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AECOM Associate Director International Social Specialist in Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director : International Social Specialist to join our Environmental & Sustainability (E&S) team to manage and deliver social inputs to large scale infrastructure projects. Based in the UK you will play a key role in managing the social aspects of international ESIA, ESDD and social performance services on major projects. Working as either a member of a multidisciplinary team, or directly for clients, you will undertake work such as:

  • Contribution to and coordinating delivering ESIAs including social baseline studies, assessments of social impacts, identification of mitigation measures, and preparation of social management plans,

  • Acting as independent lender’s consultant and contributing to ESDDs and monitoring through construction and operation.

  • Preparation and implementation of resettlement and livelihood restoration plans.

  • Community and stakeholder engagement.

  • Social performance monitoring and reporting.

  • Training and capacity building on social performance for clients etc.

  • You will also be involved in work winning through contributing to proposal preparation, mentoring junior consultants and maintaining client relationships.

Being part of the team;

The ESIA & ESDD Practice Area sits within AECOM’s Environment & Sustainability (E&S) business, which in the UK comprises over 200 people across approximately 20 offices. The location of the position is flexible and includes offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, and Edinburgh.

We work closely with specialists in AECOM’s network of offices in over 100 countries. Our geographical areas are varied, for example some of the projects we have delivered recently include:

  • ESIA and ESDD for major projects across Easter Europe, Africa and Asia including highways, ports, railways, airports, solar power, hydro power, thermal power, pipelines, industrial facilities, urban masterplans and more;

  • Engaging local authorities and communities for a sustainable city project funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia;

  • Resettlement and livelihood restoration planning and implementation for projects in Guinea, Senegal, and Uzbekistan; and

  • Environmental and Social monitoring of the implementation of environmental and social action plans for various infrastructure projects through construction and operational phases. Recent projects include thermal power projects in Guam and Armenia, a railway in Ghana, a highway in Turkey, a bus rapid transit project in Cote d’Ivoire.

We offer a flexible hybrid working model. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a range of flexible choices covering health, finance, lifestyle, well-being and more.


We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about delivering effective social inputs and positively influencing the social performance of large-scale projects around the world. The successful candidate would have the following qualification and skills:

  • An appropriate graduate or post-graduate qualification.

  • Experience in supporting social inputs in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and/or Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD), including Social Impact Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement, Social Due Diligence and/or Resettlement Action Plans following international standards (e.g. IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles).

  • Excellent knowledge of written and oral English, with good report writing and presentation skills.

  • Proven experience in applying baseline data collection methodologies and carrying out stakeholder engagement activities in emerging markets and rural communities, particularly in Africa, Central Asia, eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

  • The ability to lead and work collaboratively as part of an established team, supervising members of staff as applicable.

  • Willingness to travel, potentially at short notice.

  • Right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to progress applications requiring visa sponsorship at this time.

Additional Information

You can learn more about us here: 2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10109102

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid