Programme Specialist (Cash Transfer), TA, P3, Kinshasa, #114251
Job Number: 534112 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Congo, Dem. Rep
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
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The current level of vulnerability and poverty is unprecedented in the history of the DRC, jeopardizing peacebuilding and development efforts. The rapidly growing population of the DRC is generally exposed to covariate shocks with devastating economic and social consequences. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world with a poverty rate of 63.4% and an income per capita estimated at USD 462 dollars in 2018 (PNSD 2019-2024). However, budget allocation to the social sectors in general, and to social protection in general, is still low and insufficient to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth in the medium and long term.
In 2019, UNICEF in collaboration with UNOCHA, WFP and UNHCR launched the United Nations Common Cash Statement initiative (UNCCS). DRC was selected among the pilot countries where the three agencies could build further on the work already initiated on humanitarian cash transfers. This initiative would aim to develop an end to end system that would support our respective agencies’ cash programmes in the country. At DRC level a local task force has been put in place by the fous agencies under the coordination of UNOCHA to support implementation and coordination of UNCCS activities.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direct supervision of the Social Policy Specialist and in close collaboration with the emergency section, the Cash Transfer Specialist will (i) lead the coordination and implementation of the United Nations Common Cash Statement initiative in DRC and (ii) support the DRC Country Office and in particular the Social Policy section and the emergency section in developping of cash-based programmes.
Support the UNICEF work related to UNCCS initiative
Support the Country Office on inter-agency collaboration on cash, particularly within the framework of the UN Common Cash Statement (UNCCS) from the Principals of UNHCR, WFP, OCHA and UNICEF on the development of joint approaches and mechanisms for cash assistance.
Contribute to the development of the joint initiative’s workplan, and to its implementation and provide quality technical assistance and support in the design and implementation of appropriate models of projects, programme and systems that enhance success of UNCCS in DRC.
Ensure appropriate coordination and information sharing with other UN agencies by contributing and participating in coordination meetings, joint field visits and information sharing between the 4 agencies.
Support knowledge management and documentation and best practices through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting; participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.
Participate regular meetings and information sharing sessions with headquarters and WCARO on UNCCS goals.
Support UNICEF’s work on humanitarian and development related cash transfers interventions
Support the development of a cash transfer interventions design parameters including on targeting, registration, payment and accountabilities framework in order to improve children’s wellbeing.
Ensure Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) is streamlined across the programme implementation cycle with attention to information sharing to beneficiaries, community inclusion in programme implementation, complaints and response mechanism and continuous learning.
Provide government partners with technical and institutional support and guidance to mainstream and sustain the best practices on social cash transfer interventions into national and provincial systems
In close collaboration with emergency section:
Undertake cash feasibility assessments where relevant to inform the development of UNICEF humanitarian cash activities
Advise the Country Office on UNICEF strategic positioning on cash in emergencies in DRC, based on best practices, lessons learnt, country specificities and partners’ comparative advantages.
Support the development of humanitarian cash transfers (HCTs) especially within the Unicef Rapid Response Mechanism (UniRR) taking into account lessons learnt of other HCT programmes in country
Conduct regular operational analysis of the HCT activities, identify areas of poor performance, bottlenecks, and identify solutions such as design improvements, additional trainings and technical support
Support the coordination of the cash working group in Goma
Optimum use of programme funds for the cash transfer programme
Assist in establishing programme work plans and monitors progress and compliance.
Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Take appropriate actions to optimize the use of programme funds.
Help to manage allocation and disbursement of programme funds, ensuring that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Programme monitoring and evaluations
Lead to monitor and evaluate for cash transfer interventions and implement recommendations to improve the efficiency and quality of the programme.
Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action; participate in annual sector review meetings and organize review meetings with partners and counterparts; ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.
Make viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women.
Responsible for certification of allocation and disbursement of funds; determine supply and cash needs to ensure programme delivery meets targeted goals and objectives.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in economics, social policy, social protection, public policy or other relevant disciplines.
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in design, implementation, and management of cash-based programs in emergency and/or social protection settings
Experience or knowledge of the response context in DRC, or in other complex economic crises is desired.
Experience in national scale social protection systems.
Experience in UNICEF emergency programs.
Fluency in French and Proficiency in English required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are Analysis, Deciding and Intiating Action, Applying technical knowledge, Persuading and Influencing, Planning and organizing, Adapting and responding to change, Dealing with pressure.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Wed Sep 16 2020 00:55:00 GMT+0200 (heure d’été d’Europe centrale)