This is a remote position that may be based in: Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia or Perú.
Regional Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and Food Security Adviser
An experienced Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and Food Security Advisor 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 advisor will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical and operational expertise, and relationship-building skills to link Save the Children’s global and country-level technical work critically 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 influence 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 the quality of our programs. The position will work closely with the Cash and Markets Humanitarian Technical Working Group (HTWG) to ensure global and country office experts collaborate, share learning and best practices, and work towards a comprehensive and unified strategic approach to CVA for child outcomes.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- 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 and capacity gaps and facilitate learning opportunities.
- 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.
- 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;
- 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.
- 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.
- Lead or participate in emergency food security assessments to support capture planning and inform program design.
Programme Quality in Design & Implementation:
- 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.
- 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.
- Provide in-country surge support and remote backstopping as needed for all prioritised emergency responses in the region.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 critical regional technical needs.
- Support Emergency preparedness, recovery, and, where appropriate, response, including country office capability building for humanitarian response, and emergency preparedness planning.
- Provide oversight of regional CVA and food security projects to ensure their quality and compliance.
- Assist in developing tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of food security work. Provide technical training for staff and partners (HEA, monitoring and evaluation, market assessment, cash and voucher assistance).
- Stay abreast of the latest advances in emergency food security methods and practices; share materials with program implementers and train program implementers as needed
External Engagement: In collaboration with regional New Business Development, contribute to regional strategic partnerships; identify partners and donors to strengthen our CVA and food security portfolio in the region and maintain an overview of best practices and coordination mechanisms.
- 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 ; 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.
- Represent Save the Children at regional and national-level coordination bodies that exist, such as CaLP, and Food Security.
In order to be successful you will bring/have:
- 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
- Understanding of Cash & Voucher Assistance in LAC
- Experience with various cash and voucher modalities, including digital, mobile, card, paper voucher, and cash in envelopes
- Experience in food security programs and interventions
- 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, HEA and other.
- Understanding of food security concepts and multi-sectoral programming
- Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring
- Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level .
- Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development to 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.
We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your salary expectations.
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.
All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.