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Consultancy: Cash Transfers and COVID Economic Recovery Country Study – MENA

Deadline: 16 June 2020

Contract type: Consultancy


The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is the global partnership for cash transfer programming in humanitarian aid. We are a catalyst for accelerating change in the scale and quality of cash transfer programming. We enable the collaboration necessary to develop practical solutions to collective problems in the sector. Since our founding in 2005, CaLP has been at the forefront of promoting and improving cash transfer programming across the humanitarian sector.

CaLP enables collaboration between organizations, while also supporting them to make their own progress. We do this by bringing organisations together to strengthen capacity, knowledge and commitment for cash transfer programming across the humanitarian sector. The potential of cash cannot be delivered by organisations working alone.

The CaLP secretariat comprises approximately 30 staff globally, which is made up of technical expertise, capacity building, communications and management staff. CaLP has offices in Jordan, Kenya, Senegal, Switzerland, the UK and US, in addition several staff are home based. These offices support and facilitate knowledge sharing, learning and training in multiple countries, and ensure that all voices are heard through representation in key global and regional fora.

CaLP’s members are at the heart of what we do. They will deliver the increase in scale and quality of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programming in humanitarian response. They gain value from being part of our global partnership, both as individual organisations and collectively. Our membership comprises more than 80 organisations and individual experts. Members include NGOs, UN agencies, academia, the private sector and donors.

Context of Work

A few weeks ago we gathered a small number of CaLP members to ask the question of whether and how governments, humanitarian and development actors and the private sector could work together to reach the 700 million people most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 with cash transfers. Responses should be led by national social protection systems where these are in place, but we know that in many of the most vulnerable contexts their reach is limited, and we need to understand how humanitarian and other channels can work together to backstop these. The conclusions were that (a) cash – used alongside other types of assistance where necessary – is the only way to save lives and livelihoods at scale, (b) the response needed will look very different in different contexts and © in order to combine the reach of different networks we need to commit to working radically differently together, both between humanitarian actors and between government, humanitarian, development and other actors.

We are therefore launching a series of country studies, to support ongoing efforts at the country level and consolidate other data gathering efforts to answer the following questions:

  1.       How will assistance be targeted?
  2.       Who is the population in need and who – if anyone – holds this information? How would beneficiaries be agreed, identified and how would delivery be monitored?
  3.       Who could be reached with social assistance (cash transfers and other types of assistance) through the national social protection system?
  4.       How are humanitarian CVA and social protection working together?
  5.       Who is currently receiving humanitarian CVA and what scaleup is planned?
  6.       Who would be out of reach of these systems and how could they receive support?
  7.       What would coordination look like?
  8.       What are the key issues affecting scaleup?

CaLP are seeking a consultant or consultants to support studies in Yemen and Iraq. OCHA are seeking consultants to support country studies in three further contexts, to be determined according to COVID-19 vulnerability and other criteria.

If you are a data-driven consultant with a background in CVA and social protection who excels in building linkages and has excellent research skills please consider applying. Results will feed into a common database, and we are encouraging CaLP members to fund or support other studies in further contexts.  

We have worked closely with the Grand Bargain Social Protection sub-workstream and others to understand what data is available and what is still needed. The World Bank have expressed support for these studies, noting that they would value a clearer overview of the reach of humanitarian cash transfer channels in countries of operation and to understand how to support stronger links with the social protection system.

We hope that this support will help Country Teams to plan for more harmonized at-scale response, build better linkages between humanitarian and social protection systems and strengthen understanding of current reach and gaps. As development financing for COVID-19 recovery comes online we hope that this will enable humanitarian actors to be part of and extend the reach of large-scale response

Proposal Submissions:

  • CaLP ToRs and details on how to apply are below. Deadline 16 June.
  • To apply to OCHA’s vacancy – please go to Inspira: Vacancy number 136600. Deadline 14 June.