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Publicado el 28 de Septiembre de 2021
REGIONAL CASH AND VOUCHER ASSITANCE (CVA) ADVISOR
Fecha límite: 27 de Octubre de 2021
LOCATION: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia or Peru.
GRADE: TBC CONTRACT LENGTH: Open ended
Level 2: either the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as
part of their work; or the post holder will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister,
solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or
equivalent in other countries).
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
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Regional Operations Director, with a dotted line to Regional PDQ Director
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
Context: Humanitarian and Development
Scope: Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico,
Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil.
Primary Technical area: Cash & Market
Primary Sub technical area: Market-based programming for child outcomes
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Secondary Technical area: Shock-responsive social protection
Secondary Sub technical area:
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
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 crosscountry
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
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.
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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)
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.
sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and for CVA programming in the region, takes
responsibility for their own professional development and encourages Technical Experts in the
region to do the same
widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, technical advisors and
working groups, Members and external partners and supporters
values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
willing to take disciplined risks.
honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
The post holder must commit to work in an international agency that respects racial diversity and fights
racism in all forms; and to model positive behaviours and respect to all colleagues, partners and
University degree in economics, international development, public administration, agriculture and
food security, or equivalent experience.
Certified CaLP trainer (preferable)
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
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
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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
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.
Primary technical competences:
Champions increased investment in, and development and improvement of, policy and practice
in Cash & Voucher Assistance
Advises on the design, operational set-up, and scale-up of emergency Cash & Voucher Assistance
strategies and programmes, and on the design of child-sensitive schemes and demonstrative pilots
in development contexts
Champions preparedness and capacity building for cash & voucher assistance
Promotes the creation and use of appropriate MEAL frameworks that help demonstrate impact
on desired child outcomes of Cash & Voucher Assistance in humanitarian and development
Influences government adoption of a shock-responsive Child-Sensitive Social Protection
mechanism based on evidence and learning
Champions the use of market-based programming approach in line with the 2018 Sphere
Being the Voice of Children: Utilises being part of a global movement to promote change in the
policy and public sphere on child related issues
Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Drives an enabling environment for gender equality and inclusion,
and prioritising the most deprived and marginalised children
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Builds & Strengthens Partnerships: Inspires others to embrace the values and principles that
underpin partnerships and the localisation agenda
Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required
to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and
Diversity policies and procedures.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks,
reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and
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