Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Job Title: Technical Advisor I / Resource Transfer Manager
Reports to: Head of Office
Department: Operations – MILE Project
Salary Grade :9
Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi
About CRS: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.
CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
Background: CRS is leading a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and international/national research institutions to implement a five-year USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) called Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE).
The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: The Resource Transfer Manager will ensure effective coordination and management of MILE resource transfer activities across different interventions and activities such as conditional and unconditional cash transfers, in-kind resource transfer, DiNER (diversity in nutrition and enhanced resilience) Fairs, and vouchers, among others.
As a member of the Operations team, s/he will work closely across the programming and operations departments to ensure efficient payments that adhere to risk management strategies through effective segregation of duties throughout the process.
- Work closely across the programming and operations departments to ensure efficient resource transfer that adhere to risk management strategies through effective segregation of duties.
- Manage resource transfers using the CAT (cash and asset transfer) platform or other beneficiary and resource transfer management platform for beneficiary registrations, intervention setups, distribution planning, transfers and distribution reporting.
- Oversee all project level resource transfers through a clear schedule linked closely to the annual detailed implementation plans. Authorize the release of resources and verify that there are no- duplications in recipients.
- Support and conduct market assessments to determine the appropriate form of assistance, including cash, voucher, in-kind distributions, and market support interventions.
- Adapt and/or create (when relevant) guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the use of CAT and/or other beneficiary and resource transfer management platforms for the project cycle (set up; integration with other relevant systems, beneficiaries management, vendor management, card and device management, payments/transfers, MEAL, etc.).
- Build capacity of operations team on the use of CAT and/or other beneficiary and resource transfer management platforms.
- Ensure compliance with national and donor reporting requirements related to resource transfer.
- Verify compliance to CRS and donor’s policy and procedures at every step of the process flow, particularly with respect to segregation of duty.
- Troubleshoot when issues arise to ensure efficient payments.
- Report and address duplication of services.
- Authorize release of resources according to SOPs.
- Liaise with other relevant resource transfer projects, programs, and providers (to be determined).
- Contribute to the development of project learning in the area of cash (vouchers), in-kind resource transfer, and markets, as well as related MEAL.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in Administration, Data Management, Computer Sciences, Information Management, Emergency Relief, Rural Development or related studies.
- Previous experience with a beneficiary and resource transfer management platform.
- At least 5 years of professional experience 2 of which should be related to operational management of resource transfer programs.
- Demonstrated skills in cash and markets programs.
- Experience in market assessment.
- Demonstrated skills and enthusiasm for use of ICT4D.
- Ability and proven experience transferring knowledge through formal and informal training.
- Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in cash and market programming including knowledge of SEEP Minimum Economic Recovery Standards.
- Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
- Previous experience in USAID projects; FFP a plus.
- Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
- Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
- Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
- Manages financial resources with integrity.
- Excellent communication skills.
Travel Required: 30% field travel
Key Working Relationships:
- Supervisory: none
- Internal: MILE Chief of Party, MILE DCOP – Operations, MILE DCOP – Programming, CRS Kenya Head of Operations, CRS Kenya operations pooled support, MILE County Research Coordinators, other MILE Managers, all Country Program staff, Regional and Headquarters technical staff.
- External: Consortium partners, implementing partners, government bodies at different levels, especially those related to resource transfers.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.
We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday September 30, 2019.
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Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment
CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer