Cash Transfer Consultant
Gaziantep | Ankara
Requesting Department: Refugee Program
Consultancy period: 20 July for 25 working days
As of 5 May 2016, over 2.7 million Syrians had sought refuge in Turkey, in addition to people seeking refugee from other nations. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees of any country in the world. Despite assistance provided by Turkish authorities and local and international aid agencies, needs continue to outstrip support provided. For vulnerable refugees living outside of camps (90%) the situation is especially dire as they struggle to earn enough to meet basic needs. As personal savings and assets diminish (where these existed to begin with), securing the resources to cover the urgent basic needs of food, shelter, NFIs, health care and transportation is critical. Gaining work has been especially difficult; most Syrians that do find work are poorly paid, work irregular hours and are confined to the unregulated informal sector. Gaining work permits has been difficult and it remains to be seen how the recent right to work legislation will be fully operationalized. As economic burden deepens and displacement prolongs, refugee households increasingly adopt negative coping mechanisms that pose protection risks, e.g. child labor and illegal employment.
A number of NGOs and UN agencies have been increasingly using cash-based modalities to deliver humanitarian assistance over the past two years, mainly with a focus on food and non-food items. In December 2015, a Cash-based Interventions Technical Working Group (CBI TWG) was formed in order to improve information sharing, coordination and harmonization of activities implemented through cash-based modalities, in liaison with relevant sectoral working groups. The Group was formally endorsed in February 2016.
During 2016, a significant scale-up of cash assistance to vulnerable refugee households is expected to take place, with the planned implementation of a national Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN).
2. Scope of Work/ Assignment:
CARE International, in its role as Technical/NGO Co-chair of the CBI TWG, is seeking a consultant to support the work of the Group, with a focus on analysis of available data, to inform vulnerability analysis and calculate accurate minimum expenditure baskets and cash transfer values. The work produced through this consultancy will be used by agencies currently implementing cash programs and will provide evidence to inform decision-making for the new ESSN.
The consultant is expected to carry out the following activities:
· Review data and reports provided by TWG member agencies and analyze household income, expenditure amounts and patterns, and availability of work opportunities across different geographical (and rural-urban) locations.
· Review data and reports provided by TWG member agencies related to commodity price data, including both food and essential non-food items.
· Interview, or receive briefings from, chairs of relevant sectoral working groups (Food Security; NFI; WASH; Education; and Protection & Community Services) to understand needs, gaps, programming and available information, also taking into consideration shelter and health needs and gaps.
· Review transfer values for the voucher programs currently being implemented in Turkey.
· Work with CBI TWG member agency field teams to undertake key informant interviews, focus group discussions or household interviews with the aim of filling identified data gaps and/or triangulating the available data.
· Define and calculate suggested multi-purpose/sector minimum expenditure baskets (MEB) and survival MEB.
· Provide a clear MEB calculation and expenditure analysis such that evidence-based recommendations regarding multi-purpose cash transfer values can be determined based on a gap analysis. This should also include any relevant “top-up allowances” for specific needs; geographical variation and/or seasonal variation to transfer value, if appropriate.
3. Work Schedule:
The duration of the contract shall be 25 working days (6 days per week) beginning around 19 July 2016. The consultant is expected to work on a full-time basis to complete the tasks outlined in these terms of reference. Part of the consultancy for desk study and final write up work could be home-based; the consultant should, however, spend at least 20 working days in Turkey. The exact workplan for the activities should be developed at the beginning of the contract.
4. Deliverables/End Product(s):
· Presentation of findings at the CBI TWG.
· A written report (10-20 pages) and two page executive summary outlining the activities undertaken, and including the following analyses:
o Expenditure data, demonstrating priority expenditures, costs of basic services, seasonal variation in household expenditure and ad hoc expenditures;
o Household income and work availability including both formal and informal work – if possible, taking into account seasonality and regularity/reliability of work opportunities;
o Analysis relating to debt levels (if possible);
o Calculation of a minimum expenditure basket (MEB) and survival MEB;
o Recommendations regarding multi-purpose cash transfer values; any relevant “top-up allowances” for specific needs; geographical variation and/or seasonal variation to transfer value, if appropriate.
This report should be shared in draft form for review by the TWG and subsequently finalized.
5. Payment Schedule:
The fee payment will be subject to delivery of above deliverables after their approval by the Program Manager and CBI TWG Chairs.
6. Type of Supervision and support to be provided:
The CARE Program Manager and CARE Project Manager, based in Gaziantep, shall provide overall supervision. Staff from the TWG Chairing Agencies (WFP and UNHCR) will facilitate meetings with Chairs of sectoral working groups and relevant staff within their own agencies and TWG member agencies (including chairing agencies) will
provide their support through efficient information and data sharing. CARE staff will provide operational assistance and facilitate logistic support. As line manager, the Program Manager, will oversee receipt of final deliverables.
7. Consultant’s work plan and official travel:
The consultant is expected to develop a detailed work plan within the first two days of the assignment under the supervision of the Project and Program Managers in Gaziantep. The consultant should be able to travel to project sites in Turkey. Official (return) travel to Turkey and accommodation in-country will be covered by CARE. Per diem will be paid at the standard CARE rates per Country Office policy. The consultant will be provided with a desk at the CARE Office in Gaziantep as well as internet access during working hours, but is expected to provide his or her own computer.
8. Qualifications & Experience Required:
· A degree in a relevant discipline; with a Masters’ degree desirable.
· At least five years of progressively increasing responsibility in program implementation, technical advisory or monitoring and evaluation fields.
· Strong, demonstrable technical experience in cash-transfer programming, particularly in humanitarian contexts, and preferably including support to urban refugee populations.
· Experience of developing and calculating minimum expenditure baskets.
· Strong data analysis skills.
· Proven ability to deliver high quality products and work to deadlines with minimal supervision.
· Excellent interpersonal and both written and verbal communication skills.
· Fluency in written and spoken English is required; knowledge of Turkish and/or Arabic is an advantage.
· Experience working in Turkey and/or other Syria Crisis response contexts is an advantage.
All applications, in the form of CV and cover letter, must be submitted (electronically) no later than Sunday 19 June 2016 to:
- Organization: CARE
- Location: Gaziantep | Ankara
- Grade: Mid/Senior
- Closing Date: 2016-06-19