UNICEF-Programme Specialist (Cash and Social Protection)-P3/P4-Roseau, Dominica

Location: Roseau, Dominica, Dominica
Date Posted: 06-11-2017
BACKGROUND:
On 18 September 2017, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 5 hurricane made land fall in the island country of Dominica causing widespread destruction along its path to a total population of 70,000. It left an estimated 19,800 children in Dominica in need of assistance,  
safe drinking water being an urgent requirement; caused widespread destruction to the education sector, leaving 13,500 school-aged children out of the classroom; resulted in an undetermined number of children among the 2,832-seeking refuge in official shelters; and put the population, including children at risk due to the possibility of outbreaks of leptospirosis, dengue, tetanus and gastroenteritis. Together with Government, the UN System and Development partners, and civil society we are ensuring that children and their families have access to basic services and social protection. Houses and key infrastructure was damaged and normal life came to a standstill. While detailed assessments are still in progress, some immediate life-saving assistance is being provided by humanitarian agencies.
 
UNICEF recognizes the role of cash transfers in supporting the immediate needs of the affected households and in facilitating the recovery of the local economy. The country has an existing social protection system that provides a regular monthly cash transfers to vulnerable households through the village council structures. UNICEF has ongoing work on social protection in Eastern Caribbean Area (ECA) and sees the use of humanitarian cash transfers in Dominica as an important strategy to initiate government efforts to make existing social protection systems in ECA stronger and responsive to predictable shocks. 
 
 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES, TASKS AND DELIVERABLES:
 
No. Major Duties and Tasks, and Responsibilities Expected Deliverables
40%
  1. Ensure smooth implementation and coordination of the cash programme
  1. Work closely with other stakeholders (namely Department of Social Welfare under the Ministry of Social Services and WFP) to identify households for humanitarian cash transfers; 
  2. Manage the implementation of the program and readjust it in case needed
  3. Work in close collaboration with Department of Social Welfare to ensure smooth disbursement of the funds every month and address any bottlenecks
  4. Support with fund raising efforts if needed to ensure continuous funding of the program
  5. Work closely with WFP to supervise the third party monitoring entity activities
  6. Production of advocacy materials to inform decision making internally and externally
  7. Ensure internal coordination within the UNICEF Dominica operations between the unconditional cash activities and the other sector efforts
  8. Ensure internal systems support the smooth and timely transfer of funds to the Department of social welfare.
  9. Provide technical support to the Department of social welfare in implementing the humanitarian cash transfers
1.Unconditional cash distribution are implemented
2.Funds are disbursed the disbursements schedules
3.Unconditional cash are included in the office program strategy
4.The program is continuously funded
5. Close Relationship with Govt and WFP is maintained
15%
  1.  Represent UNICEF ECA in Dominica operations in the cash coordination forums, and internally to other office sections
  1. Participate and regularly present at different meetings UNICEF activities and positions on humanitarian cash transfers and social protection system strengthening
  2. Develop links and provide technical support to other sections; strengthen coordination within the office on this issue;
1.Views, positions and updates on UNICEF humanitarian cash child grants are shared and explained regularly
 
15%
  1. Contribute to the efforts to strengthen shock responsive social protection systems in ECA guided by the Social and Economic Policy Specialist.
  1. Gather data and produce analysis to inform, efforts to build shock responsive social protection in Dominica in particular.
  2. Document the process of using the existing social protection for delivering humanitarian cash transfers in the form of a case study.
  3. Contribute to the discussions around a strategy that strengthens longer term social protection scheme with the government
  4. In close coordination with the Social and Economic Policy Specialist develop a detailed plan for influencing the existing social protection system for shock responsiveness
  5. Initiate efforts on the ground to operationalize the influencing plan
  1. Preparation of at least 1 analytical piece on outcomes of cash programming on children’s lives
  2. By the end of the term prepare a detailed report clearly laying down the steps followed in using the SP system for cash transfers, challenges faced and how these were overcome.
  3. Periodic Inputs provided to the social and economic policy specialist’s efforts on shock responsive social protection in ECA
15%
  1. Supervise and support monitoring and evaluation activities
  1. An external final evaluation of unconditional cash distributions
  2. A comprehensive monitoring system is developed with the third-party agency to ensure quality monitoring of all UNICEF funded cash distribution in collaboration with implementing partners
  1. Monthly monitoring reports are produced by the third-party entity
 
2. Internal monthly monitoring report are produced
 
3. A final evaluation report is produced: findings including impact of the unconditional cash distributions, lessons learnt and recommendations are analyzed and shared with the key stake holders
 
15%
  1. Provide the operational management of the program, ensure that adequate operational measures are regularly adjusted
  1. risk management and mitigation measures
  2. Liquidation process
  3. Financial reporting
  1. Assurance that program follows UNICEF internal operational rules, disbursements to partners are made on time, risk mitigation measures are in place and regularly updated

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:
 
Education
 
  • Advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Administration/Public Policy, Humanitarian Affairs, Development, Social Sciences, or a related technical field.
 Work Experience
 
  • Five years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in humanitarian response, including experience in early recovery. Of these at least 2 years must be on experience in emergency cash programing.
  • An understanding of social protection and in particular social protection systems is desirable

Language Proficiency
 
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English, and another UN language as a strong asset.
 
 
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