Consultant - Multi-Purpose Cash Transfer Advisement - Palestine

Programming Jerusalem, Jerusalem


Description

Background:

Mercy Corps has made a commitment to increase its use of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) in humanitarian responses.  In Gaza Mercy Corps is starting a new program in Gaza designed to establish a stronger case for multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) by testing different cash transfer modalities and completing an ambitious research, learning, and influence agenda. 

Purpose / Project Description:

The start-up phase of the Program will include designing three different CTP modalities, installing a data-management system, setting-up the research process, and training the team to implement the program.  Mercy Corps requires a consultant for three months to guide the technical elements of this process and ensure the successful launch of the implementation phase.

Consultant Objectives:

The position is responsible for supporting the start-up and implementation of an innovative pilot CTP program in Gaza, including designing processes and tools, setting-up systems, and training staff to implement all aspects of the program. This includes both setting up the CTP functions and designing a research plan that will compare the functionality and popularity of the different cash transfer modalities. The consultant will also work with the Mercy Corps team to engage with the Gaza cash community.

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

  • Design the MPCA, multi-wallet, and e-voucher processes, including developing SOPs and tools, as needed, in-line with MCs’ CTP Minimum Standards.
  • Ensure the e-voucher implementing partner can implement their portion of the program on-time and deliver necessary data to MC. Manage the process of creating integrated SOPs with the partner.
  • Support the procurement of the cash transfer and data management platforms.
  • Train staff on CTP standards and ensure they can successfully implement the program as designed.
  • Develop the research plan and ensure the team can deliver on it.  This includes applying rigorous testing standards to the multi-modality project.  
  • Participate in Gaza CWG meetings and help the Mercy Corps team understand the state of CTP in Gaza.
  • Understand World Bank and WFP plans for modifying Proxy Means Testing (PMT) and market monitoring and assist the Mercy Corps to design an engagement strategy for this work.
  • Actively engage the Gaza Cash Working Group, WFP and other UN agencies to push for the harmonization of tools and surveys across the response, and advocate for support the establishment of an interagency market monitoring platform. 

Consultant Deliverables:

  • SOPs for the MPCA, multi-wallet, and e-voucher components.
  • Research plan.
  • Functional data management system.
  • Recommendations for Mercy Corps to participate/drive modifications to the PMT, market monitoring, and selection of both beneficiaries and transfer amounts.

Timeframe / Schedule: 

Due dates for deliverables and activities – no tables or charts because they don’t load into Jobvite

Anticipated start-date is mid- to late-August, 2019.  SOPs must be completed two months after program start date.

The Consultant will report to:

Director of Humanitarian Programs, Gaza Strip

The Consultant will work closely with:

The Mercy Corps Gaza team, Cash Working Group members in Gaza, and the WFP

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in international development, business, economics or related field.
  • 5 + years working in humanitarian response and development
  • 2 + years’ direct experience managing and/or support CTP programming in the field
  • Previous experience managing cash transfer programming and knowledge of e-transfer mechanisms
  • Experience designing and establishing new programmes. 
  • Experience working with market assessments
  • Previous experience building capacity of staff and local partners
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills
  • Fluency in English is required; Arabic language skills preferred

The position will be based in Jerusalem and requires frequent travel to project sites in Gaza. Strict adherence to Mercy Corps security policies and procedures will be required as will respect for local cultural norms and traditions.