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Publicado el 29 de Abril de 2021

Regional. Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Advisor

Fecha límite: 16 de Mayo de 2021

An experienced Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Technical and Operations Advisor to provide remote and in-country expertise to support design and implementation of CVA programmes so they are appropriate, timely, accountable to beneficiaries, donor-compliant and cost-effective, across the region. The Regional CVA advisor will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical and operational expertise, and relationship building skills to provide a critical link between Save the Children’s global and country level technical work while supporting response preparedness, quality program implementation, and advocacy. The role will contribute to building capacity and fostering networks across country office staff. The role supports regional advocacy and influencing, and contributes to strategic partnerships for new business development. It provides input into the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across country offices, and ensuring quality of our programmes. The position will work closely with the Cash and Markets Humanitarian Technical Working Group (HTWG) to ensure global and country office experts are collaborating and sharing learning, best practices, and working towards a comprehensive and unified strategic approach to CVA for child outcomes.
This position will be in teleworking due to COVID19. It will include extensive travel throughout the region (up to 50% of time) when it will be possible travel again.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly, either through remote support or in-country deployments. This role is expected to provide support to both humanitarian and development programmes.

Reports to: Regional Operations Director, with a dotted line to Regional PDQ Director and Head of Programmes, Child Poverty.
Staff reporting to this post: None. Dotted line with the Country Offices’ Cash and Voucher Assistance Program Managers, Technical Advisers or CTP Focal Points.
Budget Responsibilities: TBD.
Role Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including CVA Technical Advisers in Save the Children members, the SCI central Programme Quality & Impact team, the Head of Regional Supply Chain, Head of CTP Operations, advocacy colleagues, Regional Advisors in other sectors, technical counterparts in other organisations, regional donors etc. The CVA Adviser is expected to be an active member of the Cash & Market Humanitarian Technical Working Group while developing and nurturing regional communities of practice.
Context: Humanitarian and Development
Scope: Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil.
Primary Technical area: Cash & MarketPrimary Sub technical area: Market-based programming for child outcomes
Secondary Technical area: Shock-responsive social protection
Secondary Sub technical area:


Technical Leadership:
1. Develop and monitor the implementation of a regional CVA strategy and action plan in consultation with TAs in Child Poverty and other thematic areas (for a range of “Cash Plus” opportunities to support child outcomes across our breakthroughs), and country offices. Capacity build, mentor and build networks across Country Office (CO) Cash & Market/CVA experts in the region; identify top talents, capacity gaps and facilitate opportunities for learning.
2. Support CO preparedness for cash programming, and compliance with CTP Operations Manual and SCI Policies and Procedures. Ensure that all country programmes have completed cash transfer feasibility and risk assessments (and support in the completion of these assessments).
3. Facilitate cross-country learning between CVA experts in the region, and participate in cross-country learning with other regions; identify creative ways to share learning, best practices and collectively address challenges, feeding back to the Cash & Market HTWG;
4. Support other regional technical experts to understand and contextualise global cash & market guidance for their thematic area, learning and evidence and ensure that learning from the region informs our global evidence, technical standards, and strategic direction in CVA for child outcomes, as well as in Child Sensitive Social Protection.
5. Working closely with the C&M HTWG and SCI Humanitarian Preparedness teams, support the identification and implementation of preparedness activities in prioritised countries (e.g. standard operating procedures, framework agreements, feasibility & risk analysis), regularly tracking their preparedness rating and proactively engaging with new COs. When needed, support the design and review of country Emergency Preparedness Plans and Contingency plans.
Programme Quality in Design & Implementation:
1. In collaboration with member technical assistance, support COs with the design, proposal development and donor engagement for key strategic programmes and opportunities; and Support CO to develop concepts that can be ‘pitched’ to donors.
2. Oversee the design, implementation and monitoring of regional Cash & Market/CVA-based programmes; ensure that sectoral and internal technical best practice (including Save the Children’s Common Approaches) is applied in collaboration with relevant Country Office technical colleagues.
3. Provide in-country surge support and remote backstopping as needed for all prioritised emergency responses in the region.
4. Support CO in their implementation and monitoring of key strategic programmes, to ensure high quality delivery, monitoring and evaluation. Work with SC member staff to meet donor compliance and quality standards. Ensure that gender, disability, and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation.
5. Promote a Market Systems Strengthening approach as the overarching framework, that supports working in collaboration and partnership with governments and regional bodies, working towards impact, scale and sustainability.
6. Explore innovative opportunities and trends which could be applied in Cash & Market/CVA-based programming in the region and support country offices to pilot, and document, new or updated tools and guidance, especially with a focus on gender, disability, and resilience.
7. Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights-based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child-rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation.
8. Respond to requests for technical expertise from Country Offices in the region where possible/appropriate through Save the Children’s flexible Technical Expertise systems (e.g. Global

Humanitarian Surge Platform; TE Request platform), and identify support from others for key regional technical needs.
9. Support Emergency preparedness, recovery, and where appropriate response, including country office capability building for humanitarian response, emergency preparedness planning.
10. Provide oversight of regional CVA projects to ensure their quality and compliance (e.g. ensuring appropriate design and risk management processes, performing spot checks etc)
External Engagement: In collaboration with regional New Business Development, contribute to regional strategic partnerships; identify partners and donors to strengthen our CVA portfolio in the region and maintain an overview of CVA best practices and coordination mechanisms
11. In collaboration with Advocacy colleagues, influence key regional stakeholders and policy-makers to ensure they reflect the needs of children in the countries where we work, such as the Regional Cash Working Groups or Clusters (within Response for Venezuelans or within REDLAC); Regional CaLP Office; Regional Clusters, especially the Nutrition Cluster, the Education Cluster, the Food Security Cluster and others; Collaborative Cash Delivery platforms that may exist in the region.
12. Represent Save the Children at regional and national-level coordination bodies that exist, such as CaLP, Cash Working Groups, or others as relevant.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
-Holds colleagues and partners engaged in CVA programming in the region accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in accordance with the context, providing the necessary professional development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

- University degree in economics, international development, public administration, agriculture and food security, or equivalent experience.
- Certified CaLP trainer (preferable)


At least 5 years’ experience of working internationally in Cash & Voucher Assistance in emergency and development settings, for a broad range of institutional donors and sectors

Understanding of Cash & Voucher Assistance in LAC

Experience with various cash and voucher modalities, including digital, mobile, card, paper voucher, and cash in envelopes

Previous humanitarian response experience

Management experience of operational aspects of cash and voucher interventions

Experience in the introduction of internal controls systems to support cash and vouchers delivery in the areas of financial management, logistics, security and programme delivery

Demonstrable understanding of M&E, beneficiary accountability, and learning

Familiar with the CaLP Programme Quality Toolbox; the Sphere Standards; market tools such as RAM, MIFIRA, MARKit; Household Economy Analysis; and other industry best practices.

Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring

Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights.

Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.

Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children

Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.

Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.  Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery

Track record in successful business development/fundraising and donor engagement, especially with ECHO, DFID, USAID/BHA (OFDA/FFP previously), UN (WFP, UNICEF, OHCA), and PRM.

Experience of strategy development and planning

Fluent in English with high level of English writing skills.

Experience of the regulatory environment, audit and particularly Risk Management.

Fluency in Spanish required. French language skills an asset.

CVA Regional Advisor JD_211220

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