Technical Advisor, Cash and Markets

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 May 2019
  • Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 6 June 2019

Job Description

Job Title: Cash and Markets – Technical Advisor I (EARO/Ethiopia)

Job Location: TBD – Telecommuter, Ethiopia or in the region

Reports To: HRD Cash TA II with in country/EARO supervisor

Job Summary
The Cash and Markets TA will be responsible for providing technical support and guidance on CRS cash and market-based programming interventions, ensuring key quality standards are met throughout interventions, leading assessment, response analysis and design processes for cash and market-based interventions, using innovative approaches, engaging with peer organizations and government to influence practice, supporting the operations team to identify approach options for cash delivery, supporting flexible design to enable shifts in modalities with relative ease depending on changes in market and operational context, harmonizing approaches across different teams within the country program in relation to cash and market interventions, documenting lessons learnt and sharing experience internally and externally, and strengthening capacity of the CRS and partners agencies across humanitarian and development programming.

This position will ideally be based in Ethiopia or within the East Africa Region, but could also be an international telecommuter position spending significant time in the region. The TA I will primarily support CRS Ethiopia and its partners, with the possibility of supporting other CRS Country Programs in the region as needed.

Qualifications and Experience
* Masters’ Degree or equivalent experience in economics, agricultural economics, business, international development or related field required.
* Minimum 5 to 7 years’ experience in cash- and market-based programming in challenging contexts is essential.
* Previous experience working in Ethiopia, and/or other countries in the East Africa region, is highly desirable.
* Demonstrated experience with humanitarian cash programming across different sectors, including food security, livelihoods, social protection, and multi-purpose cash/basic needs. Experience in cash programming for shelter objectives is desirable.
* Experience in the design and implementation of market support interventions is highly desirable.
* Demonstrated experience implementing high quality needs assessments, market assessment and analysis (including familiarity with tools such as the Rapid Assessment of Markets (RAM), Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA), Market Assessment Guidance (MAG) and/or similar tools etc.), and responsible analysis.
* Knowledge of SPHERE and SEEP Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS).
* Knowledge of, and experience developing, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies for cash and market-based programming.
* Demonstrated experience with humanitarian coordination, including representation and advocacy.
* Demonstrated experience in the selection of appropriate delivery mechanisms and selection of Financial Service Providers.
* Demonstrated experience with ICT4D, innovation and digital payments
* Experience working with and through local partner organizations, as well as private sector partners (e.g. in the financial sector).
* Knowledge of design requirements, policies and regulations of major donors including the United States Government, the EU, and UN agencies.
* Strong proposal development and writing skills, with a proven track record of technical design/leadership of successful submissions.
* Fluency in English is required, and fluency in other regional languages (e.g. Amharic) is desirable.
* Must be willing to travel at least 50% of the time as required, to field locations and other countries in the region as needed.

Work Conditions/Environment Conditions
The position is based in Ethiopia, or the East Africa Region, and requires approximately 50% travel, sometimes to hardship locations and for extended periods of time that can last several weeks or months. Work may be required on weekends and evenings during emergencies

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EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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