Cash and Voucher (C&V) Program Specialist (Consultant) Career Placement – Chemonics International Inc

Organisation: Chemonics International Inc
Project: Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET
III)
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About FEWSNET:
USAID’s
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of
objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis. FEWS NET
collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide
timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of potential, emerging, and/or
evolving food security issues in order to inform decisions and guide response.
Chemonics International Inc., based in Washington, DC, has been contracted by
USAID to manage FEWS NET technical and field activities. In an effort to
understand current and to foresee future market anomalies, the FEWS NET project
relies on a broadly defined Markets and Trade Knowledge Base, which includes
market context documents (Market Fundamentals Reports), special reports, and
databases of historical market information (including production, food balance
sheets, and prices). The Markets and Trade Knowledge Base largely serve as
baselines, against which to assess the existence and extent of market-based
anomalies that could contribute to food insecurity. Most recently, FEWS NET has
been tasked with also providing USAID with market response decision support,
including but not limited to assessing the impact of potential food assistance
programs on a given country’s local economy. Over the remainder of the current
contract, FEWS NET III plans to produce Market Fundamentals Reports for up to 10
countries, globally.
Job Summary: The Cash and Voucher (C&V) Program Specialist
(Consultant) will mainly be collecting secondary data to provide an overview on
the markets capacity to respond to demand sustained by humanitarian cash
programming, compiling lessons learned from previous C&V program efforts,
and identifying key risks and comparing approaches of one-off and multi month
cash transfer to vulnerable households in different geographical contexts.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work closely with FEWS NET staff to
    understand USAID information needs and define assessment-specific research
    questions.
  • Keenly review existing guidance and
    methodologies used to assess food assistance transfer modality feasibility
    and appropriateness.
  • Regularly review and analyze all existing
    secondary data and reports related to C&V programming in the
    assessment focus country
  • Conduct field assessment to collect and
    compile information from relevant stakeholders in order to provide
    analysis and recommendations on implementation risks, the markets’
    capacity and the various transfer modalities, considering feasibility,
    costs and risks currently in use by cash programs across the country.
  • Draft sections of the Market Fundamentals
    report, with guidance from the Home Office Technical team.
  • Offer general support to the team to ensure
    the successful completion of the Market Fundamentals and market response
    analysis reports. This may involve making phone calls to set up
    interviews, data entry, as well as other forms of ad hoc logistics and
    technical support over the duration of the contract.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants should hold at least a
    Master’s Degree in Economics or a closely related field and should possess
    extensive experience in agricultural market analysis and/or food security
    analysis.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the
    implementation or research of local and regional procurement, cash, and
    voucher programming is highly desirable. (USAID Food for Peace, USDA, WFP,
    etc.)
  • Significant experience conducting external
    evaluations of food assistance programs is highly desirable.
  • Previous exposure and experience with major
    donor organizations or research institutions involved in food assistance
    or food security analysis (e.g., USAID, USDA, WFP, IFPRI, universities) is
    highly preferred.
  • Prior experience facilitating technical
    workshops and/or focus group interviews.
  • Proven ability to work with international and
    multidisciplinary team members with minimal supervision.
  • Evidence of working with and coordinating
    with multidisciplinary and international team members
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask
  • Ability and availability to participate in
    field work during the planned assessment timeline.
How to Apply: 
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and
cover letter in English to: UgandaEMAConsultants@gmail.com. Please note the
position title in the subject line (Ex. “Logistics Assessment Specialist Market
Analysis Consultant”).
Deadline: 6th March, 2016
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