Position: Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfers), Regular Consultant Level II
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operates in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger. At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high-performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
To provide technical expertise in support of nationally owned or led Cash Based Transfer (CBT) Systems; and lead the design, planning, implementation and delivery of WFP CBT operations as part of the crisis and resilience focus areas.
The role will enhance the capacity of WFP Ghana to engage meaningfully in technical discussions in relation to the effective implementation of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and to support CO efforts in the development of a medium/long-term capacity strengthening strategy towards LEAP. They will participate in the LEAP update meetings; Social Protection sector and development partner working groups. Furthermore, the role will strengthen WFP’s readiness and response with CBT where required through the setup of the appropriate unit structure; build capacity of National Staff to transition and assume the role.
- Contribute to the formulation and/or implementation of the CSP in line with WFP’s corporate and regional policies and strategies on Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) programnmes.
- Working with all key units, develop a strategy and workplan aligned with the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for implementation of CBT programmes.
- Support/lead CO’s efforts throughout the CBT program cycle, in line with the new corporate Business Process Model, by working with key units to provide technical guidance on design, delivery, and assurance of CBT operations.
- Lead discussions/actions on CBT in relevant internal and external platforms (incl. cash and/or SP working groups).
- In collaboration with other units, develop, update, and ensure related Standard Operational procedures (SOPs) are aligned with corporate manuals and guidelines.
- Advise CO in identifying relevant, innovative, and context-specific delivery mechanisms for CBT assistance.
- Act as CO focal point for CBT, ensuring a clear and strong connection between the field operations, Regional Bureau, and Head Quarters.
- Act as CO focal point for CBT for relevant national ministries in government discussions/relations.
- Assist government counterparts to identify and analyze policy problems and operational gaps, and provide technical expertise to inform government policy, strategy and the design and delivery of suitable solutions for cash-based programmes.
- Lead/support the development, implementation and follow-up of capacity strengthening initiatives, including for government staff in cash-based transfers and social protection where required.
- Document CBT best practices and lessons learned for the CO and manage operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to CBT programmes.
- Establish and maintain strategic and operational partnerships for complementary and collaborative approaches to improve CBT programmes, and support related advocacy work for extending the coverage, comprehensiveness, adequacy and quality of CBT programmes within all relevant audiences.
- Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for CBT activities where required.
- Support the ongoing development of corporate guidance for CBT incorporating field experience and lessons learned.
- Other duties as required
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT
- WFP Ghana CBT engagement strategy including capacity strengthening to National Systems.
- Regular Cash Working Group Meetings and documented minutes and recommendations for management decision-making.
- Implementation of the CBT Business Process Model.
- Training of CBT staff in unit and other multi-functional staff to ensure effective delivery and assurance of CBT operations.
- Regular participation in working group meeting on government to persons CBT operation and providing feedback to management.
Advanced university degree recognized by https://www.whed.net/home.php in International Affairs, Development Studies, Economics, or relevant Social Science fields or first university degree with additional years’ experience and/or relevant training.
At least five (5) years of experience in international humanitarian and development programmes, including cash-based programming, social protection, food and nutrition security and/or livelihoods.
- Experience in planning, design and implementation of humanitarian and recovery operations with relevant work experience at country level.
- Experience in leading and supporting the design, set-up and implementation of CBT responses.
- Strong background in analytical work, research, training, workshop facilitation and coaching.
- Experience in working with governments on cash-based transfer modality of assistance will be an advantage.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Strong understanding of the theory and application of food security, social protection and/or livelihood programmes.
- Good understanding of WFP’s mandate, Country Strategic Planning process, intervention modalities, programme and project lifecycle tools, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation desirable.
- Knowledge of major humanitarian, recovery and development challenges and issues, specifically strategies for poverty and hunger reduction.
- Knowledge of current thinking and developments in country capacity strengthening and effective knowledge transfer models, concepts, and principles.
- Knowledge and understanding of UN’s role in development cooperation.
- Good understanding of UN or WFP policies and programming requirements with a working knowledge of project finance, costing, budgeting, and procurement.
Languages: Fluency (level C in reading, writing and speaking) in English.
How to apply
- Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
- WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.
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