National Cash Transfer Specialist

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) -Ethiopia

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been implementing development and emergency response programming in Ethiopia for the last decades. Currently, FAO has implemented food security interventions by means of cash transfer programmes in several regions of Ethiopia. FAO has engaged in a wide range of Cash-Based Transfer- CBT (voucher schemes for agricultural inputs, input trade fairs, cash-for-work, conditional and unconditional cash transfers and Cash+). FAO specializes in cash transfer programs that promote agricultural production and food security and increase farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists’ resilience to natural shocks.

FAO intends to scale up the size and the scope of its CBT interventions in Ethiopia to address specific crises (desert locust) and longer-term recovery and development challenges. Therefore, FAO is seeking to recruit a National Cash Transfer Specialist. The terms of Reference for this specialist are developed below.

Reporting Lines

The position is under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Ethiopia, the direct supervision of the FAO Social Policy (social protection and Resilience Officer, to whom the specialist will report.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will provide technical and operational support to ensure proper implementation of cash based transfer interventions in FAO Ethiopia to address specific crises like desert locus and longer term recovery and development challenges.

Tasks And Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the Social Protection and Resilience officer, the specialist will:

  • Contribute towards the development of a range of Cash based transfer (CBT) plans and processes aligned with FAO programmes in Ethiopia;
  • Provide management support to specific CBT activities ensuring a coordinated approach with corporate programmes in compliance with FAO standards and procedures;
  • Conduct beneficiary needs assessments in targeted areas designed to provide timely reports to inform programme design;
  • Undertake market assessments to assess the feasibility of cash transfer programmes in selected regions of Ethiopia including Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, SSNP, and Tigray regions;
  • Undertake the assessment of financial service providers (FSP) designed to determine the presence in targeted areas of FSP able to disburse money in a secure, cost-efficient and timely way;
  • Liaise with FAO HQ – CSF – GMFU for guidance on methodology for the assessment of the Financial Service Providers and obtain approval on those selected for Ethiopia
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, NGOs and regional government to carry out analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of FAO CBT activities;
  • In collaboration with the M&E officer contribute to data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous standards are maintained;
  • Attain good knowledge of FAO CBT policies as well as guidelines, and other corporate tools used to implement CBT activities;
  • Keep up to date and advise on food insecurity developments in selected regions that may potentially affect upcoming FAO interventions to enable timely and appropriate programmatic changes;
  • Set up an accountability mechanism through which beneficiaries can provide feedback to FAO regarding the assistance they received
  • Liaise as needed with the FAO CBT team in Headquarters;
  • Attend Cash Working Group meetings in Addis Ababa;
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates should be nationals of Ethiopia
  • University degree in Rural Development, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Environmental Science, or other field of relevance to international development assistance
  • Minimum of five years of experience of working in different aspects of humanitarian and development topics relevant to cash programming with at least three years specifically on cash and voucher programming preferably for food security in humanitarian crises
  • Working knowledge English and the most widely used local language.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Good understanding of key concepts and application of food security and safety net programmes
  • Good understanding of CBT programming and specifically of the different transfer modalities used by FAO in its programmes: unconditional/conditional cash transfers, cash-for-work and vouchers as well as proven experience in assessing, designing, implementing and monitoring (CBT) programmes
  • Strong analytical skills for data collection, analysis, evidence generation and reporting
  • Good communication skills, ability to convey complex information
  • Solid knowledge of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) is desirable
  • Previous experience working with UN agencies and International organisations/ NGOs is desirable
  • Strong English communication skills, both written and oral
  • Fluency in other Ethiopian languages is desirable
  • High level of computer literacy in MS office applications and other relevant software applications

Selection Criteria

  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of cash and voucher programming preferably for food security in humanitarian crises;
  • Extent and relevance knowledge on key concepts and application of food security and safety net programmes;
  • Familiarity to work with UN agencies, Government and other partners;
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to travel frequently to rural areas of Ethiopia;
  • High proficiency in written and oral English
  • Fluency in other Ethiopian languages is desirable

Additional Information

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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