Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Specialist, P-4, UNFPA, Ukraine

United Nations Population Fund

Background Information:

UNFPA requires a CVA expert to lead its cash response and coordination for Ukraine. The CVA Specialist will support strategic decision-making and oversee the technical roll-out and scale-up of CVA programming as part of UNFPA’s IDP and refugee response. The CVA Specialist will advise and influence decisions in relevant coordination fora so that women, girls and adolescents are considered in the design, targeting and risk mitigation related to multipurpose cash and other sectoral cash.

The successful candidate will be based with the UNFPA Ukraine country office. The incumbent Reports to the Senior Emergency Coordinator/Deputy Representative and works in close collaboration with the Assistant Representative.


Representation and Coordination

  • Regularly represent UNFPA in Cash Working Group meetings and ensure that all relevant assessments are considered in UNFPA’s plans.
  • Coordinate with CWG co-chairs OCHA and ACTED as well as national NGOs to consider piggybacking on existing delivery mechanisms.
  • Coordinate with the Health, WASH, Protection, Shelter/NFI Clusters to influence the composition and roll out of MPCA to include sexual and reproductive health related costs and protection related costs.
  • Coordinate closely internally with SRH and GBV experts in country to ensure that CVA is designed to meet the expressed needs of women and girls to overcome barriers to access to SRH and GBV services.
  • Coordinate with OCHA, WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR and other key cash actors to ensure that GBV considerations and risk mitigation are adopted and to ensure that SRH needs arise considered in minimum expenditure basket (MEB) calculations and that complementary CVA will not be ruled out to address women’s specific needs.
  • Support inter-agency coordination mechanisms on CVA such as GBV and CVA task forces; CVA and health. Coordinate as appropriate with the GBV & CVA Roving Specialist (HO) about GBV risk mitigation in CVA / MPCA.

Technical Support and Oversight

  • Ensure routine consideration and feasibility analysis of CVA (programmatic, operational, partnership, capacity) in UNFPA Ukraine emergency programming.
  • Provide technical lead on assessments, planning and budgeting, technical choices, legal and regulatory aspects, implementation modalities and coordination in line with UNFPA’s CVA Guidelines and associated policies and procedures.
  • Lead technical design and oversight of CVA including advice to CO senior management
  • Ensure relevant inter-agency assessments are consulted to inform design
  • Assess the capacity of existing implementing partners and explore new partnerships as necessary, in collaboration with the Ukraine CO
  • Ensure alignment and compliance with the UNFPA CVA Guidelines and relevant financial policies and procedures
  • Lead on UN-to-UN, implementing partner and/or financial service provider agreements and related standard operating procedures, data sharing agreements etc. Explore and secure, as relevant, agreement with implementing partners, “piggybacking” arrangements for FSP contracts and for the delivery of CVA itself, via UN sister agencies and other potential partners
  • Ensure integration with the work of other technical specialists (e.g. Gender, GBV, Youth/Adolescents, SRH, Humanitarian, Operations) in CVA

Monitoring, Reporting and Programme Development

  • Lead the establishment of a sound monitoring process for CVA, with proper collection, use and monitoring of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze performance and ensure linkages to inter-agency PSEA.
  • Ensure technical soundness of the operations and generate data for evidence-based decisions
  • Develop or adapt monitoring tools to the Ukraine response and share with UNFPA’s EECARO Regional CVA Community of Practice as appropriate.
  • Lead CVA-related internal and donor reporting requirements for the response
  • Support the use of UNFPA corporate tools and systems and policies.
  • Contribute to knowledge management products, programme development and resource mobilization.

Any Other Duties

  • The incumbent will carry out any other duties that may arise as needed by the supervising office.
  • Act as a member of the CO Senior Management team working towards ensuring effective, efficient, scaled-up, and principled humanitarian and development programming in Ukraine.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Relevant postgraduate (Master’s or above) degree in international relations, humanitarian affairs, economic development, or social sciences.
  • Seven years of professional experience working on CVA programming in humanitarian and/or early recovery settings. Proven knowledge and technical skills in set up, design, implementation and monitoring of CVA from a multisectoral and/or protection perspective.
  • Demonstrated experience in CVA interagency coordination.
  • Understanding and proven application of gender and protection considerations in CVA and global issues/trends in this area.
  • Demonstrated experience in humanitarian programme management in CVA or sectoral areas and/or in linking CVA to social protection.
  • Experience working in a politically sensitive conflict context is an asset.
  • Knowledge of and work experience in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region is an asset.
  • Expertise in gender, protection, GBV and/or health is an asset.
  • Strong communications and advocacy skills. Experience advocating for the use of CVA is an asset.
  • Fluency in English required. Ukrainian is an asset but not required. Cash coordination meetings take place in English.

How to apply

Please apply directly on our UNFPA website: