Cash Transfer Program Delegate on St. Maarten

We help to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.

The International Assistance department has opened a vacancy for a:

Cash Transfer Program Delegate on St. Maarten

Duty station:
St Maarten

Time period:
6 months

Starting Date:
10 December 2017

Status:
Single posting

Purpose of the position
The Cash Transfer Program (CTP) delegate is responsible for the voucher distribution in St Maarten. The aim of the CTP programme is to reduce vulnerability of the people in St Maarten after the hurricane Irma.

Background
The Red Cross branch on the island of Sint Maarten is part of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and has an established role in the Sint Maarten emergency support framework. In order to facilitate the roll-out of longer term and large scale projects, the Sint Maarten branch will also need to be strengthened and the number of volunteers expanded.

Following the devastating impacts of category 5 hurricane IRMA on the 6th of September 2017, NLRC started to organize relief efforts, focusing on food and water distribution, as well as other distribution of non-food items. A team of approx. 70 people (volunteers and paid staff) has coordinated Red Cross efforts in the areas of WASH, Restoring Family Links, health, shelter, food, mapping of the most vulnerable area’s and conducting assessments. Based on the assessment results discussions with the Government of St Maarten are still ongoing.

NLRC is currently in the transition to early recovery and longer term programs on Sint Maarten. Most likely the focus will be on shelter recovery, vector control and hygiene awareness. To facilitate the local economy, which will probably see a decline due to the loss of tourism, programming will also focus on voucher or cash based systems as much as possible.

According to the NLRC strategy the recovery program will focus on increasing the resilience of beneficiaries and focus on building back better to avoid or reduce future disaster impacts. This approach takes into account the adaptation to climate change and climate variability. Increased resilience focuses on the building blocks of increased capacity of people to anticipate, adapt, respond and transform.

Position in the organization
The CTP delegate will report hierarchically to the NLRC operations leader and Head of Mission of St Maarten.

Summary statement and responsibilities

  • Follow up with current distribution plan: identification of beneficiaries, verification, registration
  • Review target strategy and beneficiary criteria along with distribution plan to secure timely food security for January and February 2018
  • Follow up with beneficiary food security through provision of contracted supermarket and voucher distribution; monitor the cash in of the vouchers with the supermarkets; provide support to the supermarkets
  • Provide support to the Community councils
  • Refine and monitor the present PoA for community engagement and establishment of approach to two-way communications and complaints and response mechanisms.
  • Follow up the M and E plan
  • Provide support with the reconciliation of the vouchers
  • Develop the Assessment for the new selection of beneficiaries in January
  • Develop the post distribution monitoring process
  • Refine the SOP as the program unfolds
  • Provide support to the shelter recovery plan, a combination of cash (for work) and in-kind relief packages and the selection of beneficiaries
  • Engage with relevant ministries (social welfare, health, labour etc) of Government and CTP actors or CTP coordination bodies if any/relevant
  • Work closely with the IM manager concerning beneficiary registration and project monitoring
  • Continue improvement of CTP operational plan and SOP
  • Liaise with the Shelter delegate concerning reconstruction materials and cash for work
  • Identify and liaise with local key players (local NGOs/private/governmental organisations) relevant to food items, shelter items
  • Liaise with other RC/RC Movement partners and others on cash programming
  • Where relevant, adapt assessment tools from the RCM CIE Toolkit for the assessment

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Economics is preferred
  • Experience in Cash Transfer Programs
  • At least two year experience in working for a humanitarian aid organisation outside of Europe
  • Experience in working with ODK and MEGA V
  • Strong communication and training / coaching skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills,
  • Experience in problem identification and solution analysis
  • Fluency in English required. Dutch is an advantage.
  • Experience in working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement required

Key competencies

  • Able to work in a team
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions
  • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative
  • Ability to manage broad responsibilities with attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Stress resistant
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Hands on mentality

We offer

  • A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations.
  • Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.

Applications:

  • Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen before 24 November 2017.
  • For more information about the position, you can contact Jesper Jansweijer at jjansweijer@redcross.nl.
  • An initial assessment of candidates short-listed is part of the selection procedure.

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Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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