TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A CONSULTANT: Technical Support to the Local National Humanitarian Actors (LNHA) implementing CTP under the Humanitarian Response Grant Fund (HRGF) and Humanitarian Action Fund (HAF) on training and development of standards

Background and Rationale

The Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA II) Project is a two-year (April 2019- march 2021) Project implemented in selected districts of the greater north in Uganda. The ELNHA Project runs on the principle of putting local and national humanitarian actors (LNHAs) in the driving seat for humanitarian preparedness and response. It strengthens the capacity of LNHAs in disaster-affected districts , gives them a voice in designing their humanitarian agenda and in advocating to international humanitarian donors and NGO’s to support this change in leadership.

Capacity Development is the core of the ELNHA project, as it aims to increase the STREGTH, VOICE and SPACE for LNHAs in response to natural and man-made disasters. The ELNHA project promotes LNHAs to Play a leadership role both in a humanitarian preparedness and response as well as in defining and implementing a capacity development roadmap for their own strengthening as humanitarian actors. This was done Joint action planning (JAP) process.

Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) in the ELNHA Project

The ELNHA project promotes adoption and scaling up of the use of CTP as a means of delivering assistance to the crisis affected people. The use of CTP in delivering response provides an opportunity to the affected people to make greater choices and dignity for empowerment in decision making to promote local markets. CTP is one of the thematic work stream recognized by the largest donors and aid provider in the ‘Grand Bargain’, the package of humanitarian funding reforms launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in June 2016. As part of efforts towards increased localization, aid organizations and donors have committed to increase use of cash voucher assistance ; invest in new delivery models which can be increased in scale while identifying best practice and mitigating risks in each context; build an evidence base to assess the costs, benefits, impacts, and risks of cash (including on protection); collaborate, share information and develop standards and guidelines for cash programming; and ensure that coordination, delivery, and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are put in place for cash transfers programing.

The ELNHA project proposal looks at the following areas for CTP engagement:

  • Early Outcomes three (EO3) of the ELNHA II is that “LNHAs will have the technical infrastructure, regulatory framework and human resources in place to implement one of the most effective forms of humanitarian response: cash transfer programming.” The ultimate objective is for LNHAs to have increased capacity to design and operate cash transfer programs based on proper market analysis and applying the appropriate type of cash-based intervention in a particular context.
  • The ELNHA II proposal also emphasizes the investment in establishment of new forms of partnership among NGOs, government and the private sector for the use of information technology in innovative ways. In both Bangladesh and Uganda.
  • Encourage engagement will the private sector to develop and pilot suitable cash transfer methods.
  • The program also plans to invest in ICT tools needed to deliver (digital) cash, lobby for sound regulatory frameworks, and train LNHAs on cash transfers.
  • Ultimately, investments in cash transfer infrastructure (e.g. agreements with mobile phone operators and banks) and improved response preparedness plans should lead to better humanitarian response. These benefits will remain after the end of the program.

Objective of the assignment

As cash transfer programming (CTP) becomes the main focus as a response option, committed during the “Grand Bargain Summit” by donors and aid organizations, it is important that the LNHAs in West Nile and Acholi region get the required knowledge and skills to design, implement and monitor cash transfer programs. Therefore, the consultant is requited to support in the following areas:

The consultant is expected to:

  • Work with the LNHAs to agree on the common approaches for beneficiaries targeting(selection, registration and verification – CRRF application as required), cash transfer values, PDM tools and accountability system(feedback mechanism).Application of CRRF policy
  • Support the LNHAs in the engagement of the service providers to analyse the practicality, robustness and cost effectiveness of the cash transfer system for timely delivery(design and printing of the vouchers) and work closely with the district technical team on Livelihoods and WASH intervention.
  • Ensure the Involvement of the beneficiaries in the project activities at all levels for decision making and empowerment towards sustainability
  • Together with the LNHAs identify and document innovative approaches being promoted on CTP to abreast with the future development
  • On site mentorship of the LNHAs on CTP approaches and hands-on implementation during the field visits
  • Draft the Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs), in reference to Oxfam CTP resource materials to for review by Oxfam technical team and finalize for reference by the LNHAs
  • Document lessons learnt from the implementation to inform recommendations for Oxfam potential scale up and use by other actors
  • Produce individual report regarding the support provided to each LNHA on weekly basis and at the end of the assignment, produce a comprehensive report within one week.

Justification

Cash Transfer Programming was one of the objective given little attention in ELNHA I, yet very important and mostly being used in both the Humanitarian and Development initiatives. Therefore knowledge and practice of the CTP among the LNHAs is paramount for preparedness and response in case of emergencies. Cash-transfer interventions are increasingly considered by donors and humanitarian agencies as an appropriate emergency response to meet immediate needs for food and non-food items, and to support the recovery of livelihoods. At the same time, they stimulate the local economy, moreover, cash transfers are more dignified than in-kind distributions (of items such as food aid, jerry cans, cooking stoves, seeds, and tools), because they give disaster-affected populations the option of spending according to their own priorities. However, cash transfers (sometimes in the form of vouchers) can assist populations affected by disaster particularly where employment, income, livelihood or economic production opportunities have been lost. Unlike in-kind assistance, cash transfers allow recipients to obtain goods and services of their choice directly from local markets and service providers.

The provision of cash alone is, however, not always sufficient. Cash transfer programmes often need to be linked with others that focus on improving infrastructure, market support and the availability of services. Cash transfer programmes can also include the distribution of in-kind commodities. However, this requires ongoing dialogue with other organizations and with local- and national-level authorities.

Therefore looking at the rationale for the Cash Transfer Programming, the LNHAs that received the HRGF will work with the identified person to be able to provide appropriate assistance to disaster affected communities/families.

Deliverables

  • Report from each undertaking
  • Bi weekly updates
  • Soft copies of the designed vouchers
  • Timeline of assignment: (10th February to 13th March 2020)
  • Support will be requested at regular intervals throughout this period as outlined in the activity plan below and shall include both physical and remote technical supports throughout the process.

Activity plan

Activity description                                                        Timeframe                              

Contracting                                                                     6th – 7th Feb               

Travel to field office and work with HRGF partners         10th - 28th Feb                              

Preparation of reports                                                     2nd - 6th Mar                          

CTP Learning Workshop                                                  9th - 13th Mar                                                                                       

Budget

The costs of the support will be covered from the CTP budget lines for ELNHA II.

Submission

All submissions must include a detailed technical and financial proposal (subject to 6% withholding tax for nationals and 15% withholding tax for foreigners) to uganda.logistics@oxfam.org by 17:00Hrs on Tuesday 4th February 2020.