Cash Specialist, JEOP Job at CRS – Catholic Relief Services

CRS – Catholic Relief Services  Internal/ External Vacancy Announcement

About CRS: “Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.”

In Ethiopia, CRS has a long and rich history of providing emergency relief and development assistance to the people of Ethiopia since 1958. At present, CRS/Ethiopia implements multiple projects through different partner organizations.  CRS/Ethiopia has a highly diverse portfolio currently focusing on community-based food and livelihood security through activities in agriculture, health, peacebuilding, WASH, emergency relief, and savings and lending. CRS is active in nearly all regions of Ethiopia:  Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), Somali, Benishangul Gumuz, Afar, and Dire Dawa Regions.

CRS strictly adheres to its Policy on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults among its staff, consultants, volunteers, and affiliates. CRS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer: women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following positions;


CRS/Ethiopia is the lead agency of the Food for Peace (FFP)-funded Joint Emergency Operation (JEOP) an emergency food distribution program targeting transitory or acutely food insecure households in 70 woredas in Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regions. On average, JEOP serves as a food assistance pipeline for up to 33% of the emergency-affected parts of Ethiopia with an average caseload of over 1 million people. The current award began in 2012 and will continue through July 31, 2019. Other participating consortium members include CARE, Food for the Hungry, Relief Society of Tigray (REST), Save the Children, and World Vision.  CRS further implements its activities through Hararghe Catholic Secretariat (HCS) and Meki Catholic Secretariat (MCS).

CRS seeks a qualified candidate to serve as the Cash Specialist to manage pilot cash transfer activities that will be implemented by local partners under the JEOP. The position will be responsible for coordinating all elements of the implementation of the pilot cash activities, liaising with partners and building partner capacity on cash transfer, documenting learning from the cash pilot, leading the CRS Ethiopia Cash Working Group, and representing CRS Ethiopia’s cash programming under JEOP at key national and international fora.

The Cash Specialist reports directly to the JEOP Deputy Chief of Party.


Job Summary:

The Cash Specialist will support cash programing in JEOP operational areas – principally in Amhara and Oromia Regions. However, programming may expand to include activities in Tigray and SNNPR. S/He will lead development and implementation of the cash pilot under the JEOP in strong collaboration with local partners.

Job Responsibilities:

Design & Implementation

·         Support project design, start-up, and implementation to ensure to ensure efficient and effective operational implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

·         Coordinate market assessments in close collaboration with global cash technical advisors to determine the appropriateness of cash in various areas of Ethiopia, identify appropriate cash transfer vendor options and make recommendations for the pilot.

·         Monitor project development; identify deviation from approved project plans and implement corrective measures when necessary to ensure that the partners meet the project objectives.

·         Identify and map supply chains for key market intervention products and ensure appropriate market monitoring

·         Identify vendors and negotiate agreements with vendors for cash transfers.

·         Work with Financial Service Providers to ensure the safe and accountable transfer of cash to the project participants

·         Work closely with CRS & partner finance and admin staff to ensure appropriate systems for the cash pilot are established and conform to CRS and donor requirements.

·         Track progress and work with MEAL team to ensure project teams have the appropriate systems and tools in place to monitor progress.

·         Ensure efficient use of project resources.

·         Supervise project activities, coach partner staff to promote teamwork and develop staff competency.

·         Mainstream gender and protection into cash tools and guidance, and in the implementation of the pilot.


Capacity Strengthening

·         Provide in-field mentoring of partner staff and support capacity strengthening activities.

·         Provide training to partner and government staff of cash modalities



·         Work with MEAL team to prepare success stories and briefs on innovation/best practices to contribute to organizational learning and publicity of project success.

·         Support the documenting of progress and the timely and accurate preparedness of progress reports.

·         Provide, according to the deadlines outlined in donor contracts, all narrative, administrative and or financial reports as well as any other required documents.

·         Support the development of materials and guidance for the JEOP cash transfer pilot, and document the pilot approach and learning from the pilot.

·         Lead an annual learning event on the use of cash in JEOP.


Representation & Coordination

·         Lead the CRS Ethiopia internal Cash Learning Group to support learning around the use of cash and to encourage stronger uptake of cash as a intervention modality.

·         Represent CRS at the Ethiopia Cash Working Group & coordinate with other cash actors to ensure JEOP activities are aligned with national standards and good practices.

Required Qualifications:


Education and Experience

·         Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in business management, international development or other relevant degree preferred, or equivalent relevant experience.

·         Minimum of six years progressive work experience for Bachelors and three years for Masters, preferably with humanitarian interventions in NGO’s.

·         Previous experience with market based or cash interventions required.

·         Proven experience leading a team highly desirable

·         Substantial budgeting, budget/expense analysis, and accounting experience.

·         Knowledge of the relevant public donors’ regulations preferred.

·         Knowledge of local law in the area of taxation and local regulatory reporting procedures.

·         Knowledge of SPHERE/SEEP/Good Enough standards

·         Proficiency in using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), information management systems.

Personal Skills

·         Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.

·         Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with many different types of people.

·         Ability to function well in a stressful environment, stay focused, and maintain sufficient work life balance with limited options for downtime activity.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports

·         Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language

·         Amharic & English (written and verbal) required

·         Afaan Oromo strongly preferred


Travel Required

·         Travel to field offices and project sites up to 50% of the time.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: DCOP-PQ; DCOP-Ops; DCOP-CCS; COP; MEAL Specialist; Finance; Administration/Procurement

External: Vendors, Staff from Financial Service Providers, partner NGOs, CBOs, relevant government ministries


Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

·         Serves with Integrity

·         Models Stewardship

·         Cultivates Constructive Relationships

·         Promotes Learning

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