UNHCR: Cash-Based Consultant

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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 28 May, 2012
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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve forced displacement problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

The UNHCR Regional Office for Southern Africa, with base in Pretoria, coordinates and oversees UNHCR operations in 14 countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. With the exception of Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar and South Africa, most refugees in Southern Africa reside in camps or settlements. Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have strict encampment policies. In Mozambique and Namibia refugees also mainly reside in camps or settlements but are allowed some freedom of movement for self-reliance activities. In Zambia, refugees reside in settlements, where they are de facto locally integrated. At the end of 2011, these countries together hosted almost 325 000 refugees and asylum seekers of which some 88 000 lived in camps and settlements. WFP supplies food to camps with more than 5 000 refugees, i.e. currently in Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi and Zambia. UNHCR provides food to refugees in the camps in Botswana and Zimbabwe where the population is below 5 000.

The UNHCR seeks the service of a Consultant for cash-based interventions in Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, with frequent travel in the region.

The main aim of this consultancy is to assess the feasibility of using cash and/or vouchers in UNHCR operations in Southern Africa and internal capacity building.

This is a four-month contract with potential for extension.

Specific objectives:

  • In collaboration with the UNHCR regional and country offices, identify at least 3 countries for rapid feasibility assessments for the use of cash and vouchers. The feasibility studies will, among other, explore the potential to use cash and vouchers in the given setting, identify the purpose of the transfer, potential transfer modalities, targeting criteria with specific emphasis on vulnerable individuals and people affected by chronic illnesses;
  • Consolidate findings into a synthetic, operationally oriented report;
  • Organise a regional workshop on cash-based interventions for programme officers and/or other key staff involved in cash-based programming;
  • Facilitate the roll out of cash-based interventions in identified countries (based on findings of feasibility studies);
  • Identify and contact key partners in the region for cash-based interventions.

Expected outputs

1. Consolidate findings into a synthetic, operationally oriented report
2. Train 24 Programme Officers on cash and or vouchers based humanitarian assistance


  • Degree in development studies, development economics, or relevant post-graduate qualification;
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the coordination, design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian/development projects and programmes with demonstrated experience in cash-based interventions, with the UN and/or non-governmental and/or public sector;
  • Demonstrated expertise in assessments and surveys; needs and response analysis; cash transfer programming and monitoring;
  • Solid skills in analysis, using and presenting quantitative and qualitative data, and report writing;
  • Familiarity with community-based and participatory approaches;
  • Broad knowledge of key actors involved in developing policies and programmes related to cash-based assistance: International and Non-governmental organisations, research institutes;
  • Strong communication and individual organisational skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Strong working knowledge in French, Spanish or Portuguese is desirable.

Women are encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a CV including nationality, country of residence, contact details of your referees and motivation letter with ‘Cash Consultant’ in the subject line to RSAPR@UNHCR.ORG.

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