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Home to about half a billion of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South. Children under 18 make up almost half of the total population. The subregion boasts of some of the world’s richest human and natural resources and, apart from South Africa, the countries are predominantly raw material exporters.
The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade. But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders, civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter course for the future.
The World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region, comprised of approximately 1,207 staff, mostly based in 26 country offices, has been helping countries realize their considerable development potential by focusing on the following priorities:
The World Bank is a dedicated partner for Eastern and Southern African countries, helping them deliver strong development outcomes for their people. A brighter future for Africa is a better future for the world.
As part of comprehensive approach to supporting human capital investment, the Social Protection & Jobs 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.
Ongoing Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice Support and Engagement Strategy in Angola
In May 2020, the flagship cash transfer program “Kwenda” to poor and vulnerable households was launched. The program aims to benefit up to 1.6 million poor and vulnerable families in the country and strengthen the social protection system. The program is implemented by the Social Support Fund (FAS). The first phase of the program registered 10.674 households of which 5,774 families received a first cash transfer in 5 provinces. FAS is now scaling up cash transfers and they reached 300,000 poor and vulnerable households by the end of 2020. A subset of beneficiary household members will be referred to productive inclusion activities and/or human development programs/services implemented in their municipality of residence.
The Social Protection and Jobs portfolio supports the Government of Angola in its initiative to provide cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households through the flagship program Kwenda, while building the key blocks of a social safety net system. It also supports job creation and employment, especially for vulnerable youth. The SPJ Portfolio includes a combination of financing and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA):
The responsibilities of the staff member will be to lead and coordinate the World Bank’s current social protection and labor initiatives as well as the broader social protection and labor policy dialogue in Angola. This will specifically relate to supporting ongoing programs of operations as well as the ongoing technical assistance agenda of the World Bank Team.
The Social Protection Specialist is accountable for performing the responsibilities, modeling the behaviors and maintaining the competencies in his or her capacity as a member of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice. Accountability means being answerable for achieving results, managing quality, risks and institutional initiatives, mentoring junior staff and operating in compliance with Bank policies and procedures.