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Cash Adviser - Deployments

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Cash Adviser's for consultany contracts within the Humanitarian & Stabilisation Operations Team for deployments and to work at Whitehall, Westminster.

What is the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team?
The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium International Ltd, provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Governments Stabilisation Unit (SU) with stabilisation support.

Humanitarian Database
The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) maintains a database of humanitarian experts to provide skilled consultants to DFID.
The database comprises highly competent humanitarian professionals who can network effectively and work across a range of humanitarian disciplines and in collaboration with UK Government Departments, other humanitarian agencies, governments and authorities at country level.

Consultants are contracted by Palladium International Ltd to work alongside Civil Servants and to represent the UK Government when required.
HSOT will match assignment terms of reference to consultants profiles. Matched consultants are contacted to verify interest and availability. Consultants may be selected in consultation with DFID colleagues.


Objective/Main Purpose
Humanitarian cash advisers provide technical support to the Department for International Development (DFID) in delivering targeted humanitarian response interventions and contribute to relevant policy developments. They provide specialist advice, analysis and disaster response support to UK Government officials and oversee the design, management and evaluation of humanitarian cash transfer programmes on the ground.

Humanitarian Analysis and Advice
  • In line with the DFID humanitarian policy, advance the case for principled humanitarian action in DFIDs programming;
  • Based on data analysis and in consideration of relevant DFID humanitarian policy, make recommendations for programmes and positions to DFID that are consistent with best practice, best available evidence, and in line with DFID humanitarian policy and response strategy;
  • Support the response analyses and provide programming guidance and/ or engage with country offices to assist with scaling up cash, where appropriate, both for DFID and the broader in-country humanitarian community, in line with DFID's policy and principles on cash based advice.
  • Where required, advise and provide guidance to DFID partners on the use of appropriate and contextualised CTP methodologies;
  • Provide guidance on the integration of cash and markets based assistance into other sectors as appropriate;
  • Support DFID and/or DFID partner humanitarian impact and needs assessments, identifying response opportunities to maximise humanitarian outcomes;
Quality Assurance and Monitoring
  • Support the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation of DFID funded programmes, with a focus on delivering system-wide, partner-specific results and value for money; to measure the impact of cash and markets based programming, and build capacity of implementing partners;
  • Provide senior level support, to include technical reviews of implementing partner reports against agreed aims for cash transfer programmes and/or Projects, flagging and following up on areas of concern;
  • Identify and support the establishment of accountability and feedback mechanisms.
  • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection, interpreting data with reference to the severity of the situation, potential causality and appropriate interventions.
Representation and Relationship Management
  • Participate in and support international coordination mechanisms as required;
  • Liaise with relevant DFID departments, partners and country offices, which may include providing expert humanitarian input into briefing and communications;
  • Liaise closely with implementing partners including multilateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, and private sector;
  • Represent DFID to international forums, overseas governments and authorities;
  • Liaise with national and local government representatives, UK government bodies, other donors and any other relevant actors in the context.
DFID Business Support
  • Lead on developing draft submissions, information notes, briefings, and parliamentary correspondence for DFID and HMG;
  • Contribute to DFIDs internal lessons learning processes;
  • Establish a system for tracking response results attributable to DFID


Skills, Experience and Qualifications
  • Ideally a Masters level qualification (or equivalent) in a related subject;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • Substantial demonstrable experience working in an advisory capacity;
  • A solid understanding of International humanitarian law and principles, international humanitarian architecture, key humanitarian sectors and financing instruments;
  • Proven strategic and operational expertise, knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and management of cash and markets based programs in humanitarian settings and emergency interventions;
  • Significant field-based experience in rapid onset disaster/complex emergency settings working with UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, INGOs and/or donors;
  • Experience working under harsh, unstable and highly pressurised conditions in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments;
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating cash and markets based programmes and/or projects, using evidence to inform policy and decision making
  • Experience in contingency, project planning and programme cycle management
  • Prior experience in conducting humanitarian needs and risk assessments, analysing diverse information and developing recommendations for appropriate responses;
  • Practical experience of the cluster approach at country and global level;
  • Computer literacy; proficiency in windows office suite.
  • Advanced information management and reporting skills;