UN World Food Programme Social Protection (SP) and Cash Based Transfers (CBT) Officer Jobs in Kenya

UN World Food Programme Social Protection (SP) and Cash Based Transfers (CBT) Officer Jobs in Kenya

About WFP

  • 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.

    Organizational Context and Background for the Assignment

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa (RBN) provides strategic guidance, technical support and direction to WFP country operations across the region.

  • The Social Protection and Cash Based Transfers (SP&CBT) team in RBN provides strategic guidance, support, and oversight to nine 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 2021, which translated into USD 420 million of purchasing power transferred to 10.2 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 countries. The Regional 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 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.

    Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Under the overall direction and guidance of the Head of the SP&CBT team, the officer will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the Regional CBT strategy and support the country offices in the region to meet operational requirements

  • Assist in reviewing Standard Operating Procedures for CBT in the COs.

  • Assist in supporting COs to set up delivery systems including participation in the due diligence process and contracts drafting for Financial Service Provider selection and contracting

  • Track the 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
    programmes and provide CO specific briefs.

  • Support social protection mapping exercises for the region, including tracking developments and providing regular updates.

  • Assess and document CO social protection capacity and learning needs, including in country learning activities.

  • 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).

  • Support and coordinate research pieces and studies that the team is undertaking on subjects relevant to the workplan of the team.

  • 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.

  • Support the SP&CBT team with presentations and briefs.

  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the supervisors.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

    Education and Experience:

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

  • At least three years of professional 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 the design, implementation and evaluation of cash and/or voucher transfer programmes is an asset.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

    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.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Social Protection (SP) and Cash Based Transfers (CBT) Officer Jobs in Kenya

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