Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Support the development and contribute to the implementation of JEOP strategies, standards, tools and best practices in cash and markets and modality decision-making that effectively engage partners, donors, and the Ethiopian Government for both Humanitarian Response Plan caseloads and rapid onset emergency caseloads. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
- Provide technical solutions to the JEOP consortium, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, assessments and M&E related to cash, markets and modality determination, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
- Contribute to and lead the development of the technical designs for the JEOP in cash and markets, including supply side activities and/or other complementary interventions. Support the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of project concepts and reports. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.
- Oversee capacity strengthening initiatives in cash and markets programming for staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
- Collect and analyze program data (including JEOP’s market monitoring and early warning systems), capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the cash and markets learning agenda.
- Support Ethiopia Country Program’s engagement with FSPs, coordinating with Operations to assess FSP capacity, select FSPs and manage FSP agreements and relationships. Support with development of training materials and onboarding and advise JEOP consortium members in FSP management as needed.
- Contribute to quarterly and annual donor reporting on cash/markets activities.
- Represent JEOP in Ethiopia’s cash coordination forums, Food Security Cluster, relevant technical working groups as they emerge (e.g. transfer value, MEB, etc.) and with other stakeholders as requested.
- Contribute to and support operational research with JEOP’s research and learning partner on modality comparison research and other relevant topics that may arise.
- Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of cash and markets to collect and share best practices and promote JEOP’s work.
- Supervise and contribute to professional development of CRS JEOP cash/markets team members.
Basic Qualifications (BQs)
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as economics, business, international development or related field;
- Minimum six years (for Master’s degree) or eight years (for Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible, professional-level experience related to humanitarian assistance with strong, demonstrable background/experience with cash and market-based programming;
- Demonstrated experience with needs and market assessments, as well as response analysis frameworks. Familiarity with EMMA, PCMA, MAG, MARKit, RAM, MISMA and/or other relevant assessment and analytical tools would be beneficial;
- Familiarity with emerging trends with digital payments systems and related innovations;
- Preference for knowledge of the humanitarian program cycle, humanitarian coordination frameworks, general humanitarian funding landscape, and food assistance;
- Knowledge of project design process;
- Good understanding of social protection and social assistance programmes, and experience in coordinating humanitarian assistance with existing social protection programmes;
- Experience working with UN, NGOs, Donors, Private Sector and/or Local Partner Organizations; and,
- Experience with development of training materials, capacity building, and other means of increasing institutional knowledge among a wide range of stakeholders.
Required Languages - English
Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 33%.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (SKAs)
- Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
- Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
- Good technical writing skills
- Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
Preferred Qualifications – (If applicable)
Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Supervise the cash/markets officer(s) and oversee cash/markets staff of consortium partners
Work Conditions/Environment Conditions
This position is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and requires approximately 33% travel, sometimes to hardship locations and for extended periods of time.