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Cash Transfers and Markets Specialist

Requisition ID:  16666
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Reports to (role)


Assistant Deputy Director of Protection-and Assistance Programs

What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Overall Purpose


The ICRC is widening its response to growing needs of populations affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence. Over the last decade, the ICRC has significantly increased its use of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA), mainly within the frame of its Economic Security (EcoSec) programs. The ICRC, in partnership with other components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has also developed guidance, tools and training to increase its capacity to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of, and to deliver and monitor programmes using CVA modalities in conflict settings. This includes market analysis guidance, a ‘Cash in Emergencies’ toolkit, and participation to CVA and market assessment trainings.


Taking into account the potential of cash as a tool to address a wide range of needs of affected populations, to access either goods or services in emergencies and restore livelihoods during recovery, the ICRC has further expanded the size and the scope of its CVA, including within its Health, Water and Habitat and Protection action.  Over the last three years, efforts have been made to increase the use of CVA in these programmes, documenting evidence and best practice in single programme and multi-disciplinary responses, to further mainstream the use of CVA across the organisation.


The Cash Transfer and Markets Specialist, working in close collaboration with the wider ICRC CVA community, and other ICRC specialists in this domain will support the ICRC in mainstreaming and increasing the size and scope of its CVA, to ensure global and strategic coordination with other CVA practitioners and key stakeholders, and to develop the capacity of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in conflict settings. 

Responsibilities (institutional support)


  • Maintain and update (as relevant) organizational strategies, processes, systems and procedures in relation to CVA
  • Identify remaining gaps and blockages and recommend actions to resolve these
  • Lead the implementation of the Institutionalization Road map in close collaboration with relevant Units and Departments.
  • Contribute to relevant organization development approaches, integrating CVA modalities and CVA practitioners within the relevant networks and centers of expertise being developed as part of the Outcome Based Approach
  • Implement the CVA HR Vision, in partnership with EcoSec, Logistics and other relevant departments, which focuses on embedding CVA skills in all ICRC staff, and envisages phasing out CVA Specialist roles by 2030.

Responsibilities (working with the field)


  • Advise and assist delegations on the selection of appropriate CVA modalities, mechanisms and tools, including supporting feasibility studies, assessments, programme design, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Contribute to the continued identification and implementation of pilot cash based responses within WatHab, Health, Protection and other relevant Units/Departments, including engagement with other key thematic files, including AAP, CEA, Access to Education, Sexual Violence, Diversity and Inclusion etc..
  • Contribute to expanding CVA guidance, tools and training materials in coordination with CVA specialists within the ICRC and other members of Red Cross and Red Crescent Cash Peer Working Group
  • Support the continued adaptation of CVA tools and methodologies to the ICRC’s person centred risk management approach, with a focus on data protection.

Responsibilities (external engagement)


  • Continue to position the ICRC as a key actor in CVA, within the Movement and externally
  • Continue engagement with the Movement CVA community, including supporting CVA preparedness for National Societies in conflict settings in close coordination with CVA specialists within EcoSec.
  • Contribute to further develop partnerships with external actors (academic institution, humanitarian actors, donors, private sector) active in the domain of CVA

Responsibilities (systems and processes)


  • Facilitate and contribute to the documentation of lessons learned and good practices on using CVA across different Units and Departments, including through the CVA community of practice.
  • Track, analyze and visualize the evolution of the CVA on an institutional and unit level
  • Support the identification and testing of appropriate technologies with supporting business plans and align with solutions and technologies already in use (RedRose) or support the integration with those under development (PAM).

People management responsibilities





  • Internally, interacts with ICRC staff across all departments, both at HQ and in delegations that are involved in the use of CVA, such as in the domain of Protection, Health, Water and Habitat, Logistics, Finance & Adminstration, ICT, Movement Cooperation and Learning & Development.
  • Externally, represents the ICRC to a variety of actors (academic institution, humanitarian actors, donors, private sector) active in the domain of CVA

Certifications / Education required


  • Master-level or above in economics, international affairs, humanitarian affairs, or in a technical domain related to markets and cash and voucher assistance.
  • Very good command of English and good understanding of French.
  • Computer proficiency.

Professional Experience required


  • Typically 12-15 years' overall professional experience
  • At least 5–7 years' experience working with cash and voucher assistance
  • Confirmed field experience in various humanitarian contexts. Experience with the ICRC and/or the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement an asset.
  • Confirmed experience in developing, supervising and implementing programmes using CVA in different sectors with various modalities as well as in policy making in this field.
  • Experience with facilitating institutional change processes.
  • Up to date knowledge of recent researches, evidence-based policies and analysis on CVA

Desired profile and skills


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English and French with advantage of other languages)
  • Clear planning, project management capacities with a focus on delivering results
  • Confirmed management skills in multicultural / multidisciplinary environments
  • Capacity to negotiate with and influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity for collaborative team work
  • Ability to build partnerships within and outside ICRC
  • Availability to undertake missions

Addition information


  • Type of contract: Open ended
  • Type of position: Regular Rotation Requested
  • Length of assignment: 3 years
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Location: HQ - Geneva
  • Application deadline: 24/01/2021


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome application from all qualified candidates.