IDR Roster Reserves: Technical Specialist, Cash Based Programming

Washington DC | Washington D.C


The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. With programs and partners in 70 countries, the American Red Cross working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network in order to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, reaching 100 million people annually.


International Disaster Response (IDR) Reserves are disaster management professionals who have extensive experience in emergency operations management, coordination, or specific technical areas. In all cases, the role of the IDR Reserves is to support the response and recovery activities of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement disaster operations. IDR Reserve employees are roster based, on-call employees of the Red Cross, and are paid only while working on disaster operations and on specific non-disaster assignments. They are expected to be available for disaster response deployments for a minimum of 4 weeks, work is limited to 6 months a year, and must be available to either deploy internationally to areas of hardship immediately following a disaster, or provide remote support with minimum notification. IDR Reserves are required to successfully complete a medical clearance and background check process.

The American Red Cross is recruiting Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) professionals to support international disaster responses. They will provide leadership, guidance, and training in their designated thematic area of expertise, Cash Transfer Programming. They will be expected to translate the global tools into field specific contexts for practical application in response operations, and special projects.



  • Lead, coordinate and provide high quality technical and advisory support to field operations throughout the project management cycle (design, start-up, implementation and close-out); Support monitoring and evaluation, particularly assisting in building an evidence base and measuring the effectiveness and impact of cash programming.
  • Represent the RC/RC Movement among key stakeholders and partners, while participating in forums and networks
  • Establish and maintain productive partnerships with different components of the Movement (National Societies, IFRC, ICRC) based on trust and respect
  • Apply culturally-relevant approaches to the programs, including gender and other social dynamics.

Assessment & Analysis:

  • Produce a detailed justification of a CTP proposal with various concerns identified and addressed.
  • Prepare, plan, and implement general needs assessments, and provide written assessment reports to inform response option analysis
  • Conduct market assessments, analyze data, and write comprehensive reports on findings with clear conclusions and relevant recommendations
  • Lead response options analysis which includes cash feasibility determination, selection of CTP modality, establish value of cash transfer, and payment delivery mechanism assessment; all documented in a clear, concise report which justifies the process and decisions made to key stakeholders.
  • Undertake analysis across a range of potential vulnerabilities and apply findings to program design using data to quantify needs

Technical Expertise:

  • Engage communities to inform the development of response cash programming and ensure community feedback and accountability are included in all aspects of the project
  • Design beneficiary communication tools, and beneficiary feedback and response mechanisms to ensure accountability and transparency in Cash transfer programming.
  • Assess financial service providers (FSP), determine appropriate payment delivery mechanism, and define associated criteria to negotiate a contractual agreement with the FSP for products and services.
  • Design a plan which includes resources and time considerations, then manage the following activities - beneficiary targeting and registration, beneficiary verification processes, distributions/delivery of transfers, and beneficiary monitoring practices.
  • Develop CTP project logframe with indicators and means of verification, along with monitoring activities and results which can be used in future programming.
  • Design and implement market monitoring methods which produce data for analysis and guide decision-making for future programming.

Data Management / Execution:

  • Adapt reporting templates, and/or design information management systems to integrate data analysis into project design, and enhance continued programming.
  • Produce reports which formulate relevant recommendations that can be used to support lessons learned activities, fact sheets, and case studies.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred, in relevant field such as international development, disaster management, finance, etc with subject matter expertise particularly in cash transfer programming
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in international humanitarian/disaster management including direct project implementation, with at least five years living and working in crisis-affected countries
  • Strong familiarity and/or direct experience in working with RC/RC National Society or other volunteer organizations.
  • Experience in project cycle management particularly designing, implementing and managing multi-sector complex, country level initiatives with multiple objectives preferably for both international relief and development programs.
  • Experience conducting and/or supervising needs assessments, data analysis, and program reviews required.
  • Experience providing technical support with capacity building, mentoring, and cross-unit collaboration.
  • Excellent writing skills and experience designing and developing programmatic strategies, guidance and approaches/tools.
  • Position requires operational flexibility to meet sudden and unpredictable business and disaster related needs including variety of work hours and international travel to disaster settings and hardship environments.
  • Good understanding of humanitarian responses, the actors involved, and the role of evidence-based decision making upon the delivery of humanitarian action.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience with teamwork and coordination
  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to identify gaps and take the initiative to address them.
  • Requires fluency in English (spoken and written) and knowledge of additional languages preferred.
  • Adheres to the RC principles and values.
  • Selected candidate must already be legally allowed to work in the US without a current or future need for Visa Sponsorship.

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: Red Cross - American
  • Location: Washington DC | Washington D.C
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-14

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