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Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfers, CBT) - World Food Programme (WFP)

Location: Harare
Alert: Application Deadline Expired

Job Summary

This Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfers, CBT) position will be part of a team that will contribute to the CBT Cluster and the below accountabilities will be performed within that context.

The Programme Policy Officer (CBT) will provide strategic leadership to WFP’s work in the cash and voucher sector, providing advisory support in the choice between different implementation modalities and representing WFP in conversations with partners and with the government.

The Programme Policy Officer (CBT) will be the cash operations focal point for the country office and manage the CBT portfolio providing effective support to Activity Leads to ensure programme delivery.

WFP also has adopted a strategy to provide all assistance through WFP’s corporate beneficiary management and transfer system called SCOPE. SCOPE is also used to partner with the Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF to work towards a national single registry for social protection programmes and to test its use for shock-responsive social protection.

Duties And Responsibilities

The Programme Policy Officer (CBT) will report to the Head of Programmes or designate. The duties and responsibilities include:

  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.

Specific Tasks

  • Contribute to the implementation of operations, coordinating and implementing different cash disbursement mechanisms at the CO level including mobile money, cash in transit, remittance exchange and e-voucher.
  • Overall day-to-day oversight and management of CBT operations and support SCOPE to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of CBT-based programmes at the Field Office-level.
  • Contribute to the planning and coordination of CBT multi-sectoral assessments for different districts and domains to guide modality selection.
  • Coordinate the National Cash Working Group with an aim of promoting the application of common standards, collaboration between different actors and the adoption of consistent approaches in cash based interventions.
  • Contribute to gender transformation, youth engagement and the inclusion of disadvantaged groups in all programme efforts.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications And Experience

  • Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the local languages
  • Five or more years of professional (managerial) experience relevant to information management systems, cash programming and payment solutions

Knowledge And Skills

  • Knowledge of current thinking and developments in the field of cash programming and digital payment solutions.
  • Understanding of intervention modalities, programme and project lifecycle tools, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation desirable.
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles.
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, conveying an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Learning agility, and appetite for exploring and experimenting with new ideas and approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written outputs and ability to present.
  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, participating in open dialogues and valuing diverse opinions of others, regardless of gender, culture, background, experience, or country assignment.

Desired Experiences For Entry Into The Role

  • Has a deepened technical knowledge and understanding of cash programming, different payment solutions and strong experience with setting up digital payment solutions and recent innovation in the field.
  • Direct experience working with Information Management Systems relevant to cash programming
  • Strong understanding and experience contracting and working with financial service providers
  • Experience at supervisory/leadership level implementing programmes and experience in provision of input into policy discussions and decisions.

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