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The USAID/BHA funded ‘Ukraine Cash Consortium’ (UCC) was established in April 2022 to meet basic needs through provision of multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) and non-cash humanitarian aid to vulnerable Ukrainians, while also enhancing access to reliable information and the protection environment. It is a partnership primed by Mercy Corps and including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and People In Need (PIN) as well as multiple Ukrainian civil society organizations.
As the conflict moves into the second year, linking humanitarian cash programming with government-led shock responsive social protection mechanisms is an increasing priority across government and humanitarian actors. Cash transfers have a long history in Ukraine through social protection programs with many programs targeting different vulnerable populations across the country. Since the escalation of the conflict the Government of Ukraine has established a solid platform for delivering large scale humanitarian assistance yet alignment and integration between the international humanitarian response and locally systems are still in a nascent phase.
The UCC has taken several steps to consider elements of existing social protection systems into programme design and are working in coordination with the Cash Working Group on harmonization of humanitarian cash programming across different actors. The foundations for identifying and actioning linkages between humanitarian cash and social protection are set in terms of the intent of the UCC and the enabling environment in Ukraine. The UCC is now seeking to identify an experienced social protection expert to support the consortium’ social protection strategy development including as the response makes efforts to transition to locally led shock-response systems.
Purpose / Project Description:
The Consultant will lead the development of the UCC’s strategic direction as it considers alignment and integration with the government’s shock responsive social protection mechanisms and referrals to appropriate social protection services within the country. The Consultant will lead key research to analyze and identify entry points and any required strategic shifts for the consortium requiring coordination across consortium partners alongside proactive engagement in external facing social protection fora.
The Consultant will:
Research and learning
Strategic direction on social protection
Internal and external coordination and representation
Workshops and trainings
The Consultant will accomplish/deliver the following:
Timeframe / Schedule:
The Consultant will report to:
UCC Cash Technical Advisor / UCC Director when the Technical Advisor is not working.
Required Experience & Skills:
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