Recrutement-Programme Policy Consultant (CST-II) - Social Protection & Safety Nets (Roster for RBC Region, MENA)

Localité : Egypte / Caire
Domaine : Sociologie
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : World Food Programme

Recrutement-Programme Policy Consultant (CST-II) - Social Protection & Safety Nets (Roster for RBC Region, MENA)
Niveau d'études: Non précisé
Expérience: 3 ans
Expire le: 27-07-2022

World Food Programme
Cairo, Egypte
Opportunités de carrière : Programme Policy Consultant (CST-II) - Social Protection & Safety Nets (Roster for RBC Region, MENA) (167695)

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 (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization working towards zero hunger by 2030, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. Powered by the passion, dedication and professionalism of our 20,000 staff worldwide, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) works in over 80 countries to bring life-saving food to people displaced by conflict and made destitute by disasters, and help individuals and communities find life-changing solutions to the multiple challenges they face in building better futures. In 2020, WFP assisted 115.5 million people – the largest number since 2012.

We work to enhance nutrition in women and children, support smallholder farmers in improving productivity and reducing losses, help countries and communities prepare for and cope with climate-related shocks, and boost human capital through school feeding programmes. In conflict situations, we bring relief to exhausted populations and use food assistance to build pathways to peace and stability. For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. To continue responding effectively to challenging contexts while also contributing to longer-term efforts to end hunger, WFP is in the process of strengthening its engagement in support of national social protection systems and safety nets, supporting governments with technical expertise in the development of sustainable hunger-smart and nutrition-sensitive solutions that will support progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Two: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. This includes providing technical advice and operational services aligned with national social protection strategies (when available) and frameworks.

WFP’s Regional Bureau in Cairo for the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe region (RBC) is looking to expand its support to national social protection systems, in support of food security, nutrition and emergency response objectives. RBC provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in 14 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
1. Support Country Offices to define and set strategic direction in social protection engagement. Provide support primarily to three Country Offices (COs) from RBC region (Algeria, Libya, Tunisia) to define or further clarify how to take forward their Social Protection programming as outlined in their Country Strategic Plan (CSP):

In collaboration with RBC and CO teams, identify priority opportunities for WFP’s potential onward engagement in social protection in specific countries.
Support COs in developing the strategic direction and positioning of their engagement in specific social protection schemes and overall country social protection strategy, in line with their Country Strategic Plans.
Inform CO strategic and technical programme development, including on shock-responsive social protection, fostering integration of the work of relevant technical teams (cash based transfers, school feeding, nutrition, emergency preparedness and response planning, TEC…) and liaising with relevant CO, Regional Bureau and Headquarters focal points as required.
Support COs to build a policy dialogue on social protection with host governments and development partners, develop positioning and advocacy messages towards this.

2. Provide technical support to Country Offices on social protection and capacity strengthening

Provide technical advice on a wide range of programme and policy issues related to social protection, including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support governments efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition through national social protection systems. As part of this, a particular focus will be on shock-responsive social protection, particularly for the Tunisia CO.
Support CO’s efforts to integrate of the work of relevant technical teams (school feeding, nutrition, cash-based transfers, emergency preparedness and response planning…) with regards to shock-responsive social protection in support to food and nutrition security.
Support CO efforts to develop programme proposals in line with their CSPs.
Support capacity building of Country Office staff and government counterparts to develop a community of practice, including through engagement with social protection initiatives such as TRANSFORM.

3. Support partnership development with International Financial Institutions, such as the World Bank, and related government and development partners

Support efforts in liaising with World Bank counterparts as well as counterparts in other IFIs, to identify opportunities for joint collaboration, and as IFI focal point, liaising with other Programme Units and Partnerships as required.
Support Country Office’s partnership development with Government, the World Bank and other IFIs and development partners, including the development of a roadmap of engagement towards that and articulation of opportunities for joint collaboration in the area of social protection and beyond.
Support a deep-dive with COs to look at opportunities to engage with the World Bank.
Maintain a network of related national and international professional contacts in IFIs.
Identify new funding opportunities and develop funding proposals at country and regional level as relevant.
Represent WFP in policy dialogue on social protection with key actors.

4. Support evidence generation, capture and exchange

Research and analyze a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of country strategies, programmes and activities, with a specific focus on social protection and safety nets.
Facilitate knowledge exchange amongst countries to develop innovative approaches to better design and implement social protection systems.
Support COs in their capturing and documentation of leanings and case studies from social protection programming in their countries, and support their utilization between countries.
Support preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical analysis and information products or proposals for internal or external use, including support commissioning of related research as required.
Support utilization of social protection learnings from within WFP, as well as learnings from other social protection actors.
5.Cross-cutting issues

Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
Other tasks as required and assigned by the supervisor or the senior management.

Documentation of strategic direction setting in social protection for Magreb Country Offices
Documentation of partnership development efforts (particularly with on the World Bank)
Documentation of social protection case studies/learnings


Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Affairs, Economics, Public Administration, Public Policy or other field relevant to international development assistance.

Experience :

At least 5 years’ experience in social protection implementation in low and middle income countries.
At least 3 years’ experience of working in or alongside government partners.
3 to 5 years’ operational experience in national social protection systems, including responsibility for liaising with different line ministries at national and decentralized levels;
Experience in the region is an asset
UN or donor experience, especially with WFP, UNICEF, World Bank is an asset
Languages: Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English. Basic knowledge of Arabic would be a plus.

A sound understanding of policy making processes and the ability to distil operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for governments and other partners;
Strong capacity for analysis, learning, research and innovation;
Capacity to foster strong cross-agency collaboration
Good leadership and interpersonal skills
High degree of discretion and diplomacy
Excellent communication skills verbally and in writing

This is a Consultancy level II vacancy announcement for purposes of building a roster for multiple upcoming potential positions that are not tied to any currently open position or any specific duty stations.
All applications received will be reviewed and go through a selection process to assess relevant experience and qualifications in order to be eligible for the roster.
Candidates who make it to the roster after the assessments can express their interest in future upcoming short or mid-term (1-month to 11 months) consultant opportunities in any of the WFP RBC countries to which it provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support, and direction to WFP operations and activities. The countries are: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, State of Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, and UAE.
When vacancies become available, applicants who meet the selection criteria detailed in the vacancy may be contacted for further assessments and to confirm their interest and availability.
WFP offers a competitive compensation package that will be determined by the contract type and the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
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27 July 2022 at 11:59 PM

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All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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