Regional Cash Expert

Addis Ababa

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promote long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement.  The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) invites applications for the position of a Cash Expert who plays a critical role in the regional operation. 
 
Background  
DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Yemen (EAY) operation focuses mainly on populations affected by displacement in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen and regional mixed migration flows. DRC aims to create a synergy between the different humanitarian aid and development projects in the EAY – both in terms of geographical coverage and types of activities implemented in support of refugees and populations displaced or otherwise affected by conflict, consequences of climate change and natural hazards in the region.  
 
DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Response Framework: 1) Saving lives by meeting the life-saving, immediate needs of the vulnerable, 2) Reduce displacement related risks and support and facilitate solutions and 3) reduce displacement by promoting peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies and address root causes to displacement. DRCs current regional objective is to support and strengthen a regional protection framework for displacement affected communities throughout East Africa and Yemen. The region has developed a programme framework specific for the current context in which all projects and programmes contribute.  
 
The main focus of the Regional Cash Expert relates mainly to the saving of lives and alleviation of immediate suffering objective, but will also contribute to working towards the other objectives.  
 
Overall Responsibility  
The overall responsibility of the Regional Cash Expert (RCE) is to coordinate and improve existing cash and voucher programs, assess current conditions for CTP, and propose a DRC CTP regional strategy to ensure harmonisation and consistency in how DRC uses CTP as a tool to meet programme objectives. In this regard the RCE will work for all the programmes within the East Africa and Yemen region on a needs and request basis with additional support provided to South Sudan. Support requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Senior Management Team. When seconded to a specific programme/task, the RCE represents the Regional Office, but reports to the individual CD. 
 
Specific Duties 
  • Provide technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of cash transfer programming in the seven DRC EAY regional countries; 
  • Provide training to both programmes and finance staff on CTP; 
  • Undertake feasibility assessments for new operations or new projects/programmes in existing operations; 
  • Work closely with the Regional M&E advisor on developing a CTP M&E system set-up, in coordination with country offices– data collection, database management, M&E outputs, analysis, evaluations etc.; 
  • Participate as relevant – depending on ongoing tasks - in coordination mechanisms throughout the region and represent DRC as requested;  
  • Review and revise Regional SOPs for all aspects of CTP; 
  • Support country programmes to incorporate a Cash Transfer Program strategy into existing DRC strategy documents i.e. Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans, Sector strategies, Annual Strategic plans etc. including – context analysis, program justification, targets, geographic areas, etc.  
  • Guarantee that DRC mandate, policies and values in programming is ensured through standard regulations and operational procedures for programming and implementation of DRC operations (e.g. Code of Conduct, DRC Programme Handbook, DRC Operations Handbook); 
  • Ensure that DRC’s accountability obligations are delegated and carried out in accordance with the HAP/CHS standards and DRC protocols. 
  • Other duties as agreed with the DRC East Africa and Yemen Senior Management Team 
 
External Relations:  
The Cash Coordinator maintains extensive contacts with relevant technical working groups in Nairobi and within Country operations, specific donors, well as field representatives of relevant UN agencies, donors and partners  
 
About you  
To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, experienced leader with a proven track record of developing and implementing effective projects.  You thrive in a fast paced setting, and can effectively communicate with all levels of the organization. You are an effective people manager and enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity within the country teams. 
 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:  
  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results in a fast paced environment 
  • Collaborating: You lead initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.  
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while setting high standards  
  • Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively 
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.  
  
Qualifications 
  • Post graduate degree relevant to food/economic security and livelihoods work or equivalent experience (5+ years) 
  • Considerable experience of planning and delivering cash transfer programs (3+ years)  
  • Training in cash transfer programming principles and best practices (CaLP or equivalent) 
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills in humanitarian programming, with experience in assessing emergency needs, market analysis, response analysis and program design, 
  • Skills and experience in mentoring, training and capacity building 
  • Proven skills in participatory methodologies in assessment, program design and implementation 
  • Familiarity with humanitarian principles and the Code of Conduct 
  • Experience in ensuring beneficiary accountability in humanitarian programming 
  • Fluent in English; French or a regional local language considered an asset  
Reporting:     
This position reports to Regional Deputy Director. 
 
General
Commitments:  
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC  
 
Conditions 
Availability:     As soon as possible 
 
Duty station:    The position will be based in Addis with frequent travel within the region . 
 
Contract:    6 months contract dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies). This position is graded as A13.  For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff 
 
Application
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies.  
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.dk under vacancies no later than 12th April 2017 
 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk.  
 
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk. 
 
 

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: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-12

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