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CALP Technical Advisor

CALP is in search of a Technical Advisor to join its Policy, Evidence and Learning team, who can provide technical leadership on a range of critical CVA issues.

Deadline: 9 August 2022

Organisation: The CALP Network

Open to candidates in Jordan, Kenya, Senegal, UK, US (Washington or New York).

We are looking for someone to provide technical leadership on a range of critical CVA issues.  The role of the technical advisor will be to guide strategic thinking and lead engagement on issues, working with a myriad of actors. The successful candidate will need a strong understanding of CVA, its place within humanitarian programming, how it links with other financial flows. They will be involved in the development of technical guidance, be comfortable speaking at events, and be able to inspire and influence others to improve practice in this important area of work.

Working as part of a globally dispersed team, this position is open to applicants with existing right to work in one of the following locations: Jordan, Kenya, Senegal, Spain, the UK or US (New Work or Washington).

The role will be contracted through one of CALP’s host agencies. The location of the applicant will determine which host agency.

Kate Hart, Head of Policy, Evidence and Learning is the manager for this position but, since she is on leave, please direct any queries about the position to

Role Purpose

CALP’s Technical Advisors provide technical advise and thought leadership on a range of thematic work, guiding strategic engagement, defining priorities, and coordinating or delivering thematic activities and products (e.g., position papers, guidance, standards, training materials, or evidence). This role requires highly collaborative ways of working with a myriad of actors and across teams. The advisor engages on both globally and on 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 

  • Facilitate processes to identify and mobilise action around evidence and research priorities.
  • Ensure clear uptake plans are developed, when any new work is initiated, and are implemented.
  • Promote uptake of evidence and create feedback loops to speed use and adaptation based on new learning.
  • Encourage and work with members to distil learning for increased uptake.
  • Engage in technical and policy fora, promoting use of evidence, standards and good practices.
  • In collaboration with members, undertake or contribute to research to generate evidence and learning in priority areas.
  • Facilitate access to information, and encourage members to use and contribute to CALP platforms.
  • Ensure diversity of thought is reflected in CALP’s work – drawing on evidence, learning and ideas from different contexts, organisations and backgrounds.
  • Convene and 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.
  • Contribute to the development of a small number of flagship products e.g. The State of the World’s Cash, The CALP Glossary and the Programme Quality Toolbox.
  • Produce regular analysis on key issues – blogs, presentations for key for a, summaries for media.
  • Provide technical input and oversight of CALP’s core training materials – supporting on-going integration of evidence into training materials
  • Undertake technical proofreading of new resources

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.
  • Engagement 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 organisation.

How to apply:

To apply, please review the job description and submit your CV (no more than 3 pages) and a covering letter explaining what inspired you to apply and your suitability against the job profile to