OCHA-HAO Cash Specialist-P4-Niamey, Niger

Location: Niamey, Niger, Niger
Date Posted: 28-03-2017
TORs: OCHA-HAO Cash Specialist-P4-Niamey, Niger
Duration:6 months
Details on security situation / structure and staff well-being (e.g. security phase, living conditions?): Since 2008, terrorist groups (Aqmi, MUJAO) have infiltrated Niger with the kidnaping of foreigners in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. According to the Security Risk Assessment conducted in 2015, this threat remains probable, particularly in light of military intervention in 2013 from western and African countries to liberate northern Mali from these same groups. Since 5 February 2015, Boko Haram threats in the Diffa region have become more acute with direct attacks on Niger soil prompting important movements of population and military offensives from Niger troops and MNJTF, contributing to protection concerns.

Main tasks and duties to be executed:
While a Cash Working Group is in place, a coordinated approach to ensuring cash is systematically taken into account is lacking. The ongoing cash feasibility study will support humanitarian partners' ability to jointly address cash and markets throughout the humanitarian programme cycle, though dedicated capacity - through the CashCap - will be key to ensuring these results are properly addressed and acted uponTravel will be required to the affected region of Diffa. UNHAS provides air transportation between Niamey and Diffa

Under the direct supervision of the Head of OCHA MALI, the P3 HAO will have the following main duties

and responsibilities:

The main responsibilities of the inter-agency CashCap expert, housed in OCHA, would include:

" Provide inter-agency support and leadership to the Cash Working Group (CWG), the technical body dealing with coordination of cash activities

■    Map activities, provide guidance, address challenges, circulate best practices and establish lessons learned on behalf of the larger cash transfer community, for all types of cash.

■    Support field-based cash coordination in key geographical hubs.

■    Provide technical support and foster harmonisation for different types of cash/vouchers programming;

■    Monitor implementation of cash modalities, ensuring lesson learning and dissemination of findings.

■    Ensure close collaboration with the inter-cluster coordination group and with relevant clusters and partners on cash related issues.

■    Identify capacity building requirements among key humanitarian cash actors.

■    Liaise with the authorities, where appropriate, on acceptance and use of cash transfers for emergency assistance and recovery activities, in coordination with humanitarian and recovery partners.

■    Ensure appropriate follow-up to, and use of, results of the ongoing joint cash feasibility study led by WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR and OCHA, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. In particular, ensure information is disseminated and presented to key stakeholder and support a common consideration of cash activities in response and preparedness processes, including the possibility of joint activities.

■    Maintain strong linkages with the Cash Working Group throughout the joint feasibility study and beyond -particularly with a view to sustaining the wider involvement of key partners and establishing longer-term roles and responsibilities for maintaining relevant information.

■    Similarly, ensure close linkages and follow up with the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group and with individual clusters, to ensure results translate into concrete results for joint response and preparedness planning.

■    As per the outcomes of the study, ensure harmonised approaches and technical support for the following:

o Analysis of a minimum expenditure survival basket (SMEB) of assistance for multipurpose cash

transfer values and support to other design components for all types of cash o Streamlining or harmonising where possible cash delivery mechanisms (eg shift to one card approach) o Development and promotion of common tools (eg post distribution monitoring)

■    Support the adjustment or revision of any large-scale coordination tools (IM, Flash Appeal, HNO and HRP etc.) to ensure they are able to support the use of CTP.

Specific Required Skills

•    Solid cash transfer experience and expertise in diverse humanitarian settings

•    Multi-sectoral coordination expertise

•    Rapid, timely, effective responder

•    Regional experience, where possible

•    Fluency in French is required Experience

•    Five to seven years progressive experience in a humanitarian and/or development role, of which at least two years on cash assistance programming.

•    Significant experience in implementing and designing cash transfer or voucher projects.

•    Previous experience working with multiple actors or organisations in coordinating and/or implementing cash and voucher programmes.

•    Experience in market assessments, market analysis and/or cash and voucher feasibility assessment.

•   Experience of financial institution/delivery mechanism mapping and assessments.

•    Understanding of monitoring requirements and accountability for cash programming.

•    Analytical skills with respect to context, technical options and application of best practice within the operating environment.

•    Ability and experience to advocate for cash programming at a senior level (HC/HCT); ability to liaise with cluster/sector coordinators and to work in partnership to build consensus on mutually supportive objectives.

•    Regional experience is an advantage.

•    Experience working in an inter-agency and inter-sectoral environment.

•    Good communication skills in French - oral and written.
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