La Banque Mondiale recruits 01 ET Consultant
La Banque Mondiale
Job #: req12851Organization: World BankSector: Social ProtectionGrade: EC1Term Duration: 1 year 0 monthsRecruitment Type: Local RecruitmentLocation: Maputo,MozambiqueRequired Language(s): English, PortuguesePreferred Language(s): Closing Date: 9/10/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
Description The World Bank supports social protection and jobs programs in developing countries as a central part of its mission to end extreme poverty and foster shared prosperity. The World Bank’s 10-year Social Protection and Jobs1 Strategy’s main objective is to help countries move from fragmented projects to harmonized social protection and labor systems. It focuses on making these systems more inclusive of the vulnerable and more attuned to building people’s capacities and improving the productivity of their work. The strategy lays out ways to deepen the Bank’s involvement, capacity, knowledge, and impact in social protection and labor.
Mozambique has experienced sustained poverty reduction from 68 percent in 1997 to 48.4 percent in 2015, however, absolute poverty and inequality continue to increase. In 2015, there were 12.3 million people living under the basic needs poverty line, and more than 7.9 million living in extreme poverty (31.1% of total population). Moreover, Mozambique’s recent economic, fiscal, and climate crises decelerated the economy, and are likely to have further deteriorated the socio-economic situation, especially of the poor. These developments not only pose serious threats to the gains in poverty reduction but are likely to have effects on food security, access to basic social services that could affect human capital investments and outcome. This emphasizes the need to strengthen the SP system to enhance consumption smoothing, investments in human capital, increase resilience to shocks, and to foster economic recovery and prosperity for the poorest.
Poverty in the country is geographically concentrated and social protection programs coverage has made uneven progress. More than 56 percent of people living in rural areas cannot cover their basic needs, while 35 percent live under the food poverty line, in urban areas this is 32 and 22 percent respectively. Poverty rates also vary widely across provinces. Three provinces in the northern part of the country have historically held the highest poverty rates in the country, namely Niassa (66.7 percent respectively), Nampula (64.8 percent), and Zambezia (61.8 percent). On the other hand, Maputo City has a 3.8 poverty rate. Besides this uneven incidence, poverty reduction in the country has experienced a faster pace in urban areas indicating the sustained economic growth has not been pro-poor. The depth of poverty as well as the disparities across different areas in the country pose important challenges for the Government of Mozambique (GoM) in terms of prioritizing SP interventions.
Most Mozambican’s remain financially excluded, especially the poorest and women. The Findex 2017 survey estimates that 58 percent of adult Mozambicans are still financially excluded, i.e., do not have a transaction account. The growing share of households that have access to formal sector financial services are concentrated in urban centers. Bank outreach in rural areas has improved, albeit from a low base and at high cost. Among the poorest 40 percent of the adult population, only 27 percent have a transaction account. Account ownership has a significant gender disparity: only 33 percent of women have a deposit account (51 percent for men).
The National Institute of Social Action (INAS), under the policy guidance of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS), is presently implementing three social safety net programs: (i) a social pension (PSSB) covering about 442,000 individuals (which also includes the child grant); (ii) a productive safety net program (PASP) for households with able bodied members covering 131,000 households; and (iii) the Direct Social Support Program (PASD) which has two components, a multiform in-kind support, and a Post-Emergency Cash Transfer program (PASD-PE) covering 385,000 households in selected areas affected by climate shocks, as well as urban and peri-urban areas that were hardest hit by COVID-19 crises.
In addition, with support from development partners, INAS has made significant progress in modernizing its system instruments. INAS developed and is utilizing the integrated management information system (known as e-INAS) which provides the platform for registration, socioeconomic evaluation, case management, and payment of beneficiaries, features that are critical for scale up of programs, better monitoring, enhanced transparency and accountability. Second, INAS with support from the MGCAS has been working towards the gradual modernization of the SP payments system, including various efforts for engaging third party service providers, and in particular, digital payments through the national switch. On this front, critical milestones were achieved in the adoption of digital payments (mobile and commercial banks) in the context of the COVID-19 response. Finally, INAS is seeking to further harmonize processes and procedures across SP programs, such as the M&E, and grievance redress mechanism (GRM).
World Bank operations and the MultiDonor Trust Fund for Social Protection in Mozambique
The WB Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) team in Mozambique aims at supporting the Government in operationalizing the National Social Protection Strategy (ENSSB) and contributing to its two main goals: increasing coverage of social protection programs in the country and increasing their efficiency. WB’s social protection engagement has broadened during last years and the Bank is now an active member of the Social Action Working Group (SAWG) composed by Government institutions, donors and civil society.
The WB funded Social Safety Nets (SSN) Project supports the building of the basic blocks for the SP system in Mozambique, including but not limited to targeting system, a single registry, a payment system, and MIS. In addition the SSN Project supports the implementation of the PASP and PASD-PE.
Similarly the upcoming WB-supported operations will be focusing on improving SP systems, expanding regular programs such as PSSB child grant and PASD-PE (adaptive safety nets), as well as productive safety nets (PASP). Another critical agenda is the expansion of digital payments and financial inclusion of SP beneficiaries and particularly for women.
The SPJ team also is implementing an operation under the Youth and Employment State Secretariat that support access to social services, employment and earnings opportunities for targeted youth.This operation aims to support the human capital development of adolescent youths in an integrated manner by increasing demand for schooling and sexual and reproductive health services.
In 2018, WB and donor partners setup a programmatic Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF, P169768) to expand and strengthen the country’s social safety nets programs and instruments in Mozambique. The MDTF is managed by the World Bank and is supported by FCDO, the Netherlands, and Sweden. This MDTF plays a critical role in convening development actors to support the Government in enhancing the social protection system, through both increased financing and technical assistance. Furthermore, this instrument is expected to serve as a bridge to future WB and donor financing, thus broadening the World Bank’s engagement in the SPJ agenda, moving from the current public works focus to a broader agenda that includes strengthening human capital resilience of the poor using cash transfers, social pensions and other instruments.
The SPJ Global Practice is seeking a Social Protection Extended Term Consultant to support the implementation of social protection and jobs operations and analytical work in Mozambique with a specific focus on the following areas: i) digital payments; ii) early childhood development and iii) adaptive social protection.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As part of the SPJ Mozambique team, the Social Protection ETC will be responsible for the following: • Provide operational and technical support during preparation and implementation supervision of Bank operations in the social protection and jobs sector in Mozambique; including activities supported by the MDTF;
• Act as a liaison between the Bank team and the Government counterparts, as well as other stakeholders;• Follow up closely, and provide hands-on, daily technical support as needed to the Government counterparts and implementing partners, to ensure a smooth expansion of digital payments; including liaising internally between SP + FCI WB teams;• Follow up closely, and provide hands-on, daily technical support as needed to the Government counterparts and implementing partners in the implementation of the child grant and adaptive social protection programs;• Participate in country level studies and other analytical activities addressing social protection and jobs issues, especially related to the areas of focus above mentioned;• Provide technical support to MGCAS/INAS staff in preparing and ensuring quality of M&E reports in relation to sector and WB operations objectives, output and activities.• Participate in stakeholders meetings, including with Social Protection Development Partners and other partner activities in Mozambique.• Support the Bank’s internal operation and processing, including preparation of mission-related documents, requesting resources, and reporting implementation progress.• Participate in meetings as well missions including for preparation, meeting scheduling, minutes taking, drafting of aide memoires and any other reporting as needed.
Selection Criteria • Bachelor in social science, or related area;
• A minimum of 3 years of experience in the Social Protection sector in Mozambique is required.• Additional similar international experience would be an advantage; in particular in designing, implementing, and/or monitoring of:
• Social protection interventions in response to emergencies, and more broadly adaptive social protection, and the humanitarian-development nexus;• Social protection payment systems, especially in relation to the adoption of digital payments, e.g.mobile money and commercial banks• Food security and nutrition, especially related to early childhood development, and interventions for behavioral change• Experience in designing, organizing, and delivering trainings, overall capacity building events, and other similar knowledge events with Government counterparts and other stakeholders.
As well as, • Ability to work well in a small team, to operate under pressure, to deliver high-quality work within deadlines, and meet team objectives
• Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so• Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese (both essential)• Understanding of the Bank’s business, products and services as well as policies and procedures.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.