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Cash-based Transfer Specialist

Philippines (Philippines)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Philippines (Philippines)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-27

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting:

For more than four decades, FAO has been working with the Government of the Philippines, civil society, community-based organizations and the private sector to address challenges in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector. Joint efforts have included increasing sustainability in agricultural production, promoting value-adding practices, improving post-harvest management, enhancing productivity and increasing the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods to natural disasters, climatic hazards and armed conflict.

Reporting Lines:

The Cash-based Transfer Specialist will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in the Philippines ad interim, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative for Programme. He/she will also collaborate with Mindanao, Emergency Response and Preparedness Group (MERG), receive day-to-day guidance from the National Emergency Coordinator, and work under the technical supervision of the Cash Team of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience based in Rome and FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

Technical Focus:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Philippines, has joined the humanitarian community in responding to the needs of those severely affected in the recent aftermath of successive tropical cyclones Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses damaging agriculture and fishing livelihoods in the Central Luzon with the Bicol region being the hardest hit.

FAO recognizes the significance of providing cash-based interventions as part of early response in order to hasten the transition back to normalcy. The use of unconditional cash transfers, cash plus and cash for work schemes are widely used in emergency, resilience and development projects globally. This is based among other issues on the growing evidence that affected populations in the aftermath of a disaster need cash and cash, combined with livelihood support to rebuild sources of income, diversify food options, increase access to on-food basic items and ultimately and reduce reliance from emergency relief. Commonly used to address food insecurity and nutrition in emergencies, cash can also be seen as means of facilitating access to health care, and veterinary services. In addition, the influx of financial support also fuels the rehabilitation of local economies that are essential to rebuilding livelihoods.

The flexibility of using cash has also been widely acknowledged as one of the strategic interventions of anticipatory action before a crisis becomes a disaster. In an ex-ante approach, cash can be used to support and protect livelihoods through a variety of ways, such covering logistics and mobilization costs for early harvesting and storage of equipment and crops, or livestock evacuation and shelter strengthening. In order to strengthen cash-based interventions in the Philippines, FAO shall seek the support of a Cash-based Transfer Specialist to support both its emergency response as well as programmes that aim to establish a shock-responsive social protection (SRSP) system in the country

Tasks and responsibilities

Overall, he/she will get strategic direction to the cash transfer programme by a cross-departmental task force within FAO.

The Cash-based Transfer Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

  1. Assist the Emergency Response team and Early Warning/Anticipatory Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection team in planning, coordination and execution of cash-based transfer activities (e.g. Unconditional Cash Transfer, Cash , Cash for Work, etc.);
  2. Provide technical support to local partners and humanitarian actors for field data collection within the cash-based needs assessment in relation to Typhoon Goni (Rolly);
  3. Develop the necessary guidelines and cash transfer plans for all cash-based transfer activities;
  4. Facilitate discussions with government partners such as Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) among others, and local government units (LGUs) in leveraging resources and systems to implement cash interventions;
  5. Lead the development of modality of collaboration (i.e. Memorandum of Understanding/Memorandum of Agreement, Letter of Agreement, etc.) with all partners to be involved in the cash-based transfer activities;
  6. Provide recommendations to enhance cash-based interventions during various phases of the project cycle including among others identification and selection of beneficiaries in need of food security and livelihood assistance, and value of cash transfer and frequency;
  7. Participate in existing cash coordination groups/structure (e.g. Cash Working Group, WASH, FSN, etc.) and liaise with key stakeholders (Government and humanitarian actors) to ensure complementation with other clusters/interventions;
  8. Support capacity-building activities, such as Learning and Knowledge exchange and dialogue for FAO staff and partners, particularly DA and LGUs;
  9. Provide timely reporting on the progress and/or bottlenecks of cash-based interventions with recommendations to improve implementation;
  10. Support the conduct of a post-distribution monitoring of cash utilization for Typhoon Rolly;
  11. Support communication on cash transfers related activities through tailored products and different means including web, photo/video, social media, press releases; and
  12. Carry out other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as requested by FAO.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Disaster Risk Management, Accounting and Finance, Early Warning and Risk analysis, Agriculture Economics, Social/Political Science, Food Security analysis or a closely related field.
  • At least seven (7) years of relevant experience in combined cash-based transfers in humanitarian context, and agricultural/rural development sectors including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors
  • A national of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of agriculture, food security, livelihoods, food systems and value chains in the context of the Philippines;
  • Experience in survey design, sampling, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation for assessment processes in agriculture and food security;
  • Coordination skills with strong individual planning capacity;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles.
  • General knowledge and skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Language requirement: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Tagalog


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
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