Technical Advisor I – Cash Emergency

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Development and Project Management, Economics, Social Sciences and Community
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

Internal/External Job Announcement

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.  

For nearly 60 years, CRS has taken the lead in responding to natural and man-made disasters affecting Ethiopia's most vulnerable communities. Moving beyond emergency response, CRS' disaster mitigation and recovery projects in drought and flood-prone areas have rebuilt individual and community assets through non-food aid in the form of agriculture, livestock, health, nutrition, and water and sanitation assistance. CRS's humanitarian work in Ethiopia also provides livelihoods support to farmers and entrepreneurs, promotes gender equality, mobilizes for immunization and mitigates the impact of COVID-19.

As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following position:

Job Title:                          Technical Advisor I - Cash Emergency

Band:                                9

Reports To:                      Emergency and DRR Program Manager

Country/Location:          Ethiopia/Addis Ababa

Employment term:         Indefinite term - contingent upon funding of the program

Job Summary:

You will be a technical lead cash programming component within CRS Ethiopia Emergency Unit, designing and implementing cash assistance while advancing Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the emergency unit delivers a high-quality cash response and continuously work towards improving the impact of its humanitarian assistance.

Job Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the implementation of all cash assistance activities throughout relevant project cycles – assessments, contribute to the project design, plan and implement in close collaboration with the local government and partners, close-out - to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure cash response team utilize the appropriate systems and tools.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage the cash team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Support implementing partners to ensure CRS guiding principles, program quality standards and donor requirements are met throughout the implementation of cash transfer.
  • Ensure adherence to humanitarian standards, principles and best practices.
  • Ensure programmatic and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are in place for cash assistance, and that all team members and partners are aware of their responsibilities and implement accordingly.
  • Work closely with CRS implementing partners to ensure a good understanding of needs, market feasibility assessments, beneficiary registration and selection is conducted in line with agreed processes, and with close coordination of local authorities and partners.
  • Champion learning with project and partner staff. Closely collaborate with the MEAL team to analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in humanitarian cash programming, gap-filling, and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.
  • Coordinate the identification of staff and partner capacity and technical assistance needs and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources.
  • Coordinate with cash actors including through participation in relevant working groups, clusters and working groups. Oversee the construction of transfer values and timely distribution of cash assistance to targeted beneficiaries, including timely preparation and approval of recipient payment lists. Ensure CRS approaches (targeting, modalities, transfer values, etc.) are aligned with country recommendations and with other actors.

Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in International Development, social science, economics, International Relations or in the field of Food Security required with four years of experience or Bachelor degree and 6 years of experience. Additional experience may substitute for s education.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant field-based cash assistance experience in the planning and delivery of humanitarian cash assistance, market feasibility assessments, risk analysis, collaboration and coordinating cash assistance, or managing light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Experience working in emergency or recovery programming.

Required Languages - English. Amharic and other local language abilities desirable.

Travel - Position is based in Addis Ababa. Must be willing and able to travel up to 60% to other CRS partner and hard to reach areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project management experience in emergency cash programming is highly desirable.
  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning skills and experience preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing applications, information management systems.
  • Understanding of digital cash base programing.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities:   Project Officers

Key Working Relationships:

Internal and Partner: Emergency Country team, in-country technical staff, MEAL Manager/Technical Advisor, JEOP cash team, Head of Operations, Finance Manager, Procurement Manager, Human Resources Manager, Partner Staff, and other technical advisors. 

External: Key coordination forums.

How to Apply

You should fill the application form through this link;

And attach your up-to-date CV on / before the application deadline  January 24, 2022.

You will be contacted only if selected for written exam/interview. Phone solicitations will not be accepted. These job opportunities are open to Ethiopian nationals only.

 CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. 

  ** Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply**

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