Humanitarian Cash Transfer Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

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.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Under the direct supervision the Humanitarian Cash Transfer Specialist P4, the HCT Specialist P3 position will focus on the tasks provided below:
Programme Development and Management:
  • Develop, review, and maintain work plans with time frames and deadlines for key activities of UNICEF’s HCT and Cash+ programs; based on changing and emerging needs.
  • Ensure standard operating procedures are implemented and updated as required.
  • Support and manage UNICEF HCT Implementing partners in the field.
  • Conduct regular operational analysis of the programme, identify areas of inferior performance, bottlenecks, and identify solutions such as program and process design improvements, additional trainings, and technical support.
  • Ensure relevant analysis of complaints and feedback received through various sources and ensure implementing partners relevant follow up.
  • Prepare relevant programme reports required for management & donors, budget reviews, program analysis and annual reports.
  • Establish and supervise work plans and monitor progress and compliance.
  • Works closely with the relevant colleagues to implement a sound monitoring and evaluation system for the cash transfer programme; undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
  • Provide guidance to the relevant colleagues on the integrated use of a diversified set of data collection tools and methodologies including leveraging existing implementing partner systems,
  • Produce relevant knowledge management products on HCT results and outcomes through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well generating and documenting lessons learned.
  • Manage implementing partners and third-party monitoring partners to deliver accurate, dependable, and timely outputs.
Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:
  • Support development of partnerships and collaboration with counterparts, including those of the UN, humanitarian partners, Government institutions and civil society organizations, to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation of humanitarian cash transfers programs.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to ensure that UNICEF’s HCT programs are implemented timely and effectively.
  • Create, maintain, and manage effective partnerships with financial service providers.
  • Maintain close collaboration with CO, Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
  • Plan, develop and implement linkages to other sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with UNICEF sectoral teams, the government, and other partners. Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy, and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.
Optimum Use of Programme Funds for cash transfer programme:
  • Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance. Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of program funds and make sure that UNICEF’s funds are properly monitored and liquidated.
  • Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure all applicable Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) risk management measures are implemented.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • Advanced university degree in international development, social sciences, public policy, public health, or relevant field.
Work Experience:
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience in managing cash transfers modality.
  • Developing country work experience
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency and Humanitarian Cash Transfers.
Knowledge and skills:
  • Experience in programme management, including planning, budget management, and reporting, is required.
  • Experience in coordinating grievances redressal mechanisms in humanitarian cash transfers program.
  • Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner.
  • Experience in emergency program implementation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in use of cash in emergencies.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s programmes in emergency contexts preferred.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder co-ordination and facilitation.
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills (written & verbal) across multiple audiences with the ability to influence others while working in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • High motivation, and dedication to deliver results within strict timeframe
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in French and English are required. Knowledge of another UN language or local language is an asset.