Senior Social Protection Specialist/Senior Economist, Spécialiste principal de la protection sociale/Économiste principal, Yaoundé, World Bank

Senior Social Protection Specialist/Senior Economist, Spécialiste principal de la protection sociale/Économiste principal, Yaoundé, World Bank

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job #:    req21875

Organization:     World Bank

Sector:  Social Protection

Grade:  GG

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:           International Recruitment

Location:              Yaounde,Cameroon

Required Language(s):   French, English

Preferred Language(s):

Closing Date:      4/13/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice:

The Social Protection & Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice delivers operational approaches and evidence-based solutions to help individuals and families manage risk, cope with chronic/transitional poverty, and access better livelihoods and jobs.  These include:

  • Strategy, analysis, financing and design of programs delivering social safety nets/social assistance in the form of cash transfers, public works programs, and fee waivers.
  • Advisory and analytical services on design and delivery of contributory transfers (including old-age pensions, unemployment insurance, disability and survivor benefits), and their fiscal sustainability (including budget support for transitions).
  • Analysis, design and delivery of labor market and youth employment programs (with a focus on supply side interventions and intermediation policies), as well as policy advice on labor market regulations and interventions.
  • Strategy, analysis, financing and design of integrated social protection delivery systems (e.g., payments, identification, registries, systems assessments) as underpinnings of effective social programs that can help cope with climatic shocks or underpin fiscal reforms.

The SPJ Global Practice has a large and growing portfolio in West and Central Africa, which includes long-standing engagements supporting Governments to strengthen their safety net programs as well as promoting innovations around jobs for youth and, increasingly, human capital investments. The program spans from middle-income to low-income countries, and post-conflict fragile states.

The successful candidate would lead/co-lead the social protection and jobs engagement in Cameroon, focusing specifically on the ongoing safety net programs, social protection systems, economic inclusion and emerging work in the areas of jobs and youth employment. The work will also include engagement on issues of refugees and IDPs, as well as policy-related work across the sector and with other global practices. There will also be opportunities for supporting engagements in other countries in the region.

The World Bank Yaunde Cameroon :

Based in the Yaunde WB Country Office, the Sr. SP Specialist/Sr. Economist will be a core member of the SPJ team covering Cameroon. S/he will be responsible for the successful day-to-day delivery of the overall SPJ programming efforts, as well as leading the dialogue with counterparts and with the CMU as appropriate. Further, s/he will be a member of the West and Central Africa unit of the Social Protection and Jobs GP and report to the Practice Manager for the unit. The position will involve frequent interaction with government counterparts, other donor agencies, and counterparts within SPJ and HD, as well as across other units of the World Bank. S/he will also be an extended member of the SPJ team covering all the other countries in Cameroon Country Management Unit which include Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé-et-Príncipe.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Senior Social Protection Specialist/Senior Economist will work as a part of the Social Protection and Jobs team that is leading the engagement in Cameroon. The primary objective of the position is to support the successful implementation of the Cameroon Safety Nets Project, as well as the analytical work in the sector more broadly, as well as playing a leading role in advancing the dialogue with the Government on social protection systems and jobs more generally with a view to further grow the SPJ engagement in the country. The candidate may also work on other country programs and regional work.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Support and lead/co-lead the World Bank financed safety net operation currently under implementation, including technical leadership to key components, ensuring high quality implementation support to the Government team and oversight of risk management issues working with relevant safeguards experts, financial management, procurement and trust fund management.
  • Lead high-level policy dialogue on social protection, refugees, IDPs, youth jobs and subsidy reform, with a particular focus on the responsible agencies and line Ministries, Ministries of Finance, and key sector ministries as needed.
  • Lead analytical and advisory service (ASA) efforts in the areas of social protection system building, jobs and pensions
  • Develop and support new business areas of engagement, including but not limited to the anticipated follow-on engagements on the jobs agenda and SP systems.
  • Ensure strong coordination and teamwork within the SPJ program and in particular liaising across Global Practices to support joint programming and analytical activities to strengthen program delivery and to promote common outcomes
  • Contribute to Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs), Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCDs), Performance and Learning Reviews (PLRs), Development Policy Operations (DPOs), Country Economic Memorandums (CEMs), and Public Expenditure Reviews (PERs)
  • Promote strong team leadership within the overall SP&J team(s), participating in team leadership discussions and planning on a regular basis.
  • Manage and raise trust fund resources with a view to cost effective programming to achieve policy and program enhancement.
  • Contribute to the global knowledge base of the Social Protection & Jobs GP and other country programs, as agreed with the Practice Manager.
  • Contribute to various tasks of the SPJ global practice, including peer reviewing, supporting task teams, and representing the World Bank at conferences and events.
  • Support the professional enrichment and advancement of peers.

Selection Criteria


  • Graduate degree and minimum of masters level qualification in economics, social policy or related sector
  • Minimum of eight years of directly relevant experience in social protection and/or safety nets. Experience and substantive skills in social protection policy
  • Experience in implementing operations as demonstrated through team leadership or being core team member for operations.
  • Experience with large scale, multi-sectoral social protection programming
  • Demonstrated international experience, including within low-capacity environments
  • Experience working with clients to build capacity and engage in dialogue on social protection and service delivery
  • Experience working with multiple development partners to harmonize support for government-led programming

Technical Ability

  • Experience in leading analytical and technical assistance activities designed to support the development and strengthening of social protection and labor market programs
  • Proven ability to carry-out independent policy-relevant research, translate theory into practical applications, and adapt professional knowledge and technical skills to analyse, diagnose and propose solutions to policy issues and challenges
  • Knowledge of social inclusion issues
  • Knowledge of World Bank financing instruments and operational procedures is desirable

Client Orientation

  • Strong engagement and policy dialogue skills with high-level counterparts and other stakeholders; client focused with an ability to provide prompt and high-quality responses
  • Ability to maintain client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge
  • Ability to advise, influence and promote consensus among different stakeholders
  • Experience in managing diverse and sometimes competing interests and perspectives to arrive at consensus

Team Leadership, Collaboration, and Inclusion

  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams. Excellent interpersonal skills, with proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision
  • Proven track record of multi-tasking, managing competing demands and effectively time-manage tasks
  • Proven ability to identify and develop new and creative partnerships with a wide variety of agencies and organisations
  • Ability to work in a collaborative way, delivering cross-support and building relationships around a common goal


  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and judgement
  • Evidence of sharing and conveying complex technical issues, in accessible format: written, spoken
  • Native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written French
  • High-level proficiency in spoken and written English

In addition to the above, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • General knowledge and analytical skills: Stays current on trends and literature pertaining one’s area of expertise. Possesses cross-country knowledge and demonstrates ability to address issues at a broader level, as well as in depth. Demonstrates ability to link the macro, the institutional, and the micro-level behaviors and can identify the relevant sectoral analysis. Able to support findings/policy recommendations with credible analysis and tools. Proven ability to conceptualize, design, and implement major tasks, including through leading and participating in task teams of lending and non-lending operations.
  • Knowledge and experience in development arena: Has ability to translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies. Interacts with clients at the policy level, and organizes and manages policy development initiatives in collaboration with other development agencies and donors.
  • Policy dialogue skills: Possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills. Applies cross-country development knowledge to discussions with clients and development partners. Is able to anticipate needs and requests in the field and develop/offer relevant tools to clients. Is able to conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners on selected policy issues. Able to lead task teams, participate in formal negotiations, and assist government in establishing priorities.
  • Social protection knowledge and experience: Has experience leading social protection work and dealing with institutional design and implementation issues, including on building social protection systems. Is able to conceptualize issues and help clients develop flexible and creative approaches to social protection strategy. Can contribute to regional and sectoral strategies, products and tasks, and understands the principles of evaluation and the interpretation of their results. Knowledge and expertise in agriculture, natural resource management and climate change is an asset.
  • Integrative skills: Is able to link all relevant cross-sectoral areas to own work, and understands how they are interrelated. Draws on diverse, cross-sectoral teams to enhance the rigor of advice on cross-cutting and sectoral issues. For operations roles, demonstrates ability to undertake cross-sectoral work, in lending and non-lending operations.
  • Lead and innovate: Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.
  • Deliver results for clients: Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.
  • Collaborate within teams and across boundaries: Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across clients and partners. Is known across the international development community in their subject area and is sought out to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Builds networks as part of external professional groups/networks.
  • Make Smart Decisions: Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short- and long-term implications of decisions. Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached.

Please refer to the below link for Competencies required:

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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