NRC recruits 01 Cash & Markets Specialist

NRC recruits 01 Cash & Markets Specialist


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.
We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people’s rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies.Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council.Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present in five regions in Ethiopia, providing refugees and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives. NRC works within the sectors of Education, Shelter, WASH, Livelihood and Food Security, ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), and Child Protection.

The Cash & Markets specialist (national) will help NRC Ethiopia institutionalise market based programmes (MBP) including cash and voucher interventions, design and implement its market based programme activities, as well as support the coordination of cash activities across the humanitarian community in Ethiopia. The Cash & Markets Specialist will work under the Head of Programs in Addis Ababa and will liaise with core competency specialists (WASH, Livelihoods and food security, education, shelter and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance), thematic advisers (including protection) and support team (finance and logistics in particular).

NRC Ethiopia envisages programs (single core competency and integrated) that are market sensitive, incorporating cash and/or voucher assistance and market support and strengthening activities where appropriate.

The NRC has a growing portfolio of market based programming experience, especially in cash and voucher assistance in Emergency Shelter and Livelihoods and Food Security (cash-for-food and cash-for-livelihood grants), as well as through the child protection program in Shire.

The Cash & Markets specialist will therefore work very closely with area offices and core competency specialist staff – providing on-job capacity building, technical support on market assessments and cash-specific issues such as contracting financial service providers, protection concerns related to cash distributions, collecting and analysing post-distribution monitoring data, etc. for programme development and quality management.

NRC is a member of the national Cash Working Group (CWG) and the Multi-Purpose Grant Technical Working Group (MPG TWG). A key role of the Cash & Markets Specialist will be to represent NRC on these groups by providing updates and contributing to discussions and tasks assigned in order to enhance cash and voucher assistance coordination and technical capacity in Ethiopia. It will also include actively participating in all cash-related matters in inter-agency process– in particular the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

The Cash and Markets Specialist is also responsible for participating in activities held by cash consortiums including the newly established Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) . The role will also include leading and contributing to development of proposals that have cash components.

Job description

Attend and contribute to the Cash Working Group (CWG), the Multi-Purpose Grant Technical Working Group (MPG TWG) meetings.
Participate in Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) meetings and carry out related tasks.
Engage / participate in market based programming and cash and voucher related workshops and platforms if seen as strategic and relevant.
Coordinate cash-related matters in inter-agency process, working closely with OCHA– in particular the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
Lead (in collaboration with Heads of Programme and Support) the institutionalisation of market based programmes including cash and voucher assistance.

Contribute to increasing NRC programme and support staff market based programme and cash-related technical competence through capacity building, developing and rolling out policy documents, guidance, tools and relevant SOPs.
Lead and/ or support market assessments working closely with other programme units (especially logistics and the emergency team).
Provide technical support to NRC programme and support units in relation to design and implementation of market based programmes including cash and voucher programmes.
Support M&E in designing data collection tools and analysing monitoring data for market based programme and cash projects.
Conduct cash and market-specific technical research and document learning, findings and recommendations for future consideration and action.


Minimum 5 years of relevant experience within field of expertise
Bachelor Degree in economics, development, business or related field

Education field

  • Social science

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor’s degree

Personal qualities

Technical specific knowledge from the humanitarian sector
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented technical competences related to the position’s responsibilities
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Strong coordination skills
Strong inter-personal skills and a collaborative attitude and willingness to work in a team
Ability to multitask
Creativity, curiosity and willingness to try new things and to challenge the status quo
Experience working with vulnerable communities and people (displaced people, women, youth)
Strong computer skills – proficiency in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel is mandatory
Fluency in English, both written and verbal
Experience with cash programming in the development/ humanitarian field
Experience with market analysis in the humanitarian sector
Experience with inter-agency coordination in the development/ humanitarian field
Very strong analytical skills (experience in collecting and analysing data)
Strategic thinking
Planning and delivering results
Working with people
Communicating with impact and respect
Handling insecure environments


  • English

We offer

Commencement: ASAP, shortlisting and Interviews will continue as applications are received
Contract period: 12 Months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
Duty station: Addis Ababa with 50% travel to Area Offices
“Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as NRC offers attractive salary and benefit with on-the-job training opportunities!”

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: More than 100 days travel


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