Technical Advisor, Cash Relief
New York City (United States of America)
The IRC’s vision is to lead the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis and by using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve that vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence Unit (TE) provides technical assistance to IRC’s country program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice.
PQU has three central objectives that we work towards:
1) Guide program design to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence
2) Build technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs
3) Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in peoples’ lives
PQU is comprised of five Technical Units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Governance, Health, and Violence Prevention and Response.
The Economic Recovery and Development Unit (ERD) is responsible for providing dynamic, innovative support to the IRC’s field offices for their economic and livelihoods programming, including humanitarian cash transfers. This unit provides technical assistance, ensures innovation, promotes best practices, and helps to improve data collection and analysis for economic and livelihoods programming within the organization.Externally, the IRC has been a leader in developing and promoting market-based responses to emergencies based on a good understanding of critical market systems in order to ensure local economies and livelihoods are supported, not undermined during the emergency and transition phases.
The Cash Technical Advisor will provide technical support in the design and development of economic programs -- both cash and voucher assistance (CVA) & livelihoods in countries in crisis and post-crisis settings to ensure the most appropriate delivery of assistance for affected populations. The position will also support and lead select global and country-led initiatives to support the scale-up of CVA activities across the IRC’s outcomes of interest and across the operations departments involved in cash transfer programming, in line with the organization’s CVA ambitions. The selected candidate should have familiarity with the operational aspects of CVA, including supply chain and finance; as well as supporting social protection systems in fragile economies.
This position can be based in any IRC office around the world. Preference will be given for the Middle East (Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria); Latin America (Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, or Venezuela); or Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, or Myanmar).
The Cash Technical Advisor (TA) will spend at least 80% of their time delivering technical assistance in-person and remotely to country program colleagues focused on CVA and livelihoods programming, CVA program model development across sectors as well as general economic program design, implementation and learning support.This is a primarily field-facing position with the central responsibility focused on program quality. The remaining 0-20% of their time is spent on influence, advocacy, research and internal strategic initiatives related to cash program quality and operations, at the discretion of their supervisors. The Technical Advisors’ specific responsibilities are as follows:
Guiding program design:
• Support country program staff to design economic programs (CVA, livelihoods, and direct market support) and projects as well as CVA programing models within other sectors (health, education, protection), ensuring that they are:
O Aligned with the IRC’s strategy, which includes supporting country program staff with contextualizing outcomes and the theories of change, and selecting interventions based on the best available evidence and the local context and the country program’s Strategic Action Plan;
O Responsive to client needs and preferences
O Based on sound context and gender analysis
• Support assessments on basic needs, food security, labor markets, and delivery and financial services.
• Support on design of monitoring plans, including indicator selection
Engaging in business development:
• Review technical quality of economic programming proposals and other sector proposals that include CVA and livelihoods components, including review oftechnical activities and ensuring alignment to IRC’s outcomes
• Input into go / no go decisions on proposals
• When necessary, write technical narratives of proposals
• Provide input on budgets required for project delivery
• Engage with donors and do outreach in support of country programs
Building technical capacity of country program staff to ensure ongoing program quality and innovation:
• Work with country program colleagues to help analyze data that inform periodic review and course correction as-needed
• Share cross-context learning with country program staff across the region
• Conduct technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on IRC outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators
• Review and share program-specific tools / resources / curricula and work with Technical Unit specialists to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials
• Support senior country program staff recruitment and onboarding
Support/lead cash strategic projects to improve IRC global cash programming implementation and operations:
• Work closely with cash team members to provide ongoing support to relevant strategic projects focused on improving the IRC’s ability to scale and implement high quality cash transfer programming in line with best practices
• Lead internal efforts to develop, refine and implement the IRC’s approach to working with social protection systems in fragile economies.
• Liaise with the supply chain and finance departments internally, including representing the cash team on the internal cash working group, to advise on operational aspects of CVA such as contracting new financial service providers and troubleshooting procurement issues.
• Lead IRC’s Global Payment Toolbox and supports its rollout and expansion
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to:Senior Technical Advisor – Cash & Emergencies (located in New York, NY)
Position directly supervises:N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal:Regular relationships with regional and country program coordinators and managers. Regular communication with education, violence prevention and response, health, economic recovery & development, governance, research, evaluation and learning, internal cash working group, and gender equality technical unit teams. Close relationships with regional and country program teams.Interacts with IRC internal departments, including business development, procurement/supply chain and finance, external relations and advocacy departments.
External:Serve as IRC program representative in outside regional meetings and global meetings and academic forums with donors, online forums, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations.