Recrutement de 01 Programme Consultant – Social Protection

Localité : Burundi / Bujumbura
Domaine : Sociologie
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : Human Project Group

Recrutement de 01 Programme Consultant – Social Protection
Niveau d'études: Non précisé
Expérience: 5 ans
Expire le: 26-11-2023

World Food Programme
Bujumbura, Burundi
Opportunités de carrière : Programme Policy Consultant - Social Protection CST II (830291)

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The GoB has made significant progress in strengthening its safety net system and establishing foundational delivery systems through the Merankabandi National Safety Net Program in the past decade. The Merankabandi National Safety Net Program seeks to improve the welfare of and increase resilience among specific groups to reduce poverty and vulnerability in Burundi. While the Merankabandi program worked to put the foundational elements of traditional Safety Net systems in place, the GoB is now committed to moving beyond cash transfers to an integrated Social Protection (SP) system to enhance the social and Productive inclusion of the poor and vulnerable. While the current achievements of the Merankabandi are impressive, there is room for further development of SP systems to deliver on this commitment.

The Project has been successfully implemented in 4 provinces of Burundi, benefitting over 56,000 households with cash transfers and accompanying measures on human capital development. The Project has set the basis for developing a proper social protection system by developing core delivery systems such as a targeting system, a payment system, an M&E system, a grievance redress mechanism, and a management information system to support the project activities and to report.

The GoB has requested the World Bank to support advancements in three areas: (i) enhancing institutional capacity and SP delivery systems, particularly the development of a Single Registry in the country, as well as to continue improving the efficiency of other delivery mechanisms; (ii) investing in scale-up of the existing nutrition-sensitive safety net, as well as testing customized Productive inclusion models as a complement to the regular cash transfers to improve human capital and self-sufficiency of poor and vulnerable households; and (iii) improving the shock responsiveness of the safety net system by expanding its coverage and strengthening financing arrangements for enhancing households’ resilience and providing timely support to cope with recurrent climate-induced droughts. Subsequently, the Government and the World Bank are preparing the phase II of the Merankabandi project.

The proposed Project would continue in phase 2 in supporting the Government by developing a national safety net for the country that can address structural vulnerabilities, promote livelihoods and economic opportunities, and respond to shocks such as the Covid-19 crisis. The project would scale up at the national level the foundations of a targeted cash-based safety net program that could contribute to poverty alleviation in the short term and investments in human and productive capital for poverty reduction, in the long run, a twin-track contribution to SDG 1.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
The successful candidate will support WFP’s engagement in designing and implementing the Social Protection program in Burundi as a vital member of the team in Bujumbura, Burundi. The successful candidate would focus on the practical implementation of the ongoing projects and analytical and technical assistance work while working to broaden the engagement with the Government and development partners in-country. Prior experience or readiness to work in fragile settings will be essential.

Major responsibilities include:

Act as the country office social protection focal point, ensuring a clear and substantial connection between the field operations, Regional Bureau and HQ.
Lead high-level policy dialogue on social protection, youth and jobs, and refugees, focusing on the responsible agencies and line Ministries, Ministries of Finance, and critical sector ministries as needed.
Translate corporate and regional policies and strategies pertinent to social protection into country-level practices. Contribute to formulating the Social Protection Policy for Burundi in line with WFP’s corporate and regional policies and procedures on social security and Executive Board decisions and other relevant guidance.
Establish and maintain strategic and operational partnerships for complementary and collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve social protection and support related advocacy work within all relevant audiences.
Engage in government dialogue on the government’s Social Protection priorities. Assist government counterparts in identifying and analyzing policy problems and provide - or mobilizing - support and technical expertise for the design and delivery of suitable social protection solutions.
Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums pertinent to social protection.
Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of knowledge products or proposals for internal or external use that position and strengthen the credibility of WFP as a partner in social protection.
Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources to achieve set social protection objectives within a moderate budget.
Advise and support the design of learning initiatives that enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partners to engage in social protection-relevant policy dialogues, program design, and delivery.
Lead WFP engagement in the Merankabandi programme. Ensure high-quality implementation and oversight of WFP Merankabandi programme team and cooperating partners.
Support the implementation of WFP Burundi’s Social Protection Strategy, including researching and analysing policy and operational issues to inform its implementation.
Lead, motivate and develop a team of high performers.
Other as required.

WFP is an active partner of the Government in long-term resilience programming to help vulnerable communities to address the impacts of climate change. In striving to reach the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending poverty and hunger by 2030, WFP aims to empower local governments and organizations to be self-reliant in the face of a crisis. As WFP provides an increasing portion of its assistance in cash, it can align with national social protection systems and support Governments in designing, delivering, and enhancing cash-based interventions.

WFP is committed to offering its operational and technical support for the upcoming Social Protection (SP) activities in the framework of the Merankabandi Additional Finance, in line with the GoB’s priorities. In February 2021, WFP released its Burundi Social Protection Strategy, defining its position in SP; and as part of its current Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) 2022-2024, WFP has committed to working with the Government of Burundi to:

Provide operational and technical support in implementing the fourth component of the Merankabandi II project, which involves the integration of refugees into the national social protection system. As per WFP’s existing footprint in responding to refugee needs in camp settings in Burundi, this partnership (also with the World Bank) aims to provide preventive, protective, promotive and transformative mechanisms to support most vulnerable refugees with their basic needs and foster their social, economic, and financial empowerment. Thus, WFP is supporting the expansion of the National Safety Net Programme to refugee camps whilst providing targeted households with cash transfers through mobile phones, accompanying measures for human capital development and productive inclusion activities. In addition, WFP will ensure capacity transfer to government service to enable them to lead the scaling up of the project.
Support the Government of Burundi to design and set up the Single Registry in the country. WFP brings its comparative advantage and offering technical support, both programmatic and technological, in the conceptualization, rollout, and implementation of a Registry, while advocating for a registry that can allow for a shock responsive dimension looking at the vulnerabilities in the country. Therefore, WFP will help the development of a single, integrated social registry; a beneficiary information management system that will support gender-responsive targeting; the introduction of elements of a shock responsive system; and nutrition-sensitive programming.
To deliver against the above, the Country Office is seeking a Social Protection Programme Policy Officer (CSTII) to design and manage its social protection programmes. The incumbent will operate under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme.

Demonstrated SP Sectoral Knowledge and Experience and Analytical and operational expertise in SP. Candidates with demonstrated experience in Social Safety Nets and adaptive social protection will be given priority. Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis – Demonstrates ability to contribute to the analysis and knowledge of the sector strategy, programs, and portfolio issues.

Client Orientation – Record of developing strong internal and external client relationships. Capacity to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders within and outside WFP. Good interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills.

Drive for Results – Takes ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has personal organization.

Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view. Proven ability to work in teams and an intercultural environment with minimal supervision.

Knowledge, Learning, and Communication – Actively seek the knowledge needed to complete assignments and share knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information clearly and efficiently. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French required.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.


Minimum of MSc degree in Development, Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or relevant discipline.


Fluency in French and English (written and verbal) is required.

At least five years of directly relevant work experience in social protection and economic inclusion programs that promote poor households' income-generating capacity and resilience.
Demonstrated experience with operations and critical aspects of program management and the operational implementation of development programs in the field.
Demonstrate experience in working with Governments and managing fruitful and extensive collaboration. Ability to maintain client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
Experience with large-scale, multi-sectoral programming and multiple partners, including within low-capacity environments. Previous experience working with the World Bank and UNICEF and a strong understanding of World Bank operations and landing mechanisms are required.
Operational solid track record in delivering results in challenging and low-capacity contexts, including program monitoring & evaluation.
Strong understanding of social protection policy and adaptive social protection issues, especially related to the ASP building blocks. Previous experience managing Economic Inclusion projects in the region is required.
Extensive knowledge of delivery systems and social registries is required. Previous experience in leading the operationalization of government-led social registries is an asset. Comprehensive knowledge of delivery systems and social registries in the region is required.
Strong analytical skills and proven ability to conduct policy-relevant research, translate theory into practical applications and adapt professional knowledge and technical skills to analyze, diagnose and propose solutions to policy issues and challenges.
Ability to convey analysis in a readily communicable and compelling fashion and often short turnaround times. Demonstrated ability to capture knowledge and communicate main messages in knowledge briefs and policy notes, and PowerPoint presentations for high-level audiences.
Previous experience in working in Africa is required. Previous working experience in Burundi is a plus.
Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, judgment, and proven ability to work in a team and an intercultural environment with minimal supervision. Has a proven track record of multi-tasking, managing competing demands, and effectively time-manage tasks.

JOB TITLE: Programme Consultant – Social Protection


UNIT/DIVISION: Programme Social Protection

DUTY STATION (City, Country: Bujumbura, Burundi


Deadline for application is fixed on 26.11.2023

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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