West Africa Regional Cash Implementation

Major Responsibilities: Assist ERD or other sector teams in IRC country offices in the assessment, design, implementation and monitoring of…

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist ERD or other sector teams in IRC country offices in the assessment, design, implementation and monitoring of cash and voucher programs. The position is expected to be heavily involved in supporting program delivery, assisting country teams in trouble-shooting implementation challenges, and using monitoring data to improve program designs
  • Develop tools, resources and program guidance materials as needed in order to support assessments, program implementation or monitoring efforts, including cross-sectoral implementation of cash programs, in close conjunction with program staff and regional M&E and ICT Coordinators.
  • Develop and implement a capacity building plan for the region to ensure all program, finance and supply chain staff involved in cash and voucher programming have appropriate knowledge and skills related to cash and market-based programming.
  • Support the development, adaptation and standardization (if appropriate) of operating procedures for cash and voucher implementation across the region, and support linkages with regional finance and supply chain teams to deliver high quality programming.
  • Support country teams in developing cash preparedness plans and pre-positioning cash transfer programs in order to be prepared to rapidly and effectively deliver cash relief when emergencies happen.
  • Support country offices to adopt digital payment systems for the administration and processing of cash and voucher programs, including enabling program teams to define digital payment needs and program requirements, identifying potential vendors and supporting the contracting process as well as developing systems and operating procedures to effectively manage digital payments.
  • Support the design, development, piloting and roll-out of monitoring systems for cash and voucher programming in close collaboration with monitoring and evaluation and ICT staff at TU, regional and country levels, to ensure harmonized M&E approaches and efficient data collection and management systems are in place.
  • In partnership with the ERD Technical Advisors that support the West Africa Region, coordinate and encourage sharing and learning across the region, including sharing knowledge, skills, tools and best practices by engaging country office staff in active cross-country and cross-sector communication.
  • Provide technical advice related to cash and markets into research or policy and advocacy initiatives lead by country and/or regional teams.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: ERD Technical Advisor for West Africa Region, with dotted line to ERD Sr. Technical Advisor for Cash Initiatives
Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: Regional Deputy Regional Director
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: ERD Senior Technical Advisor for Cash Initiatives, Cash Preparedness TA, ERD Markets Specialist, Regional M&E and ICT4P Advisors, Country-level SMTs, ERD Coordinators and other sector Coordinators as needed

External: Regional Cash Coordination Forum(s)

Job Requirements:

Education: Undergraduate degree in social science, international relations, humanitarian affairs, nutrition, food security, logistics, Business Administration, Financial Management, or related field and technical accreditation or equivalent

Work Experience: 3-6 years of work experience in the humanitarian or development sector with progressive management and decision-making responsibility, including 2-3 years of international experience implementing cash and/or voucher activities. Experience working in diverse emergency, recovery, post-conflict or development contexts preferred.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong demonstrated experience implementing cash and/or voucher programs in a variety of programming contexts, and in-depth knowledge of various types of CTP approaches (conditional and unconditional grants, vouchers, Cash for work, etc.).
  • Demonstrated assessment, data collection and analysis skills, including needs assessments, market assessments and incorporation of gender analyses in to assessment approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across function and sector to build strong working relationships and to ensure high-quality market-based program delivery. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical expertise and standards and implement best practice approaches to implementing rapid, consistent, high quality projects
  • Superior internal and external communication and coordination capabilities and capability to operate independently and as a team member.
  • Experience writing proposals for donor funded programs and grants.
  • Proven capacity building, facilitation and coordination skills required

Language Skills: English and French required; knowledge of local languages spoken in the region strongly preferred

Certificates or Licenses: N/A

Working Environment: The position will be based in one of the countries in the region where the IRC has an established office (Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone) with 50-70% travel to countries in the West Africa region.

Returning National Candidates : We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.