CBI Of (Africa & Americas)


Cash-Based Interventions Officer (Africa & Americas)  

While cash-based interventions (CBIs) have been used in UNHCR operations for many years, the Agency has made a renewed institutional commitment to scale up and institutionalize CBIs across its operations and institutional structure. Senior Management, in line with the High Commissioner¿s call for the systematic and expanded use of CBIs, recently approved a framework for the ¿UNHCR Cash-based Interventions Institutionalization Strategy 2016-2020¿. The organization now seeks to ensure that CBIs are mainstreamed across its operational structures so that the tools, systems, processes and procedures are able to accommodate and manage CBIs at par with in-kind. It builds upon three interdependent work streams with the following objectives:

1) Systematise and expand the use of CBIs across all operations, which focusses on building the capacity in the field to consider and deliver CBIs.
2) Mainstream CBIs across UNHCR¿s Divisions and Bureaux, which focusses on the necessary transformations within the UNHCR institutional structures and processes so that they are able to embrace CBIs.
3) Develop a portfolio of well-defined cash delivery arrangements, in collaboration with partners including the private sector.

The CBI Officer assists with the implementation of the CBI Strategy, particularly in relation to the systematic and expanded use of CBIs in UNHCR operations. S/he provides targeted support to operations in Africa and the Americas, including to those with no or small-scale CBIs (Tier 1 and 3 countries according to the Strategy), to build their capacity to consider CBIs as a response option and implement and scale-up CBIs effectively and efficiently. S/he works closely with CBI Officers in the field, including regional officers in Nairobi, Pretoria, Dakar, and Kinshasa and country focal points. S/he provides technical support to operations remotely and through field missions throughout the operations cycle, from assessments to design, set-up, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. S/he supports operations with the recruitment of dedicated CBI experts, and identifies and/or helps create training opportunities for operations (regionally or locally). S/he also supports technical development notably through formalising lessons learnt, and the production of guidance and tools related to CBIs, including harnessing field inputs and field-testing within the regions under his/her scope.

The CBI Officer will receive overall guidance and direction from, and reports to the Senior CBI Officer (Technical Support). The UNHCR Operational Guidelines on the use of CBIs in Displacement Settings, the UNHCR Manual, and relevant UN and UNHCR programme and financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the CBI Officer. S/he is also expected to stay abreast of new developments and challenges related to CBIs that arise at different levels of the organization and within the broader cash community in order to feed these into in-house capacity-building, systems adaptation, strategy and guidance.

- Coherent and coordinated technical field support provided to ongoing and new CBIs in UNHCR operations in Africa and the Americas. 
- UNHCR CBIs are designed and rolled out following high quality technical standards.
- Emerging issues are addressed in a timely manner, and are brought to the attention of relevant Divisions and Senior Management as needed.
- Technical guidance and tools for CBIs in UNHCR are operationalised within the relevant regions.
- Partnerships with key stakeholders (cash community of practice including NGOs and UN agencies) are made accessible to operations within the relevant regions, and related advice provided, particularly on inter-agency coordination.
- The roll-out of CBI institutionalization strategy is promoted, and operations are made aware of changes to or development of processes, procedures, systems and tools related to CBIs that should be enforced.
- Internal communication is established and maintained between operations and the CBI section, and between Headquarters, Regional Offices and Branch Offices.

- Contribute to the institutionalisation of CBIs across UNHCR, in line with the CBI Strategy, and the development of organization-wide capacity for expanded use of CBIs across operations in Africa and the Americas.
- Support the roll-out of the CBI Strategy. 
- Facilitate and participate in Regional and Country level technical meetings, trainings and workshops with the objectives of increasing awareness and capacity building for CBIs and ensuring stakeholder input.
- Provide coherent support to operations in Africa and the Americas to assess, design, implement, monitor and evaluate CBIs in line with the CBI Strategy.
- Provide direct support to field operations remotely and through field missions throughout the UNHCR operations management cycle.
- Ensure coherent approaches across operations and regions.
- Ensure SOPs are in place and followed through.
- Provide support to countries and relevant Bureaux throughout the annual planning cycle (APR).
- Establish or build on a mechanism to exchange regional information on CBIs across operations
- Collect and share experiences and lessons learned across operations and regions, and ensure these are reflected in technical development.
- Support operations in incorporating CBIs in to preparedness where applicable.
- Ensure tracking of CBIs in operations in Africa and the Americas.
- Support the identification of human resource needs and recruitments for operations, as required.
- Support technical development related to CBIs in UNHCR.
- Support lesson learning, targeted studies and the development of guidance and tools relevant to improving CBIs in displacement settings, particularly in harnessing input/participation from field operations.
- Ensure linkages with complementary initiatives regionally, such as the use of biometrics, common delivery approaches, vulnerability assessments and improved targeting, operational implications of multi-purpose grants, preparedness, cash and protection, etc.
- Ensure studies and resulting material are shared regionally
- Provide support, advice and capacity building to technical sectors (e.g. shelter, WASH, food security, nutrition, protection, livelihoods, education).
- Undertake any other responsibilities or functions deemed necessary or as requested by the Chief of Section.

- Provide support and guidance on operations' design and implementation of CBIs.
- Enforce the development of operations¿ standard operating procedures for CBIs, and provide support during their development.
- Review project proposals from operations, the quality of candidates screened for deployments, and the quality of material/outputs submitted by the deployments.
- Enforce compliance with UNHCR¿s global strategies, protocols and guidelines.

- University degree (Bachelor¿s or equivalent) in economics, social sciences, political science or other relevant field.
- Minimum 8 years (6 years with advanced university degree) of relevant work experience, including field experience, and a minimum of 3 years of international experience.
- Knowledge of cash-based interventions in displacement settings and humanitarian situations.
- Previous experience in international networking, preferably related to CBIs (incl. external partnerships, high level meetings and networks).
- Excellent knowledge of English.

- Previous knowledge of, and work experience with, UNHCR.
- Demonstrated experience in technical development, field support, and training/capacity building related to CBIs.
- Knowledge of inter-agency environment.
- Fluency in French.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-09-26

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