Cash and Markets Specialist at the British Red Cross
The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the
world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters
and conflicts. Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live
independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport.
We also teach first aid skills. We are part of the global Red Cross and
Red Crescent humanitarian network. We refuse to ignore people in
British Red Cross (BRC) in
partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is
currently looking for an experienced candidate to work within the ICRC
delegation in Abuja, Nigeria, to fill the position below:
Role reference: REQ0000014GZ
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Function: Cash and Markets Specialist – NRCS/NEMA Cash Preparedness Delegate
Proposed length of assignment: 3 months
- There is an increased use of cash transfer programming (CTP) in
humanitarian response; and it is widely recognized that cash transfers
and vouchers can be appropriate and effective tools to support
populations affected by disasters in a way that maintains dignity and
choice for beneficiaries while stimulating local livelihoods, economies
- The RCRC Movement has a long history of using cash transfer
programming (CTP) in disaster and armed-conflict response and it’s
recognized that adequate preparedness and organisational
institutionalisation of CTP are critical pre-requisites for an
organisation to rapidly deliver cash. ICRC and other Movement partners
are therefore increasingly working together to improve the cash
preparedness of key national societies in disaster and armed-conflict
response prone countries and a CTP in emergencies framework has been
developed, including guidance for key CTP preparedness measures to be in
place before disaster or conflict strikes.
- Nigeria Red Crescent Society (NRCS) is a long-term partner of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The NRCS is a frontline
organization in humanitarian response and a member of the National
Emergency management Agency (NEMA). The NRCS and NEMA respond to sudden
onset natural disasters and armed conflict, including distribution of
relief items and livelihood support after the floods in many parts of
Nigeria and the humanitarian action in conflict affected areas in the
- NRCS has implemented a limited number of cash based interventions
with the support from ICRC, Total, Japanese Government and other
Movement partners. These have almost exclusively been targeting small
number of households. On the other hand, NEMA has capacity to and
mandate to deliver large scale humanitarian response to disasters at the
National level, but has limited experience in CTP.
- Both NRCS and NEMA have requested the ICRC for capacity building
assistance to enable them to acquire the skills that would allow them to
deliver cash based assistance in future.
- The NRCS/NEMA CTP preparedness will form part of on-going capacity
building programme where the ICRC is trying to transfer skills and
capacities to the local institutions that are expected to assume
responsibility for humanitarian interventions in areas where civilians
are affected by other situations of violence or natural disasters.
- Under the supervision of the EcoSec Coordinator, the Cash and
Markets Specialist is responsible for providing technical support for
the design and initial activities of the Cash Preparedness Project in
- The CTP Advisor will support the CTP focal points at the Nigeria Red
Cross Society (NRCS) and the National Emergency Management Authority
- They will help NRCS and NEMA in the development of the detailed
project description and related timeline / work plan, budget, necessary
internal advocacy and preparation of a CTP preparedness at NRCS and
- The cash preparedness capacity building programme will be based on
the specific needs of the NRCS and NEMA, but is expected to follow the
cash preparedness model developed by the RC/RC movement. The delegate
will help the recipient organisations in identifying their gaps in terms
of capacity to deliver cash timely and at scale; as well as the
activities to be undertaken to increase the organisations’ capacity. The
capacity assessment and cash preparedness action plan will follow these
- Identifying enabling systems,
- Developing suitable programme tools,
- Adapting resources and capacities, and
- Putting a communication and coordination mechanism in place,
- Engage all the relevant internal stakeholders/departments (from both
NRCS and NEMA) in the capacity assessment as well as in the in
development of the programmes’ Plan of action and budget.
- The Delegate will provide technical support to for the capacity
assessment as well as the design of the Cash Preparedness Project in
general. They will be the responsible to produce the capacity assessment
report and the complete and approved final version of the PoAs.
- Work with NRCS and NEMA CTP focal points to harness strong internal
advocacy to key stakeholders within the NRCS and NEMA to ensure
ownership and buy in from the two organisations at all levels to the CTP
- Coordinate and engage ICRC and IFRC cash Delegates in the process when relevant.
- Organise a start-up workshop for key stakeholders at NRCS and NEMA
to ensure full understanding of the prerequisites of developing CTP and
hence ensure a commitment and full buy in,
- In collaboration with ICRC trainers, organise:
- A half day cash training addressed to NRCS and NEMA leadership.
- An in-house CTP training level 2 for NRCS and NEMA cash teams
- NRCS and NEMA staff with previous experience in cash and familiar
with the CTP Level 2 will be engaged in the facilitation as a mean to
ensure sustainability and replication of trainings.
- Facilitate the CTP preparedness gap analysis of NRCS and NEMA using
the NS selfassessment tool to gather information on 1) enabling systems,
2) programme tools, 3) resources and capacities, as well as 4)
communication and coordination and identify the gaps and the areas the
need to be developed/strengthened.
- Support the NS and NEMA to define possible disaster scenarios and
the use of cash in relation to these. Link up with NRCS and NEMA
contingency planning process in order to ensure maximum integration.
- Support the CTP focal points identified at NRCS and NEMA
headquarters in the development of the Plan of Action. Lead the
participatory workshop to develop project description with Log-frame,
the PoA and related budget.
- The Plan of action should include, activities such as to produce the
CTP SOP, a cash toolkit, replicate the CTP Level 2 training, conduct
markets assessment trainings – including practical exercises-, sign
framework agreements with FSP that can be activated at short notice when
needed in accordance with financial procedures of the two
organisations, develop CTP communication materials, develop a thoughtful
risk analysis including mitigations measures and robust financial
controls as well as support to NEMA on cash coordination.
- Prepare/adapt the training materials, lead the training delivery and coach the local facilitators (ToTs).
- Eventually, conduct some of the initial activities described in the
PoA, for instance, development of a Cash tool kit adapting the relevant
tools from the RCRC CiE Toolbox, or any identified as more urgent and
feasible within the timeframe.
- Prepare a handover report outlining key tasks to be follow up by the
NRCS and NEMA Focal Points and the ICRC cash delegates until the
arrival of the new Delegate to support on implementation.
- Produce the end of Mission summary note on key deliverables, learning and outline on next steps and longer-term engagement
Place of work
- Abuja, with possible travel to selected NRCS branches and NEMA zonal offices in the field
Main skills required for the post:
- University Degree (Master in Economics or any other related field
preferred though Bachelor is accepted) or equivalent experience from
other field of qualification (e.g. Agriculture Economy, Business
- Fluent knowledge of English
- Computer proficiency
- Able to work in hazardous security environment with flexibility to
work with unusual schedule with considerable travel if required.
- 5 years previous experience in managing cash and markets based and capacity building projects
Skills that may be acquired during the assignment:
- Knowledge of relevant market assessment and cash transfer tools
- Management of cash and markets based intervention throughout the project cycle
- Proven ability to research, write reports and present findings on market assessment and cash transfers activities
- Adult education skills and didactic methods,
- Languages required: English
- Languages that would be an asset;
- Salary: £26,598
- Package: Salary, monthly living allowances, accommodation, travel costs, full medical insurance
Application Closing Date
30th July, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: