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TA - Senior Social Protection Officer

Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Temporary

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Job Summary

The position
Within this context, the Senior Social Protection Officer¿s role is to support UNHCR operations to analyse government social protection programmes in order to plan for and support the transition of refugees, IDPs and stateless persons from humanitarian assistance to these programmes. The incumbent should have a demonstrated field experience in supporting and working with government social protection systems particularly in contexts of fragility and/or forced displacement; proven technical skills in implementing and monitoring of different types of social protection programmes; and relevant field experience in working with poor and humanitarian caseloads, particularly those impacted by forced displacement.
The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach of UNCHR and establish strong working relationships with staff supporting international protection, programme, livelihoods, economic and financial inclusion, education, public health, Cash-Based Interventions and partnerships with development actors.
The Senior Social Protection Officer will support the Regional Bureau for the Eastern Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region (EHAGL), working in the External Engagement Pillar, along with economists, Economic Inclusion/livelihoods and development officers and closely liaise with colleagues in the Protection Service. S/he will report to the Head of the External Engagement Pillar (60% of the position). The Senior Social Protection Officer will also support the UNHCR Kenya Country Office, working in the Programme Team and closely liaise with colleagues in the Protection Team and others. S/he may report to the Head of the Programme Team (40% of the position).
The ideal candidate will have:
  • At least a masters degree in Socio-Economic Development; Social Sciences; Development studies; Community Development; International Relations; Law; Political Science; Disaster Risk Management/Emergency Management/related Environmental/Earth science or other relevant field.
  • At least 9 years of demonstrated experience in field programming and support related government social protection systems, particularly in contexts of fragility and/or forced displacement.
  • Proven knowledge and technical skills in implementing and monitoring of social protection programmes.
  • Relevant field experience in working with humanitarian and/or forcibly displaced caseloads.
  • Preferably, a good knowledge of UNHCR and/or other institutions working with displaced populations. Experience in poverty reduction and/or graduation programmes is a bonus.
  • Excellent English skills and additional language skills relevant in the region and Kenya a bonus.


  • Map out and analyse existing and planned government social protection and relevant COVID-19 response programmes and the key actors supporting this as a baseline, identifying how these could benefit UNHCR¿s Persons of Concern (PoCs), and transforming this into briefing papers and other deliverables.
  • Develop a strategy for the inclusion of PoCs to social protection and COVID-19 response programmes (regional level and at the Kenya national level) and how to align UNHCR assistance to these programmes within the Area of Responsibility (AOR), working with a Multi-Functional Team to transform this into planning (including resourcing) in accordance with UNHCR procedures.
  • Contribute to policy development and advocacy, providing operational and best-practice briefs to senior management and other technical staff engaged in external processes and partnerships linked to social protection, economic inclusion and COVID-19 responses.
  • Leverage external partnerships to influence government and donor policy dialogue, considering the capacities and vulnerabilities of forcibly displaced persons within the AoR.
  • Represent UNHCR and support advocacy and funding partnerships with the Government, key bilateral donors and international financial institutions working to strengthen social protection systems and COVID-19 responses in forced displacement contexts. Work to strengthen the role of UNHCR and to scale up operational support with other external agencies (e.g. ILO, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP and the World Bank Group) to rollout the alignment and transitioning of assistance to government social protection programmes.
  • Promote and support applied research to build the knowledge base for UNHCR and other external actors for the inclusion of refugees and other PoCs to social protection and economic inclusion programmes and COVID-19 responses.
  • Combine internal and external best practices, research and experience to help formulate training products and support the capacity building of regional and country operations staff.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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