National Social Protection Specialist

Full Time Salary: - Closes: July 1, 2021

Organizational Setting
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and malnutrition. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist
governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. Social protection has been recognized by FAO as a critical pillar to accelerate progress in the fight against hunger, food insecurity and rural poverty. Notably, social protection interventions have the potential to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and economic growth. Eastern Africa now stands out as one of the two sub regions in Africa on track to meet the Malabo commitments, with the highest concentration of flagship social protection programmes on the continent. FAO has been strategically involved in Zambia to support the national social protection systems.
In Zambia, FAO has since 2017 been actively engaged with the Food Security Pack Program (FSP) in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services. The FSP is a program that provides agricultural inputs to poor and vulnerable small holder farmers across all districts of Zambia to increase food security, improve nutrition and reduce poverty. FAO is providing technical support to the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) through the Smart Zambia Institute to develop the ZISPIS, with initial support to the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) and the Food Security Pack (FSP) Programs. To ensure sustainable support, FAO obtained approval for a pilot project proposal jointly developed with the MCDSS in 2020 to support operational and design improvements to the program. In this regard, the development of the FSP component of ZISPIS is complete and FAO is supporting pilot testing of the FSP component of ZISPIS, the development of a targeting mechanism for the FSP and fundraising to support the roll out of the approved FSP pilot project to realize planned operational and design improvements to the FSP program.
In 2019, FAO supported the Governments of Zambia and Ghana through the delivery of a 3-phase Capacity Development Programme (CDP) on Strengthening the use of poverty analysis to achieve SDGs 1 &2. In the framework of the Programme, participants from a wide array of Ministries in Zambia, developed action plans to implement learned approaches within their Ministries, and decided to collaborate around the design and implementation of a cash plus approach in Zambia. This consultancy will support and accompany the cash plus process and follow up implementation of CDP participant’s action plans.
Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the Representative of FAO in Zambia, direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR in charge of programmes and in close collaboration with the FAO projects, and relevant government entities, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and responsibilities.
Technical focus:
Technical contribution to monitoring activities for social protection interventions, including development of tools and methodologies
Represent FAO Zambia in technical Working Groups on Social Protection as well as other institutional coordination mechanisms
Regular participation in Technical Working Groups on social protection as well as other institutional co-ordinational mechanisms
Concept note for resource mobilization developed and submitted, donors approached, pilot pitched
Participate in and support activities of UNCT Results Group 2 including RG2 reports written and submitted on time
Support government in implementation and development of the electronic version of the Food Security Pack (FSP)
Progress reports are submitted on time
Tasks and responsibilities
Support the roll out of the FSP pilot programme, as designed by FAO in collaboration with the GOZSupport and contribute to effective and efficient planning management, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation activities related to the FSP
Ensure that the project enhances social protection and agriculture dialogue within policy spaces in Zambia
Help to manage and coordinate technical support around the FSP and other social protection interventions ensuring planning, monitoring and timely implementation.
Collaborate with national and district level authorities to enable strengthen capacity for quality data collection and transmission onto ZISPIS
Identify other partners including potential donors and explore internal opportunities to mobilize resources for the implementation of the pilot FSP and facilitate effective collaborating within the UN family
Provide follow-up support to the implementation of action plans from the RAF-led Capacity Development Programme on “Strengthening the use of Poverty Analysis for reaching SDGs 1 &2”.
In particular, the multi-sectoral Cash Plus efforts in Zambia, led by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), by;
Participate in and provide support in policy dialogue on social protection policies, legislation, and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of social protection and contribute to strategic (internal and external) processes of Cash Plus interventions, including development of documents
Support strengthening closer collaboration between participants of the Capacity
Development Programme (CDP), from various ministries, as part of the efforts to enhance the cash plus initiatives and cross-sectoral collaboration in Zambia.
Facilitate capacity building efforts for the multi-sectoral cluster advisory group (CAG) members to be involved in the implementation of the cash plus initiative on coherent, multi-sectoral approaches for poverty reduction
Establish of effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society, and other UN agencies to support sustained commitment towards FSP and XX to extending social protection to rural communities
Support in developing a social protection strategic engagement document for the FAO Zambia Office through consultations with the key stakeholders in the agriculture and social protection sector as well as review of key social protection and agriculture policy and Programme documents as well as FAO led research products.
Represent FAO in sectoral coordination mechanisms, such as the Cluster Advisory Committees, Co-operating Partners Group-Social Protection, the Co-operating Partners Group-Agriculture and within and across these fora to promote and contribute to discussions on linkages between agriculture and social protection
Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programme and activities that enable informed decision making and consistence of information
Liaise with internal counterpart to ensure effective collaboration, and monitoring of ongoing social protection projects and other projects as needed
Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities ensuring alignment with wider CPF.
Perform other duties as required
Minimum Requirements
University qualification in the field of social protection, social policy, rural development, development studies or equivalent
At least five (5) relevant progressive experience in the field of social protection and rural development, including experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development/training, policy support and analysis and relevant experience at field level.
Knowledge of social protection, rural development and agriculture context in Zambia
Knowledge and experience of engagement and providing policy discussion and decisions
National of Zambia.
FAO Core Competencies
Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
Extent and relevance of experience in the fields of agriculture and rural development and social protection.
Familiarity with systematic, well-structured, and efficient approach to work assignments.
Familiarity with liaising with government officials and technical departments is considered an asset.
Analytical ability, accuracy, and consistency.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
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