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UNFPA-Cash Voucher Assistance Specialist-P4-Chisinau, Moldova (for Ukraine)

Chisinau, Moldova
Duration 6 months

Security Situation Summary in country and main threats:
(i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)

 
Moldova, with a total population of 2.5 million, remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and has suffered from frequent political turbulence, corruption and weak institutions for many years. While the current government aims to address these challenges as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the energy crisis, the country in its present state would lack the institutional capacity and experience to support/absorb large numbers of refugees resulting from a major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, including at the point of entry, and would require international support to deal with this crisis, even if only as a transit country. Such support would also need to take into consideration the potential severe consequences for Moldova, which could include hardships for receiving communities and pressures on the economy.  The unresolved Transnistria region conflict would present a complicating factor in the context of a major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, ranging from the impact of an energy/gas supply crisis; the movement of refugees from Ukraine; the movement of internally displaced people from the left bank, and the potential role of Russian forces in the Transnistria region. 
 

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request

The Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) Summary states that RRP partners will support government-led efforts through a multisectoral approach focusing on protection, reception/shelter and material, as well as cash assistance for the most vulnerable groups and for individuals with specific needs. UNFPA is working to ensure that women and girls continue to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV) services and do not encounter additional protection risks during their stay in Moldova.
UNFPA uses cash and voucher assistance to contribute to access to services as well as dignity items, and always as an entry point for information sharing on GBV referrals and SRH services. UNFPA will implement CVA that is relevant and complementary to its support to the Ministry of Health and national systems, integrated with sexual and reproductive health service delivery and GBV referrals, and meets the needs expressed by women and girls in terms of barriers to access to SRH and GBV services in Moldova.
The Ukraine Flash Appeal calls for the scale-up of multisectoral response through the use of multipurpose cash to address the basic humanitarian needs of affected people in a holistic manner. UNFPA is working to ensure that women, girls and adolescents are considered in the design, targeting and risk mitigation related to multipurpose cash which looks to make up at least 30% of the Ukraine multisectoral response. UNFPA uses cash and voucher assistance to contribute to access to services as well as dignity items, and always as an entry point for information sharing on GBV referrals and SRH services. UNFPA will implement CVA that is relevant and complementary to its support to the Ministry of Health and national systems, integrated with sexual and reproductive health service delivery and GBV referrals, and meets the needs expressed by women and girls in terms of barriers to access to SRH and GBV services in Ukraine.
 
UNFPA is uniquely positioned in both Moldova and Ukraine context as both an operational UN agency, working closely with local and national partners, and as the coordination lead of the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) and national GBV coordination groups to promote quality cash and voucher assistance within its humanitarian programming. UNFPA will provide advice through cash coordination mechanisms on gender/GBV risk mitigation in cash and voucher assistance (CVA).
Purpose
UNFPA requires a CVA expert to lead its overall cash response and coordination for the Ukraine Crisis including the response in Moldova and in Ukraine.
The CVA Specialist will support strategic decision-making and oversee the technical roll-out and scale-up of CVA programming as part of UNFPA’s Ukraine and refugee response. The CVA Specialist will advise and influence decisions in relevant coordination fora so that women, girls and adolescents are considered in the design, targeting and risk mitigation related to multipurpose cash and other sectoral cash.
The successful candidate will be based in the UNFPA Moldova country office which also temporary host the Ukraine country office, currently cross-border, and conduct field mission in Ukraine when and if the security situation will allow. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the UNFPA CVA team based in the Humanitarian Office, Geneva. 
 
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Representation and Coordination         
  • Regularly represent UNFPA in Cash Working Groups meetings and ensure that all relevant assessments are considered in UNFPA’s plans.
  • Coordinate with CWG co-chairs UNHCR and the Ministry of Labour & Social Protection in Moldova and OCHA and ACTED for Ukraine as well as national NGOs to consider piggybacking on existing social protection systems and delivery mechanisms.
  • Coordinate with the Health, WASH, Protection, Shelter/NFI sectors to influence the composition and roll out of any MPCA to include sexual and reproductive health related costs and protection related costs.
  • Coordinate closely internally with SRH and GBV experts in country, region, and HO to ensure that CVA is designed to meet the expressed needs of women and girls to overcome barriers to access to SRH and GBV services.
  • Coordinate with UNHCR, UNICEF, OCHA, WFP and other key cash actors to ensure that GBV considerations and risk mitigation are adopted including targeting approaches/criteria that considers exposure to GBV risks and SRH needs.  Ensure that SRH needs arise considered in minimum expenditure basket (MEB) calculations and that complementary CVA will not be ruled out to address women’s specific needs.           
  • Support inter-agency coordination mechanisms on CVA such as GBV and CVA task forces; CVA and health. Coordinate as appropriate with the GBV & CVA Roving Specialist (HO) about GBV risk mitigation in CVA / MPCA.   
Technical Support and Oversight
  • Ensure routine consideration and feasibility analysis of CVA (programmatic, operational, partnership, capacity) in UNFPA Moldova emergency programming.
  • Provide technical lead on assessments, planning and budgeting, technical choices, legal and regulatory aspects, implementation modalities and coordination in line with UNFPA’s CVA Guidelines and associated policies and procedures.
  • Lead technical design and oversight of CVA including advice to CO senior management
  • Ensure relevant inter-agency assessments are consulted to inform design
  • Assess the capacity of existing implementing partners and explore new partnerships as necessary, in collaboration with the Moldova CO
  • Ensure alignment and compliance with the UNFPA CVA Guidelines and relevant financial policies and procedures
  • Lead on UN-to-UN, implementing partner and/or financial service provider agreements and related standard operating procedures, data sharing agreements etc. Explore and secure, as relevant, agreement with implementing partners, “piggybacking” arrangements for FSP contracts and for the delivery of CVA itself, via UN sister agencies and other potential partners
  • Ensure integration with the work of other technical specialists (e.g. Gender, GBV, Youth/Adolescents, SRH, Humanitarian, Operations) in CVA
Monitoring, Reporting and Programme Development
  • Lead the establishment of a sound monitoring process for CVA, with proper collection, use and monitoring of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze performance and ensure linkages to inter-agency PSEA.
  • Ensure technical soundness of the operations and generate data for evidence-based decisions
  • Develop or adapt monitoring tools to the Moldova Ukraine response and share with UNFPA’s EECARO Regional CVA Community of Practice as appropriate.
  • Lead CVA-related internal and donor reporting requirements for the response     
  • Support the use of UNFPA corporate tools and systems and policies.
  • Contribute to knowledge management products, programme development and resource mobilization.

Any other duties
  • The incumbent will carry out any other duties that may arise as needed by the supervising office.

Qualifications and Skills Required:
  • Relevant post-graduate (Master’s or above) degree in international relations, humanitarian affairs, economic development, or social sciences.
  • Seven years of professional experience working on CVA programming in humanitarian, early recovery, or development settings. Proven knowledge and technical skills in set up, design, implementation and monitoring of CVA from a multisectoral and/or protection perspective.
  • Demonstrated experience in CVA interagency coordination.
  • Understanding and proven application of gender and protection considerations in CVA and global issues/trends in this area.
  • Demonstrated experience in humanitarian programme management in CVA or sectoral areas and/or in linking CVA to social protection.
  • Knowledge of and work experience in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region is an asset.
  • Expertise in gender, protection, GBV and/or health is an asset.
  • Strong communications and advocacy skills. Experience advocating for the use of CVA is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Ukrainian, Russian, Moldovan or Romanian is an asset. Cash coordination meetings are conducted in English.

 

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