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Senior Social Protection Specialist

Job Category:
Social Protection
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
18 May, 2008
Last Date to apply:
31 May, 2008
Experience in years
2 to 4

• Minimum 6 years professional experience, with background in Community Development, Gender and Development, Child Protection and/or Disability Programmes.
• Familiarity with government procedures is an added advantage.
• Good analytical and report-writing skills.
• Good planning skills.
• Ability to work under pressure and under difficult conditions.
• Ability to take the initiative.
• Ability to travel frequently to affected areas. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
• Fluent in English and Urdu. Proficiency in local languages spoken in the earthquake affected districts is desirable


1.        Context
ERRA’s Social Protection Strategy has been formulated to protect the vulnerable people affected by the earthquake of 8th October 2005. The Strategy incorporates concrete actions, recommendations and policy guidelines for the rehabilitation of vulnerable groups. These include widows, women-headed households and children without parental care, people with disabilities, the elderly without caregivers and people who are landless. Some of the current components of the Strategy include provision of cash grants, financial assistance for housing reconstruction, livelihood development and vocational training opportunities, and legal and administrative support in accessing land and property rights. Another major initiative is the strengthening of the Provincial and State Departments of Social Welfare. This is manifested in the construction of new Social Welfare Complexes that will house the Departments and enhance their ability to deliver services.   
In order to help implement the Social Protection Strategy Social Protection Coordinators have been placed in PERRA, SERRA and the DRUs. The Senior Social Protection Specialist, working in ERRA, is required to strengthen the Social Protection Cell, to effectively supervise the Social Protection Coordinators, and to identify and develop new interventions as needs emerge.
     2.   Terms of Reference
  • Contribute to policy-making and to implementation of programmes following from those policies.
  • Liaise with other relevant ERRA sectors, including the Monitoring and Evaluation Wing
  • Maintain close liaison with Social Protection Partner Organisations and with NGOs
  • Work in close collaboration with other relevant UN agencies
  • Provide technical assistance to the Programme Manager Social Protection in formulating implementation mechanisms derived from policies and strategies.
  • Provide the required technical expertise and support in planning and implementing the Social Welfare Complexes. 
  • Effectively project ERRA’s Social Protection Strategy and various interventions being undertaken by ERRA, State and Provincial Governments, NGOs and Partner Organizations in various fora, through presentations, publications and on the ERRA website.
  • Represent ERRA, and Social Protection in particular, in meetings convened by the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Social Welfare Departments in AJK and NWFP.
  • Maintain close liaison (through visits and communication) with the District Social Protection Coordinators and enable them to work effectively.
  • Produce analytical consolidated reports, identifying progress and exceptions, based on the District Social Protection Co-ordinators’ monthly reports.
  • Assist the Programme Manager Social Protection in conducting routine business, including correspondence.
  • Analyze project proposals submitted by NGOs requesting NOCs and recommend whether the NOCs should be granted, in light of ERRA guidelines.
  • Provide regular analytical updates on specific programs and projects for vulnerable groups to ERRA, in consultation with ERRA’s Implementing Partners
  • Prepare a monthly progress report on all ongoing projects, analyzing the implementation issues/bottlenecks, in coordination with Implementing Partners.
  • Coordinate with NGOs implementing projects that fall under Social Protection and prepare consolidated monthly progress reports on these projects. 
  • Convene Protection Core Group and General Advisory Group meetings at ERRA.
  • Undertake frequent field visits to forge close links between ERRA, the Provincial and State Governments, Implementing Partners and NGOs. 
  1. Reporting
The Senior Social Protection Specialist shall be part of Social Protection Cell in ERRA and work in close coordination with Programme Manager, Social Protection and report to Director General Planning.
The Senior SP Specialist shall furnish a monthly activity report to the Programme Manager Social Protection and to the CPRU - UNDP.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesSocial SciencesMasters DegreeA Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences