Senior Livelihoods and Cash Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 607
Date Posted:Aug 7, 2019
Closing Date:Aug 24, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Social Science ,Business Administration ,Programme
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:4 - 6 Years
Contract Duration: Unspecified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About IFRC:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 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. The Strategy 2020 directs the work of IFRC to save lives and change minds.

The Country Office in Afghanistan supports Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) to work with people no one else can reach. IFRC team in Afghanistan is formed by circa 35 staff for an annual operational plan of around 5 million Swiss Francs.

IFRC country office is supporting ARCS in responding to the drought and floods emergency through an appeal launched in March 2019 while also implementing its yearly country development programmes. Both emergency operations and programmes focus on multi-sectoral interventions: shelter, health and care; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and livelihoods and basic needs; disaster risk reduction (DRR), protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) and strengthening the capacity of ARCS.

Cash-based interventions has become a critical modality for any emergency operation as well as through recovery and development programmes. They are also encouraged and expected by a growing number of international donors or by public institutions at country level. IFRC and Movement partners support ARCS in integrating a cash component in its emergency response while developing the capacities to enable ARCS to become ‘cash ready’ for both emergency, recovery or longer-term interventions.

IFRC and ARCS are also collaborating on enhancing livelihoods of the most fragile people and communities across the country, with a focus a pilot programme on Women’s empowerment targeting under-privileged women living in Marastoons or in impoverished communities.


The Livelihoods and Cash Officer will be part of the Country team with close and daily collaboration with ARCS focal points. S/he will report to the Operations Manager (cash and livelihoods in emergency) and the programme coordinator (livelihoods programmes, women’s empowerment flagship) with technical line to the Regional Livelihoods and Cash Preparedness Coordinators in Asia Pacific Regional Office. S/he will be the principal representative of IFRC to ensure ARCS livelihoods and cash activities are implemented in line with good practice and quality assurance that adheres to SPHERE standards and IFRC Community Engagement Accountability (CEA) framework. The main functions of the Livelihoods and Cash Officer will be to establish a strong coordination and linkages to include capacity building of ARCS Cash and Livelihoods focal points at HQ level and in the field to ensure that country programmes & operations activities are implemented successfully and on targets. S/he will also support the development of tailored proposals in supporting ARCS and IFRC joint country plans and priorities in cash and livelihoods in 2020. 


S/he will liaise with counterparts from ARCS, ICRC and partner National Societies, as well as external partners, such as UN agencies, I/NGOs, donors, bilateral and multilateral organizations and missions in line with the agreed work plan, as well as the priority tasks and responsibilities outlined in this job description. S/he will also represent IFRC along with ARCS Counterpart in Cash Working Group and or Food Security Coordination within the Country.

Job Summary:

The purpose of the livelihoods and cash officer position is to:

  • Facilitate and build strong relationships with National Society livelihoods and cash preparedness and technical teams to support Country Programmes and operations livelihoods, women empowerment and cash activities.
  • Provide training and continues capacity building of ARCS livelihoods and cash preparedness counterparts to ensure livelihoods and cash programming adhere to good practice and CEA framework;
  • Undertake livelihoods assessment to include market mapping and risk analysis related to the livelihood and cash component and contribute to the development of mitigation measures.
  • Ensure that ARCS livelihoods and cash field activities are supported technically and operationally with all necessary resources and all necessary milestones are captured, tracked and reported timely;
  • Support ARCS to ensure that minimum data collection e.g. establishment of baseline data gathering for beneficiary and prices, conduct regular market price monitoring and post distribution monitoring and evaluation processes are in place to measure the results and impact of programme interventions.
  • Support Resource Mobilization efforts through the development of tailored project proposals to support the emergency response or livelihoods programmes

The livelihoods and cash officer will work in close collaboration with the line manager, technical colleagues and with the regional livelihoods and cash focal points. S/he will be responsible for effective planning and management and successful implementation of livelihoods and cash activities according to the Country Programmes & country plans of action plans, IFRC guidelines and framework.

Skills Required:

knowledge of professional programsProject ManagementMonitoring Monitoring & EvaluationMicrosoft Office SkillsDetail OrientedMulti-taskingAccountability Communication CollaborationTeamwork

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:


  • At least 6 years of professional experience implementing livelihoods and cash transfer programming
  • At least 4 years of experience working with an international humanitarian organization
  • Understanding of the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (Preferred)
  • Experience in project management including project planning and monitoring (Preferred)
  • Experience in designing approaches to beneficiary management and communication that enhance accountability to beneficiaries (Preferred)

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to provide quality technical analysis and assessments
  • Skills in livelihoods and cash assessments and project implementation using participatory methodologies
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills of using Microsoft word, power point and excel
  • Strong commitment to team work and ability to work in a large team of volunteers (Preferred)
  • Demonstrate technical skills in coordinating and developing activities related to livelihoods and cash 
  • Comfortable working and communicating with number of National Societies in a diverse environment (Preferred)
  • Detail oriented, able to multi-task


  • Fluency in Dari and knowledge of Pashto
  • Fluently spoken and written English


  • National Societies Relations
  • Accountability
  • Communications
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism

Duties & Responsibilities:

Technically responsible for cash and livelihoods program ensuring design and implementation during emergencies, recovery and long term development program especially the women empowerment is well coordinated with ARCS - based on context specific, assessment and market analysis where program milestone/implementation plan are set up, success stories and evidence based are documented and captured through baseline, interviews, video recording and program evaluation as part of the program lessons learn for donor reporting;

  • Support to ARCS team to prepare plans for effective implementation of the livelihoods and cash activities that targets most vulnerable and marginalized groups and increases the resilience of the target rural communities including women affected by natural and made disasters.
  • Support ARCS to identify, prioritize and support communities to implement potential livelihood strategies that are less sensitive to existing and potential hazards and resilient to disasters.
  • Facilitate Women Empowerment initiatives in line with ARCS Marastoon strategy and oversee the overall implementation of the programme components in line with good practice on program cycle management and CEA framework.
  • Support strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of women & youth to enable their full and responsible participation in community forestry;
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies and interventions for household income-generation and savings among targeted women and youth. This includes assisting marginalized groups esp women in earning and saving income, managing money, provide guidance on financial management and allocating household resources for improved household security and achievement of projects objectives 
  • Develop livelihoods and cash tools that will be assess the targeted households or cases eligible for the livelihoods and cash support interventions.
  • Design and implement transparent selection of beneficiaries for multi-purpose cash and conditional cash grant activity based on community need assessment, clear selection criteria and participatory methods.
  • Plan and implement cash grant distribution and monitoring (mobile technology based) to support cash and livelihoods recovery activities. 
  • Facilitate capacity building of ARCS staff and volunteers in livelihoods and cash including provision of technical support during implementation of the same for Country programmes.
  • Support the implementation of baseline and PDM including price monitoring surveys to determine the impact of livelihoods and cash assistance. 
  • Develop market based interventions and tools for market assessment and need analysis. 
  • Maintain close coordination with IFRC and ARCS livelihoods,, Maraston and cash focal points to ensure timely execution of the projects under Emergency appeal and Yearly country programmes. .
  • Maintain close coordination with ARCS, ICRC, partner national societies, local clusters, cash working group, food cluster and government authorities and keep them fully informed of the Country programmes.
  • Ensure all livelihoods improvement strategies are gender-sensitive and promote women’s empowerment and gender equity in overall programme goals.
  • Develop narrative reports, updates and case studies on the livelihoods, Women empowerment and cash interventions of Country Programmes
  • In collaboration with country office and national society, draft and distribute timely information updates on activities of National Societies and the IFRC. Assist ARCS project counterparts on project implementation in field monitoring and accompany counterparts in field monitoring where appropriate and allowed.
  • Develop project financial plans and check both financial and narrative reports coming from ARCS project counterparts.
  • Mentor and transfer project management knowledge to ARCS counterparts.
  • To assist ARCS project counterparts in developing meetings, workshops and field trip plans and facilitation.
  • Translate/interpret to English and vice versa to Dari and Pashto (local languages) when required.      
  • Attend and report on UN cluster and working groups on livelihoods and CASH together with ARCS focal points.
  • Develop project proposals collaboratively with ARCS focal points, IFRC relevant technical leads and, as applicable, with external stakeholders.
  • Undertake other tasks and responsibilities as may be reasonably requested by line manager. 

Duties applicable to all staff

  • Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals
  • Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
  • Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


  • University degree (or equivalent relevant experience) preferably in economics, business administration, agriculture development, social sciences and or related field
  • Training courses: cash transfer programming/livelihoods, Kobo toolbox/data collection tools etc.
  • Knowledge of relevant tools, conceptual frameworks and current good practices in livelihoods including the use of cash transfer programming
  • Results focus and accountability

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