Fixed Term Social Protection Specialist – Abuja
Social Protection Specialist
|Term Duration:||1 year 0 months|
|Recruitment Type:||Local Recruitment|
|Closing Date:||12/19/2018 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC|
The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help poor nations reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.
SOCIAL PROTECTION AND JOBS GLOBAL PRACTICE CONTEXT
In a world filled with risk and potential, social protection and labor policies and programs help people and families find jobs, improve productivity, cope with shocks, invest in the health and education of their children, as well as the protection for the aging population.
Social protection programs, which comprise social assistance (such as cash transfers, school feeding, targeted food assistance and subsidies), social insurance (such as old-age, survivorship, disability pensions, and unemployment insurance), and social services for vulnerable groups are a powerful tool to reduce poverty and enhance households’ resilience. They can have a direct, positive impact on poor families by building human capital and strengthening their productive inclusion. .
Jobs, too, are critical for reducing poverty and promoting prosperity. All countries, regardless of income, face challenges creating and sustaining adequate job opportunities for their citizens.
The World Bank supports social protection and jobs programs in developing countries as a central part of its mission to end extreme poverty an foster shared prosperity. To this end, the institution increased its engagement in social protection and jobs significantly in the last years.
The World Bank’s 10-year social protection strategy’s main objective is to help countries move from fragmented projects to harmonized social protection and labor systems. It focuses on making these systems more inclusive of the vulnerable and more attuned to building people’s capacities and improving the productivity of their work. The strategy lays out ways to deepen the Bank’s involvement, capacity, knowledge, and impact in social protection and labor.
The SPJ Global Practice is seeking a Social Protection Specialist to be located in the Abuja Country Office with excellent technical skills and significant operational experience in the design and implementation of delivery systems in safety net programs, especially ID and payments systems, to support clients develop these systems in Nigeria.
The SPJ Global Practice has a large portfolio in Nigeria and comprises of IDA-funded projects amounting to about US$ 1.3 billion. There are three major operations currently under supervision as well as technical work.
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The responsibilities of the staff member will be to advance the World Bank’s current safety net program implementation, as well as the broader social protection and jobs policy dialogue in Nigeria. 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:
The Social Protection Specialist will report to Social Protection Practice Manager, West and Southern Africa, and the TTLs for Social Protection tasks in Nigeria.
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 World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.