Regional Cash Logistics Officer

Regional Cash Logistics Officer (outposted consultancy)

Strong candidate identified

Date of issue22-02-2021
Closing date (Geneva time zone)08-03-2021
Duty station: Vietnam
Duty station status: N/A
Accompanied status: N/A
Duration01.04.2021 - 31.12.2021
Category of Staff: Consultant
Grade: To be determined
Vacancy NoIFRC04897
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
Organizational Context
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organisation established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency, coordination, and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat’s headquarters is organized in three main business groups: (i) Partnerships, including Movement and Membership; (ii) Programmes and Operations; and (iii) Management Services.
Job Purpose
The Cash Logistics Officer shall work together with the Global Humanitarian Service & Supply Chain Management Asia Pacific team. The major role of the Cash Logistics Officer will be
  • Work together with Cash Program, Logistics counterpart (both IFRC and NSs) within region to build the cash-readiness and disseminate appropriate tools and documentation, organizing and facilitating training and workshop.
  • Manage the procurement of the Financial Service Provider FSP ensuring that appropriate and capable FSP(s) are selected and contracted in line with IFRC procurement procedures and the delivery of multipurpose cash grant to the targeted population as part of the Emergency Appeal, efficiently and effectively.
  • Final report including lessons learnt and recommendations for the rollout of the Movement cash-logs readiness roll out for aspects including training, tools, and advocacy messaging.
This role would suit (a) an experienced logistician with procurement knowledge looking to develop their cash-readiness skills specifically around the selection, evaluation, and management of a Financial Service Provider (FSP) contract or (b) a logistician/cash programming with strong cash experience who intends to build their capacity around procurement. Ideally the person has completed the Cash for Support Services (CfSS) training or a similar cash Level II training course and/or the Practical Cash in Emergencies Training (PECT). Having previously deployed in a cash-logistics role is a bonus but strong desire to apply the cash-logistics theory learnt on the training is essential.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities
  • Provides support/remote support to CO/CCST within region requiring expertise in Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA)
  • Develops regional knowledge of all context and dynamics related to CVA.
  • Works in collaboration with the GHS&SCM AP and Global Logistic Cash Team to:
    • Disseminate the vision of Logistics regarding Cash and Voucher Assistance.
    • Record lessons learned, build strong case studies and best practice to implement throughout regions.
    • Participate in the dissemination and contextualizing of existing tools, approaches and methodologies for CVA to be used by Logistics.
    • Harmonize tools and procedures across the regions.
    • Identify key next stages and issues to work on at regional and global level.
    • Increase visibility of cash-readiness across the region.
  • Participate and facilitate other relevant workshops, seminars, and trainings.
  • Carries out short to medium term assignments to CO/CCST requiring expertise in CVA accompanying the Logistics team in country through key phases including:
    • Assist the Logistics team in building a strong collaboration with other departments concerned by the implementation of CVA activities to better contribute to planning, follow-up, reconciliation and closing of CVA activities.
    • Engage in the assessment of market capacity and performance and prepare analysis in collaboration with Cash Program colleagues. Assess the feasibility and appropriateness of CTP within the range of other of other possible options to meet identified needs.
    • Manage the provision of procurement of the FSP - Identification, assessment, and selection of financial service providers/vendors for the tender process. Provide advice on how to ensure a smooth communication, timely reception of feedback, materials, and reports.
    • Establish local/regional framework agreement with financial service provider.
    • Ensure compliance with the IFRC Procurement Procedures and CTP SOPs
    • Provides general advice to help Logistics teams in “restructuring and/or reorganizing” themselves to answer the need of growing CTP budgets.
  • Ready for deployment to support the operation needs as and when needed.
Scope & impact:
  • Contributes to an integrated, holistic, organization-wide approach to CVA.
  • Geographic remit: regional
  • Internally, interacts with the GHS&SCM (headquarters/regional) and other staff members (counterparts at CO/CCST, Cash Program and Operations Management at global and regional, Finance, Administration, and other functions)
Externally, interacts with other humanitarian agencies and stakeholders in the logistics section as well as financial service providers and suppliers/vendors involved in CTP activities in various CO/CCST (across a region)
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in managing the procurement of goods and services for operations
  • Understanding and experience in general logistics
  • Experience in market and cash and voucher programming
  • Knowledge of IFRC procurement procedures
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent knowledge and experience
  Knowledge, skills and languages
  • In-depth grasp of international procurement practices including legal aspects
  • Problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse operational procurement impact, including at operational/institutional levels
  • Commercial acumen and Proven negotiating skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in matrix environment
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and cross-functional environment, strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deliver efficient operational procurement in a challenging environment
  • Ability to synthesise and analyse complex data
  • Fluently spoken and written English
  • A broad understanding of humanitarian issues, disaster recovery and related organization
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)
  Competencies and values
Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

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