Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
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4 months ago

Senior Emergency Response Officer – Cash Transfer Programming

The Senior Emergency Response Officer – Cash Transfer Programming (SERO-CTP) will provide surge capacity globally as part of CAFOD’s Emergency Response Team (ERT)/surge team, and will also provide support to Caritas Norway priority programmes in Africa (in particular but not exclusively where both CAFOD and Caritas Norway operate i.e. in South Sudan, Nigeria and Niger. CAFOD and Caritas Norway, both members of the Caritas Internationalis confederation, have established a strategic partnership since 2014 whose primary goal is to achieve greater programme impact and operational efficiencies. As part of the collaboration, a joint surge team is being developed further by CAFOD and Caritas Norway in partnership.

The surge capacity provided by members of CAFOD ERT is usually in the form of field deployments or remote support for short-term leadership, management, coordination or technical support to a wide range of new and ongoing humanitarian crises. Deployments and support may focus on specific areas such as assessments, response options analysis, proposal development, project design and implementation, and evaluations.

The SERO-CTP will take a leading role in strengthening CAFOD’s and Caritas Norway’s organization-wide systems and skills to support partners in their cash-based and market-based responses and analysis, and help increase and improve the global cash programming capacity and portfolio size of CAFOD, Caritas Norway, and their partners.

This position requires a strong technical knowledge and experience of cash transfer programming, as well as emergency food security and livelihoods. Inherent in the SERO-CTP role is the need for flexibility and an ability to travel at short notice to potentially insecure and remote locations.

Job Scope

The SERO-CTP will work as a member of the ERT and in close cooperation with colleagues from across the Emergency Response Group (ERG) and with sister agencies from the Caritas network and partner organisations.

While the SERO-CTP may be requested to work with teams and partners (including Caritas sister agencies) in support of their humanitarian interventions at large, covering a number of sectoral areas (CTP, Food security and Livelihoods in particular) and programme management aspects, a strong emphasis for the position is placed on Cash Transfer Programming / Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). In the specific CTP thematic area, the post-holder will support capacity strengthening efforts, lead and advise on the design and implementation of Cash Transfer Programmes and on most appropriate tools to use at each stage of the programme cycle.

The post holder will also take a leading role in developing Cash Transfer Programming strategies for CAFOD and Caritas Norway, and in the integration and uptake of CTP approaches, standards and processes into wider organizational policies and practice. To that effect, the post holder will establish and sustain a CAFOD/Caritas Norway-wide (including partners) internal Cash Working Group/Community of Practice in support of the roll out of partners /country teams “cash-readiness” processes with in-country trainings, guidance and mentorship.

Accountability:

  • The post holder is line managed by the Humanitarian Response and Technical Team Leader (HRTTL).
  • During specific deployments task management may come from other managers within CAFOD, Caritas Norway or their partner organisations.
  • The role has no permanent management nor budget responsibilities. However, the post-holder may have line management and budget responsibilities during specific deployments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • This role will be required to undertake frequent travel worldwide. This could be for up to twelve weeks at a time, for up to six months per year (possibly more in exceptional circumstances), sometimes at very short notice and to insecure environments. Any travel exceeding six months per year will be mutually agreed by post holder and line manager.

Emergency response and technical support (65%):

  • Support the delivery of high-quality humanitarian programming by providing surge capacity, training, and technical expertise – particularly in relation to CTP/CVA – to CAFOD and Caritas Norway programme staff and partners.
  • Provide technical support to CAFOD’s and Caritas Norway’s CTP and emergency food security and livelihoods programmes.
  • Lead and advise on the design and implementation of Cash Transfer Programmes and on most appropriate tools to use at each stage of the programme cycle.
  • Support managers in developing systems, staff and capacity strengthening for cash transfer programming and market assessments.
  • Work with the HRTTL to support the development of new CAFOD’s and Caritas Norway’s surge models.
  • Where required, function as the budget holder for projects, ensuring expenditures are appropriately authorised and allocated.

Programme quality, systems and standards, with focus on CTP (20%):

  • Support the development and implementation of CAFOD’s and Caritas Norway’s guidance and policies for ensuring good practice and meeting sectoral standards.
  • Lead on the strengthening of CAFOD’s and Caritas Norway’s organization-wide systems and skills to support partners in their cash-based and market-based responses and analysis.
  • Lead on the integration and uptake of CTP approaches, standards and processes into wider CAFOD and Caritas Norway organizational policies and practice.
  • Establish and sustain a CAFOD/Caritas Norway-wide (including partners) Cash Working Group/Community of Practice in support of the roll out of partners/country teams of “cash-readiness” processes, including in-country trainings, guidance and mentorship.
  • Ensure that key cross-cutting themes such as protection, accountability, gender and inclusion are appropriately incorporated into our humanitarian responses.
  • Support accountability obligations through accompanying staff and partners, undertaking monitoring visits, and contributing to donor reporting and management responsibilities.

Representation and communication (5%):

  • Represent CAFOD and Caritas Norway at interagency fora and strengthen relationships with Caritas Internationalis sister agencies to promote and aid coordinated humanitarian
  • Develop supporter communications in conjunction with CAFOD and Caritas Norway’s external communication.

People Management (5%):

  • Where required, manage assigned staff in accordance with CAFOD’s and Caritas Norway’s people framework and support their continual learning to ensure effective responses to emergencies.

Other responsibilities (5%):

  • Leading or supporting project work to support ERG strategic priorities.
  • Conducting research/analysis and participating in working groups, learning reviews and evaluations; support dissemination and follow-up of findings and recommendations.
  • Support the recruitment, selection of appropriately skilled staff for the ERT.

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