Consultant, Cash-Based Programming in Humanitarian Contexts, home-based with occasional travel to CEE/CIS region, June-Nov 2017

As part of its 2017 work plan, the CEE/CIS RO seeks the support of an experienced consultant to a) document the existing experience and practice in the region, thereby strengthening UNICEF staff’s understanding, appreciation and viability of cash based approaches in the region; and b) to identify opportunities/entry-points for the implementation of specific preparedness measures, within the country office preparedness planning framework and national social protection systems. This is in line with the new organizational Minimum Preparedness Standards and the Cash Programmatic Framework—the latter within the inter-agency cash-based response approach. Fluency in English language required. Knowledge of other languages spoken in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a plus.

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Background

Over the years, cash-based interventions in emergencies have proved to be a viable strategy for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It not only supports cost-effectiveness and time-efficiencies but also promotes empowerment and dignity of individuals and families affected by disasters. In recent years, UNICEF has successfully applied cash-based interventions in several response contexts in the region, including inter-ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan (2010), cold weather in Moldova (2012), Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey (2016) and population displacements in Ukraine (2016). These responses, however, have been ad hoc and were not institutionalized within national disaster management plans or social protection frameworks.

The fact that the social protection systems in the CEE/CIS region are relatively well-developed, staffed and resourced provides the necessary institutional set-up and capacity to advance cash approaches in emergencies. Moreover, the presence of functional market economics and strong private sector in the region are also important supporting factors.  In view of this, the CEE/CIS Regional Office (RO) aims to systematically support the introduction and integration, to the extent possible, of these approaches in our own and governments’ preparedness planning processes, within the wider context of strengthening national social protection systems in the region.

Purpose of the Assignment

As part of its 2017 work plan, the CEE/CIS RO seeks the support of an experienced consultant to a) document the existing experience and practice in the region, thereby strengthening UNICEF staff’s understanding, appreciation and viability of cash based approaches in the region; and b) to identify opportunities/entry-points for the implementation of specific preparedness measures, within the country office preparedness planning framework and national social protection systems. This is in line with the new organizational Minimum Preparedness Standards and the Cash Programmatic Framework—the latter within the inter-agency cash-based response approach.   

 

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Regional Social Policy Advisor and in close collaboration with RO Emergency Section and the relevant UNICEF COs. She/he will need to liaise with the relevant stakeholders, including governments, the UN agencies and NGO partners in the concerned countries.

Main duties/Responsibilities 

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

 

Documentation (Kyrgyzstan & Turkey).

  1. In consultation with Social Policy and Emergency Sections, develop a structure and outline for country case studies, capturing the key learnings and factors which enabled the success of cash-based programming in humanitarian contexts.
  2. Conduct in-depth documentation of existing practice and experience on cash-based responses through desk reviews and remote consultations (via phone, skype, video-conference) with UNICEF staff and partners.
  3. Present the draft country case studies to the concerned COs and RO Emergency Management Team through online/on-site presentations. Finalize the case studies based on the feedback received.

 

Preparedness actions (Focus COs: Tajikistan, Armenia, one other tbc)close consultation with Social Policy and Emergency Sections, develop a basic assessment tool for determining the feasibility (or “readiness”) of the country social protection system to implement preparedness and mitigation strategies related to cash based approaches, including cash payments, vouchers, money transfers (via mobile phone), etc.

  1. On the basis of the assessment results and country-level consultations, identify potential opportunities in implementing cash based interventions through the national social protection systems and other humanitarian partners, including local NGOs, vendors, market actors (e.g. banks).
  2. Make concrete recommendations to the relevant COs and RO to implement preparedness and mitigation strategies, with clear identification of entry-points, activities, funding needs, partnership arrangements. Discuss and finalize these recommendations based on the feedback from the concerned COs and RO. 

Expected Deliverables

  • Structure/outline of country case studies – 7 July 2017
  • Country case studies (Turkey and Kyrgyzstan) – 11 August 2017
  • Assessment tool – 18 August 2017
  • Draft Country reports with recommendations (Tajikistan, Armenia, one other tbc) – 6 October 2017
  • Regional presentation – week of 16 October (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • Final country reports – 30 October 2017

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education:

Advanced degree in economics/public policy with specialization or experience in social policy, analysis of social protection systems, public finance, social protection in humanitarian settings or other relevant field

 

Work Experience:

At least 8 years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy and technical assistance to governments and organizations, in the areas of social policy, social protection and social protection in humanitarian settings and other related policy areas

 

Key skills and attributes:

  • Advanced knowledge of social protection literature and policy debates, especially related to humanitarian cash transfers.
  • Familiarity with international norms and standards for humanitarian action
  • Ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage activities within the framework of agency and government programmes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexible attitude
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and to focus on timely delivery of results.
  • Knowledge and experience of research in social protection and humanitarian action in CEECIS countries an asset
  • Familiarity with the work of the United Nations an asset Good analytical, communication and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of computer applications.

Critical Competencies:

Teamwork; communication; working with people; drive for results; formulating strategies and concepts; analysing; relating and networking; applying technical expertise; planning and organizing.

Languages:

Fluency in English language required.
Knowledge of other languages spoken in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a plus.

Travel: Travel to 4-5 countries in Europe/Central Asia region and possibly to Geneva, Switzerland. Please note that the consultant is expected to organise the travel, including ticketing and visa, and will be reimbursed expenditures based on eco airfare and UN standard per diem.

Duration:  Approximately 50 days over the period of 29 June-30 November 2017

Please apply on-line. Application should include a cover letter, an updated CV and a P11 form which can be downloaded from the link below

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html

In the cover letter please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.

 Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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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  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-14

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