Cash Working Group Co-Lead, Iraq
Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA) in Iraq is large-scale with unique developments in its application toward Durable Solutions architecture as well as transition from humanitarian support to government-led social protection assistance. In Iraq, CVA comprises approximately one third of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). Given this scale, it is a strategic interest to ensure effective coordination across these interventions, which are inclusive both of Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) as well as sectoral CVA implemented through relevant clusters. The Cash Working Group (CWG) is responsible both for technical support to clusters implementing sectoral CVA (e.g. Shelter, WASH, Health, Protection, etc), as well as operational and technical coordination of MPCA. Iraq coordination architecture is moving toward increasing emphasis on recovery and Durable Solutions; CVA will also be a significant component of this coordination landscape. Foundational work and collaboration has also been established on a framework for transition from humanitarian MPCA to government-led social protection assistance, although at this stage it remains a long-term prospect.
Mercy Corps works alongside WFP as co-lead for the Iraq Cash Working Group (CWG). The Mercy Corps CWG Co-Lead will be responsible for ensuring development as needed and maintenance of a Cash and Voucher Assistance response strategy, workplan for coordination priorities, and guidelines for humanitarian actors in Iraq. The CWG Co-Lead will work closely with all CVA stakeholders (communities, authorities, private sector service providers, relevant ministries, donors, NGOs and UN agencies) to provide an effective, timely and strategic collective response to the developing situation, and help articulate the vision for CVA development and quality as an integral component of the humanitarian response in Iraq.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.