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Core CVA Skills for Programme Staff Training

22 May 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Dear colleagues,

I am excited to announce that the Core Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Skills for programme staff Training will be organized by Oxfam in the Pacific in collaboration with the Pacific Regional Cash Working Group and WFP, in Tongatapu, from 22nd to 26th May 2023. This intensive five-day training will follow the globally recognized CALP content, and at following the successful completion, the participants will receive the CALP certification. This training is part of Oxfam and the Civil Society Forum of Tonga’s initiative to strengthen civil society capacity in Tonga and is being funded by the DFAT Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) Activation.

About the Course: Cash assistance is gaining momentum across the Pacific, allowing for Governments and organizations to assist communities in a flexible, dignified and cost-effective manner while promoting local economy development. This course is structured around the project cycle and covers all the key skills required to design, implement, and monitor Cash and Voucher Assistance initiatives. The course is focused on a technical/programmatic perspective and incorporates examples and case studies from multiple sectors. The course will be conducted in English. (Agenda is attached)

Course Aim: To support participants to be able integrate CVA into the design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian programming.


By completing this course participants from Tonga will be able to:
• Discuss the opportunities and challenges to delivering high quality CVA as part of humanitarian response.
• Use various assessments, including market assessment tools, to inform CVA appropriateness.
• Analyse assessment data to choose modality, delivery mechanism and transfer value.
• Ensure accountability towards affected populations during the CVA design and implementation process.
• Incorporate CVA and markets in monitoring frameworks.
• Identify best practices for CVA quality and sustainability.
• Navigate the existing tools, guidance, cases studies and research documents to find the most relevant and up-to-date information on CVA-related themes.

Who is this course for?
This course is for programme staff responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring cash transfer programmes in humanitarian contexts. This group includes programme staff, programme officers and managers; technical specialists; Government officials responsible for implementing and designing cash transfer initiatives; monitoring/evaluation/learning specialists and coordinators.

*Participation will be limited to 25 persons and only one candidate from each organization will be selected (only exception is staff employed by the Government of Tonga, who will be allocated several spots).* For participants traveling to Tongatapu for the training, you or your organization are responsible for your travel, accommodation, and other travel-related expenses.

Training Fees: This in-person course will be offered for FREE of cost to the attendees. Training materials, snacks and lunch will be provided during the training dates (22-26 May 2022).

Location: The location is yet to be finalized but will be held in a venue that is accessible to persons with disabilities in central Tongatapu. A follow-up email will be sent with the confirmed location.

Training Timing: The course will be from 0830 to 1700 hours from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 March 2022.

Registration: This course organized specially for civil society organizations in Tonga, AHP organizations and their local partners, organizations participating in the Tonga CVA Community of Practice, Government of Tonga staff responsible for Cash Transfer Programme and PRCWG Members. Interested candidates can click here to register. The last date to register for the training is 09 May 2023. Oxfam and PRCWG team will assess all the applications and will let participants know about the outcome of their application and next steps.

Prerequisites to attend the course:
1. The selected participants must actively participate and commit to participate from 08:30 to 17:00 hours throughout the training.
2. The following two courses are prerequisites and must be completed by 15 May 2023. In case of any issues accessing these courses, please contact Greg Rodwell (CALP) at

• Cash and Voucher Assistance – The Fundamentals (4 Hours)
• Introduction to Market Analysis (1 hour)

Focal Points:
• Rahul Mitra – Humanitarian Lead for Oxfam in the Pacific –
• Ali Mansoor – Pacific Regional Cash Working Group –

Additional Resources for who interested but cannot attend!
• If you are not able to attend the face to face CALP Core CVA for Programme staff course course from 22 to 26 May 2023, you can still get certificate by doing the CALP Core CVA Skills for programme staff online course by clicking here:
• And if you are a donor, and want to do the self-directed online course click here:

If you have any questions, please reach out to Samuela Halahala (Oxfam Humanitarian Response Coordinator in Tonga), Ali Mansoor (Chair, Pacific Regional Cash Working Group), Kalua Salerua (Regional CVA Advisor, Oxfam) or Rahul Mitra (Humanitarian Lead for OXFAM Pacific.


Samiuela Halahala


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