Programme Policy Officer - Cash based Transfers
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Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.
Since 1979, WFP has provided support to the Cambodian people to meet their emergency needs and enhance the long-term food and nutrition security of vulnerable households and communities. Across Cambodia, WFP has supported the building and rehabilitation of rural infrastructure and productive assets, implemented programmes to improve maternal and child nutrition, provided nutrition care and support for people living in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, supported humanitarian coordination and assisted disaster-affected households, and promoted social assistance through its school meals programme and scholarships to children from poor households.
The current WFP Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023) in Cambodia aims to complement and contribute to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) efforts to achieve zero hunger through supporting school based programmes, strengthening resilient local food systems, enhancing government capacities on emergency preparedness and response and enhancing food security, nutrition and social protection governance. Central to its Cambodia programme, WFP has been working with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) to implement school feeding since 1999 through the provision of hot, nutritious meals in schools and cash/food scholarships to vulnerable primary and pre-primary school children. From 1999 to 2021, this social assistance programme has benefited over two million school children with much work already done to transition school feeding to a nationally managed and funded programme from 2025.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
In October 2020, following severe flooding in Cambodia, WFP commenced the design and implementation of its first emergency cash programme under the current CSP in Cambodia. Following an initial emergency in-kind response in October, WFP is planning to assist initially over 30,000 households with multiple cash transfers over a period of 12 months to support flood recovery. The cash transfer modality will form the basis of WFP’s emergency response and recovery work moving forward, as a complement to providing technical assistance to the government’s emergency preparedness and social protection programmes. Additional interest from donors may see an expansion of WFP’s cash-based transfers (CBT) programme in Cambodia from 2021.
In order to and ensure that cash transfers will reach beneficiaries in an effective, timely manner that aligns with best practice and WFP’s corporate guidance, WFP is seeking a Cash-based transfers Officer to provide support to CBT operations to support emergency response and recovery as well as providing technical assistance to WFP and partners in taking CBT programmes and models forward in Cambodia.
This position will report to the Programme Policy Officer (SO Lead) and work closely across all areas of CBT operations (supply chain, ICT, finance and field operations) as well as contributing to WFP’s social protection portfolio.
JOB TITLE: Programme Policy Officer – Cash based Transfers
TYPE OF CONTRACT: Consultant/Regular (CST Level I)
UNIT/DIVISION: RBB, Cambodia
DUTY STATION: WFP Country Office
DURATION: 11 months (starting ASAP)
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Coordinate WFP’s implementation of CBT emergency response/recovery programme in line with corporate Business Process Models and other relevant guidance.
- Work across relevant units to develop, update and ensure CBT Standard Operating procedures (SOP) are aligned with corporate manuals and guidelines; and develop implementation strategy and workplan for CBT operations.
- Provide technical guidance or mobilize technical expertise, on cash-based transfer/social protection program design, delivery, and quality assurance. This includes a wide range of programme and policy issues such as assessment and analysis, intervention design and purpose, activities, cash disbursement mechanisms, and transition of modalities, monitoring, as well as amendments to programme implementation as and when required.
- Provide guidance and technical support to the development and management of WFP’s beneficiary management systems related to CBT.
- Lead the incorporation of gender and protection in all areas of work and ensure that accountability to affected populations is central to emergency programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- Support oversight and/or evaluation missions and ensure that the recommendations from the mission/s are duly implemented in the country office, and related documents and processes are regularly updated and aligned with the corporate policies with support from regional and HQ cross functional teams.
- Strengthen the capacities of the WFP CBT working group at national and sub-national level, partners and government in CBT delivery and assurance; with the aim of equipping relevant units with the tools to lead on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- Coordinate with relevant ministries/national stakeholders to provide technical assistance to government and other partners in the planning, formulation, and implementation process to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of existing CBT interventions and pave the way for future efforts in social protection programmes.
- Support WFP’s engagement and leadership in different fora such as the Humanitarian Response Forum, Cash Working Group, and other related fora on cash-based transfers and social assistance.
- Ensure accountability and assurance to donors to WFP’s CBT operations – including reporting, proposal development and updates/briefs.
- Document best practices and lessons learned for the CO and manage operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to CBT and social protection programmes for learning and improving operations.
- Support the development of programme guidelines and tools for cash-based transfers and social protection incorporating field experience and lessons learned.
- Other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Development, Economics, Business Administration, Development Studies, Statistics, or other fields relevant to International development assistance
- At least 5 years of relevant post graduate national and/or international experience with exclusive strategic and operational knowledge and experience on Cash Based Transfers, Social Protection/Government advisory, Digital Assistance sector.
- Knowledge of WFP procedures with regard to data and beneficiary information and transfer management throughout the CBT cycle is desirable.
- Excellent command of English (oral and written
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
- Technical skills and experience in designing and implementing cash-based transfers, preferably in emergency contexts.
- Excellent written and oral communications and presentation/facilitation skills.
- Excellent understanding of national and UN institutional frameworks, including financial management frameworks.
- Knowledge of the UN operational programmes, while WFP programmatic and partnership experience is preferred.
- Operational experience with social protection systems, including liaising with governments and supporting the design/implementation of social protection programmes
- Working knowledge of banking/financial instruments and linkages to cash transfers, social protection and financial inclusion
- Strong analytical and negotiation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and staff in the office, partners, donors, other cash and vouchers actors, UN agencies, and others.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural team and establish an effective working relationship with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Create an account on the WFP Career Website: http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings
- Under Filter By “Country”, type “Cambodia” and select the position you want to apply to.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
The vacancy will be closed on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at 17:00 GMT+7
- WFP recognizes the positive potential of flexible working arrangements to enable staff members the opportunity to select and alter their work schedules to better fit personal needs and help balance work, personal, and family responsibilities whenever operationally possible.
- WFP is committed to gender equality and parity (50% women and 50% men) and to diversity more generally, among employees across all grades, functions and contract modalities.
- WFP offers an attractive salary and other benefits, including annual leave, parental leave and health insurance for staff and eligible dependents.
- WFP Work Environment: WFP is committed to ensuring that all its workplaces are free from abuse, offensive behaviour, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. WFP does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS and disability status. WFP is also committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands, and is able to carry out, his/her personal responsibilities for maintaining the dignity of work colleagues. WFP seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. We believe our mission of fighting global hunger worldwide can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys are offered equal opportunities in terms of access to resources and services, and participation in decision making roles.
Female applicants, individuals with disabilities, and those from developing countries, are encouraged to apply.
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