Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
National Professional Officer
Regular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
Target Start Date
Job Posting End Date
December 3, 2023
Standard Job Description
Assistant Programme CBI Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Programme CBI Officer is an active member of the bureau/field operation/division and is normally supervised by a professional member who manages and oversees the UNHCR cash assistance programmes. The incumbent supports to ensure that operations are compliant with the technical guidance and administrative instructions on CBI, and adequately monitored.
S/he normally receives guidance and direction from the Senior Programme CBI Officer or Programme CBI Officer or Programme Officer or other more senior staff. S/he may maintain close links with CBI staff in UNHCR HQ.
Internally the Assistant Programme CBI Officer will also liaise with UNCHR field offices and country offices. Externally s/he will liaise with Implementing and Operational Partners, National Governments, line ministries and UN agencies.
The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the Program Management Cycle.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
– Support the strategic and coherent use of CBI’s in the operations, assisting to ensure that CBI is maximised in assistance and service provision, strongly linking it to CRRF, MYMP and development, including linkages with Social Protection and Financial Inclusion.
– Support the review of and assist in coordinating the final clearance with DFAM of the CBI Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the operations, with support from more senior staff.
– Support the development of cash assistance programmes and support the senior management to ensure that CBI is fully, effectively integrated into the country operations plan for protection and solutions and Annual Program Planning and COP.
– Assist in ensuring compliance to HALEP and that CBI is included in the preparedness and response planning and be a first responder to new emergencies/ and returns situations to ensure operations are using CBI as a modality, in collaboration with more senior staff.
– Support the effective and coordinated procurement and contracting of Financial Service Providers by procurement/supply and finance.
– Provide technical support on planning and assist in policy making on activities within the area of CBIs as an integral part of UNHCR programmes including assessments, planning and budgeting, technical choices, legal and regulatory aspects, implementation modalities and coordination.
– Support and collaborate with sectors to increase the use of CBI in education, shelter, livelihoods and where applicable in health and WASH programmes.
– Support the adequate inter-agency coordination mechanisms on CBIs and assist in building and maintaining strong relations with partners, regional entities and represent UNHCR in CBI coordination, with support from more senior staff.
– Support the establishment of a sound monitoring process for cash assistance, with proper collection, use and monitoring of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyse CBI¿s performance. Assist the supervisor in analysing trends and target interventions including CBI expenditure, upstream and downstream activities.
– Assist the supervisor in assessing the technical soundness of the operations and generate data for evidence-based decisions.
– Assist the supervisor in fulfilling CBI related reporting requirements.
– Support the use of UNHCR corporate tools and systems.
– Perform other related duties as required.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Social or Political Science;
or other relevant field.
Certificates and/or Licenses
Relevant Job Experience
Experience in cash based assistance programmes, humanitarian programming or other relevant work experience. Knowledge and technical skills in set up, design, implementation and monitoring of CBIs.
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
The candidate is expected to have sound understanding and experience in CBI programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, principles of targeting and transactional mechanism. S/he ensures CBI operations are compliant with the technical guidance and administrative instructions on Cash Based Interventions and are adequately monitored. S/he receives technical guidance and direction from Programme CBI Officer or other senior staff, as applicable. The candidate should have good computer analytical, reporting and communication skills including coordination with key stakeholders. The Assistant Programme CBI Officer will also liaise with UNCHR field offices and country office. Externally s/he will liaise with implementing and operational partners, UN agencies and Iraq cash forum. The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the CBI Program Management Cycle. The candidate should have knowledge and understanding of UNHCR policies, principles, and strategies relating to CBI.
In addition, the ideal candidate possesses the following:
A team player with the ability to work with colleagues from diverse background.
Strong analytical skills and understanding on use of software/applications such as Cash Assist, Global Distribution Tool and Iris Cloud. And computer packages such as word, excel, access and PowerPoint.
Experience in procurement, contracting and management of Financial Service Providers by procurement/supply and finance.
Previous experience in application of results-based program management approaches in UNHCR.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations
Nature of Position
Living and Working Conditions
CB-Cash-based Programming/Managing/Planning, PG-UNHCR’s Programmes
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Economics, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Social Economics, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Social Science
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
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