Consultant - Elaboration of an emergency response mechanism for the national social safety net

Home Based | Port-au-Prince


The Kore Lavi Program aims to reduce food insecurity and vulnerability by supporting the Government of Haiti in establishing a replicable safety net system and expanding capacities to prevent child undernutrition. For this program, CARE and WFP have to develop an emergency response mechanism that can be linked to the safety net to address shocks that have socio-economic impacts in Haiti. A recurring shock that Haiti has been facing over recent years is drought, which has affected some of the poorest areas of the country. Haiti is also regularly facing other natural disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes) that can have severe consequences on livelihoods. Hence, the need for a robust and flexible mechanism to respond to those shocks.

Objective of the assignment

The main objective of the consultancy is to elaborate an emergency response mechanism to respond to shocks in Haiti. This mechanism is to be an integral part of a food security-oriented national social safety net program targeting the extreme poor.

Scope of work

Desk review (11 days)
The first phase of the consultancy is a desk review that will serve to formulate options for an emergency response mechanism linked to a national social safety net. International experiences and current drought-related emergency response interventions in Haiti will be assessed to determine which options have the best fit for Haiti. Viable options will then be studied in-country in the next phase of the mandate.
During this phase, it is expected that the consultant will:
 Review the Kore Lavi program documentation and other relevant background information on Haiti, including earlier concepts of emergency mechanisms.
 Review documentation on on-going emergency interventions in response to the 2015-2016 drought in Haiti.
 Conduct an extensive review on emergency social safety nets through secondary sources (and primary sources, if the consultant has relevant contacts).
 Devise a set of criteria and weighting scale on which to rate emergency response options. A particular emphasis should be put on options that could build on existing social protection mechanisms for greater cost effectiveness, efficiency, and overall benefits, as well as those that build resilience or lessen the impact of future shocks for the at-risk population.
 Formulate and rate emergency response mechanism options.
 Provide a detailed report of research findings and set of options.

 Present findings to CARE and WFP in person or remotely (via Skype or phone).

In-country consultations (10 days)

The second phase of the consultancy will involve consultations in Haiti with appropriate stakeholders to further refine the analysis of the options presented in the first phase and allow for the selection of a preferred recommendation to be elaborated in detail in the final report.
 CARE and WFP will share a list of the main stakeholders in advance of the arrival of the consultant. It is expected that the consultant will comment on this list and share recommendations of other stakeholders to be consulted, if needed, before arriving in Haiti. CARE and WFP will subsequently propose a timetable and arrange the necessary meetings.
 The consultant will interview stakeholders such as: Kore Lavi Consortium agencies, Haitian Government institutions at both central and departmental levels (Prime Minister’s Office, Ministries of Social Affairs, Health, Directorate of Civil Protection), donors (CIDA, ECHO, USAID), local authorities, community representatives and beneficiaries of past emergency projects as well as the WFP team charged with gathering lessons learned from the current emergency response to the 2015-2016 drought in Haiti.
 On the last day of the in-country consultation, the consultant is to present a summary of the main findings and the preferred emergency response mechanism for discussion with CARE, WFP and the Haitian Government.

Final report and presentation (7 days)
In the last phase of the mandate, the consultant will prepare a final report based on the initial desk review and the in-country consultations.
 The report should narrow down the initial recommendations to the preferred emergency response mechanism for the national social safety net. The report should explain clearly why this option is the best suited and why other options were not retained.
 Importantly, the document should present how the preferred emergency response mechanism is customized to best fit Haiti’s situation. This would include its functionalities, a high-level estimate of the number of beneficiaries that it may realistically cover and the budgetary requirements for the initiative.
 The consultant is to present a draft version of the report to CARE, WFP and the Haitian Government (the presentation can be done in person or remotely via phone or Skype) for a last set of oral and written comments to be integrated in the final version of the report.


The consultant will deliver the following products:
 A detailed report including a) the findings of the research conducted on emergency social safety nets and b) the set of options for emergency response mechanisms selected on the basis of a Haiti-specific criteria and a presentation of this report in person or remotely (via phone or Skype).
 A presentation of the key findings of the in-country consultations and of the preferred option for the emergency response mechanism.

 A final report detailing the option recommended for the emergency response mechanism and a presentation of this report in person or remotely (via phone or Skype).

Duration and location of assignment

The consultancy is expected to be completed in 28 work days (over a maximum of 40 calendar days), which include travel days to Haiti. The mandate is to start following the signature of the contract, ideally by June 20th.
In Haiti, consultations will take place in Port-au-Prince, and possibly in one of the departments where the Kore Lavi program is active, namely the Artibonite, Center, Northwest, Southeast and West. For international consultants that are not based in Haiti, a total of 10 days will be allocated for work in Haiti and for the inbound and outbound travel from the consultant’s place of residence. For the time spent in country, the standard United Nations daily per diem will be allocated.
Academic qualifications and required competencies
 Master’s or PhD degree in Social Sciences, Economics or other relevant field
 At least 5 years of experience in public policy design
 Experience and ability to lead projects
 Other desirable expertise in:
o Social safety nets design
o Resilience and disaster-risk management
 French language proficiency (highly desirable)
 Strong research and analytical skills
 Initiative and autonomy

To apply for this consultancy, please submit the documents listed below. The deadline for application is Sunday, June 12th.
 Up-to-date curriculum vitae
 Presentation letter providing a) pertinent qualifications, b) summary of similar past mandates, c) date of availability and d) daily rate at which the consultancy would be conducted
 Example of a report elaborated in a previous consultancy, if available (highly desirable)

You can either send your application to our email address or by mail in a sealed envelope to the address below. Please quote the job title Consultancy – Emergency Social Safety Net and specify the reference number WFP/HAI/VA/2016-007.

Application should be addressed to:
Human Resources Office
Programme Alimentaire Mondial
Base Logistique de la Minustah - Zone 5
Route de l’Aéroport
Port-au-Prince, Haïti

In accordance with existing policies within the United Nations, women candidates are strongly encouraged. The consultancy is open to candidates of both sexes.
Note: Only applicants under serious consideration will be contacted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Home Based | Port-au-Prince
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Social studies
    • Social studies
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Disaster Management
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-12

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