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Social Protection Specialist

World Bank

Niamey, Niger
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Social Protection Specialist

Job # : req11751
Organization : World Bank
Sector : Social Protection
Grade : GF
Term Duration : 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type : Local Recruitment
Location : Niamey,Niger
Required Language(s) : English, French
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date : 5/17/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.  For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region

We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.

Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.

In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 350 projects totaling more than $38 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID. 

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region :

The Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice delivers analytical and operational approaches and evidence-based solutions to help individuals and families manage risk and cope with chronic/transitional poverty. It also undertakes work on labor, migration and remittances. These include: 

• Strategy, analysis, financing and design of programs delivering social safety nets/social assistance in the form of cash transfers, public works programs, and fee waivers.
• Advisory and analytical services on design and delivery of contributory transfers (including old-age pensions, unemployment insurance, disability and survivor benefits), and their fiscal sustainability (including budget support for transitions).
• Analysis, design and delivery of labor market and youth employment programs (with a focus on supply side interventions, as well as policy advice on labor market regulations and interventions.
• Strategy, analysis, financing and design of integrated social protection delivery systems (e.g., payments, identification, registries, systems assessments) as underpinnings of effective social programs that can help cope with climatic shocks or underpin fiscal reforms. 

The Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice has a large and growing portfolio in West and Central Africa, which includes long-standing engagements supporting Governments to strengthen their safety net programs as well as promoting innovations around jobs and, increasingly human capital investments.  In the Sahel region, SPJ projects span engagements in safety nets, including for internally displaced people, refugees and host communities, service delivery for investments in human and productive capital, interventions in humanitarian and disaster-response, and youth skills and employment.

SPJ’s Sahel ASP Program (SASPP), which covers Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger, supports countries in strengthening their adaptive social protection (ASP) systems with enhanced support for households to become more resilient to shock, including those related to climate change and forced displacement.  They include analytical and financing activities to support the development of shock-responsive safety nets that can address such shocks, as well as programs to support households increase their resilience to such shocks. Conceptually, the SASPP is organized around four key building blocks with multiple sub-components that provide a holistic view of the ASP ecosystem: institutional arrangements; data and information; finance; and programs and delivery systems.

In Niger, the World Bank has a long tradition of supporting the development of the social protection system through a wide range of interventions.  Along with a leading role in the policy dialogue on social protection, the Bank provides support to the Government through development policy programs that include social protection actions, investment projects and technical advisory. The Niger Adaptive Safety Net 2 (ASP2) project supports the development of an adaptive social protection system that will increase access of poor and vulnerable people to social programs.  The ASP2 project also supports the Government’s flagship safety net program, a cash transfer program with complementary measures on human capital formation and productive inclusion, cash for work program, as well as emergency programs responding to climate shocks and to the Covid-19 crisis. The Youth Employment and Productive Inclusion Project supports productive inclusion activities for youth in poor urban and rural areas in Niger. Niger is part also benefiting from participation in the West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) Project which aims to increase the number of persons in Niger who have government-recognized proof of unique identity that facilitates their access to services.

The World Bank is seeking to recruit a Social Protection Specialist to contribute to the technical and operational aspects of the Social Protection country program in Niger, with particular focus on adaptive social protection. The selected candidate will be a member of the West and Central Africa Unit of the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice and report to the Practice Manager of the unit. The selected candidate will be based in Niamey, Niger.

Duties and Accountabilities :

The successful candidate will support the World Bank’s engagement in the design and implementation of the SPJ program in Niger, as a key member of the team, based in Niger. The successful candidate would focus on the effective implementation of the ongoing project and analytical and technical assistance work, while working to broaden the engagement with clients and development partners in-country.  Prior experience or readiness to work in FCV settings will be essential.

Major responsibilities include :

• Support Task Team Leaders /Co-Task Team Leaders with implementation support for operations currently under implementation and with preparation of new projects.
• Carry out responsibilities for a variety of operational tasks, e.g. technical analyses, design of technical assistance interventions, participation in loan negotiations, briefings, etc.
• Provide Technical Assistance to Government, including technical inputs and guidance to counterparts on appropriate scope, technology, costs, etc., and serve as the day-to-day interface with government counterparts on social protection operations.
• Help shape the high-level policy dialogue on social protection, with a focus on social protection system building with key sector ministries, development partners and civil society. 
• Ensure high quality implementation support to the Government implementation team and oversight of risk management issues working with relevant safeguards experts.
• Ensure strong coordination and teamwork within the SPJ program and liaise across Human Development and other Global Practices to support joint programming and analytical activities to strengthen program delivery in the country.
• Serve as a core member of the Niger SPJ team, providing inputs into strategic country work and liaising closely with the CMU.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum of MSc degree in Development, Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or relevant discipline with at least 5 years of relevant work experience in social protection interventions and programs that promote the income-generating capacity of poor households and their resilience.
• Demonstrated experience with key aspects of program management and with operational implementation of development programs in the field. Experience with large scale, multi-sectoral programming and multiple partners, including within low capacity environments is an asset.
• Strong operational track record in delivering results in challenging and low-capacity contexts, including program monitoring & evaluation.
• Demonstrated strong understanding of issues related to social protection policy and adaptive social protection, especially related to the ASP building blocks. Understanding of relevant cross-sectoral areas connecting across • Human Development and other sectors and how they are interrelated; ability to undertake issues and assist in building systems and institutional linkages to promote effective delivery.
• Strong analytical skills and proven ability to conduct and oversee 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 easily communicable and compelling fashion, and on often short turnaround times. Demonstrated ability to capture knowledge and communicate main messages in knowledge briefs and policy notes, as well as power point presentations for high level audiences.
• Fluency in French and English (written and verbal) is required.
• 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.
• Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, judgement and with proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision.
• Proven track record of multi-tasking, managing competing demands and effectively time-manage tasks.

Competencies :

• SPJ Sectoral Knowledge and Experience - Analytical and operational expertise in SPJ. Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in Social Safety Nets and adaptive social protection.
• Data Collection, Processing and Analysis – Demonstrates ability to contribute to the analysis, possess knowledge of the sector strategy, programs and portfolio issues. Capable of i) gathering and compiling data from various non-digitized and digitized sources, ii) organizing and analyzing them using computerized spreadsheets (e.g. MS-Excel), and iii) preparing succinct narratives based on the analysis.
• Client Orientation - Record of developing strong internal and external client relationships. Capacity to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders within and outside the Bank. Good interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills.
• Drive for Results - Takes ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
• 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 under pressure, in teams and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner. • Excellent oral and written communication skills in French and English required.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

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