The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world providing relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to families impacted by conflict and disasters. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 areas affected by conflict across the world. We address both the immediate, life-saving needs of crisis-affected people and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships, and accountability to those we serve.
The Economic Recovery and Development Unit (ERD) is responsible for providing dynamic, innovative support to the IRC’s field offices for their economic and livelihoods programming, including humanitarian cash transfers. This unit provides technical assistance, ensures innovation, promotes best practices, and helps to improve data collection and analysis for economic and livelihoods programming within the organization. Externally, the IRC has been a leader in developing and promoting market-based responses to emergencies based on a good understanding of critical market systems in order to ensure local economies and livelihoods are supported, not undermined during the emergency and transition phases.
The Cash Relief Technical Advisor will provide technical support in the design and development of economic programs in countries in crisis and post-crisis settings to ensure the most appropriate delivery of assistance for affected populations. The position will be responsible for providing support for the scale-up of cash transfer activities across the IRC’s outcomes of interest – including in meeting basic needs, food security and employment, as well as in health, education, protection programming – in line with the organization’s goal to deliver 25% of the IRC assistance in the form of cash or vouchers by 2020. Although technical support will be focused on basic needs outcomes, the Cash Relief TA will be the primary ERD focal point for a portfolio of countries and responsible for coordinating technical support for all economic wellbeing outcomes, including programming related to food security, enterprise development and job creation.
- Provide technical support to country offices, particularly those prioritizing Basic Needs outcomes in their Strategic Action Plans, in the development of program strategies and providing remote and in-country assistance in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of economic programming activities, especially cash relief activities.
- Maintain relationships with regional and country program coordinators and managers, and other sectoral TAs or STAs, to offer support as needed in cash transfer program design, start-up, implementation and monitoring,
- Proactively work with TAs from other sectoral areas to develop program models for use of cash transfers for environmental health, nutrition, health, education, and protection program activities, and provide support as needed to regional cash specialists or non-ERD technical coordinators to ensure the appropriate use of cash transfers towards these outcomes.
- Develop and provide technical input into tools, guidance and support materials as needed to better equip country-level technical coordinators and front-line field staff to design and implement cash transfer programs
- Provide technical support and inputs as needed into cash-related research initiatives in support of the IRC’s research agenda on cash transfers
- Provide technical leadership in the design and roll-out of new operating models, inter-agency initiatives or improved coordination structures for scaling-up cash transfers
- Contribute to or lead the development of concept notes and proposals related to market-based programming in crisis contexts, cash relief research initiatives, cash transfer emergency preparedness, or new ways of using cash transfers across outcome areas.
- Represent cash relief programming across the organization and externally to share best practices and to support robust evidence-based programming within IRC. Internally, serve as a resource to IRC staff seeking information about program activities and externally, represent the IRC in outside meetings or forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency working groups, and other practitioners in the field.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response
Position directly supervises: none
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Regular relationships with regional and country program coordinators and managers. Interacts with IRC internal departments, including external relations and advocacy departments, to keep them informed of program activities.
External: Serve as IRC program representative in outside meetings and academic forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations.
Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in economics, business administration or other related field. Or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Work Experience: A minimum of 5 years of experience in humanitarian programming in crisis of post-crisis field settings, preferably with a focus on markets and women and/or youth-focused programming. Experience is desired in design and monitoring of basic needs, NFI, cash transfers, or shelter program activities.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Demonstrated expertise in program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of market-based programs. Experience/familiarity with unconditional and conditional cash transfer programs, and voucher programs required, with experience in digital transfers highly preferred. Experience in food security, agriculture, nutrition or livelihoods-promotion programming highly desirable. Consummate oral and written communication required. Proven track record required in building and maintaining strong working relationships at different organizational levels. Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.
Language Skills: Fluency in English and proficiency in French or Arabic is highly desirable.
Working Environment: Up to 40% travel may be required.