Programme Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.

The current level of vulnerability and poverty is unprecedented in the history of the DRC, jeopardizing peacebuilding and development efforts. The rapidly growing population of the DRC is generally exposed to covariate shocks with devastating economic and social consequences. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world with a poverty rate of 63.4% and an income per capita estimated at USD 462 dollars in 2018 (PNSD 2019-2024). However, budget allocation to the social sectors in general, and to social protection in general, is still low and insufficient to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth in the medium and long term.

In 2019, UNICEF in collaboration with UNOCHA, WFP and UNHCR launched the United Nations Common Cash Statement initiative (UNCCS). DRC was selected among the pilot countries where the three agencies could build further on the work already initiated on humanitarian cash transfers. This initiative would aim to develop an end to end system that would support our respective agencies’ cash programmes in the country. At DRC level a local task force has been put in place by the fous agencies under the coordination of UNOCHA to support implementation and coordination of UNCCS activities.

How can you make a difference?

  • Under the direct supervision of the Social Policy Specialist and in close collaboration with the emergency section, the Cash Transfer Specialist will (i) lead the coordination and  implementation of the United Nations Common Cash Statement initiative in DRC and (ii) support the DRC Country Office and in particular the Social Policy section and the emergency section in developping of cash-based programmes.
  • Support the Country Office on inter-agency collaboration on cash, particularly within the framework of the UN Common Cash Statement (UNCCS) from the Principals of UNHCR, WFP, OCHA and UNICEF on the development of joint approaches and mechanisms for cash assistance.
  • Support the development of a cash transfer interventions design parameters including on targeting, registration, payment and accountabilities framework in order to improve children’s wellbeing.
  • Ensure Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) is streamlined across the programme implementation cycle with attention to information sharing to beneficiaries, community inclusion in programme implementation, complaints and response mechanism and continuous learning.
  • Advise the Country Office on UNICEF strategic positioning on cash in emergencies in DRC, based on best practices, lessons learnt, country specificities and partners’ comparative advantages.
  • Support the development of humanitarian cash transfers (HCTs) especially within the Unicef Rapid Response Mechanism (UniRR) taking into account lessons learnt of other HCT programmes in country
  • Assist in establishing programme work plans and monitors progress and compliance.  
  • Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Lead to monitor and evaluate for cash transfer interventions and implement recommendations to improve the efficiency and quality of the programme.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in economics, social policy, social protection, public policy or other relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in design, implementation, and management of cash-based programs in emergency and/or social protection settings
  • Experience or knowledge of the response context in DRC, or in other complex economic crises is desired.
  • Experience in national scale social protection systems.
  • Experience in UNICEF emergency programs.
  • Fluency in French and Proficiency in English required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.