- Job #171084
- Job TitleSocial Protection Specialist
- Job FamilySocial Protection
- Job TypeProfessional & Technical
- LocationNairobi, Kenya
- Recruitment TypeLocal Hire
- Language RequirementEnglish [Essential]
- Closing Date28-Jun-2017
|Duties and Accountabilities:|
|The Social Protection Specialist is accountable for performing the responsibilities, modeling the behaviors and maintaining the competencies in his or her capacity as a member of the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice. Accountability means being answerable for achieving results, managing quality, risks and institutional initiatives, and operating in compliance with World Bank policies and procedures
The responsibilities of the staff member will be to advance the World Bank’s current social protection and jobs initiatives, as well as the broader social protection and jobs policy dialogue in Kenya. This will specifically relate to supporting ongoing programs of operations, as well as the ongoing technical assistance agenda of the World Bank Team.
The specific responsibilities are as follows:
(a) Participate in and carry-out, as needed, the development, appraisal and supervision of social protection and jobs related activities supported by the World Bank Group, including analytical and operational work. Provide technical advice and policy guidance to government in consultation with the World Bank’s management and relevant task team leaders (TTLs). These tasks will require a wide variety of skills, including technical analysis; design of project components, and technical assistance activities; as well as interaction with clients at the policy level; including supervision of consultants management of trust funds etc.;
(b) Support the day-to-day operational support to the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project, and the National Safety Net Program, providing operational or analytical support as needed. Respond to government and donor partners requests for action on project implementation issues and help to ensure the World Bank’s timely and complete responses to those requests;
(c) Organize, lead and participate in Missions to provide technical inputs and share global best practices with government counterparts, including improving the monitoring and evaluation of project activities. The candidate will also be expected to participate in developing reports and program evaluations as relevant;
(d) Strengthen World Bank’s services to clients and donor partners by helping in donor coordination and liaison with NGOs and Government counterparts;
(e) Contribute to cross-sectoral work, collaborating with other initiatives in social protection and job, with the Human Development team, and other units within the World Bank’s broader country team for achievement of CPS goals. This will particularly include support to an existing regional operation that includes a sub-component on Labor-Intensive Public Works for Kenya;
(f) Work closely with the World Bank’s financial management, procurement and safeguard teams and assist government in matters of project implementation;
(g) Provide operational support, as needed, to other team members as may be delegated by the Practice Manager. This may include support to other SP programs in the region.
| Selection Criteria:
TECHNICAL & BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES
• Significant experience of working in the field of social protection (safety nets and cash transfers) including analytical and operational work.
• Knowledge of the Social Protection and Jobs sector, its policies and typical programs and interventions
• Experience with data analysis and analytical work.
• Understanding of the Bank’s business, products and services as well as policies and procedures is desirable.
• Experience in communicating with a variety of stakeholders, such as government partners, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.
• Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
• Integrative Skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
• Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
• Ability to work well in a small team, to operate under pressure, to deliver high-quality work within deadlines, and meet team objectives.
• Client Orientation – Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
• Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.
• Make Smart Decisions – Recommends and takes decisive action
• 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.
The successful candidate should have the following attributes and competencies:
(a) Education: At least a masters or equivalent degree in a relevant development discipline.
(b) Skills/Experience: A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience is required. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in leading or contributing to human development and social protection and jobs issues through project design, M&E, implementation, etc., with experience working with economic and institutional issues related to social protection and labor. A sound understanding of policy making processes and the ability to distil operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients is required, as is the ability to identify and assess policy issues and to play an active role in the dialogue with government and/or other stakeholders. Knowledge of the World Bank’s or other multilateral institutions’ operational policies, processes, procedures and systems used in the different aspects of the project cycle is required. In-depth knowledge of procurement, financial management and/or safeguard requirements, and the Bank’s disclosure policy preferred.
(c) Client Relations: An excellent record of sharing information with colleagues, clients, and managers in performing his/her job and of actively seeking the knowledge needed to complete assignments and of sharing knowledge with others. A record of promptly responding to clients’ requests and successfully conducting policy dialogue. A strong track record of taking personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed upon results is required.
(d) Interpersonal, communication, and diplomatic skills: Capacity to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders within and outside the World Bank and to work productively in teams. Effective communication skills including the ability to speak articulately and persuasively and to write concisely are essential.