Regional Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Adviser

Regional Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Adviser

An experienced Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Technical and Operations Advisor to provide remote and in-country expertise 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 Regional CVA advisor will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical and operational expertise, and relationship building skills to provide a critical link between Save the Children’s global and country level technical work while supporting response planning, quality program implementation, preparedness, and advocacy. The role will contribute to building capacity and fostering networks across country office staff.  The role supports regional advocacy and influencing, 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 quality of our programmes. The position will work closely with the Cash and Markets Humanitarian Technical Working Group (HTWG) to ensure global and country office experts are collaborating and sharing learning, best practices, and working towards a comprehensive and unified strategic approach to CVA for child outcomes.

This position will be part of the East and Southern Africa Regional Office team, with extensive travel throughout the region (up to 50% of time), but can be based in any of our country offices.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly, either through remote support or in-country deployments.

The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Food Security and CVA TAs in Save the Children Members, the SCI central Programme Quality & Impact team, the Head of Regional Supply Chain, Head of Cash Transfer Programme Operations, advocacy colleagues, Regional Advisors in other sectors, technical counterparts in other organisations, regional donors etc. In particular it is expected to be an active member of the Cash & Market Humanitarian Technical Working Group while developing and nurturing regional communities of practice.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Master’s degree in economics, international development, public administration, agriculture and food security, or equivalent experience.
  • Certified CaLP trainer (preferable)
  • 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 East and Southern Africa, especially in humanitarian crises
  • Experience with various cash and voucher modalities, including digital, mobile, card, paper voucher, and cash in envelopes
  • 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; Household Economy Analysis; and other industry best practices.
  • Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring
  • Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights.
  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order 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, FCDO(DFID), USAID/BHA (OFDA/FFP previously), UN (WFP, UNICEF, OHCA), and BPRM.
  • 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.

**This is a regional role, but will focus on countries with specific cash transfer portfolios: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, and Zimbabwe**

Contract duration: 2 years, with possibility of extension

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


Find out more about this role by downloading the job description here  Job description

Date advertised: 25 Mar 2021

Closing date: 8 Apr 2021 – 22:59 CAT

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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