Job Description

This position is funded for 6 months
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Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on humanitarian assistance, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the ongoing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria causing the displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. As the crisis has persisted, Mercy Corps’ strategy has also expanded to address the root causes of the conflict and seek to build the long term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on governance, the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, youth empowerment, and local conflict management.

General Position Summary

The Cash Advisor is a key position of the field leadership in Northeast and throughout Nigeria. Responsible for the drafting and disseminating of a Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) strategy, the Cash Advisor will help articulate the vision for ‘Cash’ in Nigeria. The Cash Advisor will take a lead role in representation at various high level cash coordination venues in and out of the country. The responsibilities of the position will include technical capacity building, mentoring and guidance for in-country programs, develop and support set-up of CTP programs, and support CTP coordination and harmonization efforts across Mercy Corps programs and locations. The position will monitor the context and implementation environment as well as the program quality to ensure it remains conducive for CTP expansion (this includes yet not limited to: market viability, financial sector viability, security and community acceptance of CTP). The position will also be responsible for exploring local partnerships and funding opportunities for both immediate programming with an eye to long-term development and create those linkages along with senior management.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • Promote and give guidance on the centrality of cash transfer programming in the context of the Nigeria.
  • Work with relevant technical sector advisors and field management to optimize use of cash transfer programming to meet basic needs, food assistance, shelter support, WASH, and early economic recovery.
  • Develop strategies to integrate and address the harmonization of cash transfer programming across Mercy Corps’ implementation areas.
  • Develop strategies with the field management and sector leads to ensure that CTP best practices are systematically implemented and up-dated in the overall response interventions.
  • Contribute to country-wide strategy development, promoting the centrality of CTP.

Technical Oversight

  • Master CTP modalities and apply knowledge for innovative programming as the core methodology of the collective response.
  • Coordinate the harmonization of SOPs, tools, and approaches.
  • Collaborate with the program teams and the Monitoring and Evaluation function to conduct relevant assessments, present evidence on effectiveness of CTP, and advise on practices around programming for further expansion.
  • Identify various partners (local NGOs, financial institutions, private companies and government) necessary for successful CTP implementation.
  • Lead on determining the most appropriate cash delivery modality/modalities for the context.
  • Develop the capacity of in-country staff working on CTP interventions.
  • Infuse market interventions into existing programs to ensure emergency response programs are responsive to local markets and enhance beneficiaries’ coping capacities.
  • Monitor CTP programs for minimum standards and program quality.

Influence & Representation

  • Represent the agency at the Cash Working Groups and other relevant coordination mechanisms.
  • Nurture relationships with key sector working groups, which implement various forms of CTP.
  • Build and manage collaborative partnerships with CTP partners.
  • Maintain regular communication with other INGOs, local NGOs, donors and government working on CTP interventions.
  • Work with the Regional and HQ Program teams in identifying additional opportunities for medium-term and longer-term programming involving market-driven p
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