Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services

  • Nigeria

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Job Title: Technical Advisor I, Cash Working Group Technical Co-Chair

Reports to: CRS Emergency Coordinator

Department: Maiduguri, Nigeria, CARO

Salary Grade:

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.


Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has been used in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria since 2013. A range of humanitarian actors, as well as national authorities and development partners, are currently implementing such programs to ensure households have access to basic needs, while also reinforcing choice, dignity and accountability for those affected. Cash transfers are also increasingly being used to leverage the potential for addressing recovery needs and for bridging the divide between humanitarian and development programming. Partners started implementing cash-based transfers in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in 2016, growing from 6% of total HRP-related funding and expenditure in 2016 to 43% in 2020. Over 1.8 million IDPs received assistance through cash and voucher modalities in 2020 in the BAY states . Despite the various challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of cash has continued, with partners adapting and innovating to mitigate COVID-19 risks during implementation.

In coordination with OCHA, CRS has co-chaired the CWG in North East Nigeria since 2018. The CWG brings together a diverse range of stakeholders on a variety of topics related to the cash response in North East Nigeria, and has been active at leading priority initiatives. For example, the WG seeks to harmonize CVA approaches across actors; oversees a Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) to inform decision-making; supports operational capacity in relation to CVA, including mapping of Financial Service Providers (FSPs); and engages with the ISCG and Sectors to strengthen the use of CVA, where appropriate, throughout the humanitarian response.

Job Summary:

The CWG Technical Co-Chair will work with humanitarian actors in NE Nigeria to facilitate an active and vibrant community of practice around cash and voucher assistance and build capacity of interested parties. The co-chair will harmonize approaches, build evidence and best practice in country through sharing of experience and contribute to national and global learning.

The co-chair drives collective progress and provides technical expertise for jointly agreed priorities established by the Cash Working Group, considering their collective views and seeking to achieve consensus and collaboration by the group. In line with member expertise and interest, other agencies may be designated to lead on activities.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Co-chair and facilitate regular Cash WG meetings, promoting active participation from local, national, and international actors.
  • Support the development, and contribute to the implementation, of the Cash WG strategy, sector standards, tools and best practices in Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Support the effective coordination of cash assistance across the response, including Multi-Purpose Cash (MPC).
  • Provide technical solutions to members, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in CVA for Cash WG partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums. Build CWG capacity

through formal trainings, learning events and continued sharing/exchange of practical learning. * Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the cash transfer learning agenda.

  • Develop and support, whenever possible, harmonized tools, approaches and procedures in CVA, including the harmonization of vulnerability criteria, transfer values, modalities of payment, assessment and monitoring activities.
  • Facilitate collaboration on joint assessments, planning, targeting and monitoring, when necessary. Provide technical support to coordinated (multi-sectoral) needs assessments and technical support and leadership to multi-sectoral response analysis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication and relationship management skills with ability to network, influence, and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in cash and voucher assistance. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Strong grasp of humanitarian coordination systems. Previous experience leading and coordinating a Cash Working Group or similar coordination role preferred. Experience coordinating/liaising with various UN agencies/individuals, organizing event, and ensuring a smooth flow of information.
  • Experience designing, implementing and monitoring cash and voucher assistance programs for different sector objectives and/or multi-purpose cash in a protracted conflict-affected context.
  • Strong public speaking skills. Able to present information to an external audience and conduct trainings.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
  • Experience in research; collecting and analyzing information and presenting well-written reports.
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to influence decision makers.
  • Experience and training in the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) tool kit, or other market assessment methodologies, is an advantage.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Required Languages – Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English.

Travel – Travel to Abuja for CWG meetings and coordination meetings as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities – none

Key Working Relationships:

Internal – Program teams, Emergency Coordinator, Market TAs.

External – Sector leads, CWG members, national and international NGOS, UN agencies, government representative

OCHA Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan 2021:

This will be linked to the annual CWG Capacity Building Plan developed by the CWG Nigeria.


Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a field related to humanitarian assistance, food security and livelihoods or other applicable area required.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in cash transfer programming.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

· Integrity

· Continuous Improvement & Innovation

· Builds Relationships

· Develops Talent

· Strategic Mindset

· Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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