UNHCR Cash-Based Interventions Officer Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR Cash-Based Interventions Officer Jobs in Kenya

Procedures and Eligibility

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Duties and Qualifications

  • Cash-Based Interventions Officer

    Organizational Context

  • The Cash-Based Interventions (CBIs) Officer will ensure that cash and vouchers are routinely considered as a response option in both emergency and protracted situations within the area of responsibility (AoR), are complementary of other types of assistance and are planned, implemented and monitored in line with best practice and organizational guidance.
  • The incumbent plays a role in programme coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as promoting capacity-building of UNHCR personnel and partners, and advocacy, information and communication on cash and voucher-related issues.
  • S/he will liaise with Sub/Field offices within the AoR, DPSM/Cash-Based Interventions Section, and the Regional Bureau/Desk.
  • S/he supports and, where applicable, provides guidance to the growing network of UNHCR CBIs focal points and officers as well as to Implementing and Operational Partners, National Governments, line ministries and UN agencies, particularly WFP.
  • S/he will provide policy and guidance on CBIs, provide information on specific technical guidelines, briefings, trainings, provide input on evaluation documents, carry out assessments, facilitate contact with WFP, other partners and financial institutions, advise on local agreements, review reports, consult on technical protocols and standard operating procedures, advise on specific cash-based interventions, , contribute to advocacy and support fundraising.
  • S/he will coordinate approaches and strengthen/develop strategic partnerships with other country/regional UN agencies including WFP, NGOs as well as private sector partners involved in CBIs, to share information, experiences, carry out joint assessments and feasibility studies, produce joint guidelines, implement joint projects where appropriate, seek new opportunities for collaboration, seek financial and technical support, conduct joint trainings and operational research.
  • The incumbent holds a professional position responsible for provision of technical support and advice as well as advice on strategic planning and policy making on activities within the area of CBIs as an integral part of UNHCR programmes.
  • The CBIs Officer will receive overall guidance and direction from the Representative and normally report to the Assistant Representative (Programme) or a Senior Programme or Operations Officer.
  • S/he will maintain close links with the CBI Section in UNHCR HQ.

    Functional Statement


  • CBIs are consistently considered as a response option across the AoR.
  • CBIs are feasible, appropriate, technically-sound, cost-effective, innovative, sustainable and complimentary to other forms of assistance.
  • Where applicable, this is done in close partnership with WFP and/or other partners.
  • CBIs are designed and implemented according to UNHCR guidelines and good practice established, with the overall objective of contributing to the well-being of beneficiaries.
  • Strong technical expertise and support on all aspects is provided to the countries.
  • A country CBIs action plan is in place which identifies opportunities and a concrete and realistic way forward for starting new CBIs as well as scaling up existing CBIs over time.

  • Contribute to Strengthening of the organization¿s role as the country reference agency for CBIs in displacement settings by developing and implementing a practicable strategy to institutionalise and scale up the use of CBIs throughout UNHCR country operation.
  • Support the development and dissemination of policies, operational guidance, instructions, tools and analytical frameworks aimed at ensuring the technical integrity of cash-based programmes, building on existing guidance and tools wherever possible.
  • Liaise with technical sectors (shelter, public health, livelihoods, energy, registration, data management, etc.) and protection colleagues in the country office to integrate CBIs into existing approaches, tools and strategies.
  • Contribute to defining and promoting an integrated vision of providing assistance which incorporates in-kind and cash and voucher modalities to meet UNHCR objectives.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Cash-Based Interventions Section at HQ to ensure appropriate backstopping, the application and dissemination of best practice and the
    collection of lessons learned.
  • Sustain and expand a network of strategic and operational partners (incl. UN agencies, INGOs, research institutions, private entities) to ensure complementarity and efficiency and share lessons learned.
  • Where appropriate, encourage the development of a common platform for provision of assistance (food and/or non-food) between UNHCR and other agencies/partners.
  • Coordinate internally; incl. with technical sectors at country and regional level, DPSM technical sections, DIP, Bureaux and DER.
  • Provide technical support in emergencies and ongoing displacement situations through technical assistance and advice on all aspects related to CBIs, including assessments, planning and budgeting, technical choices, legal and regulatory aspects, implementation modalities and coordination.
  • Review and provide technical inputs on reports and programme proposals.
  • Support the establishment and engage with multi-functional teams implementing CBIs; facilitate capacity strengthening of programme, protection, ICT, finance/admin, supply/procurement personnel on various aspects of CBIs.
  • Identify skill and knowledge gaps and help country office address these through training, recruitment, etc.
  • Advocate within UNHCR for adequate resourcing of CBIs, including the deployment of qualified technical specialist staff.


  • Provide technical support and guidance on overall strategy, design, implementation and reporting on CBIs in the AoR.
  • Make judgments on the quality of project proposals coming from implementing partners.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant meetings related to CBIs.

    Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required
  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Economics, Social Sciences or a related field plus minimum 6 years of previous job experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Proven knowledge and technical skills in set up, design, implementation and monitoring of CBIs from a multi-sectoral perspective.
  • Experience in working effectively with NGOs, UN organisations, or government authorities at national level.
  • Excellent networking skills with private and public sector institutions.
  • Excellent computer skills.

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies
  • Working knowledge of an additional UN language and/or the local language.
  • Experience in conducting AGDM and multi-functional assessments.
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR programmes and UNHCR programming.

    Position Competencies
  • C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
  • C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
  • C003L3 - Communication Level 3
  • C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
  • C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
  • C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
  • M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
  • M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
  • X003L3 - Technological Awareness Level 3

    Additional Information

    For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage them – before deciding to apply- to read the country specific security and welfare country profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html).

    Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care.

    Staff after having applied to High Risk Duty Stations will have access to country specific information webinars with Field Safety Section (FSS) and Staff Welfare Section (SWS) colleagues and provided with a tool to test their psychological preparedness for serving in High Risk Duty Stations.

    During the Webinars, latest updates on security and well-being will be provided, and FSS and SWS will address questions raised by participants.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 16th April 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Cash-Based Interventions Officer Jobs in Kenya

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