World Food Programme – Social Protection (SP) And Cash Based Transfers (CBT) Officer.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) seeks individuals of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance

Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply


The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern and Central Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization and management support to WFP operations and activities in ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.


The Social Protection and Cash-Based Transfers (SP&CBT) team in the WFP Regional Office for East and Central Africa (RBN) provides strategic guidance, support, and oversight to ten Country Offices (COs) with regards to their SP and CBT portfolios. In the region, cash-based transfers represent an increasing share of WFP’s total humanitarian assistance: 23% in 2020, which translated into USD 372 million of purchasing power transferred to 6.1 million beneficiaries.  Social protection is also a growing portfolio of work in the region, with all countries engaged in support of national social protection systems. All RBN countries have embarked on their own distinct SP and CBT journeys, with the scale, level of sophistication, and systemic approach varying across the 10 countries.


 The Regional Social Protection and Cash-Based Transfers (SP&CBT) team is the first line of support  for COs with regards to their SP and CBT operations and plays a key role in identifying opportunities to further key regional strategic shifts, in addition to its risk management and oversight responsibilities.

This position is intended to ensure the availability of dedicated resources in the Regional Bureau to support the SP&CBT team in giving high-quality support on SP/CBT to COs, tracking the advancement of COs on their SP&CBT portfolios, and maintaining good knowledge management and communication within and outside the team.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Development, International Relations, Sociology, or other fields relevant to social protection and cash-based transfers.

Experience: At least five years of postgraduate experience in international development, humanitarian assistance, social protection and/or digital assistance delivery

                    Experience in planning, design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes with relevant work experience at the country or implementation level in developing countries;

                   Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating cash and/or voucher transfer programmes is an asset.

Language:  Fluency (level C) in the English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Basic understanding of the theory and application of food security and nutrition programme within an emergency context;
  • Knowledge of issues related to international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance.
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN’s role in humanitarian and development cooperation;
  • Understanding of social protection approaches, theory, and emerging evidence, including social assistance, social welfare, and social insurance programmes.


  • Good analytical, planning and KM skills.
  • Proactive, solution-focused and client-oriented.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English. Proficiency in French is advantageous.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall direction and guidance of the Regional SP Advisor and the Regional CBT Advisor, the CBT Consultant will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Track advancement of key performance indicators of CBT portfolios in the COs in line with the Regional CBT Strategy. Also, track the advancement of the maturity of CBT programs and provide CO-specific briefs.
  • Act as the team’s focal point on Knowledge Management (KM), by working with the regional KM team and ensuring high-quality KM within the SP&CBT team (sound document and information management, facilitation of training sessions, etc).
  • Ensure sound document and information management for the team and ensure the overall management of the document management repository as per the set MS TEAMS SOP. Facilitate training sessions on file naming conventions, MS TEAMS SOP, and sound information management practices.
  • Share content from external organizations internally for discussion, in alignment with regional SP and CBT strategy. In collaboration with evaluation, compile and maintain a team folder of relevant regional and global social protection and CBT research and evidence, including highlighting and sharing significant new evidence/ thinking.


  • In relation to the roll-out of the regional CBT strategy, support a regional exercise with the country offices CBT focal points to gather their input on the potential to upscale CBT in their offices and challenges to do so.Support social protection mapping exercises for the region, including tracking developments and providing regular updates
  • Support the SP&CBT team with presentations and briefs
  • Support the regional bureau knowledge management network in identifying existing content, creating new content, reviewing it for relevance and correctness and uploading and updating it on various platforms depending on the content type.
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the supervisors.



 Special Service Agreement – Local Consultancy

  (SSA8-NOA equivalent)

DUTY STATION (City, Country):

 Regional Bureau Nairobi, Kenya


6 months



July 20, 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.




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