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Economic Security Regional Cash & Market Specialist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Economic Security Regional Cash & Market Specialist
Based in Nairobi - Field position – full time

The ICRC defines economic security (EcoSec) as the condition of individuals, households or communities to be able to cover their essential needs and unavoidable expenditures in a sustainable and dignified manner, given physiological requirements, the environment, and prevailing cultural standards. 

Food, basic shelter, clothing and hygiene qualify as essential needs; the related expenditures are regarded as unavoidable, as are the costs associated with minimum livelihood-supporting assets and activities, health care and education.

The EcoSec Unit of the ICRC in partnership with other components of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has developed methods and tools to increase capacity to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of cash transfer programming (CTP) for conflict-affected populations. This includes market analysis guidance, a 'cash-in-emergency' toolkit, and participation to CTP trainings.
Job purpose: The EcoSec Cash & Market Specialist based in Nairobi is the reference person for all cash and market related capacity building and training, data collection, analysis, and CTP design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the Delegations under his/her remit.

S/he collaborates closely with the EcoSec Cash & Market Specialist and with the Cash & Market Focal Person within the EcoSec Unit in Geneva.

Together, they also maintain close linkages with the EcoSec Capacity Building Manager and with the EcoSec Regional Advanced Trainers for training and coaching activities.

The EcoSec Cash & Market Specialist is expected to frequently travel to the covered countries (up to 70% of time), where ICRC uses CTP as response modality to address the humanitarian needs or where it needs to clarify about its potential use.
Main responsibilities and tasks

Operational support
  • Provide advice and/or conduct CTP-related analysis, including market analysis, covering all steps of the project cycle
  • Use a livelihoods and Household Economy approach to describe the economic security situation and vulnerability of affected populations
  • Identify the most appropriate and feasible options including in-kind, cash, voucher and combined in- kind/cash/voucher responses
  • Design and support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a CTP
  • Recommend ways to integrate market aspects into existing and planned economic security monitoring systems
  • Initiate and support the set-up and implementation of CTP preparedness plans and activities
  • Support the documentation of lessons and good practices
  • Screen and assist with staff recruitment to conduct market analysis and/or cash transfer programming
Capacity building of staff
  • Upon assessment of training needs, arrange for the participation of identified staff and partners (e.g. National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies) in specific trainings.
  • Deliver tailored training in Delegations when identified and requested.Provide coaching to CTP specialists or focal points in Delegations.
  • Evaluate progress made.
  • Liaise with the EcoSec Regional Advanced Trainers to adapt if necessary training materials and guidance on market analysis and CTP.
  • Disseminate practical information (information sharing, lessons learnt, good practices, methods and tools, and research results) on market analysis and CTP.
Thematic / specialist support
  • Contribute to design CTP and market guidance, tools and training materials in coordination with the other members of Red Cross and Red Crescent Cash Peer Working Group
  • Contribute to periodic EcoSec Training Needs Analysis at country, regional and global levels, to estimate gaps in market analysis and cash transfer programming skills
  • Develop linkages with agencies, networks and other mechanisms that are building capacities and developing training materials in market analysis and cash transfer programming
  • Contribute to specific tasks at global level, such as thematic research and reviews (e.g. data protection, e-transfers, etc.), collection of evidence, identification of existing tools and guidance, etc.
  • Contribute to review / update or develop specific ICRC institutional guidance
  • Contribute to the facilitation of the ICRC internal CTP Community of Practice
Professional experience and soft skills
  • Master-level or above in economics, international affairs, humanitarian affairs, or in a technical domain related to markets and cash transfer programmin
  • At least 4 years of practical field and hands-on experience in relief, food security and livelihood sectors in various humanitarian context (crisis - armed conflict or disaster related emergency, rehabilitation, resilience building). Experience with the ICRC, IFRC or National Society a strong asset
  • Experience in supporting, supervising or developing different CTP programs, covering various modalities, mechanisms and approaches along CTP project cycle, including market assessment
  • Ability to conduct market assessment and market analysis; and to support related capacity building activities
  • Advisory experience at regional or global level in CTP related field capacity building, development of strategy, direct support to field operations an asset
  • Familiar with recent CTP researches, evidences, constraints
  • Willingness to ensure both advisory duty and implementing field work
  • Proven experience with the conduct of trainings for audiences at different levels of expertise (beginner, advanced) and with coaching
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently throughout the year
  • Strong inter-personal skills
Language desired: fluent in English and French, including excellent writing skills. Arabic or Russian (speaking and writing) an asset

Place of assignment:
 Nairobi, Kenya

Family Posting:

Length of assignment:
 24 months

Beginning of assignment:
 5 January 2017

Please note that owing to the ICRC's working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national

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