Social Protection Specialist

World Bank Group

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: IT and ICT

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of MSc degree in Development, Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or relevant discipline with at least 5 years of relevant work experience in social assistance interventions and programs that promote the income-generating capacity of poor households and their resilience.
  • Demonstrated experience with operations and key aspects of program management and with operational implementation of development programs in the field. Experience with large scale, multi-sectoral programming and multiple partners, including within low capacity environments is an asset.
  • Strong operational track record in delivering results in challenging and low-capacity contexts, including program monitoring & evaluation. 
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of issues related to social protection policy and adaptive social protection, especially related to the ASP building blocks. Understanding of relevant cross-sectoral areas connecting across • Human Development and other sectors and how they are interrelated; ability to undertake issues and assist in building systems and institutional linkages to promote effective delivery.
  • Strong analytical skills and proven ability to conduct and oversee policy-relevant research, translate theory into practical applications, and adapt professional knowledge and technical skills to analyze, diagnose and propose solutions to policy issues and challenges. 
  • Ability to convey analysis in easily communicable and compelling fashion, and on often short turnaround times. Demonstrated ability to capture knowledge and communicate main messages in knowledge briefs and policy notes, as well as power point presentations for high level audiences.
  • Fluency in French and English (written and verbal) is required. 
  • 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. 
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, judgement and 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.


  • SPJ Sectoral Knowledge and Experience - Analytical and operational expertise in SPJ. Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in Social Safety Nets and adaptive social protection.
  •  Data Collection, Processing and Analysis – Demonstrates ability to contribute to the analysis, possess knowledge of the sector strategy, programs and portfolio issues. Capable of i) gathering and compiling data from various non-digitized and digitized sources, ii) organizing and analyzing them using computerized spreadsheets (e.g. MS-Excel), and iii) preparing succinct narratives based on the analysis. 
  • Client Orientation - Record of developing strong internal and external client relationships. Capacity to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders within and outside the Bank. Good interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills.
  • Drive for Results - Takes ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view. Proven ability to work in teams and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner. • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French required.
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

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