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.
The Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice has a growing portfolio in Burundi, which includes long-standing engagements supporting Governments to strengthen their safety net programs as well as promoting innovations around jobs, women economic empowerment and, increasingly human capital investments.
The World Bank’s Social Protection program in Burundi comprises operational support through the Merankabandi Social Safety Nets Project (US$ 40 million) and analytical work to help the Government define social protection policies, strategies and operations. The Project aims at providing regular cash transfers to extreme poor and vulnerable households with children in selected areas while strengthening the delivery mechanisms for the development of a basic social safety net system.
The WB’s social protection portfolio is expected to increase during the next years as the World Bank has become one of the main development partners for the social protection sector in Burundi. In this framework, the World Bank is preparing a new US$ 150 million project aiming at scaling up productive safety nets and jobs to poor and vulnerable households, and especially women and the youth, in selected areas while strengthening the delivery mechanisms for the development of a basic safety net system inclusive of refugees and host communities.
In addition, the SPJ practice will actively contribute to the Covid-19 response and recovery phases.
SPJ Projects are supported by a programmatic analytical and advisory task which supports Government in developing productive social protection systems along with a single social registry.
The SPJ GP collaborates closely with other DPs such as Health, Education, FCI and others to optimize their interventions on the jobs, nutrition and digital component.
The World Bank is the lead of the Social Protection Working Group composed by Government institutions, donors and civil society.
Given the leadership role that the World Bank is taking on Social Protection in Burundi, the World Bank is seeking to recruit a Social Protection Specialist (Extended Term Consultant) to contribute to the technical and operational aspects of the Social Protection country program in Burundi. The selected candidate will be part of the SPJ team in Burundi and report to the Practice Manager of the unit (based in Nairobi, Kenya).
The selected candidate will be based in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Duties and Accountabilities
The successful candidate will support the World Bank’s engagement in the design and implementation of the SPJ program in Burundi, as a key member of the team, based in Burundi.
The successful candidate would support the effective implementation of the ongoing project and analytical and technical assistance work, while providing support to the preparation of the project in the pipeline and 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:
• Minimum of Post graduate degree at Masters’ level in Development, Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or relevant discipline with at least 5 years of relevant work experience in social assistance interventions and/or programs that promote the income-generating capacity of poor households and their resilience.
SPJ Sectoral Knowledge and Experience
World Bank procedures, work-flow and internal division of labor
Drive for Results
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion
Knowledge, Learning and Communication
Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.