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Cash Specialist


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Maiduguri
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
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The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damaturu of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women's protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods.
Job Overview/Summary
The Cash Specialist will be responsible for the overall technical support of cash and voucher assistance programming activities both in the Economic Recovery and Development sector and across various sectors, including the Health, Protection, Education, and other outcome areas. As a technical role, the Cash Specialist will support and train staff in carrying out of the implementation of the cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programs in accordance with the technical and donor guidelines.

Major Responsibilities
Technical Support
Provide technical support to the sectoral technical coordinators and/ or deputies  
Lead the Cash feasibility assessments for the use of cash and/ or vouchers for all technical teams
Provide systematic training and build capacity of staff from different departments conducting CVA interventions at national office and in project offices, including program, finance, and supply chain teams (will require travel).
Lead identification, and tendering (from the program side) of all financial service providers (FSPs) and voucher vendors
Update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for cash as well as voucher assistance (depending on context in various contexts for IRC Nigeria
Conducting regular check-ins with the project teams and project stakeholders to document challenges and lessons-learned 
Provide technical assistance to the key tools development and contextualization in cash, including the Cash Relief Operating Procedures (CROPs), Program Controls Checklist (PCC), and Program Implementation Note (PIN); as well as other key guidance, as needed, in collaboration with the Technical Advisors and the relevant sectoral technical coordinators 
Provide technical assistance to local partners’ staff and project oversight   
Engage in regular check-ins with the cash focal points of each team to understand and support sectoral cash assistance programing priorities 
Ensure key lessons learned from the PDMs are considered in improving our quality of intervention implementation as well as future project designs 
Ensure links are made across sector teams for sharing tools, resources, and lessons learned
Whenever possible, conduct information-sharing meetings on CVA with key findings from research in-country and at the regional level 

Proposal Development and Business Development support 
Contribute technical inputs on CVA to concept notes, proposals, and budget development in collaboration with the business development team.
Work with IRC Cash technical unit in the development and implementation of the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for CVA outputs. 
Contribute to the overall development of the IRC Nigeria SAP and achievement of the strategic objectives and global initiatives. 
Develop a network of contacts at Abuja and field level, both Northeast and Northwest (local and INGOs, CWG, Food Security Cluster, Social Protection Cluster, government/social safety nets etc.) to allow a smooth implementation of the CVA projects.
Represent IRC Nigeria at the various Cash working group meetings.
Explain IRC Nigeria CVA project activities and objectives to donors, partners, and communities/ community leaders as needed.
Implement other duties and responsibilities assigned by his/her supervisor in line with job description and plan of action

Monitoring, Evaluation, and reporting
Conduct post distribution monitoring
Support in conducting market assessments or cash feasibility assessment in the targeted communities   
Under the supervision of Program Manager & Research Coordinator conduct Climate Risk Management project research and assessments 

Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to:  Senior Program Coordinator (Safety, Power and Economic Wellbeing outcome) with dotted line to ERD coordinator and Cash Technical Advisor
Position directly supervises:  Indirect line management of Cash focal persons across different IRC outcome areas and the ERD
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Grants, Finance, Compliance, Technical Coordinators and Deputy Director of Programs. 
The position will also work with partners and relevant institutions associated with CVA.

Job Requirements
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/Agricultural Economics, Disaster and Risk Management, Development Studies, Climate Studies/Natural Resource Management, Food Security studies, Livelihood studies, Rural Development, social anthropology or related discipline or related field

Work Experience: 
Minimum of 3-5 years relevant work experience in the field of Cash Voucher Assistance/social protection at Senior Level (Manager and above)

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: 
Proven practical experience in cash and rural livelihoods programming with wide knowledge of the various cash modalities, delivery mechanisms and transfer values in relation to the local context
Must demonstrate willingness to facilitate training, mentor and support other staff and partners on CVA programming
Coordination experience with different partners and stakeholders
Computer literacy in MS Office Package (Word, Excel, Power Point), outlook
Working knowledge on CVA distribution platforms and Financial Service Providers (FSPs)
Good digital skills in coordinating and working remotely (Teams, zoom, Google meet etc.)
Language Skills:  Good written and spoken English. 

Other Competencies:
Must have good time management, multitasking skills
Good teamwork and leadership skills are essential to motivate different groups of people to fulfil their responsibilities within a given time frame.
Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as facilitation skills.
Values diversity, inclusion, people with disabilities and minorities in Nigeria

Working Environment IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and several others. 

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. 

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