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Social Safeguards Specialist

Job Type : Contract
Education Requirement : Bachelor Degree
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Experience : 3 to 5 years
Work Days : Monday To Friday
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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


JOB TITLE: Social Safeguards Specialist

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Consultancy Contract (International Consultant)

UNIT/DIVISION: Myanmar Country Office 

DUTY STATION (City, Country): Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

DURATION: 2-4 Months (renewable). It is planned for the selected expert to be engaged for a total of 11 months over a period of 6 years. The exact periods of engagement will be defined based on the progress of the project and performance of the individual. (Start June 2021)  


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. 

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need. 


The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement a 6 years project named Resilient Community Development Project (RCDP).The Department of Rural Development (DRD) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) is the implementing Agency. The Main Implementing Consultant and its team of expert will be contracted to support the implementation of the programme in all its aspects. 

The main outcome of the project is to improve standard of living and resilience of targeted communities through three outputs: (i) development of climate and disaster resilient community infrastructure; (ii) development of resilient livelihood activities for poor men and women; and (iii) strengthening of institutional and organizational capacity of communities and government. The project will adopt a proven Community-Based Development (CBD) approach to deliver community infrastructure and livelihood subprojects to 17 poor, vulnerable townships covering 791 village tracts and 2,942 villages with a population of about 1.8 million people. 


The Social Safeguards Specialist will ensure that the five clusters are able to effectively comply with the project’s social safeguards frameworks and guidelines.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) 

  • Train project staff and communities on social safeguards and on the application of the community participation framework and the ethnic group development framework;
  • Design socioeconomic surveys and social impact assessments at community level to be undertaken by project staff;
  • Prepare screening checklist and procedure for the conduct of consultations, especially for areas populated by ethnic groups;
  • Coordinate with project teams to ensure that mitigation measures are integrated into the project design features;
  • Undertake compliance monitoring on the application of the Community Participation framework and the Ethnic Group development framework;
  • Prepare safeguards monitoring reports in cooperation with the Environmental Safeguards Specialist;
  • Provide inputs on social dimension and safeguard component on all project manuals and guidelines; and
  • Support the team leader in the submission of periodic reports.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the Social Sciences/Sociology/Development Studies/ Anthropology
  • Secondary qualifications in an appropriate discipline  

Work Experience: 

  • 10 years professional experience, preferably in working with ethnic groups, social development and gender-related issues 

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Extensive experience in donor financed projects and ADB or WB safeguards procedures
  • Working experience in Myanmar and/or South East Asia is essential. 


  • Fluency in written and spoken English 


25 November 2020, Midnight, Bangkok Time.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply 

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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