Programme Specialist – Emergency CBT, Somalia At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Closing date: Friday, 7 July 2023


Programme Specialist – Emergency CBT

Job Posting: 23/Jun/2023

Closure Date: 07/Jul/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRSOM

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Somalia

Duration : Up to 6 months, with possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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  •  FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  •  Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  •  FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  •  All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the Implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO’s global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia, the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and the Emergency Programme Coordinator, and in close collaboration with FAO Emergency Units and Team in Somalia.

Technical Focus

The Cash Based Transfer (CBT) specialist is responsible for technically supporting the FAO Cash Transfer (CT) intervention in Somalia. The CT Specialist will specifically focus on quality assurance, technical support, and developing communication products, reports, and internal and external sharing tools.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Coordinate the formulation, planning, timely implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of CBT, ensuring high operational standards and compliance with FAO corporate rules and regulations;
  •  Provide contributions to ongoing processes required for the implementation of Cash Transfer modalities, including, but not limited to: – market assessments and feasibility analyses – identification and contracting of financial service providers (FSP) – identification and engagement of service providers/implementing partners – development of partnerships, beneficiary selection and registration – development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) – information, awareness raising and other direct communications with beneficiaries throughout implementation
  •  Manage the day-to-day relationship with service providers/partners and financial service providers and other partners FAO engages with for the targeting, distribution, verification and monitoring of CBT interventions;
  •  Serve as a liaison and facilitate discussions with local stakeholders including private sector organizations; humanitarian NGOs and local government institutions as necessary to inform the above processes and to ensure appropriate information exchange;
  •  Participate in information, awareness raising and other direct communication campaigns with beneficiaries, implying field visits should the security situation allow or alternative means as functional to the process;
  •  Support the establishment of relevant tools for the post distribution tracking, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Cash Transfer delivery and ensure their regular roll out by FAO and Partners;
  •  Regularly participate and represent FAO in relevant meetings and sub-teams of the Cash Working Group and other fora and discussions on cash transfers, vouchers, social protection and related topics, to orient and inform FAO’s own programming (in terms of potential partners, preferred approaches, delivery mechanisms, transfer value, etc.);
  •  Contribute to the formulation of the Cash Transfer component of pipeline projects, proposals, concept notes, reports and strategic documents based on ongoing experience;
  •  In the course of the work, support with the identification and documentation of Cash Transfer-related good practices that have a potential to enhance the quality of FAO’s future interventions and support their dissemination throughout the organization as opportune;
  •  Facilitate the technical implementation of mobile money (MM) modalities, by fine-tuning MM workflows, documenting lesson learnt, drafting SOPs, and training materials for all stakeholders involved in MMO;
  •  Contribute to the formulation and Technical review of reports, resource partner reports, and internal reports, as far as CBT interventions are concerned;
  •  Support work on Accountability to Affected Population (AAP), particularly designing communication campaigns and ensuring mainstreaming approach in an emergency context;
  •  Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  •  University degree in management, accounting, economics or related field.
  •  Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated relevant experience in field-level implementation of humanitarian assistance programmes.
  •  Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSA, working knowledge of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Work experience in more than one location or area of work
  •  Extent and relevance of experience in CBT modalities and Mobile Money Operations
  •  Familiarity with the Humanitarian context and architecture
  •  Experience in humanitarian cash assistance is a strong asset

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  •  FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  •  Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
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  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  •  To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  •  Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  •  Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
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  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered
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  •  Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  •  Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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