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Across Eastern Africa, Mercy Corps is a recognized leader in resilience and innovative food security strengthening approaches. We recognize that interconnected and complex shocks and stresses affecting the East Africa region, especially in the Horn of Africa, must be met with sophisticated approaches that span sectors and strategically bridge all forms of aid. We are also a recognized lead player in mobilizing large-scale humanitarian responses, including to crises in the drylands. With a distinct agency-wide resilience framework, expertise in and an expansive platform of programs focused on multiyear approaches to strengthening food security, and strong humanitarian response track record in the drylands, Mercy Corps is well placed to work differently and play a meaningful role in responding to the ongoing acute drought in the Horn of Africa as well as the broader Food Crisis escalating across Africa due to the war in Ukraine.
Purpose / Project Description:
The Cash and Social Protection Advisor is a consultant role to provide strategic and operational technical support as needed to strengthen and scale CVA programming, alignment and as possible integration with government-led social protection initiatives as a core component of Mercy Corps’ humanitarian assistance portfolio in East Africa. The Cash and Social Protection Advisor will work closely with Mercy Corps country and program teams in East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda), as well as regional and headquarters teams, to mobilize and lead effective humanitarian CVA in response to food insecurity. The role will partner with a dedicated regional CVA Advisor, a deployable role anticipated to spend majority of time working directly on-the-ground with program teams. The Cash and Social Protection Advisor will support the regional CVA Advisor and country teams in strengthening existing CVA programs as well as supporting program development to scale portfolios. Potential areas of support include: leading program design and adaptation processes to strengthen ‘Cash Plus’ approaches with emphasis on how humanitarian interventions can be delivered in ways that contribute to resilience (eg social protection linkages and systems strengthening with key government stakeholders, complementary activities to support functionality of critical market actors and value chains, financial inclusion, enhanced nutrition outcomes, etc); leading design and analysis of market and financial service provider assessments, supporting needs assessments, leading program design and adaptation processes, reviewing and refining existing program guidance materials, etc. This will require significant coordination and engagement with other actors in the response.
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Timeframe / Schedule:
Month 1 - 14 days
Months 2/3 - 6 days
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