Senior Social Protection Specialist

Position: Senior Social Protection Specialist
Reporting to: Head of Social Policy Team
Location: Sidcup, Greater London
Starting Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience

Do you want to be part of an innovative and thought provoking social protection team that believes in evidence-based social policy? Then join us and help make a difference to the most vulnerable in the world.

About Development Pathways

Development Pathways is committed to innovative, progressive and evidence-based social policy. We combine country-specific social and political analysis with lessons learnt from extensive international experience in order to ensure that policies and programmes are robust and benefit the most vulnerable, including children, women and persons with disabilities.

Development Pathways brings together a group of international development practitioners with extensive experience on social protection, social development, gender and social inclusion, and livelihoods across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. We have worked with a range of development organisations and governments, including United Nations agencies (UNICEF, WFP, ILO, UNDP, UNDESA), development banks (World Bank, ADB), government donors (e.g. DFID, DFAT), and international NGOs (e.g. HelpAge, Save the Children).

We currently employ over 40 staff members, who work alongside a global network of trusted consultants. Our offices are located in Sidcup (south-east London, United Kingdom) and Nairobi (Kenya). As an employer, we put our staff first and are committed to flexible working practices and developing our staff’s professional capabilities.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, all employees are currently working from home. When circumstances permit, we will return to the office, but with a partial remote working arrangement. When remote working, we would expect you to have an effective home working environment.

For more information about our organisation, please visit www.developmentpathways.co.uk.

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of the Senior Social Protection Specialist post is to provide technical leadership in the development and delivery of our work on inclusive social protection/security.

You will be joining an organisation that is at the forefront of developing innovative, evidence-based and context-specific solutions to social and economic policy challenges and as such you will be part of a team of global social protection experts helping to shift the paradigm around inclusive social protection across the globe. This post will also help to further strengthen our reputation as technical specialists in the field of social protection, as well as broader social and economic policy.

The Senior Social Protection Specialist will be expected to work at our office in Sidcup (South East London) and will involve international travel, up to a maximum of three months per year. Please note that at present, all travel is suspended due to the current COVID-19 crisis, until further notice.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead and participate in the technical implementation of contracts for social protection, humanitarian and related assignments. This will include timely and high-quality delivery of inputs, and contributing to project outputs (e.g. production of reports, policy advocacy, training materials, etc.). Some assignments will require overseas travel while others will be desk-based.
  • Build the reputation of Development Pathways as a thought leader on social protection by undertaking research and publishing papers that provide innovative, cutting-edge insights.
  • Build relations with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e. governments, UN agencies, bilateral development agencies, consultancy firms, etc.) to strengthen Development Pathways’ international reputation and  influence social protection policy. This will include representing Development Pathways in international fora, such as conferences and webinars.
  • Identify opportunities for Development Pathways to undertake assignments on social protection and other related areas of interest.
  • Support the development of funding proposals by providing technical inputs, such as contextual overviews, methodologies and advising on team composition.
  • Actively participate in the Development Pathways’ Social Policy technical unit, supporting planning, managing and mentoring staff and helping build a cadre of highly competent and trusted social protection consultants.
  • Contribute to and provide high quality website content on social protection, to further enhance the website so that it can strengthen its influence on international thinking
  • Lead on and/or support the design of training programmes on social protection and deliver training on specific topics.
  • Continually build self-knowledge and awareness of current trends in social protection across the Global South. This will include attending relevant training courses, staying up-to-date with the literature, and feeding knowledge back into the organisation.

Experience, skills and qualifications

  • At least a Master’s degree in a subject related to social protection, international development, social policy, or economics.
  • At least ten years experience of working in global social policy and humanitarian contexts, with a focus on social protection.
  • Capacity to effectively engage with and influence a wide range of stakeholders, from grassroots community members to policymakers.
  • A commitment to transformative social policy, innovation and evidence-based policy and programming.
  • A deep understanding of social protection.
  • Excellent demonstrable writing and communication skills in English; an additional language would be advantageous.
  • The ability to work independently and be confident to take initiatives, but also to be an effective and collaborative team member across different cultures.
  • Excellent team-working and leadership skills.
  • An extensive network of contacts in the international development, social security or humanitarian field would be advantageous. 

Terms of Employment and Benefits

This is a permanent and full-time post. Along with a competitive salary, the successful candidate would receive an attractive package of the following:

  • Fulfilling work – working to make a difference to some of the world’s most under-served communities.
  • Flexible working – Development Pathways offers employees flexible work hours and remote work options.
  • Generous time off – recharge with 30-holiday entitlement plus public/bank holidays.
  • Excellent health and well-being provision – access to the company private health care scheme (after the satisfactory completion of the probationary period), company pension scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Commitment to professional development opportunities – we encourage our staff to participate in professional learning and development.
  • Provision of a company laptop and working at home benefit
  • Life Assurance – entry into the company life insurance scheme

How to apply

While this post is open to those who have the right to reside and work in the UK, Development Pathways would be willing to provide visa sponsorship for an exceptional candidate applying for this position.

We invite interested candidates, who meet the requirements, to submit their applications, by including:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience.
  • A cover letter explaining why you are applying for the position and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements of this position of Senior Social Protection Specialist. Your statement must also include your salary expectations and availability.
  • Please submit one sample of previous written work (for example, a research paper or policy brief).

Applications should be sent to recruitment@developmentpathways.co.uk.

The closing date for this vacancy will be the 27th April 2021.

Development Pathways is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, family or parental status, or disability status.

Applicants should be aware of our privacy notice on our website.

Shortlisted candidates: you will be invited to participate in an interview and complete a series of assessments.

Due to the high number of applications expected, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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