Senior Social Development Specialist / Senior Social Sustainability an...
The World Bank Group
5d ago
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Job # : req11628

Location : Abuja,Nigeria

Grade : GG

Organization : World Bank

Sector : Social Development

Term Duration : 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type : International Recruitment

  • The analytics that underpin our country dialogue, operations, social risk management across the Bank’s portfolio, and engagements on the global agenda exploiting traditional and new sources of data and analytical tools, including digital tools;
  • The synergies between operational interventions (ASAs and financing) and the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) to help deliver on the promise of the ESF to bring a development focus to social risk management of the Bank’s portfolio; and

    The Community Driven Development operational instrument to more consistently focus on social dimensions of climate change, digital applications for community learning, empowerment and livelihoods, and norms and behavior change.

    Nigeria Country Context

    A key regional player in West Africa, Nigeria accounts for about half of West Africa’s population with approximately 202 million people and one of the largest populations of youth in the world.

    Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse federation which consists of 36 autonomous states and the Federal Capital Territory.

    With an abundance of natural resources, it is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent.

    While Nigeria has made some progress in socio-economic terms in recent years, its human capital development remains weak due to under-investment.

    The country ranked 169 of 175 countries in the World Bank’s 2020 Human Capital Index..

    The country continues to face massive developmental challenges, including the need to reduce the dependency on oil and diversify the economy, address insufficient infrastructure, build strong and effective institutions, as well as address governance issues and strengthen public financial management systems.

    These pre-existing structural challenges have left the Nigerian economy especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences.

    Inequality, in terms of income and opportunities, remains high and has adversely affected poverty reduction.

    The lack of job opportunities is at the core of the high poverty levels, regional inequality, and social and political unrest.

    Without the COVID-19 shock (the counterfactual scenario), about 2 million Nigerians were expected to fall into poverty in 2020 as population growth outpaces economic growth.

    With COVID-19, the recession was expected to push an additional 5 million Nigerians into poverty in 2020, bringing the total newly poor to 7 million.


  • The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice has a growing work program in Nigeria, encompassing project loans and grants, advisory and analytical programs and active partnerships supporting a wide range of engagements focusing on fragility, conflict and violence (FCV);
  • social cohesion and resilience; women empowerment and gender equality, social inclusion, citizen engagement and social accountability;
  • and social risk management.

    SAWS1, one of the two Social Sustainability and Inclusion units in West and Central Africa, is looking to recruit a Senior Social Development Specialist / Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist to lead our engagement on FCV and social cohesion in Nigeria.

    The Senior Social Development Specialist / Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will report directly to SAWS1 Practice Manager.

    The Senior Social Development Specialist / Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist will be expected to work closely with the CMU and task teams in the country.

    The selected candidate will also be expected to work collaboratively and develop good relations with other Global Practice teams, Global Solution Groups and Global Theme teams specializing in Gender and Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV).

    Duties and Accountabilities

    The Senior Social Development / Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for managing the planning of large, complex, and strategically significant activities currently led / co-led by the Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice.

    She / he will provide oversight, coordination, and strategic guidance for the implementation of activities according to agreed work plans and corresponding deliverables.

    She / he will also coordinate the implementation of the activities in the broader context of World Bank’s contributions to the Government of Nigeria’s development agenda.

    In particular, she / he will focus on the following specific areas :

    As co-Task Team Leader, provide strategic leadership and technical support to all aspects of the implementation of the $376 million Multi-sector Crisis Recovery Project for North Eastern Nigeria (MCRP), with a primary focus on Component One (Peacebuilding and Strengthening Social Cohesion and Livelihoods) and other social development aspects.

    This will include day-to-day interaction with the four Project Coordination Units and regular travel to the North-East.

    Serve as main focal point / coordinator within the World Bank Nigeria Team for FCV issues, including the North-East program.

    This will include leading the engagement toward delivery of the core objective of reducing fragility in the North-East and other areas affected by conflict’ in the FY21-25 Country Partnership Framework (CPF), as well as leadership of a planned new advisory and analytical program on FCV issues.

    He / she will promote coherence, communication and collaboration among World Bank activities. Externally, this will involve participation in donor coordination fora and the fostering of close partnerships and common approaches with UN agencies, bilaterals and other stakeholders, to strengthen the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

    Lead or co-lead donor-supported activities (Trust Funds) to provide technical assistance for strengthening Nigerian systems for recovery planning, coordination, and peacebuilding.

    Actively engage in efforts to promote evidence-based approaches and policy updates to foster social cohesion, conflict sensitivity, community empowerment, resilience, and violence prevention.

    This will include advising proposed projects in preparation to address desertification and strengthen livestock productivity.

    It will also include playing a central role in cross-portfolio efforts to enhance Bank support for implementation in high-risk environments, including on security risk management and third-party monitoring.

    rmity to Bank operational policies.

    Contribute to the Unit's briefs, blogs, strategy documents, and papers on critical social development issues for both internal and external audiences.

    Selection Criteria

    This position is suited to constructive, highly motivated team players with an eye for detail, understanding of the bigger picture context of operations, and creative problem-solving abilities.

    The successful candidate should have strong operational and analytical skills, have practical experience handling complex / sensitive social development issues through participatory processes of stakeholder engagement, and be able to integrate social development considerations in an operational context.

    Master's Degree or PhD in Social Sciences (Gender Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Development, Public Health, Conflict and Violence Prevention etc.

    and a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in social / community development, inclusion, resilience, etc.

    Demonstrated team leadership experience and operational skills and experience in the areas of community empowerment, social inclusion, forced displacement, citizen engagement, local service delivery, community driven development, fragility, conflict and violence in low- and middle-income countries.

    Experience with managing operations in low capacity, fragile and conflict-affected environments, working on complex multi-sectoral development challenges and working in a federal system.

    Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank’s ESF and social safeguards policies in complex and challenging settings, and across practices.

    Demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and actionable, practical recommendations.

    Experience in contributing to high-level strategic decisions and technical support to government counterparts, policy makers, beneficiaries, community-based organizations, and development partners on effective approaches to close gender gaps.

  • Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, government counterparts, beneficiaries of Bank projects, and civil society organizations;
  • ability to effectively negotiate and build consensus to achieve constructive outputs.

    Outstanding interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and team skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced solutions to complex development problems, with a strong client focus.

    Demonstrated ability to work across practices, work in cross-thematic teams, foster teamwork, and mentor junior staff.

    Competencies :

    Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of government and non-government partners.

    Social inclusion, empowerment, and resilience - Experience in successfully applying social sustainability and inclusion principles and good practice, covering issues of FCV, inclusion and non-discrimination of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, stakeholder engagement, etc.

    Social Development implications on policies, institutions, and operations Solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.

  • Participation and Consultation - Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client;
  • ability to coach others in the application of the interventions.

  • Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability - Extensive experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client;
  • ability to coach others in the application of the tools.

    Integrative Skills - Understand relevant cross-practice areas and how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations.

  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies;
  • interact with clients at the policy level.

    Lead and Innovate - Develop innovative solutions with others.

    Deliver Results for Clients - Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for the client.

    Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the World Bank Group and bring differing ideas into the forefront.

    Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Create, apply, and share knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.

    Make Smart Decisions - Recommend and take decisive action.

    Language :

    Required Language(s) : English

    Preferred Language(s) : French.

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