UNICEF recruits 01 Social Policy Specialist (Shock-responsive Social Protection)
Purpose for the job
The Social Policy Specialist (Shock-responsive Social Protection) will provide technical guidance and operational support to the design, implementation, and monitoring of the “Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic through Social Protection Systems in the Sahel” project, which is jointly implemented by UNICEF and WFP in Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The Specialist will support the three Country Office with their assistance to government, which entails a cash-based response to COVID-19 through existing government safety net programmes, complementary services in the areas of nutrition and child protection, and support to strengthening the child-sensitive, nutrition-sensitive, and shock-responsive capacity of national social protection systems. The Specialist will contribute to ensure that knowledge and evidence is generated from the Project to inform Social Protection engagement, capacity development, and learning in the three countries, and in fragile contexts more generally.
Summary of Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
Support the UNICEF Country Offices in Mali, Mauritania, and Niger with the implementation of the cash transfer and social protection systems strengthening components of the COVID–19 Sahel Social Protection Project
- Provide technical assistance to the design and implementation of cash transfers envisaged under the project, including the development of operational tools, training materials, and guidance for all aspects of the cash transfer delivery
- Provide technical assistance to the design and implementation of child-sensitive, nutrition-sensitive, and shock-responsive social protection systems strengthening support activities under the project
- Ensure adequate coordination and synergy – at regional and country levels – between the Sahel Social Protection project and the Sahel Resilience programme, implemented in the same countries
- Conduct regular operational analysis of the project to identify areas of poor performance, bottlenecks, and propose and roll out solutions and remedial action.
Support project management of the COVID-19 Sahel Social Protection Project
- Provide support to the UNICEF Regional Office and the three Country Offices with the development and consolidation of joint UNICEF-WFP work plans and budgets, donor reports, project mid-term review, budget reviews, and other project management activities, while liaising closely with the WFP regional team
- Support the three Country Offices with project monitoring against the project results matrix, and ensure consolidation at regional level to inform project support to countries, project reviews, and donor reporting
- Support the coordination of project implementation between UNICEF and WFP, as well as support the organization of dialogue and learning sessions with regional social protection platforms
- Identify and contribute to documenting evidence, best practices and lessons learned related to the implementation of the cash transfer, systems strengthening, and complementary services components of the project, with the aim to strengthen social protection systems and interventions in the project countries and replicate the approach in other fragile contexts
- Work with the Regional Office Communications team for the development of social protection communication and advocacy materials for the project
- Support the roll-out of the TRANSFORM social protection training package in each of the three countries.
The Social Policy Specialist (Shock-responsive Social Protection) will be part of the Social Policy team and work under the supervision of the Social Policy Specialist (Social Protection). The position requires strong coordination and collaboration with different units in the organization. First, the focus of the position is the provision of technical support to UNICEF Country Offices in Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. The Social Policy Specialist’s focal point will be the Chief Social Policy in Mali and Niger, and the Social Policy Programme Officer in Mauritania.
In addition, the Social Policy Specialist will collaborate closely with relevant sector Specialists in the Regional Office, notably the Nutrition, Child Protection, and Resilience teams, and the Social Protection Specialist at UNICEF Headquarters, as far as the provision of technical support to shock-responsive social protection is concerned. Finally, the Social Policy Specialist will liaise on a regular basis with the WFP regional team, to coordinate technical support work and project management.
The position is based out of the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa. Depending on the circumstances and restrictions, the Social Policy Specialist may be requested to travel to the project countries.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have :
- Education : Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, or another relevant field. A Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
- Experience: A minimum of five (05) years of demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of cash transfer programs, preferably in humanitarian contexts.
- Experience with supporting governments in developing and/or strengthening shock-responsive/ adaptive social protection systems.
- Demonstrated experience in managing donor-funded programmes and adhering to compliance and reporting requirements.
- A good understanding of social protection policy debates and evidence in the region and elsewhere is desirable.
- Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner.
- Language Requirements: Fluency in French (written & verbal) and English is required.
Deadline: 18 Oct 2020 Greenwich Standard Time
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