World Food Programme (WFP)

Adaptive / Shock Responsive Social Protection Programme Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. In order to continue responding effectively to challenging contexts while also contributing to longer-term efforts to end hunger, WFP is in the process of reshaping its engagement and support to national social protection systems, so as to support governments with their hunger-fighting strategies. Today, more than 1.9 billion people in some 130 low- and middle-income countries benefit from social safety net programs, the majority of which being managed by governments. In West Africa, national safety nets are expanding, though coverage, consistency and efficiency remain low. In recent years, WFP has experienced a paradigm shift in response to an evolving operating environment that requires the UN’s agency technical expertise not only in the delivery of food assistance, but also 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 paradigm shift means that WFP West and Central Africa Region needs to focus on providing technical advice and operational services aligned with national social protection strategies (when available) and frameworks. Efforts from WFP towards 2030 Agenda need to influence the design of these programmes and these efforts need to yield high and significant impact on nutrition status and contribute to improved food security outcomes. WFP Mali is looking to expand its support to national social protection systems in the areas of nutrition, food security and, in particular emergency response through shock-responsive social protection (SRSP). This position is intended to ensure dedicated in-country expertise on shock-responsive social protection, and lead WFPs engagement in building a robust SRSP system in Mali. It will also include a project management component in the short term as WFP Mali will be implementing a safety net support to the COVID related shock. In the longer term, this position will also lead technical engagement on WFPs work in strengthening the different dimensions of Mali’s national SP system. This position will also catalyze the integration of the work of relevant technical teams in the Bureau on school feeding, nutrition, resilience and cash based transfers around the national social protection agenda. ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Working under the direct supervision of the head of programme and in close coordination with the Head of Emergency Preparedness and Response/VAM outcome Manager and the livelihoods outcome manager, the ASP officer will lead/support technical and policy engagement for WFPs work in support of building a national Shock-responsive Social Protection system in Mali that contributes to a resilience building agenda. The programme policy officer will articulate his work around the pillars of the shock responsive strategy:
  1. National capacities for early warning. support coordination on this point, the technical aspects being led by the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit. Efforts will focus on both the central and local levels and linking and anchoring early warning in the social protection system.

  2. National response preparation and planning capacity, essential for strengthening national leadership and improving the consistency, speed and effectiveness of response of the GoM and its partners.

  3. Disaster risk financing, in particular by ensuring the linkage and optimization of other supports, like the ARC Replica pilot program, through which WFP supports national capacities to insure against major droughts.

  4. National targeting systems (geographic and household) used by the GoM and partners in the context of SP and emergency response. This includes ongoing efforts to define a reliable methodology for the use of the Social Registry - currently being deployed - for household targeting of shock response programs, as well as the improvement of existing tools.

  5. Delivery (cash or food). Promote, in close collaboration with Programme units, gender-sensitive, protection and nutrition-sensitive approaches in government social protection programs.

Specifically, the incumbent will:
  1. Support the review of the National Response Plan COVID19 – Social Protection elaborated by the Government with the support of the financial and technical partners taking into account synergies and ensuring complementarities between national response plan designed for COVID19

  2. Lead design and operationalization of WFP Mali’s SRSP engagement and its articulation in the broader resilience strategy and pillar, which will cover :
    • Facilitating delivery of COVID-19 mitigation measures through and/or in coordination with Mali’s SP system. Supervise, monitor and report on progress.

    • Defining longer-term engagement with GoM and partners on systems strengthening to build a robust SRSP system in Mali


  3. Coordinate closely with Unicef in the framework of a joint Social Protection COVID-19 response programme, to ensure and oversee its efficient, effective and timely roll out, implementation and monitoring.

  4. Develop and coordinate the implementation of the capacity development component in support of SRSP;

  5. Advise WFP Mali on policy dialogue with Government and Partners on SRSP, and Social Protection more broadly

  6. Provide technical guidance to WFP Mali to engage with Social Protection systems support, in particular on rollout of Mali’s National Social Registry.

  7. Capitalize and document experience of WFP on SRSP and ensure dissemination and integration in the capacity strengthening and policy coherence support;

  8. Advocate and work to mobilize partnerships in support of SRSP in Mali.

  9. The Programme Policy officer may also be brought to carry out other tasks according to the priorities defined by Management.

DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
  1. The National Response Plan COVID19 – Social Protection document is reviewed and its implementation is monitored, ensuring and advocating for synergies and complementarities between national response plans designed for COVID19 and other interventions

  2. WFP Mali’s SRSP engagement is designed and operationalized with the definition of a longer term engagement with the GoM and partners on systems strengthening to build a robust SRSP system in Mali

  3. Coordination with Unicef is ensured in the framework of a joint Social Protection COVID-19 response programme, to ensure and oversee its efficient, effective and timely roll out, implementation and monitoring, which includes a systems-strengthening dimension.

  4. Advises and orientations are given to WFP Mali on policy dialogue with Government and Partners on SRSP, and Social Protection more broadly

  5. Technical guidance is provided to WFP Mali to engage with Social Protection systems support.

  6. Funds mobilized on adaptive / shock responsive social protection are effectively implemented and reported upon

  7. Advocacy and work are effective to mobilize partnerships in support of SRSP in Mali.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Education:
  • Advanced University degree (or equivalent experience) in Economics, Disaster Risk Management, Social Sciences or other relevant field.

Experience:
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in social protection implementation in low income countries, including experience in operations and policy dialogue;

  • Experience in economic analysis and vulnerability and poverty assessments and tools

  • Experience in conflict and post conflict contexts and crisis setting

  • UN or donor experience, especially with WFP and/or UNICEF, DFID or World Bank

Knowledge & Skills:
  • A sound understanding of policy making processes and the ability to distil operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for governments and other partners;

  • planning and programming skills;

  • Strong capacity for analysis, learning, research and innovation;

  • Strong presentation and communication skills;

  • Capacity to foster strong cross-agency collaboration;

  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills;

Languages:
  • Fluent in French and English

FEMALE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED JOB TITLE: Adaptive / shock responsive Social Protection Programme Officer TYPE OF CONTRACT: Short Term Professional P-3 UNIT/DIVISION: Programme Unit DUTY STATION (City, Country): Bamako, Mali DURATION: 11 months CLOSING DATE: 27.06.2020 CLOSING DATE: 12.07.2020 BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. In order to continue responding effectively to challenging contexts while also contributing to longer-term efforts to end hunger, WFP is in the process of reshaping its engagement and support to national social protection systems, so as to support governments with their hunger-fighting strategies. Today, more than 1.9 billion people in some 130 low- and middle-income countries benefit from social safety net programs, the majority of which being managed by governments. In West Africa, national safety nets are expanding, though coverage, consistency and efficiency remain low. In recent years, WFP has experienced a paradigm shift in response to an evolving operating environment that requires the UN’s agency technical expertise not only in the delivery of food assistance, but also 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 paradigm shift means that WFP West and Central Africa Region needs to focus on providing technical advice and operational services aligned with national social protection strategies (when available) and frameworks. Efforts from WFP towards 2030 Agenda need to influence the design of these programmes and these efforts need to yield high and significant impact on nutrition status and contribute to improved food security outcomes. WFP Mali is looking to expand its support to national social protection systems in the areas of nutrition, food security and, in particular emergency response through shock-responsive social protection (SRSP). This position is intended to ensure dedicated in-country expertise on shock-responsive social protection, and lead WFPs engagement in building a robust SRSP system in Mali. It will also include a project management component in the short term as WFP Mali will be implementing a safety net support to the COVID related shock. In the longer term, this position will also lead technical engagement on WFPs work in strengthening the different dimensions of Mali’s national SP system. This position will also catalyze the integration of the work of relevant technical teams in the Bureau on school feeding, nutrition, resilience and cash based transfers around the national social protection agenda. ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Working under the direct supervision of the head of programme and in close coordination with the Head of Emergency Preparedness and Response/VAM outcome Manager and the livelihoods outcome manager, the ASP officer will lead/support technical and policy engagement for WFPs work in support of building a national Shock-responsive Social Protection system in Mali that contributes to a resilience building agenda. The programme policy officer will articulate his work around the pillars of the shock responsive strategy:
  1. National capacities for early warning. support coordination on this point, the technical aspects being led by the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit. Efforts will focus on both the central and local levels and linking and anchoring early warning in the social protection system.

  2. National response preparation and planning capacity, essential for strengthening national leadership and improving the consistency, speed and effectiveness of response of the GoM and its partners.

  3. Disaster risk financing, in particular by ensuring the linkage and optimization of other supports, like the ARC Replica pilot program, through which WFP supports national capacities to insure against major droughts.

  4. National targeting systems (geographic and household) used by the GoM and partners in the context of SP and emergency response. This includes ongoing efforts to define a reliable methodology for the use of the Social Registry - currently being deployed - for household targeting of shock response programs, as well as the improvement of existing tools.

  5. Delivery (cash or food). Promote, in close collaboration with Programme units, gender-sensitive, protection and nutrition-sensitive approaches in government social protection programs.

Specifically, the incumbent will:
  1. Support the review of the National Response Plan COVID19 – Social Protection elaborated by the Government with the support of the financial and technical partners taking into account synergies and ensuring complementarities between national response plan designed for COVID19

  2. Lead design and operationalization of WFP Mali’s SRSP engagement and its articulation in the broader resilience strategy and pillar, which will cover :
    • Facilitating delivery of COVID-19 mitigation measures through and/or in coordination with Mali’s SP system. Supervise, monitor and report on progress.

    • Defining longer-term engagement with GoM and partners on systems strengthening to build a robust SRSP system in Mali


  3. Coordinate closely with Unicef in the framework of a joint Social Protection COVID-19 response programme, to ensure and oversee its efficient, effective and timely roll out, implementation and monitoring.

  4. Develop and coordinate the implementation of the capacity development component in support of SRSP;

  5. Advise WFP Mali on policy dialogue with Government and Partners on SRSP, and Social Protection more broadly

  6. Provide technical guidance to WFP Mali to engage with Social Protection systems support, in particular on rollout of Mali’s National Social Registry.

  7. Capitalize and document experience of WFP on SRSP and ensure dissemination and integration in the capacity strengthening and policy coherence support;

  8. Advocate and work to mobilize partnerships in support of SRSP in Mali.

  9. The Programme Policy officer may also be brought to carry out other tasks according to the priorities defined by Management.

DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
  1. The National Response Plan COVID19 – Social Protection document is reviewed and its implementation is monitored, ensuring and advocating for synergies and complementarities between national response plans designed for COVID19 and other interventions

  2. WFP Mali’s SRSP engagement is designed and operationalized with the definition of a longer term engagement with the GoM and partners on systems strengthening to build a robust SRSP system in Mali

  3. Coordination with Unicef is ensured in the framework of a joint Social Protection COVID-19 response programme, to ensure and oversee its efficient, effective and timely roll out, implementation and monitoring, which includes a systems-strengthening dimension.

  4. Advises and orientations are given to WFP Mali on policy dialogue with Government and Partners on SRSP, and Social Protection more broadly

  5. Technical guidance is provided to WFP Mali to engage with Social Protection systems support.

  6. Funds mobilized on adaptive / shock responsive social protection are effectively implemented and reported upon

  7. Advocacy and work are effective to mobilize partnerships in support of SRSP in Mali.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Education:
  • Advanced University degree (or equivalent experience) in Economics, Disaster Risk Management, Social Sciences or other relevant field.

Experience:
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in social protection implementation in low income countries, including experience in operations and policy dialogue;

  • Experience in economic analysis and vulnerability and poverty assessments and tools

  • Experience in conflict and post conflict contexts and crisis setting

  • UN or donor experience, especially with WFP and/or UNICEF, DFID or World Bank

Knowledge & Skills:
  • A sound understanding of policy making processes and the ability to distil operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for governments and other partners;

  • planning and programming skills;

  • Strong capacity for analysis, learning, research and innovation;

  • Strong presentation and communication skills;

  • Capacity to foster strong cross-agency collaboration;

  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills;

Languages:
  • Fluent in French and English

FEMALE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED  
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