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Terms of Reference
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Title: Cash-Based Interventions (CBI) Consultant, Nigeria Operation
Duty Station: Maiduguri, Nigeria
Sector/Unit: Cash-Based Interventions Section
Contract Type: Consultancy
Duration: 2 months (Phase I), with the possibility of 2 month extension (Phase II) dependent upon funding approval
While the overall security situation in North-East Nigeria remains volatile, the operational context has significantly evolved in recent months with intensified military operations by the Government resulting in improvements to humanitarian access in Borno and Yobe states. UNHCR has already carried out several protection assessments in newly liberated LGAs and begun to deliver interventions in Bama, Damboa, Dikwa and Monguno LGAs. Assessment data indicates that an additional 488,000 highly vulnerable individuals will require protection and assistance from UNHCR between now and December 2016. These trends are likely to continue into 2017.
In response, UNHCR is scaling up operations with an emphasis on; (a) reinforcing protection coordination through national and decentralized Protection Sector Working Groups (b) strengthening community-based protection through vulnerability screening, response and advocacy (c) improving camp coordination and camp management in newly liberated areas in partnership with existing stakeholders (d) increasing protection-sensitive assistance in the sectors of shelter and NFI, specifically through the provision of transitional shelter and distribution of essential household items (e) reducing recourse to negative coping strategies and stimulating livelihoods through cash-based interventions. In addition, UNHCR will continue to respond to the refugee dimension of the crisis in North-East Nigeria through the provision of protection, reception services and assistance to returning refugees currently estimated at 75,000.
Given the severity of the crisis in the North-East, UNHCR is currently providing assistance to IDPs, vulnerable individuals within host communities and returning refugees within camps and host communities based on vulnerability screening data. To date, assistance in all sectors of intervention have largely focused on the provision of in-kind assistance through direct or partner implementation. It should nevertheless be noted that other actors, specifically WFP, have undertaken feasibility studies and are in the process of rolling-out large-scale cash-based interventions in North-East with an emphasis on Borno and Yobe states.
UNHCR Nigeria would like to explore opportunities for initiating cash-based interventions in the sectors of shelter, NFI and livelihoods, as well as exploring the feasibility of multi-purpose cash grants for highly vulnerable households. In the medium-term, UNHCR Nigeria will be considering how to link emergency assistance to recovery and development and therefore the role MPGs could play in facilitating durable solutions for reintegration of returning refugees and IDPs could also be of interest.
As a result, Nigeria country operation is looking for a CBI expert to build the capacity of the office in assessing the feasibility and designing cash-based interventions with a view to guiding programme design and implementation in North-East Nigeria. The CBI expert will work closely with the sub office-office in Maiduguri, while coordinating closely with the Abuja Branch Office. Initial CBI assessments and capacity building will particularly focus on the North-East region, specifically Borno state where needs are greatest.
Scope of work and reporting structure
The CBI expert will build the capacity of the country office on institutionalizing CBIs with a particular focus on feasibility assessments, response analysis and programme design. The cash-based intervention expert will report to the Head of sub office, working closely with a CBI focal point and other members of a multi-functional team. In addition, the expert will coordinate with other stakeholders including Government and humanitarian actors well as the regional and HQ based CBI officers of UNHCR. The CBI expert will be based in Maiduguri and undertake regular missions to other field locations.
NFIs: Kitchen sets, mats and blankets, hygiene and dignity kits, solar lamps, mosquito nets and others.
Support to extremely vulnerable women.
MPGs in lieu of the above sectoral grants.
The feasibility study should include an assessment of the political feasibility, protection benefits and risks, delivery options and cost-efficiency. In particular, the CBI expert will look at areas where sectoral or multi-purpose cash grants (MPGs) will be appropriate.
A capacity building work plan is established and relevant training for staff is carried out.
A CBI feasibility assessment is completed in two states, available response options are analyzed and recommendations are provided.
Standard operating procedures are developed according to UNHCR guidelines and good practice established.
A multi-year CBI operations strategy is drafted and shared with management.
Qualification and Experience:
To apply, please submit your CV and/or UN P11, along with a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th. Please include the position title (CBI Consultant, Nigeria Operation) in the subject line.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Thank you for your interest.