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CALP Technical Advisor

Deadline: 14 February 2023

Organisation: CALP Network

We are looking for someone to provide technical leadership on a range of critical CVA issues, including the link between CVA and social protection.  We’re looking for someone who can guide strategic thinking and lead engagement on issues, working with a myriad of actors. You’ll need a strong understanding of CVA, its place within humanitarian programming, how it links with other financial flows. We’re looking for someone who enjoys getting involved in the development of technical guidance, who is happy speaking at events, and who can inspire and influence others to improve practice in this important area of work. The post holder will work as part of a globally dispersed team.

PLEASE NOTE: CALP is a hosted organisation and we are able to employ the right candidate with pre-existing right to work in one of the established hubs – USA, Kenya, Jordan, Senegal, Philippines and UK. We also can offer employment through some Oxfam affiliates – e.g. Canada, Spain, Latin America countries. CALP will not support an expatriate contract for this position, the applicants need to have correct work permits and residency in one of these countries. If you have some additional questions or you are a national of a country not mentioned above, please contact us to clarify the possibility before applying for this vacancy

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About CALP

CALP is a dynamic global network of over 90 organisations engaged in the critical areas of policy, practice and research in humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and financial assistance more broadly. Collectively, CALP members deliver the vast majority of humanitarian CVA worldwide.

We envision a future where people are enabled to overcome crises with dignity, by exercising choice and their right to self-determination.

The purpose of the CALP network is to maximise the potential that humanitarian CVA can bring to people in contexts of crisis, as one component of broader financial assistance. To do this we catalyse the power, knowledge and capacities of our diverse global network, alongside other local, national, regional and global actors, all of whom are seeking to secure better outcomes for people living in crisis contexts. Our role as a collective is to generate alignment in the approaches and actions of those within and across our network, in order to help optimise the quality and scale of humanitarian CVA.

What makes CALP unique is its diversity. CALP members currently include local and international non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, specialist social innovation, technology and financial services companies, researchers and academics, and individual practitioners.

As a CALP team, we work with and for the CALP network – keeping our vision front and centre. Working impartially, we engage with the network to generate evidence, we facilitate dialogue, we challenge and question, we draw together good practices and promote their uptake. We play a key role in creating the impetus and means for thought leadership and convene network members to generate futures-thinking agendas. We mobilise the membership and the wider network to look for collective solutions to collective problems. 

Role Purpose

CALP’s Technical Advisors provides senior technical leadership of thematic work, guiding CALP’s strategic engagement with a myriad of actors – influencing thinking and practice across the humanitarian sector. The Advisors have a leadership role in working with the Network to define priorities, coordinate action and collaboratively deliver with them thematic activities and products (e.g., position papers, guidance, standards, training materials, or evidence). Providing guidance and influence internally and externally, the role requires highly collaborative ways of working with a diverse array of actors, including donor government, INGOs, national NGOs and networks, UN agencies, Private Sector companies, the Red Cross/ Crescent Movement, think tanks, thought leaders and academia.  The role has both thematic and geographically focused work. Sitting in the Policy, Evidence and Learning Team, the role is part of a largely self-organising sub team with peers.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide thought leadership on CVA, influencing thinking within the CALP Network and beyond
  • Lead, influence and facilitate processes to identify and mobilise action around evidence and research priorities.
  • Generate evidence and analysis, through collaborative processes, to policy and practice
  • Ensure robust uptake plans are developed and implemented to maximize the impact of research and evidence across the network and beyond
  • Create feedback loops across the network to accelerate the use and adaptation of guidance based on new learning.
  • Lead and support work with members to distil learning for increased uptake.
  • Represent CALP in technical and policy fora, promoting use of evidence, standards and good practices.
  • In collaboration with members, lead, undertake or contribute to research to generate evidence and learning in priority areas.
  • Promote and encourage members to use and contribute to CALP platforms, sharing evidence and learning.
  • Ensure diversity of thought is reflected in CALP’s work – drawing on evidence, learning and ideas from different contexts, organisations and backgrounds.
  • Convene multi stakeholder engagement processes to facilitate collective analysis.
  • Undertake technical and thematic knowledge curation, promotion and management.
  • With members, co-create evidence-based tools, guidance and good practice.
  • Generate easy-to-use summaries of new research and debates
  • Lead and contribute to the development of a small number of flagship products e.g. CALP Glossary, State of the Worlds Cash, Programme Quality Tool Box.
  • Produce influential analysis on key issues
  • Technically review CVA policies and standards generated by interagency groupings
  • Provide technical input and oversight of CALP’s core training materials – supporting on-going integration of evidence into training materials
  • Technically review new CALP publications

Essential Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • Excellent understanding and experience of responsible data management, digitization and use of technology in the humanitarian space
  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate technical field, or equivalent level of professional experience.
  • Representation, engagement, influencing and facilitation skills coupled with significant experience
  • Research and analytical skills, and the ability to synthesise materials and experience into digestible, usable resources.
  • Experience within humanitarian sector with substantial experience of cash and voucher assistance at technical implementation and/or advisory/policy level.
  • Understanding of key risks affecting the scale and quality of CVA delivery.
  • Understanding of roles, responsibilities and politics of different actors in the international humanitarian system pertinent to cash transfers.
  • Ability to project manage complex projects, often requiring a high degree of independent initiative, judgement negotiating and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with ability to manage own workload and meet organisational and external deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and cross-cultural team playing skills.

Desirable attributes

  • Operationally experienced in all aspects of the project cycle on CVA
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a technical field, or equivalent level of professional experience.
  • Experience of working in a self-managed team and as part of a virtual network or remote team.
  • Experience of working in a non-direct delivery programme
  • Fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish, in addition to English

We offer:

The details of the contractual package will depend on the CALP host organization.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit your CV (no more than 3 sides) and a covering letter to by 11.59pm on 14th February explaining what inspired you to apply and your suitability against the job profile