JBN has a demonstrable track record in the delivery of numerous development projects across a broad spread of sectors and offers a team of professionals whose skills embrace the core disciplines associated with environment, engineering and development services.

Environmental Services:

Planning

We believe that infrastructure programs and projects should be linked to larger national environmental strategies, assessments, and alternatives fully considered in environmental assessments to increase the potential of projects in strengthening the environment. At JBN, we ensure that planning for environmental and social management safeguards is adequately handled during project implementation by shifting from a “checklist” application of safeguards late in project design to incorporating environmental considerations up front in project and site selection in order to improve the overall project design and integration into national environmental objectives.
Key tools that maybe used during planning include:

  1. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  2. Environmental and Social Management Plans
  3. Environment and Social Management Frameworks
  4. Contractor’s Management Plans
  5. Regulatory Approvals and Permits
  6. Technical Advisory and Staffing
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Mitigation And Management

Mitigations are designed to reduce the undesirable impacts of a proposed action on the environment while monitoring tells our clients and us if the mitigation measures are sufficient and effective. We also agree that stakeholder and beneficiaries involvement can have quite positive effects on infrastructure investments. Beneficiary communities in particular appreciate better, what is being provided, if they know how they will benefit, and what the costs will be. They also provide valuable inputs into the design and management of projects and are more willing to bear the cost implications up to their capacity that might arise. The development of mitigation strategies or measures should flow from the environmental management process with clear links to functional lead agencies, as identified in the EIA or ESMP, to ensure each impact and mitigation is coordinated and managed by the responsible agency or stakeholder.
Monitoring and reporting can be done through:

  1. Preparation of Method Statements
  2. Waste Management
  3. Health and Safety Management
  4. HIV/AIDS and Gender activities
  5. Stakeholder Engagement
  6. Grievance Management
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Monitoring and Reporting

We know that operations and maintenance determine the level of environmental impact. Projects need to be efficiently managed during their operating lives. Depending on the type of project, monitoring may require following proper operational procedures for the equipment, assuring regular maintenance and repair, and monitoring of project activities. We have realized that it is hard to assess the infrastructure-environment impact if we lack the most basic monitoring data. Insufficient data and too short a monitoring time- frame makes it difficult to determine (i) whether the safeguards have been effectively implemented, however well the they were designed into a project; (ii) whether environmental strengthening or mitigations actions have been carried out; (iii) whether the expected outcomes or benefits have been realized; or (iv) whether there are significant environmental impacts that need to be addressed.
Monitoring and reporting can be done through:

  1. Periodic Monitoring and Reporting
  2. Water Quality Monitoring
  3. Bathymetry Surveys
  4. HIV/AIDS and Gender inclusion activities
  5. NEMA Compliance Audits
  6. End of Project Environmental Reporting
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Development Services:

Some projects especially infrastructural roads such as roads, power lines and hydropower dams require land uptake and subsequently the need for land acquisition and resettlement of people. We prepare resettlement action plans and manage gender, HIV/AIDS and other crosscutting issues. Recently, According ILO, 2019, Gender-based occupational segregation is part of the equation of the underrepresentation of women in various sectors. Although women’s overall participation in the labour force has increased around the world over the past decades, they are still 26 percent less likely to be employed than men. As such, we guide our clientele in developing communications, campaigns, and outreach programs within beneficiary communities, using inclusive practices that show commitments towards diversity in job advertisements, ensuring a gender-balanced hiring committee, or offering incentives to employers to hire more women.
Other services rendered include:

Land Acquisition & Resettlement

Some projects especially infrastructure such as roads, power lines and hydropower dams require land uptake and subsequently the need for land acquisition and resettlement of people. We prepare Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to address the social issues associated with land acquisition, livelihoods and resettlement to ensure that the population to be expropriated and displaced by development projects is formally consulted and adequately compensated and treated. We also work with our Clients to establish grievance redress mechanisms to handle grievances that may arise from members of the communities who are dissatisfied with the eligibility criteria, community planning measures, or actual implementation of the resettlement. We have provided RAP services for numerous projects including Development for the Nyimur Multipurpose Water Resources Project, Rehabilitation of the Tororo - Gulu Railway Line, and Rehabilitation of Gulu Municipal Roads.

  1. Resettlement Action Plans
  2. RAP Implementation
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HIV/AIDS and Gender

Uganda’s National Gender Policy requires Developers and Contractors to undertake planning, resource allocation and implementation of development programmes with a gender perspective. We work with our Clients to prepare Gender Action Plans, conduct awareness raising meetings, gender sensitive awareness training, monitoring and reporting as per project requirements.

  1. HIV/AIDS and Gender Plans
  2. VCT Services
  3. Health Talks
  4. Monitoring and Reporting
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Baseline Surveys

Baseline surveys are an important part of any M&E process. A baseline study simply put is a study that is done at the beginning of a project to establish the status of the project area before a project is rolled out. Baseline studies are important in establishing priority areas for a project. Without a baseline, it is not possible to know the impact of a project. A baseline study serves the purpose of informing decision makers on what impact the project has had on the target community. Not only that, baseline tools are used during evaluation process.
At JBN, we undertake various surveys including:

  1. Socio-economic surveys
  2. Pre-project Surveys
  3. Demographic Studies
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Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is a continuous management function to assess if progress is made in achieving expected results, to spot obstructions in implementation and to highlight whether there are any unintended effects (positive or negative) from a management plan, programme or project (“project/plan”) and its activities. JBN offers a wide range of evaluations, including needs assessments, process evaluations, outcome or performance evaluations, and impact evaluations. Our approach to M&E is based on a multidisciplinary approach where we connect technical processes with social, economic, and institutional factors.
These are:

  1. M & E Surveys
  2. Mid-Term Reviews
  3. End of Project Reports
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Engineering Services:

During feasibility phase, our team of engineers undertake site inspections, carryout detailed designs, offer project management services, design structures, environmental audits, hazard analysis and risk assessment, ground water monitoring for various infrastructure like roads, power and distribution lines, municipal structures to say the least.
Feasibility studies include:

  1. Financial analysis
  2. Project management
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