management
- Ability to translate complex information into strong, easily delivered messages, including the ability to influence, inspire confidence and build trust at all levels
- Preferably with well established contacts with international and Ghanaian experts in the field
- Able to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Knowledge of the oil and gas industry a plus
- Excellent networking skills
- Mentoring and coaching skills
- Knowledgeable of best practice and capable to ensure implementation of good industry practice during construction of a greenfield port project