Humanitarian Cash and Markets Adviser

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The job of a Save the Children's Humanitarian Cash and Markets Adviser is diverse and highly rewarding.

· Are you a dynamic and driven individual who thrives on supporting others and solving problems, no matter how complex?

· Do you have the ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously and take ownership of your work?

· Are you able to cope with demanding and variable workloads and remain calm under pressure?

· Have you authored guidance and standard operating procedures on cash and voucher assistance in collaboration with other stakeholders?

· Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

As Cash and Markets Adviser you will work across the Save the Children movement and in the wider sector to inspire global change in the application and uptake of quality CVA and MBP. This pivotal role will see you achieve this by leading on the development of capacities and resources, the generation and dissemination of knowledge and best practice, and by promoting the uptake of CVA across our breakthroughs for children (survive, learn, be protected), within Save the Children and externally. **

You will be part of a high-performing team of five but, as a member of Save the Children’s family, you will be collaborating closely, and on a daily basis, with many other colleagues from other SC Member organisations, including international and regional offices. Thanks to your support, projects will be well designed, delivered in a safe and inclusive manner, and in compliance with SCI and donors’ procedures, and will have a positive, life changing impact on children’s health, their protection, and their ability to access education in humanitarian contexts.**

Main Accountabilities:

· Provide quality assurance in the development, operational set-up, and implementation of high priority and strategic awards with a CVA component

· In prioritised emergencies, provide backstopping, on-the-job mentoring, advice, and support to Country Office, Regional Office and deployed Cash & Market personnel

· When needed, in an emergency response, deploy to the field at short notice, to lead assessments, and to set-up and manage emergency relief programmes

· Help to develop and deliver a movement-wide capacity building strategy in cash and market-based programming.

· Help with the design and delivery of face-to-face and distance learning materials

· Contribute to the development, dissemination, and adoption of programme quality standards and state-of-the art MEAL related to CVA and MBP for child outcomes, including guidance, frameworks, tools

· When needed, identify and develop a global cohort of surge staff drawn from Country, Regional and Member pools

· As required, act as global focal point and mentor on CVA for specific child outcomes

· Contribute to Save the Children’s strategic direction, policies, and plans related to CVA Plus for child outcomes

· Represent Save the Children in relevant external technical platforms

· To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects Save the Children's commitment to
safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy

· A commitment to Save the Children’s vision, mission, values and approach

Person Profile

Essential Technical Skills

· Substantial direct experience in designing and implementing humanitarian and capacity building programmes with cash and market-based components for an international organisation, preferably in a managerial role

· Familiarity with key assessment methodologies to inform the design of CVA and market support interventions

· Experience in conducting CVA-sensitive needs assessment across multiple sectors and CVA Feasibility and Risk analysis

· Experience in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research, or willingness to learn

· Sound knowledge of the wider humanitarian sector, including personal or professional networks, and the current emergency institutional, legal and policy environment

· Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal

· Excellent time management skills and an ability to manage a complex and varied workload, perform to tight deadlines

· A willingness to travel extensively, for up to 30% of the time, often at short notice, and occasionally to remote locations

Personal Skills:

· Clear analytical skills and the ability to assimilate and process information on humanitarian and other issues

· Excellent inter-personal and leadership skills, and the ability to work within and / or lead large and diverse teams

· Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children

· Fluent written and spoken English (essential) with a relevant second language (desirable), e.g. Arabic, French, Spanish


  • An understanding of the specific needs of all humanitarian staff working across an INGO [highly desirable]
  • A second language, preferably French, Spanish or Arabic

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

How to apply