Bangladesh: Note on Volunteer Incentive Rates (19.04.2018)
Currently, different levels of incentive are paid to refugee volunteers engaged in different roles, by different agencies. Refugees are also engaged in work using different terminologies, and with different goals in mind. A uniform approach to definitions and payment rates for specific tasks across implementing agencies will help to ensure no preference to a specific partner due to difference in rates, will help to clarify and manage two-way communications with communities on incentives, and will also help to manage relationships between the refugee and host communities. As programming for the refugee and host communities develops to include a broader scope of Cash-for-Work programming, it is also important to clearly define terminology.
There are various different rationales behind payment of incentives to beneficiaries and volunteers for labour in a humanitarian context: from providing support to project beneficiaries (CfW), to contribution to community cohesion and common goods and expense-recovery through stipends (community volunteer), to engaging daily labour to achieve a set operational objective (unskilled volunteer). Individual arrangements can be some combination of these factors. As sector-specific skilled roles get added to this guidance, the effect will be to help retain skilled Rohingya in their area of interest and profession by ensuring that volunteer incentives for skilled roles remain higher than those for unskilled labour.