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CaLP Regional Focal Point – East Africa - Kenya


THIS POSITION IS RE-ADVERTISED, candidates who applied a few weeks ago have been screened and may not need to reapply.
The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is a dynamic and collaborative global network of humanitarian stakeholders actively engaged in the critical areas of policy, practice and research within cash transfer programming (CTP).
CaLP acts as a catalyst for positive transformation within the humanitarian sector and aims to ensure that CTP is routinely considered as a scalable component of quality, timely and appropriate preparedness, emergency response and early recovery. We believe that when appropriately incorporated into humanitarian response planning, CTP presents opportunities for effective and efficient programming to meets the needs of people and communities affected by crises.
Formed of a community of practice which includes over 150 organisations and up to 5,000 individuals in the wider humanitarian sector, CaLP aims to catalyse progressive change in practice to effectively meet the needs of people and communities affected by crises. CaLP is increasingly developing strategic partnerships at global and regional level and promotes standards and best practices on CTP through work streams covering capacity building, coordination, action based research, advocacy and communication. Founded in 2006, CaLP has grown significantly and currently has a staff strength of about 30 full time staff, with a Global Secretariat working out of the UK and regional presence in Asia, East Africa, West Africa, North America, Europe (Geneva) and the Middle East (forthcoming).
CaLP has recently expanded its membership and is governed by a Board of Directors, which will include representatives from up to 13 institutions from a variety of member agencies (NGOs, UN, Donors etc.). CaLP is supported by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) that is made up of expert representatives from member agencies
To work with humanitarian actors in the East Africa region to support the continued development of a community of practice around cash transfer programming (CTP) and build capacity of interested stakeholders and partners. To build evidence and best practice in the region through context specific research that contributes to national, regional and global learning. Ensure that the results from evidence and research feed into advocacy and influencing of partners and stakeholders.

Job description

  • Responsible for the development and ownership of the CaLP regional strategy in line with CaLP global strategy including defining with the CaLP global and technical team the priority countries and appropriate linkages.
  • Contribute to revisions of the CaLP Global Strategy, including the capacity building, advocacy, and research strategies, and any other strategic documents, as required
  • Ensure the activities implemented in the region (e.g. capacity building) are in alignment with the global and regional strategies.
  • Develop regional strategic partnerships in line with the global/regional strategy.
  • Engage proactively with donors, governments, and the private sector to attract funding of CaLP plans/activities on country and regional levels as per the CaLP global, regional and funding strategy.
  • Lead on the development of proposals and reports for the region, and contribute to global CaLP funding efforts where requested
  • Responsible for grant and budget management at the regional level, in coordination with the global business support and funding staff, including budget follow-up, and maintaining up to date work planning for regional activities
  • Work with existing coordination systems to promote cash coordination and good practice in the region. This will entail linking with the existing coordination mechanisms at country and regional levels (e.g. clusters, CWG), and may require engaging in technical facilitation and networking for the creation or re-establishment of national cash coordination mechanisms where necessary.
  • Lead and convene regular meetings of the Regional Cash Working Group (RCWG) in Nairobi, ensuring that the content and direction of the meetings corresponds to regional CTP thematic and coordination priorities
  • In collaboration with the global capacity building team, support the regional CBO in the implementation of capacity building activities in accordance with the capacity building strategy and regional priorities. This includes the components of the Standard Training Package, ToTs, Building Individual Expertise, and Strengthening Institutional Capacity.
  • Work with the CBO and Administrator to contribute to, approve and validate regional training plans (for CaLP-led trainings and ToTs), and ensure effective administrative and logistical systems are in place for training delivery
  • Support the CBO and the global team in coordinating with agencies wishing to run CaLP-affiliated trainings in the region
  • Support the global team and CBO in the identification of organisations to participate in the Strengthening Institutional Capacity program, and contribute to the implementation of related activities as needed
  • Document good practice and innovations, and ensure information management on regional and country level, for sharing with the wider regional/global community of practice.


  • A post-graduate degree in socio-economic, food security, livelihoods, social science or equivalent.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in humanitarian/development programming, including substantial experience of cash transfer programming at technical implementation and advisory level for international organisations / institutions in rapid onset and chronic emergency contexts
  • Technically and operationally experienced in all aspects of the project cycle on CTP, including market assessment and analysis tools, multi-sectoral / multi-purpose CTP and a broad understanding of delivery mechanisms, opportunities and implications presented by new technologies
  • Proven ability to network, influence, negotiate, coordinate, represent and pursue relevant technical related collaboration work with a proven track record in influencing multi-lateral organisations, governments or other significant institutions at global / senior levels.
  • A broad understanding of roles and responsibilities of the international humanitarian architecture including key actors, global clusters, systems and processes that underpin humanitarian preparedness, response and early recovery stemming from experience in working with NGOs as well as donor and / or UN organisations.

Education field

  • Social sciense

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with ability to manage own workload and meet organisational and external deadlines.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and cross-cultural team playing skills, together with the ability to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
  • Ability to project manage complex projects and multidisciplinary/cross-sector technical work including human resource and financial management skills, often requiring a high degree of independent initiative, judgement negotiating and decision making skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with a geographically dispersed team.
  • Proven experience of the major humanitarian donor reporting and proposal procedures (ECHO, OFDA etc.).
  • Proven management experience.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender and equal opportunities in humanitarian work.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts and individual team members.
  • French language skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience working in the East Africa region


  • English

We offer

  • Duration of contract: 12 months renewable
  • Duty station: Nairobi
  • Salary: According to NRC's general directions

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
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.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-24

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