Cash-Based Program Specialist, Bangladesh Refugee Response

Cox's Bazar
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


As part of the Response, the role is to assist in the designing, implementation and monitoring of cash Based Program, ensuring that objectives are met through the effective and efficient implementation of cash based program, conditional and unconditional cash grants, vouchers programming for agriculture, livestock, community infra-structure, shelter and other initiatives as well as capacity building support to World Vision staff and its local NGO Partners.


Design, Develop Cash Based Program:

  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to design the Cash Based Program (CBP) project with objective to ensure food insecure communities have the capacity to access food markets throughout the life of the project.

Project Management:

  • Ensure project is running according to the agreed timeframe and Detailed Implementation Plan.

  • Manage Field Monitors responsible for Cash distribution in their designated operation areas.

  • Setup CBP project team and ensure each staff contributes to the project outcomes according to the plan.

  • Participate in the assessment of community needs and resources, collection of base line data to assist in project implementation.

  • Initiate and manage the beneficiary registration and verification processes.

  • Following the agreed plan of action, implement the program to schedule, reporting any delays and deviations immediately.

  • Prepare cash distribution plan for the relevant beneficiaries.

  • Ensure payments of cash to participants are accurate and according to the criteria.

  • Submit cash distribution plans to CFS&L Lead to be reviewed and to be submitted to the payment institutions such as Banks, Postal Office, Mobile Banking, etc.

  • Plan and monitor all field activities, i.e. appointments, meetings, cash/food distributions, monitoring and beneficiary follow-ups.

  • Setup/revise project budget and monitor its implementation. Ensure all expenditures according to WV financial policies and manual.

Management of Cash Project Activities:

  • Establish list of cash-transfer activities and track the completion of each activity.

  • Establish list of cash-transfer beneficiary by gender per activity.

  • File all contracts and agreement with communities.

  • Work closely with the CFS&L Lead to ensure timely procurement and delivery of project resources. Ensure appropriate paperwork is provided.

  • Monitor the transfer-value to ensure its efficacy / relevancy to the current retail price. If transfer-value no longer relevant, revise the transfer-value by engaging relevant stakeholders and revise project budget accordingly.

  • Periodically review cash delivery agent to ensure their efficiency and identify areas of improvement.

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Ensure proper documentation of program processes is upheld, i.e. distribution plans, beneficiary lists, cash requisition, distribution reports, working with all stakeholders.

  • Together with M&E unit setup monitoring indicators and ensure M&E unit are delivering monitoring reports on regular basis.

  • Maintain all documentation relating directly to Cash Transfer activities required to ensure accountability to WV SOs and the right bearers/ beneficiaries of this project.

  • Prepare timely and accurate periodic reports as required by CFS&L Lead.

  • Assist the CFS&L Lead to prepare timely and factual annual, quarterly, and monthly management reports, and other reports as needed.

  • It is mandatory to take care all the information especially the key documents and back up the information on regularly basis.

  • Together with M&E Officer to identify area for research to deepen the learning around CBP.

Community Help Desk Management:

  • Under the guidance of Research M&E Specialist, establish the community Help Desk.

  • Handle community complaint promptly and responsibly. Ensure all complaints are registered and filed. Record action taken to resolve complain.

Other related duties:

  • Communicate with the community and other stakeholders the objectives of the Cash Transfer Project.

  • Provide accurate financial acquittals of Cash and Travel advances.

  • Supervise project staff, organize training and provide operational leadership.

  • Support the Cash Officer to monitor, control and evaluate budget and actual expenditures, on a monthly basis and strictly adhere to WVI financial policies and procedures.

  • Liaise with Government and other stakeholders and represent World Vision in the area of project implementation.

  • Attend periodic operational, staff and other meetings at district and national level, representing the organization.

  • Participate in the evaluation of the impact of project interventions.

  • Network with other projects, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and key agencies in the project area to prevent duplication and to enhance project quality, innovation and sustainability.

  • Attend and participate in weekly chapel and daily devotional meetings (or conduct own when in the field during this time).

  • Provide support or participate in the monitoring activities schedule by the M&E team.

  • Any other duties as designated by the Food Resource Team Leader.


  • Must have at least a Bachelor or Master’s degree in in economics, social science, agriculture or other relevant field preferred; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.

  • At least 5 years of practical experience in humanitarian related work.

  • Good theoretical and working knowledge of Cash-Based Programming.

  • Good working knowledge of WFP, USAID, EU, CIDA and other food resource donor guidelines.

  • Extensive understanding of Social Safety Nets, Livelihoods and associated methodologies (e.g. Logical framework approach, results-based management, most significant change etc.)

  • An understanding of labour based interventions (FFA/FFW).

  • Understanding of basic economics i.e. elasticity of demand and supply and substitution effects.

  • Ability to articulate the disincentive hypothesis as it relates to food aid and the possible interactions between food and markets (labour and commodity).

  • A clear appreciation of coping mechanism and strategies.

  • Analytical and systematic in approach, yet able to think and act strategically.

  • Experience in Project Management.

  • Proven skills in process and group facilitation, training and capacity building.

  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership, people management, coaching, mentoring, and team building skills.

  • Strong problem identification, analytical and solving skills.

  • Strong competency in proposal & report writing, monitoring and budgeting skills.

  • Experience working with communities and local governments, INGOs, donors and other key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet strict deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Demonstrates cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina. Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

  • Ability to live and work in difficult remote areas and travel extensively.

  • Ability to maintain performance despite intense workload and work pace.

  • Committed to World Vision Core Values and Mission Statement.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Computer skills.

  • Working knowledge of programs/projects cycle management.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all staff and other key partners.

  • Good planning and organizational skills.

  • Financial and program management skills.

  • Human Resource skills.

Working Environment/Travel:

  • Work environment: Field Office based.

  • Travel: 20 % Domestic/international travel may be required.

  • On call: 10%

  • Willingness to travel and work extensively - sometimes at short notice, in difficult places and under long hours - according to a results-based approach.