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    The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking for a Junior Professional Officer to fill the position of Programme Officer for Cash-Based-Transfers (CBTs) with the WFP Nairobi Regional Bureau in Kenya.

    Junior Professional Officer-Cash Based Transfers


    Job description


    Grade: P2

    Supervisor: Regional CBT Officer

    Unit: Programme & Policy

    Duration: Initially 1 year renewable up to 3 years


    Under the direct supervision of the Regional CBT Officer, the selected candidate will perform the following tasks - after familiarisation with the local context and WFP’s policies and strategies.

    • Identify key steps, timing and support required to assist Country Offices (COs) to scale up CBTs in a manner that is aligned to the corporate CBT business model;
    • Support corporate capacity building initiatives for CBTs and participate in trainings and workshops as required;
    • Work with various country offices in the region conducting cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness analyses of CBT interventions;
    • Support COs in the identification of appropriate transfer modalities; assist with feasibility studies and evaluations; and supporting programme design;
    • Assist COs in the elaboration of emergency preparedness plans for CBTs;
    • Liaise with other units of the RB - specifically Protection, M&E, Finance and Supply Chain, to analyse CBT pipelines and funding issues in COs;
    • Review project proposals and other relevant documentation to ensure quality assurance and compliance with corporate policies, strategic objectives and guidance;
    • Support the research agenda on new CBT-related issues under development (i.e. measuring impact on local economy, financial inclusion, protection outcomes, retailer engagement strategy).


    Bi-monthly and final reports of activities undertaken highlighting the various areas of CBT programming where the JPO has gained skills in;

    • Depending on the specific areas of work identified by the JPO and the supervisor, he/she will produce one or various reports on the following subjects:
    • Preparedness plans in the region for the use of CBTs in rapid onset emergencies;
    • Comparative study of cost-effectiveness of CBT interventions in the region;
    • Use of CBTs to achieve nutrition outcomes;

    The role of CBTs in improving value chains of key commodities.

    • The JPO will produce a synthesis paper that compares CBT operations across the region. Depending on the JPO’s interests, the paper will focus on one of these subjects:
    • Measurement of intangible benefits of CBTs;
    • The role of the transfer modality on the achievement of various outcomes;
    • Best practices in the use of CBTs for food security.


    The JPO will work under the guidance of and report to the Regional CBT Officer. The supervisor will introduce the incumbent to the advisory role of the RB in CBTs. The JPO will be mentored in various tasks that range from feasibility assessments to more in-depth analysis on the performance and impact of CBT operations. Both the JPO and the supervisor will initially undertake field missions together but he/she will be required to undertake travel as strategically and functionally required.

    The JPO position includes a Duty Travel and Training Allowance (DTTA) of USD 4,000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and for career development.


    • Participation in country-level field missions for hands-on training on various components of CBT operations;
    • Participation in regional CBT workshops organized by WFP and/or partners (i.e. CaLP);
    • Completion of WFP online trainings for various sectors related to CBTs;
    • Mentoring on specific analytical processes to evaluate CBT operations.


    Upon completion of the two-year assignment, the JPO will have acquired:

    • Skills to successfully design and evaluate CBT operations in various settings (refugee operations, emergency response, protracted operations);
    • In-depth understanding of risk management linked to the design and monitoring of CBT operations;
    • Skills to measure cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of CBTs;
    • Good understanding of protection principles in CBTs;
    • Good understanding on how to design value chain interventions that translate into more effective CBTs;
    • Good understanding of methods to measure the impact of CBT operations in the local economy.


    30 APRIL 2018

    Desired Skills and Experience


    • Advanced University degree, or University degree with experience and training/courses, in one of the following disciplines: International Development, Economics, Agriculture, Food Security or other field relevant to humanitarian or development assistance;
    • Two to four years (max) of post-graduate, progressively responsible relevant experience in designing, implementing and/or evaluating food security and livelihoods projects;
    • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook);
    • Proficiency in both oral and written English is a must;
    • Strong interpersonal skills, team spirit and ability to work in multicultural settings;
    • Behavioural competencies as follows: Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork.


    • Previous work experience in the humanitarian and/or development sector in developing countries, especially in Africa, would be considered an asset;
    • Good working knowledge of another official UN language (i.e Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian) would also be an advantage;
    • As WFP’s International Professionals are required to serve in different locations around the world during the course of their career (including in hardship duty stations), willingness to be mobile would maximise opportunities for long-term retention into the Organization.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to World Food Programme (WFP) career website on career5.successfactors.eu to apply

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