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Cash Working Group Co-Chair in Damascus, Syria

Backround

Caritas Switzerland (CACH) prevents, combats and alleviates poverty worldwide in more than 20 countries. CACH works in the areas of food security, water, climate protection, disaster risk reduction, migration as well as education for children and adults. It provides emergency relief in response to disasters and in protracted crises. In response to the crisis in Syria, CACH has been engaged in emergency relief activities together with its partners since July 2012. CACH is currently supporting projects in Lebanon and Syria. CACH has extended its engagement in the region focusing on relief, education and livelihood, managed from its regional office in Beirut, Lebanon. CACH activities are implemented exclusively through partners with local presence and focusing both on refugees and host communities supporting them from the regional office in Lebanon and sub-office in Syria.


Purpose

The purpose of the position is to represent NGOs partners at the Cash Working Group (CWG) at the Damascus hub. The Co-Chair will lead the CWG as part of the core committee and support the identification of coordination needs, follow-up on agreed workplans, coordination with sector leads as well as capacity strengthening of CWG members.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Development of CVA (20%) 
  • Promote the scale of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) as response modality at Damascus hub level
  • Anticipate relevant developments in CVA and market-based programming
  • Contribute to the strategic development of CVA and marked-based programming
  • Maintain regular communication with other CWG hubs as well as relevant coordination mechanisms
  • Support and participate in the analysis of CVA planning, response, and gaps

Technical Development (40%)
  • Lead in close coordination with the other Co-Chair the development of technical deliverables as per agreed CWG work plan
  • Proactively suggest solutions for coordination challenges
  • Facilitate technical discussion and exchange between CWG members, hub CWGs and other relevant stakeholders
  • Support the development and implementation of minimum standards and context-specific best practices 
  • Lead together with the other Co-chair technical discussions
  • Engages with donors about successes and challenges 

 Coordination (30%)
  • Support the planning of regular CWG meetings 
  • Chair CWG meetings whenever requested 
  • Engage with CWG partners and other organisations that are implementing or planning to implement CVA in Syria
  • Oversee the CVA mapping including data cleaning, follow-up, and presentation
  • Build trustful relationships with sector working groups and other coordination mechanisms 
  • Maintain regular communication with other INGOs, local NGOs, and donors working on CVA
  • Formally represent the CWG in the ISC

Capacity Building (10%)
  • Organise and facilitate capacity-building activities such as introductions, trainings, and workshops for CWG members, interested sector working groups, and other humanitarian actors

Mode of Cooperation and Deliverables

The Cash Working Group Co-Chair will directly report to the CACH Country Director in Syria. The Cash Working Group Co- Chair is requested to keep the superior informed about activities undertaken and progress made. The Cash Working Group Co-Chair ensures effective and proactive communication with other CWG core committee members, and CWG members as well as the regional delegation.

The national contract is for 9 months with possibility of extension; pending funding.


Qualification


1. Education
Essential:
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, business, economics, or other relevant field

2. Professional Experience
Essential:
  • 4-5 years of experience in planning and managing CVA 
Desirable:
  • 1-2 years of experience co-leading a cash working group
  • Familiarity with Syria context 
  • Preferably a candidate from the region 

 3. Skills and Competencies
 Essential: 
  • Highly organized, good capacity of analysis and conceptualisation 
  • Excellent drafting skills in English
  • Proven stakeholder management skills
Desirable:
  • Respect for the special vision and mission of Caritas 
  • Understanding that appearances are important in the local context and willingness to present self with professional attire in the working environment 
  • Flexibility and readiness to take on additional tasks

4. Language Requirements  
Essential:
  • Excellent written and spoken English 
Desirable:
  •  Excellent spoken Arabic

Position Information
  • Duty Station: Damascus, Syria with occasional travel within the region 
  • Supervisor / Reports to: Syria Country Director, Caritas Switzerland
  • Expected Workload: 100 %
  • Duration: 9 months to be extended; pending on funding
  • Contract Type: National

Application

Please submit your application (CV and cover letter) by 17th September 2021 through the link below. 

For further enquiries, applicants may contact: Caritas Switzerland Country Director Syria, Wael Darwish, wdarwish@caritas.ch

Caritas Switzerland
www.caritas.ch
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