Cash & Voucher Assistance Consultant

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UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025) focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

Since 2016 as part of the Grand Bargain, UNFPA joined donors, other UN agencies and NGOs in its commitment to scaling up high quality, well-coordinated Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) that maximizes results for women, girls, and youth during crises, leaving no one behind. UNFPA issued corporate commitments and guidelines on CVA in 2021 and started to scale-up the integration of CVA across its different programs. UNFPA is also uniquely positioned as both an operational UN agency, working closely with local and national partners, and as the coordination lead of the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) and national GBV coordination groups to promote quality CVA.

UNFPA in Türkiye and UNFPA Türkiye Cross-Border office (TXB) for North West Syria (NWS), have integrated CVA into their programing on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and prevention and response to GBV and protection for the needs of women and girls and other mandate groups, supporting their rights, safety and dignity. Following the earthquake in Türkiye and North West Syria (NWS), UNFPA expanded its CVA support to respond to the immediate needs of its target groups within the affected population of nationals, refugees and IDPs. Leveraging its lead role of the GBV sub-working group and sub-cluster, UNFPA will also make efforts on GBV risk mitigation in cash and vouchers programming through collaboration with the national cash working group and the biggest cash actors.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Humanitarian Programme Manager, the incumbent supports the design, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the UNFPA CVA programs. The incumbent will work closely with the implementing partners, affected community and MEAL and PSEA teams, and supports the assessment of the opportunities and challenges for the CO on CVA according to contextual and programmatic changes, monitors the impact of programs and documents best practices and successful outcomes. The incumbent will also represent UNFPA in the cash coordination platforms in the country and TXB/NWS.

The consultant is expected to work for 6 months between 1 April 2023 – 30 September 2023 and the consultancy will be Gaziantep based. Office space and computer will be provided in Gaziantep.

Consultant is expected to travel to program implementation sites across Turkiye based on safety/security conditions. The travel expenses of the consultant will be covered by the UNFPA in accordance with UNFPA Travel Policy.

The consultant will provide monthly activity reports (electronic),  including the details of working days and tasks on the last working day of each month and the acceptance of services at the end of each completed month will be certified through a Certification of Payment to be countersigned by both parties (IC and UNFPA) and  a monthly activity report to be submitted by the consultant including the details of completed tasks and progress.

You would be responsible for:

          Strategies, Policies and capacity-building

  • Supporting the development and strengthening of UNFPA Türkiye and TXB/NWS CVA approaches, operational arrangements and procedures in place.
  • Supporting and collaborating with technical colleagues to mainstream and increase the use of CVA in GBV in Emergencies, SRH in Emergencies, and access to dignity items and family planning services, and other, in their relevant humanitarian-development programming and strategies.
  • Providing ongoing CVA capacity building and coaching to technical specialists (GBV, SRH, Humanitarian, Operations/Finance, etc.).
  • Identifying opportunities and developing recommendations for a more systematic mainstreaming of CVA across UNFPA’s programmatic interventions in the country.
  • Advising the Country Office on UNFPA strategic positioning on the use of CVA, based on best practices, country specificities and partners’ comparative advantages.
  • Assessing the impact of UNFPA Türkiye and cross border CVA programs, their technical strengths and weaknesses and generate data for evidence-based decisions.
  • Supporting the Country Office and cross border team with CVA-related donor reporting requirements, contribute to knowledge management products, program development and resource mobilization.Technical Support and Implementation
  • Leading on the analysis and feasibility of using CVA, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the CVA within programs, as per context-specificities.
  • Collating and reviewing information on financial infrastructure and available delivery mechanisms and advise on related opportunities and constraints.
  • Developing an action plan and timetable for all UNFPA Türkiye/XB programs using CVA.
  • Coordinating and facilitating planning and budgeting for implementing partners work plan development.
  • Providing CVA technical assistance, capacity building  and advice to implementing partners.
  • Supporting the establishment of standardized data management, data sharing and data protection arrangements.
  • Ensuring Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) is streamlined across the CVA program implementation cycle with attention to information sharing to beneficiaries, community inclusion in program implementation, complaints and response mechanism and continuous learning.
  • Together with the other technical colleagues involved, ensuring adequate and timely follow up with implementing partners on activities implemented at the field level.
  • Supporting the office’s monitoring process for CVA, with collection, use and monitoring of baselines, standards and indicators to measure and analyze performance.
  • Drafting, reviewing and providing technical feedback for CVA related reports and proposals.
  • Leading on CO compliance with UNFPA CVA guidelines (risks analysis, data protection, CVA checklist, etc.).
  • Supporting with the documentation, application and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned.Coordination
  • Coordinating inter-agency activities on CVA, including representing UNFPA at the Cash Working Group meetings and help create linkages with sector/cluster plans and programs; and advocate for UNFPA strategic positions on CVA in related cash coordination forums. Provide oversight to the CO office on formalization of external partnerships on CVA, including with WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, etc.
  • Coordinating the work on GBV risk mitigation in cash programming more specifically through the lead of the GBV Sub-Sector and Sub-working Group and in collaboration with the national and cross border Cash Working Groups.

Qualifications and Experience: 

Education and Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree social sciences, gender studies, health or any related field
  • Minimum 4 years of program/project management and/or coordination in humanitarian, early recovery or development settings with a bachelor’s degree or minimum 2 years with a master’s degree, including at least 2 years of experience in designing and implementing cash and voucher programs.

Skills and Competencies: 

  • Solid knowledge of CVA concepts and approaches, including feasibility assessment.
  • Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications, integrated web-based management systems, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Advanced university degree in public health, international development, social sciences, public policy, or any related field is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience with Gender equality/GBV program or/and Sexual and Reproductive Health is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination is an asset.
  • Understanding gender and protection considerations in CVA is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity-building and training is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Turkish.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


Required Competencies: 


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change


Core Competencies: 

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,


Functional Competencies:

  • Delivering results based on programs
  • Providing a technical support



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