Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
To achieve better results for children, in a more efficient and effective way, UNICEF has recently initiated the mainstreaming and scale up of the use of Humanitarian Cash Transfer (HCT)across the organization. This has become a priority area of work under UNICEF’s strategic plan, as well as UNICEF’s agenda to increase the resilience of households, communities and systems.
The UNICEF Humanitarian Cash Transfers (HCT) team in EMOPS, in close collaboration with DFAM, SD, PD and ICTD has been supporting the mainstreaming of the use of HCT in the organization. The current HCT scale up plan focuses on various work streams: (i) Interdivision coordination, (ii) Field support, (iii)Capacity building, (iv) Partnership and Interagency Collaboration, (v) Management Information Systems and (vi) Knowledge Management.
As part of UNICEF’s commitment to scale the use of HCT, UNICEF has been strengthening its HCT related framework. To that end, the UN Common Cash Statement was formalized in December 2018 by the four principals of UNICEF, OCHA, UNHCR and WFP to commit to us common cash systems wherever possible in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness gains. It builds on the recognition that cash assistance can contribute to reform the humanitarian sector, while offering a modality to agencies to better serve affected populations in a principled and dignified manner. The statement is also informed by a growing need to improve complementarities, synergies and accountabilities between UN agencies’ efforts. Under the UNCCS, three pillars were established: Payment mechanism, Data management and coordinated design and field implementation. Seven focus countries (Bangladesh, Niger, Central African Republic, Yemen, DRC, Afghanistan, Ecuador) were identified. To that end, UNICEF is strengthening its capacity to provide dedicated technical UNCCS field support to its country office, while contributing to the setup of a UNCCS field support team.
In light of the considerable human resource investment required to kick start a common system where different agencies with distinct mandates and operational procedures come together, it was decided that each agencies set up a dedicated team of people to support these country offices implementing UNCCS activities in the seven focus countries, as well as to contribute to maximize common efforts and synergies as new emergencies which may arise.
How Can You Make a Difference?
UNCCS Field Beneficiary Data System Specialist (Humanitarian Cash Transfer), P-4
Under the supervision of the EMOPS HCT coordinator, this position will support at UNICEF country office level, the implementation of the UN Common Cash System implementation focusing on the programme design and implementation activities, by providing in country and remote technical support.
This will involve:
To qualify as a Champion for every Child you will have…
Master’s degree in Economics, Social Science, Database management, data analytics or related field is required. *Bachelor's degree complemented with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience can be considered in lieu of advance university degree.