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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Bujumbura
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-22

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Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfer Officer)

Bujumbura (Burundi)


Cash Based Transfer Officer  P3


Short-Term-Professional (STP/ P3)


Management Deputy Country Director

DUTY STATION (City, Country):



Date Limite de cloture:

11 months



Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, low-income, food deficit and densely populated. The 2015 United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report ranked Burundi 184 out of 188 countries. Poverty is widespread, with 90-95 percent of the population living on less than USD 2 per day, and two thirds of the population living below the national poverty line, particularly in rural areas. Agriculture is the backbone of the economy, accounts for over 40 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs over 90 percent of the population, while Burundi has the lowest land productivity in Central and East Africa.

With a population estimated at 11.7 million in 2017, Burundi has the second highest population density in Sub-Saharan Africa with more than 400 inhabitants per square kilometre. Over 45 percent of the Burundians are children under the age of 15 years. As a result of the growing population and subsequent increased demand for land, the poorest and most vulnerable populations, who are mainly women, generally depend on marginal lands. Rapid environmental degradation has negatively impacted livelihoods and contributed to a decline in natural resources.

Since 2015, the country is suffering from a political and socio-economic crisis which has resulted in both internal and external displacements, and more than 380,000 Burundians are refugees in neighbouring countries (Sep. 2018 data). The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also reported more than 159,000 internal displaced persons (IDPs) in August 2018. Following the Tripartite agreement in August 2017 between the governments of Burundi, Tanzania, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees, 52,260 Burundian refugees have returned in Burundi as of 30 September 2018 with the support of the humanitarian community. The movement is expected to continue.

The Country Office (CO) developed an Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) for the period 1 April 2018–31 December 2020, with a budget of USD 164 million.

  1. This ICSP will support achievement of the country’s objectives in addressing poverty and undernutrition and ending hunger through five strategic outcomes:
  1. Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected populations, including refugees in camps, IDPs and returnees in targeted areas are able to meet their basic food needs all year round.
  2. Strategic outcome 2: Food-insecure households in targeted areas have safe access to adequate and nutritious food all year round.
  3. Strategic outcome 3: Children aged 6–59 months, adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women and girls in the targeted provinces and communes have improved nutrition status all year round.
  4. Strategic outcome 4: Food-insecure smallholders and communities in targeted areas have enhanced livelihoods that better support food security and nutrition needs by 2020.
  5. Strategic outcome 5: Government, humanitarian and development partners have access to effective supply chain management and logistics all year round.

    Since 2013, WFP in Burundi has progressively provided assistance to beneficiaries through cash-based transfer modalities (paper or e-vouchers – cash). The CBT modalities have been expanded either alone or in combination with food transfers as market conditions and retail supply chains permit. From September 2016 to February 2018, the CO transferred USD 3.2 million to beneficiaries’ bank accounts. As per the ICSP, the CO will use CBT in refugees, returnees, ACL and school meals activities. Furthermore, the CO intends to become the leader among the humanitarian and development players on CBT in the country. As such, and in cooperation with other UN agencies and NGOs, WFP produced a cash feasibility study in 2017; contributed to improving the environment of CBT in the country’s set up and it is co-chairing a CBT working group with the government of Burundi and is implementing a successful CBT capacity building project with the Burundian Red Cross, the main local partner of all humanitarian actors.

    A Short-Term Professional Cash-Based Transfer Officer is needed to bring to scale our CBT portfolio across the ICSP activities and to cover the gap for a programme officer person being recruited to coordinate all CBT related activities in the country office. The expert is expected build the capacity of the newly recruited national CBT officer. This person is expected to play a coordination role across all CBT functions in the CO (programme, finances, supply chain, IT).


Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director, the Cash Based Transfer Officer will perform the following responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate CBT activities in the CO ensuring that focal points from various units (programme-M&E, protection, security, logistics, procurement, IT and finances) perform their tasks as required.
  2. Provide capacity building for the newly recruited CBT programme officer on all CBT related aspects and for all involved stakeholders (WFP staff and partners).
  3. Coordinate the internal and external CBT working group.
  4. Develop and strategy to scale up CBTs in the CO in agreement with the CSP and emerging priorities
  5. Lead the work with colleagues in the country and sub-offices to conduct cost-efficiency and –effectiveness analyses of CBT interventions.
  6. Identify the appropriate transfer modalities for each of the CO CBT operations, assisting with feasibility studies and evaluations, and supporting programme design.
  7. Lead in the elaboration of emergency preparedness plans for CBTs.
  8. Review project proposals and other relevant documentation to ensure quality assurance and compliance with corporate policies, strategic objectives and guidance on CBT.


The CBT Officer will coordinate the CBT activities in the Country Office and provide capacity building for the newly recruited national CBT programme officer. Over the duration of his contract, the expert will work side by side with the national officer helping him master the CBT manual, coordinating the design, implementation and monitoring of the CBT interventions and convening internal and external stakeholders to ensure that all WFP procedures on CBT are followed. By the end of the mission, the national programme officer will be confident to undertake his job in all aspects including but not limited to implementation, interaction with internal and external stakeholders, coordination at the country office level.



Advanced University degree or University degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: International Development, Economics, Agriculture, Food Security or a field relevant to humanitarian or developmental assistance.


Job related experience in designing, implementing and/or evaluating food security and livelihoods projects with CBT component.

Experience coordinating work of different stakeholders.

Knowledge & Skills:

Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, Action Management, Innovation, Partnering, Client Orientation.


Working knowledge of French and English (proficiency/level C)

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