About the Role



  • Contribute to the further strategic and programmatic development of DRC’s CVA portfolio in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, across DRC’s Response Framework and its three programmatic platforms (Responding to Emergency; Solutions to Displacement; Addressing Root Causes). This includes further defining DRC’s strategic niche in building the self-reliance of conflict- and displacement-affected populations in fragile contexts through effective and timely emergency responses.
  • Review and refine the strategic uses, planning and design of Market Systems Approaches (including in support to basic needs, in close collaboration with the Regional Emergency Coordinator) including via facilitating strategic workshops and based upon relevant assessments and stakeholder consultations.
  • Ensure all CVA activities across operating countries adhere to globally approved cash-based programming standards.
  • Liaise with Global Economic Recovery Team, Global CVA lead and Global Emergency Unit on global initiatives (e.g. programme, policy, advocacy, research) and represent DRC externally at regional level in relevant technical, policy and advocacy forums and communities of practice.
  • Collaborate with other sector leads (e.g. Protection, Humanitarian Disarmament, CCCM and Peacebuilding, Environment, etc.) at country or regional level to explore options for integrated programming.

Capacity Strengthening

  • Identify technical and/or programmatic gaps and provide training, mentoring and capacity building as required, and specifically for technical line reports.
  • Complete regular field visits to deliver training, technical oversight, identify needs, provide support, trouble shoot, strengthen capacity, and ensure quality programming.
  • Specific areas of focus:
  • Rapid Market assessment and cash feasibility: support uptake/better use of targeted rapid market assessment and analysis, including labour market assessments, in support of market systems programming across DRC’s Response Framework.
  • Modality selection/due diligence: deepen DRC Economic Recovery and Emergency staff’s ability to undertake robust modality selection (across cash, vouchers, or in-kind – alone, or in combination with other assistance modalities such as service provision or infrastructure); systematically further embed and build capacity for the use of DRC’s Modality Due Diligence (MDD) tool in the design of Economic Recovery programs.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: support outcome monitoring to measure programme quality, and evaluate impact, cost-effectiveness and relevance.
  • Participation and accountability: support DRC operations to increase the participation of and their accountability to populations of concern.
  • MSA preparedness: support organisational preparedness for market systems programming (including CVA and uptake of digital payments in country operations).

Technical & Operational Support

  • Technical support: provide technical advice and support to Economic Recovery and Emergency teams on assessment, design, set-up, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting of higher quality, more timely and more accountable needs, preferences and market-based Economic Recovery programming on behalf of IDPs or refugees, and their host communities.
  • Act as Project Focal Point for dedicated EC Rec GFFO projects and ensure the projects meet outcomes, indicators and budgetary targets in a timely manner through monthly project review coordination meetings with AMs.
  • Quality assurance & compliance: follow up on the implementation of DRC’s minimum standards for Economic Recovery programming and lead the development, harmonization, rolling out of and training in core programme tools, guidance and standard operating procedures (SOPs) as required, with a particular focus on early recovery interventions. Assure compliance with DRC standards and procedures, and alignment with global and regional strategies, including through regular coordination with colleagues in support services at Regional and HQ levels.
  • Risk management: support organisational risk management related to MSA and for core Economic Recovery activities.

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Masters in social sciences, Economics, Development Studies or other relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years international field experience in similar roles with humanitarian and/or development INGO
  • Substantial experience in a technical advisory role and with hands-on programme management and implementation across the project/programme cycle
  • Demonstrable experience working on economic recovery and emergency cash-based programming in contexts of forced displacement.
  • Significant experience and demonstrated expertise in market systems programming in fragile contexts, financial inclusion and food security support.
  • Familiarity with self-reliance programming, including safety net and the Graduation Approach is a plus
  • Experience delivering targeted and high-quality technical training and capacity building, including in settings with remote technical management.
  • Familiarity with DRC’s other core sector of intervention, in particular Protection, WASH and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP) will be a plus.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills along with strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to determine priorities and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and coordination skills, including working with different groups, partners and nationalities, and experience in coordination mechanisms.
  • Experience in East Africa and Great Lakes, in particular in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is expected.
  • Ability to travel regularly within the region and beyond – including in conflict affected areas – for up to 4 weeks at a short time notice.
  • Proficiency in English is a strong preference, while other regional languages are beneficial.

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