Temporary Cash Advisor and Cash Working Group Co-Lead - Iraq
Erbil (Iraq) | Iraq
Candidates with immediate availability and Mercy Corps experience are highly encouraged to apply.
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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq's 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development programming, more than a third of which has focused on the specific needs of refugees and displaced persons. Mercy Corps Iraq current goal is to meet immediate and long-term needs by strengthening communities' ability to rebuild amidst increasing crisis. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) a relief-to-resilience pathway to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities leveraging agency expertise in conflict management and civil society development (2) a humanitarian response that empowers conflict-affected populations to meet their own needs (3) partnering with conflict-affected adolescents to address their diverse needs, promoting leadership and linkages with civil society.
General Position Summary
The Cash Coordination Advisor position will co-lead the Cash Working Group (CWG) with UNHCR. S/he is responsible for drafting and disseminating a Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) response strategy and guidelines applicable to the humanitarian actors in Iraq. The Cash Advisor will work closely with all CTP stakeholders (communities, authorities, private sector service providers, relevant ministries, NGOs and UN agencies) to provide an effective, timely and strategic collective response to the developing situation, and help articulate the vision for Cash Transfer Programming development and quality as an integral component of the humanitarian response in Iraq.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
- Promote and give guidance on the centrality of cash transfer programming (CTP) in the context of the humanitarian response, globally and in Iraq.
- Develop strategies with the cluster coordinators to ensure that CTP best practices are systematically implemented and up-dated in the humanitarian response interventions.
- Contribute to countrywide strategy development and promoting the centrality of CTP.
- Develop the MPCA strategy under the Humanitarian Response Plan, and contribute to securing funds for the MPCA chapter.
- Master CTP modalities and apply knowledge for innovative programming as the core methodology of the collective humanitarian response.
- Collaborate with CWG partners to conduct relevant assessments, present evidence on the effectiveness of CTP and advise on best practices.
- Ensure monitoring mechanisms are in place to review impact of cash interventions and measure progress against implementation plans.
- Develop and strengthen the capacity of national NGOs to implement CTP in line with international standards.
- Infuse market interventions into existing programs under different clusters to make emergency response programs more responsive to local markets and more beneficial to general coping capacities.
Influence & Representation
- Nurture relationships with key clusters, which implement various forms of CTP.
- Build and manage collaborative partnerships with CWG partners.
- Maintain regular communication with other INGOs, local NGOs, donors and government working on CTP interventions.
- Nurture key relationships with donors, especially those with a focus and an interest in market- driven programming.
- Work with the Regional and HQ Program teams in identifying additional opportunities for medium-term and longer-term programming involving market-driven programming.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by the Mercy Corps country leadership.
- Work closely with relevant security stakeholders and partner agencies to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of operating teams when implementing CTP.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Reports Directly To: Country Director
Works Directly With:
Internal: Team Leaders, Emergency Program Managers, MEL Unit and relevant Technical Support Units in Regional office and Headquarters.
External: CWG Coordinator (UNHCR), CWG Partners, UN-OCHA, Cluster Coordinators and other stakeholders.
Knowledge and Experience
- BA/S in economic development, international relations or other relevant degree;
- 3- 5 years of experience in cash programming, preferably across multiple sectors;
- Demonstrated understanding of the Coordination Architecture in the Cluster Approach;
- Ability to effectively represent both Mercy Corps and the CWG's interests to key stakeholders;
- Experience in cluster coordination strongly preferred;
- Experience in identifying and developing local partnerships, including with the private sector;
- Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving;
- Excellent oral and written English skills required; Arabic and/or Kurdish skills strongly preferred;
- Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment;
- Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.
- Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.
The successful candidate will combine exceptional management skills, data analysis skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in Erbil, Iraq and is unaccompanied. Travel within Iraq is required to support Mercy Corps Iraq's offices and humanitarian response programs. Erbil is a comfortable city with most amenities and moderate security. Living conditions are in group housing; water, electricity and internet are present with some cuts.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps' vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.